May 5, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
For the sixth time this season the Atlantic Coast Conference has awarded a Seminole ACC Player of the Week honors. After Elisa Vasquez picked up her first ACC POW award last week, sophomore Tatiana George was named ACC POW for the first time in her career Monday. The Fontana, CA native was instrumental in FSU finishing the regular season on a 24 game winning streak and led the Tribe to the first-ever 8-0 record in conference play.
“It is exciting to reach a goal that you have worked really hard to achieve,” said George. “I think the hard work I am putting in is paying off but this award is a reflection on my teammates and everything they do each and every day.
“The Georgia Tech series wasn’t about me playing well, it was important to all of us to make a statement in the conference this year and going 8-0 is a good start. We haven’t won the conference title in a couple of years and that is a goal of ours and we knew securing the No. 1 seed is a step in that direction.”
Although No. 12 Florida State (43-9, 8-0) only played two games and George only had four official at bats, she made a huge impact for FSU. The sophomore led the Seminoles sweep of defending ACC Champion Georgia Tech, as FSU became the first Atlantic Coast Conference school to ever go 8-0. George led FSU in runs scored (3), home runs (2), RBIs (3), slugging percentage (2.000), walks (2) and on base percentage (.667). The shortstop came into Sunday’s season finale with two home runs in 352 career at bats but she equaled that number in just four at bats versus the Yellow Jackets.
Her first homer in game one came in the fifth inning with FSU hanging on to a 2-0 lead. The shortstop lined a 3-1 pitch over the wall in right field. She then scored a run in the seventh as FSU cruised to a 4-0 win. In game two, FSU was clinging to a 1-0 lead on reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Jessica Sallinger. After fouling a liner off down the left field line, the sophomore went to right field again as she lofted a two-run shot over the wall to bring home Florida State’s second and third runs en route to a 6-0 win and sweep of the Jackets.
“The Georgia Tech series was kind of unbelievable,” said George. “It still hasn’t sunk in that I hit two homers against a team that good. Although my family and friends were talking to me about the game, it still hadn’t set in. I only had two homers my entire career before those games and it felt good to be able to help my team by doubling that total in one afternoon.”
Florida State will enter this weekend’s ACC Championships as the No. 1 seed. The Seminoles will meet the winner of No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Maryland Friday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Florida State has never lost an opening round game at the ACC Tournament going 11-0. Tickets for this weekend’s championships are now available by calling the Seminole Ticket office (1-888-FSU-nole or 850.644.1830) or on-line at www.seminoles.com. For more information on the 2003 Florida State softball team and the 2003 ACC Softball Championships, please log on to seminoles.com, the official home for Florida State athletics on the internet.