April 14, 2001
Jacksonville, AL –
No. 17 Florida State concluded its doubleheader with Jacksonville State Saturday with a 12-2 win that featured two home runs, 12 RBI and 16 hits, all season highs, in a convincing 12-2 five-inning win. The Seminoles used a nine run top of the fifth to improve to 42-7 on the season and sweep their first-ever meeting with the Gamecocks (18-22). The 12 runs were the most for Florida State since a 12-5 over UNC-Charlotte during the 1999 season.
“I don’t know how long it’s been since we scored 12 runs in a game,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “I was obviously very happy with the way we hit the ball in the second game and it was nice to get a couple of wins against a strong regional opponent.”
After not being able to capitalize on a bases loaded, one-out opportunity in the top of the first, Florida State broke on top of the Gamecocks when freshman Elisa Velasco, hitting .526 over the last 25 games, singled to left field. She was followed by Kimmy Carter who launched a 245-foot home run over the left field wall to stake FSU to a 2-0 lead. It was Carter’s second homer of the year and it raised her RBI total to 17 for the season. Carter continues to be a force away from home for FSU as she is third on the team with a .533 road average and a .535 slugging percentage.
The Seminoles then recorded three straight singles off of JSU starter Meadow McWhorter to once again load the bases with just one out. Brandi Stuart then reached on a fielder’s choice plating van der Linden for Stuart’s 26th RBI of the season but FSU was unable to score again and entered the bottom of the third with a 3-0 lead.
Jacksonville State immediately answered the Seminoles when they staged a two-out rally to pull within one run. Senior Meghan Maskel led off with a single off of FSU starter Jen White-Stokes (15-2) but was thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice. After Jessica Ford flew out to center for the second out of the inning, Tina Hill singled to put two runners on with two outs. Freshman Renee Hasan then doubled to deep center field to plate two runs and narrow the FSU lead to 3-2.
Florida State broke the game open in the top of the fifth when they started the inning with five straight hits, three singles and two doubles, and scored nine runs to take a 12-2 lead. The first big hit of the inning was a Monique Marier double to left field that scored White-Stokes and pinch runner Skyla Cox. Natalie Bennett then hit her sixth double and knocked in her 16th and 17th RBI before Carter added her third RBI of the game when she singled home Natalie Bennett to give FSU an 8-2 lead. Robyn Gauger singled in her 24th RBI of the season and the White-Stokes helped her own cause with a three-run homer, her second of the season, to put Florida State in front for good 12-2.
The Seminoles will head to the University of Alabama-Birmingham for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader with the Blazers. Sunday’s games are scheduled for 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. CST. Florida State returns home April 17 for its first game at the Seminole Softball Complex since March 28th. FSU will complete its season series with FAMU at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night.