May 22, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bases loaded single by Florida State freshman Veronica Wootson scored Beth Wade with the winning run as the fourth-ranked Seminoles defeated No. 12 Oregon 5-4 in 12 innings Saturday in the 2004 NCAA Division I Softball Tallahassee Regional at the Seminole Softball Complex. The game lasted four hours and thirty minutes.
Florida State now advances to Sunday’s 1 p.m. regional final. With the win, the Seminoles improved to 60-9 on the year-the third most wins in school history-and are one victory away from their seventh trip to the Women’s College World Series. Oregon dropped to 40-20 and will return to face the winner of the South Florida-Cal State Northridge contest.
After Florida State tied the game with three runs in the sixth inning-including a two-run single by Tatiana George-both teams had several chances to end the contest, but both squads held strong through 11 innings.
George led off the bottom of the 12th with a single followed by a fielder’s choice to put Wade on second. An error allowed Kim Hoffer to reach first and load the bases, but the Ducks kept the inning alive when Oregon second baseman Erin Goodell got George out at the plate on a ground ball by LaShaun Davis. Wootson ended the game with her third hit of the contest, a chopper over the shortstop to plate Wade.
Four runs in the top half of the third by Oregon chased Florida State starter Casey Hunter out of the ball game. Senior Jessica van der Linden came on and pitched nine innings in relief to improve her record to 27-6. van der Linden, who also went 2-for-4 at the plate, gave up just two hits and struck out 11 for her 18th double-digit strikeout game of 2004. Taking the loss for Oregon was reliever Anissa Meashintubby as she gave up the winning run during her fifth inning of work.
Wootson equaled Oregon’s Jenn Poore with a game-high three hits. Wootson also drove in three while crossing the plate twice. George and Davis each added a pair of hits for the Seminoles.
Both teams had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning. In the top half of the frame, Oregon failed to get the bunt down on a suicide squeeze play and Breanne Sabol was caught in a run down. In the bottom of the ninth, Wootson was sent home from second on an error by the shortstop, but was thrown out at the plate.