May 21, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. – The night belonged to Florida State pitcher Casey Hunter and sophomore second baseman Veronica Wootson as the two players responded against No. 18 Auburn on Saturday evening with a brilliant combination of pitching and batting in a 2-0 shutout against the Tigers at Jane B. Moore Field. Hunter fired a seven-inning 5-hitter and notched her second consecutive victory over the Tigers while Wootson recorded her second home run in as many days to pace the offense.
Florida State improved to 35-27 overall while the Tigers ended the season with a school-best 50-18 record.
“We knew that Auburn was going to come at us fired up,” said Dr. JoAnne Graf. “They played a great game. You know, this is the kind of game that you don’t want someone to have to lose, but I think both teams played well. It is tough to beat a team twice. I was proud of Casey (Hunter) who bounced back from this morning. She did a good job shutting them down. Veronica (Wootson) stepped up and gave a spark to everyone else on the team. It is exciting to see her come around. We are very proud that our kids have stepped up, but we have a big game ahead of us tomorrow. We are going to give it all we have got and leave it all on the field.”
The Seminoles have a heavy task ahead of them, as they must beat No. 10 Baylor twice on Sunday in order to win the Auburn Regional crown and move on to the Super Regionals. Saturday the Bears rallied from behind and took a 9-5 victory from FSU. First pitch is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.
Hunter got her ninth start in 11 games and earned her 10th shutout of the season against the Tigers. In fact, she allowed just one base-runner past second in each of the games versus Auburn.
“I just thought of this game as possibly my last game ever to play,” said the native of Millstadt, Ill. I just gave it my all and played like I had nothing to lose.”
With two strikeouts on the night Hunter now stands at 890 for her career. She is now nine K’s shy of tying the FSU record for career strikeouts held by Jessica van der Linden (899).
The Seminoles scored in the first when left fielder Natasha Jacob hit safely for the 23rd straight game with a bunt single before Kim Hoffer advanced to her on sac bunt. During the next at bat, Wootson singled to right center and stole second, earning her team-tying 11th steal of the season. The catcher attempted to throw down Wootson on the steal but the ball got loose in center field, scoring Jacob for the 1-0 advantage.
Wootson added the final run with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth off Auburn starter and loser Hollie Currie.
“It was a tough loss,” said Tigers’ head coach Tina Deese, a former player under Graf at FSU. “Our kids played great. Holly Currie pitched great the whole game and stayed on them. We hit the ball consistently, but we just couldn’t get a break. They played good with enthusiasm and hustled. I’m really proud of the effort they gave.”
FLORIDA STATE 2, AUBURN 0
* First pitch 7:30 p.m. CT.
Florida State Notes
* Natasha Jacob extends her hit streak to 23 consecutive games with a
bunt single in the first to break the FSU record for individual hitting.
* Veronica Wootson extended her hit streak to seven games with single in
* Wootson’s home run in the bottom of the sixth gives her three on the
year with two of them coming against Auburn in regional play.
* Wootson also is now tied for second on the team in steals with 11 after
stealing second base in the first inning.
* With two strikeouts on the night Casey Hunter now stands at 890 for her
career. She is now nine K’s shy of tying the FSU record for career
strikeouts held by Jessica van der Linden (899).
* Hunter has started 9 of the last 11 games for FSU. In two games
against Auburn Hunter allowed one base-runner past second in each of the
* The win was Hunter’s tenth shutout of the season and second against
Auburn. It was also the Seminoles’ 16th shutout of the season.
* Florida State is now 35-27 on the year. They are 35-24 in regionals
lifetime and have now shutout an opponent in the NCAA’s 18 times.
* FSU is also 6-6 at neutral sites this year, 8-6 in two-run games, 9-4
when committing no errors, 9-7 when hitting a home run, and 4-4 when
tying an opponent in hits.
* Auburn wrapped up the season with a school-best 50 wins en route to
securing a 50-18 record. They became just the third team in Auburn sports
history to reach the 50-win plateau, matching the 1995 and 1997 baseball
teams for most single-season wins in Auburn history.
* Auburn is now 3-12-1 all-time against Florida State, including a 2-5
mark on the Plains.
* The rematch with Florida State marked the first-ever rematch in NCAA
postseason play for the Tigers. AU lost to FSU by a final count of 5-0
* The Tigers were 26-5 inside the friendly confines of Jane B. Moore
Field, 4-4 in May, 8-3 in night contests, 28-7 in their blue uniforms,
5-14 when trailing after four innings, 4-12 when trailing after five
innings and 1-12 when trailing following six innings of play.
* Pitcher Holly Currie’s double in the first inning was the 20th this
season for the sophomore, which is third on the all-time Auburn
single-season charts behind Ashley Camp’s 21 in 1997 and Ashley Moore’s
22 in 2001. It also extended her current hit streak to four games.
* Currie struck out seven straight Seminoles over the span of the second
and third innings. She struck out the side in both frames.
* Currie now has 22 multi-hit games on the season, which is the
third-highest total in school history.
* Saturday night’s game against FSU was the sixth time the Tigers have
played as the visiting team at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn was 5-1 in
* Sara Dean batted second in the AU order while Sara Ghezzi was in the
cleanup spot for the second time this season. Both were in the same spots
in the lineup earlier in the afternoon game against Baylor.
* At one point, the Tigers retired 12 straight Seminole batters with
Currie striking out eight batters during that span.