April 12, 2003
Greenville, SC – The 14th-ranked Seminole softball team cruised to their 14th straight win in Greenville, SC Saturday. The Tribe pounded out 12 hits while limiting the Lady Paladins to just three in the 6-0 win. The 14 straight wins matches the eighth longest win streak in school history and the Tribe has now shutout six of its last seven opponents and allowed just one run in the last 54 innings.
Casey Hunter (21-5) was dominant as she allowed just one hit through six innings and ended the day with six strikeouts and no walks. The win was the sophomore’s 10th straight victory. Shundra Colzie had her best day as a Seminole going 4 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Overall six different Seminoles recorded RBIs and eight different players got a hit.
Shandra Colzie started the game off by drawing a walk against Lady Paladin starter Rachel Henley (8-9). After Tatiana George sacrificed her over to second, Colzie advanced to third on a wild pitch and Henley walked her second batter putting Jessica van der Linden on first. Elisa Vasquez then upped her team leading RBI total to 26 when she dropped down a sac bunt that scored Colzie. After Henley’s third walk put Brandi Stuart on, another wild pitch moved the FSU runners over to second and third. The Tribe was unable to add to the lead though as Henley got out of the jam on a ground out.
Hunter’s first pitch of the game hit the Furman lead-off hitter on the foot but a failed sacrifice attempt allowed FSU to cut down the runner at second for the first out. Catcher Vasquez then threw out Caroline Evans on a steal attempt for the second out of the inning. It was the seventh runner the junior has thrown out in 20 attempts. Hunter then retired the side on her first strike out of the game.
Lesley Palmer started the second with a double to the warning track in left center for Florida State’s first hit of the day. Shundra Colzie then sent a two-strike single through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners with no outs. She then stole second before a passed ball moved her to third but Palmer was tagged out at home as she tried to score. Henley moved closer to getting out of the jam as she struck out Natasha Jacob but Shandra Colzie’s single back up the middle scored twin sister Shundra Colzie and put FSU up 2-0.
Hunter struck out her second batter in a row to open the bottom of the second. She then retired her fifth straight batter on a ground out to short. Hunter set the side down in order next as she struck out her third batter sending the game into the top of the third.
After throwing over 30 pitches in the first, Henley needed just three to retire FSU in the third. The Tribe started the third off hitting the ball hard but van der Linden’s smash to third and Vasquez’s shot to right were both snared by the Lady Paladin defense. Henley then retired the side on her third pitch of the inning as Stuart grounded out to the pitcher. In the home half of the third, Hunter got her sixth and seventh straight hitters as George corralled two pop flies to retire Furman’s first and second batters. Hunter then Ked her fourth batter to end the third.
Henley got Beth Wade on a ground out and she then fanned Palmer as she retired her fifth and sixth straight Seminole batters. Shundra Colzie broke the streak as she recorded her second hit of the game on a sharp single into left. Henley then got Jacob to ground out to retire the side in the fourth.
Furman recorded its first hit of the game to open the home half of the fourth as LeKerah Quinn reached on an infield single. The hit halted Hunter’s streak at nine straight batters retired. She got the next hitter to pop up to second and then struck out Furman’s leading hitter for the second out of the inning.
Vasquez then gunned down her second would be stealer of the game to end the fourth with FSU still leading 2-0.
Henley retired lead-off hitter Shandra Colzie to start the fifth but George beat out a grounder to second. Van der Linden then recorded her first hit of the game as she singled to center. Vasquez then loaded the bases on FSU’s third straight hit. Stuart’s ground out plated George upping FSU’s lead to 3-0. The Tribe was unable to plate another run though as Henley got out of another jam.
Hunter started the fifth with her sixth K of the game and then got the next hitter on a pop up to shallow left center. The right-hander then finished off the home half of the fifth on a ground ball to second.
Palmer started the sixth off by drawing FSU’s fourth walk of the game. Shundra Colzie then moved to 3 for 3 on the day as her bunt single put another runner in scoring position with nobody out. Jacob loaded the bases on FSU’s third straight hit bringing up pinch hitter Carey Galuppi. The freshman reached via a fielder’s choice but Furman got the runner at the plate. George then singled past first base staking FSU to a 4-0 lead and keeping the bases juiced. The Seminoles went up 5-0 on van der Linden’s ground out before Henley got out of the top of the sixth.
New Second baseman Bryttani Lindheim made a great stab in the hole going away from first for the first out in Furman’s half of the sixth. Defensive replacement Robyn Larson then followed with a great scoop and retired the Lady Paladin hitter for the second out of the inning. Larson then ended the inning on her second straight ground ball to third.
Lindheim, who had a big play in the field, led off the seventh with a smash to first but wasn’t able to get it past Megan Johnson who made the first out of the seventh. Wade followed by sending a shot into the gap in left center for a stand-up double. Larson’s ground out moved the runner to third as Shundra Colzie looked for her fourth hit of the day. The senior set a new career best her single through the left side and extended FSU’s lead to 6-0. It was the Miami, FL native’s fourth multi-hit game in her last 12 starts.
Barr led off the bottom of the seventh with her second hit of the day and just the second hit of the game for the Lady Paladins. After a fielder’s choice, Furman recorded its second hit of the inning placing runners on first and second with just one down. The Tribe cut down the lead runner on a fielder’s choice for the second out and then ended the game on George’s putout at second.
After Florida State completes its second game of the twin bill versus Furman, the Tribe will return home for the third-to-last home date of the regular season. The Seminoles will complete their four-game series with Florida A&M Tuesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. The single game will take place at the Seminole Softball Complex where there is never an admission charge for regular season games.
For the 10th time in 12 years, Florida State will host the ACC Softball Championships. The 2003 tournament will run from May 9-11 and tickets are now available by calling the Seminole Ticket office (1-888-FSU-nole or 850.644.1830) or on-line at www.seminoles.com. For more information on the 2003 Florida State softball team, please log on to seminoles.com, the official home for Florida State athletics on the internet.