March 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State softball team came within one hit of downing No. 8 Michigan earlier in the day and advancing to the semi-finals of the Seminole Invitational Tournament but after a 3-2 loss to UMass this evening, the Seminoles found their run in the tournament came to an end. The Tribe could muster just five hits in support of senior Leslie Malerich as UMass moved on to face Southern Illinois tomorrow.
The Minutewomen jumped out to a 1-0 lead on just one hit and an FSU error. UMass threatened to do more damage in the bottom of the first but was unable to get on the board again leaving the bases loaded.
The Seminoles struck back in the top half of the next inning. Brandi Stuart, who has was the Seminoles’ top offensive catalyst all day Saturday, led off with a double down the left field line. Stuart then attempted to swipe second but was thrown out for just the second time in 28 attempts. That brought up game two hero Shundra Colzie who hit a homerun versus Auburn which began FSU’s seventh-inning rally. This time around she reached on a fielder’s choice and went on to steal second. Tatiana George then got the big hit of the inning as her single to center field scored Colzie.
Massachusetts took the lead again in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Minutewomen led the inning off with back-to-back doubles and used a single later in the inning to plate their third run of the game. Florida State mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh but were unable to even the game.
Florida State will next be in action Monday, March 11 at home when they face Southern Illinois in a game that will be regionally televised by the Sunshine Network. The game is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start. For updated scores and field assignments for tomorrow’s final day of action at the Seminole Invitational Tournament, please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.