May 9, 2012
By FAMU Sports Information
Tallahassee, Fla. (famuathletics.com) – The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers ended the 2012 regular season with a 24-27 record. In MEAC play, the Lady Rattlers were 10-4, ending the season on an impressive eight-game winning streak, comprised entirely of conference games.
The season began with three straight losses, as the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University of Central Florida and the University of North Florida all took advantage of the squad with a core of new players, struggling to find rhythm.
Senior outfielder Jasmin Donaldson has come on to have an out- standing season for the Lady Rattlers. Donaldson was a first team All-MEAC performer in 2010. The slap-style speedy hitter from Rock- ledge, FL., ended the season batting .400. Donaldson also scored 34 runs, had 73 total bases and 60 hits to lead the Lady Rattlers.
Senior second baseman Tera Gainer has had a solid season on the right side of the Lady Rattlers’ in- field. Gainer batted .348, scored 26 runs, had 63 total bases and 46 hits. The 2011 All-MEAC selection has been the leader of the inexperienced infield.
From the plate, Whitney Robinson has been a big hitter for the Lady Rattlers. Robinson, who is also a pitcher on the team, has been very effective as the team’s designated player. Robinson batted .311 on the season, scoring 24 runs, nine doubles and powered four home runs this season.
Veteran coach Veronica Wig- gins settled for two freshmen in- fielders on the left side of the infield. Kieifi Myrick and Alyssa Weaver have been effective at third base and shortstop respectively.
Myrick batted .305, scored 23 runs, had 40 hits and drew 18 walks. Myrick also mustered three home runs this season.
Weaver has been steady, bat- ting in the top third of the Lady Rattlers’ lineup most of the season. She scored 21 runs, managed 41 hits, had 19 RBIS and 12 stolen bases.
Obie Roberson took over sole catching duties midway through the season. Roberson garnered a .358 on base percentage, had 111 putouts and had a streak of four straight games reaching base.
Rounding out the infield was first baseman Arianna Stewart. Stewart is batting .268, but has cap- tured key hits for the Lady Rattlers this season. She had 26 hits, 10 RBIs and 142 total putouts.
Jennifer Lindsey has emerged as the leading pitcher for the Lady Rattlers. Lindsey currently has a record of 12-8 in 30 total appear- ances. She has also pitched 12 com- plete games. Lindsey has pitched 136 innings, with a 3.00 era. She has struck out 71 batters, while walking just 32 opponents.
Christina Robbs has held down left field for 41 games this season. Batting .295, Robbs has been valuable as a fielder as well as a hitter. She acquired 26 hits and scored six runs on the season. Robbs’ strength is her fielding, with the ability to cover a lot of ground in the outfield.
Senior Tenisha Dixon has been solid in right field for the Lady Rattlers, after a slow start to the be- ginning of the season. Dixon ended with a .267 batting average, had 31 hits, scored 19 runs and 13 RBIs.