Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Campus Corner

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Campus Corner

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer


Junior second baseman Brandi Stuart's march toward All-America honors has the Florida State softball team in step for a third consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. Stuart guided the 'Noles to a 4-0 mark last week, including a two-game sweep of Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets' first ACC losses this season.

In batting .714 with seven runs, four RBI, two triples and her school record-tying 10th home run of the season, Stuart earned ACC player of the week honors. The Seminoles, 38-13 heading into last night's double-header with rival Florida, opened the week with a two-game sweep of Alabama-Birmingham, followed by 7-3 and 4-2 victories against Tech over the weekend.

Stuart's two-run homer in Saturday's second game against the Jackets proved to be the game-winner. The Cerritos, Calif., native is ranked among the nation's leaders in steals per game (0.85) and batting (.404).

Those wins pushed the 'Noles to No. 20 in the national rankings, with North Carolina coming to Tallahassee for Saturday's pivotal ACC doubleheader.


With its five consecutive tournament victories this season, Duke's second-ranked women's golf team is the heavy favorite to lock up a seventh ACC tournament title in a row this weekend in Clemmons, N.C.

Duke's dominance, however, won't prevent FSU coach Debbie Dillman's team from trying to lock down an NCAA postseason appearance. Fresh off their state championship title, the Seminoles are confident they can make some noise at Salem Glen.

Led by junior Kristin Tamulis, the Seminoles have beaten or tied four of the five other ACC teams in the field this season. FSU finished a distant third last season behind perennial powers Duke and Wake Forest, but could make a run at second if it receives solid play from Tamulis, Carrie Sordel, Alison Zimmer and Jacksonville's Katie Quinney.

The prospects are not as bright for the FSU men's team, which enters the ACC tournament with the league's worst scoring average. With Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and defending national champion Clemson ranked 1-2-3 nationally, Nicky Goetze's team will be hard-pressed to break a string of four consecutive finishes of seventh or worst at the Old North State Country Club in Badin Lake, N. …

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