April 16, 2007
Florida State Softball
Florida State vs. Jacksonville
Tueday, April 17 4 p.m.(DH)
Tallahassee, Fla. JoAnne Graf Field At Seminole Softball Complex
Game One Gametracker
Game Two Gametracker
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
Following a stretch of seven out of eight games on the road, the Florida State softball team returns to Tallahassee for a five-game home stand starting Tuesday (April 17) with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Jacksonville.
This will be the second time the two teams have met this season. Florida State opened the Sunshine State Tournament with a 10-2 win over the Dolphins on February 16.
The Seminoles and Dolphins have split their doubleheader in each of the three seasons and FSU leads the all-time series 6-3.
Four players had a pair of hits in that game, led by two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) who went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.
Sophomore hurler Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) got her first victory of the year over the Dolphins as she gave up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts.
Florida State has won three games in a row after sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader against Boston College. Game three of the series was canceled by rain.
For the first time in over a month the Seminoles ended the week with their batting average on the upswing as they hit .316 in the three games.
Florida State’s offense has picked up the pace of late as FSU has scored 39 runs in its last six games including 30 in their last four. The 30 runs are the most runs the Seminoles have scored in a four-game stretch this season and the most since they put up 31 during the second through fifth games last year.
Seminoles Start Home Stand Tuesday Versus Jacksonville
Having gotten used to life on the road after a stretch of seven of eight games away from home, the Florida State softball team starts a five-game run at home this week. The Seminoles (31-19) open their home stand on Tuesday (April 17) as Jacksonville makes the trip down I-10 for a 4 p.m. doubleheader. This will be the second time the Dolphins (15-35) have come to Tallahassee this year after they spent the second weekend of the season in the Big Bend for the Sunshine State Tournament.
FSU Has Had Difficulties Swimming With The Dolphins
With the exception the very first meeting in 2003 when the Jacksonville program was in its first year, the Seminoles and Dolphins have split their annual doubleheader every year. Last year after Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) nearly threw a perfect game to give FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf her 1,100 NCAA victory, the Seminoles dropped a 2-1 decision. The Seminoles got a jump on this year’s games by taking a 10-2 decision in five innings during the Sunshine State Tournament. Overall, Florida State holds a 6-3 lead in the series and a 4-1 advantage at home. Jacksonville won the first Tallahassee meeting in 2005, 5-2. In two outings versus JU, McDonald has a 2-0 record, 0.58 ERA and 16 strikeouts. Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson has a career average of .400 versus the Dolphins with nine runs scored, eight RBIs and a .980 slugging percentage.
Seminoles Sweep Only Two Games At Boston College.
Needing a few innings to warm to blustery weather each game, once the Seminole bats got going they were red hot as FSU swept Saturday’s doubleheader, 9-0 & 6-3, over Boston College. Florida State pounded out 18 hits from 12 different players, including game-winning home runs by Veronica Wootson and Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela). FSU also got solid pitching as Tiffany McDonald threw her sixth shutout of the year – exceeding her total from last year, and Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) threw her 11th complete game of the season.
News And Notes…
Since the start of March, Tiffany McDonald has allowed more than three earned runs on just one occasion and has worked her ERA back down to 1.19, which is the second lowest in the ACC … Freshman infielder Camille Garcia (Sandia Pueblo, N.M.) picked up her first collegiate hit in a pinch-hit appearance in game one versus the Eagles … The Seminoles have only made one error during their last three games to up their fielding percentage to a team-high .959 rate. In the first NCAA rankings released last week, Florida State was seventh in the country at 0.53 double plays per game … FSU players are tops in three offensive categories during ACC games as Yurby Alicart is first at 1.07 runs scored, Carly Wynn’s (Sharpsburg, Ga.) 0.45 doubles per game leads the way as does LaShaun Davis’ (Marietta, Ga.) 0.08 triples. Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) is fifth with her .393 average. … The home runs by Veronica Wootson and Alicart marked the eighth and ninth time FSU’s game winning hit was a home run. The two round trippers upped the Seminoles’ total to 35, exceeded last year’s total and moved this year’s team to second all-time.