March 20, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
Jen White-Stokes recorded her eighth consecutive victory and raised her record to 11-2 as Florida State (31-5) defeated UConn 3-0 and thus swept a double header from the Huskies (5-11) Tuesday night at the Seminole Softball Complex. The outing moved White-Stokes into the team lead in wins (11), ERA (0.50), complete games (12) and innings pitched (97.2) and it gave FSU its 31st win just over halfway through the 2001 campaign.
“I am really proud of the way this team has fought all season long,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “There is a lot to be said for a team that goes out and gets a win 31 times in 36 games. As we near the start of conference play, I am really happy about the position we have put ourselves in.”
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the second inning when Brandi Stuart walked and stole second and third and freshman catcher Elisa Velasco singled to score her. The hit marked Velasco’s third RBI in the last four games and she is now 7 for 9 in her last six games. Robyn Gauger, who reached on a walk, would put the Noles up 2-0 when she came around to score on a wild pitch from UConn pitcher Barb Cook (3-7).
Stuart once again got the scoring started for the Seminoles in the bottom of the fourth when she drew a walk and then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. She came in to score on a White-Stokes ground out RBI. The run extended FSU’s lead to 3-0 and moved Stuart’s runs scored total to 24 for the season.
White-Stokes shout down the Huskies the rest of the way as she retired the next nine batters she faced. For the game, White-Stokes recorded five strikeouts and just two walks and the two singles were the only hits she allowed all game. Opposing batters are now hitting just .147 against the senior from Tuttle. OK and she seems to be close to recapturing the success she had as a freshman before injuries plagued her as a sophomore and junior. White-Stokes was 26-8 with an ERA of 1.37 during her rookie campaign and she is threatening to surpass those numbers this season.
The Seminoles return to action Wednesday, March 28 when they host the Rattlerettes of FAMU at 6:00 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex. The game will be the last opportunity for the Noles to prepare before they open up conference play at Georgia Tech March 31. All FSU softball games are free to the public and are held at the Seminole Softball Complex on the campus of Florida State University.