It didn 't take pitching coach Eve Gaw long to establish herself It didn 't take pitching coach Eve Gaw long to establish herself as one of the best rookie coaches in the country.In her fi rst season as a college coach,Gaw led the Seminole pitching staff to the nation 's fourth best team ERA (0.86).She was the only pitching coach to mentor two pitchers that fi nished the year in the top 16 for individual ERA as Casey Hunter fi nished fi fth in the NCAA with a 0.67 ERA and Jessica van der Linden fi nished 16th with a 1.07 ERA.Last season,her pitchers became the fi rst group in FSU 's 20-year history to not surrender one triple all season long and the group also struck out the third-most batters in a single season in FSU history.No pitching staff ever at Florida State posted a better strikeout to walk ratio (better than 4 to 1)than Gaw 's staff in 2003.
Gaw came to Florida State after an impressive Pac 10 career as a player.The University of Washington graduate was named a third-team All-American in 1998 and is a four-time All-Pac 10 selection.A four-year letterwinner,Gaw received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1998 where she was a member of the Dean 's List.From 1998-2000,Gaw was a volunteer assistant coach with the Huskies.She worked with the UW pitching staff and also evaluated players on video along with other offi ce responsibilities.
On top of her coaching experience at UW,Gaw spent the last six years honing her coaching skills.She has worked with children of all ages as a pitching and hitting instructor,a travel softball coach and as a head softball instructor. Gaw,who had a career record of 69-17 as a Husky,played in three Women 's College World Series during her stellar career. She holds UW records for strikeouts in a game (15)and wins in a season (27).She also shares the Washington record for postseason starts (7).Her .909 winning percentage in 1996 is a school record as were her 39 starts and 12 shutouts as a freshman in 1995.She is second all-time at UW for career wins (69),starts (100)and shutouts (27)and she fi nished her career with four no-hitters.
Gaw,who didn't begin hitting until midway through her junior season,is still third in career slugging percentage (.554),fi fth in on base percentage (.410),tied for fi fth in homeruns (13) and tied for seventh in batting average (.326).
In her first season in the circle,Gaw had a record-breaking campaign.She won a school-record 27 games and set the single-season mark for starts (39)and shutouts (12).As a sophomore,she went 20-2 and allowed just two earned runs in 12-plus innings at the 1996 WCWS as the Huskies advanced to the championship game.After Washington fell behind Arizona 5- 0 in the second frame of the national championship game,Gaw came in and pitched 5.1 innings of relief allowing just one run as the Huskies eventually closed the Wildcats lead to 6-4.
In the 1997 WCWS,Gaw helped Washington to a third- place fi nish as she picked up double-digit wins for the third consecutive season.She had another strong outing in the World Series giving up just one run over 5.2 innings in a 1-0 loss to UCLA in the semi-fi nals.As a senior,Gaw switched her focus from the mound to the plate as she earned third-team All-American honors as a utility player.She led the Huskies in batting average (.345),RBIs (37)and home runs (8)while playing fi rst base and she also went 7-1 inside the circle.She captained the Huskies to another third place fi nish in the WCWS in 1998 as she went 4-for-14,scored two runs,knocked in three RBIs and hit a homerun.She was also named fi rst team All-Pac 10 and second-team All-Pacifi c Region.