April 18, 2004
College Park, MD –
After watching a game slip away in the last inning versus Virginia Saturday, the second-ranked Seminoles weren’t going to allow that to happen Sunday as they continued ACC play versus Maryland. The Tribe (47-5, 4-1) pounded out 12 hits and recorded their third shutout in five conference games as they downed the Terrapins (25-18, 1-4) 7-0 in game one of the doubleheader.
Tatiana George homered twice and in the process helped FSU set a new single season record with 35 on the year. Natasha Jacob went three-for-three with a single, double, triple and four RBIs to drive the FSU offense. Starter Casey Hunter (27-1, 4-0) pitched a complete game shutout over an ACC team for the second time in two days. She has now won 19 straight decisions and she is a perfect 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in conference play.
The Seminoles broke out to an early lead versus Maryland hurler Jessica Aditays (10-9). Jacob drew a one out walk and stole second. She then moved to third on a ground out and came around to score on a Beth Wade infield single that just missed being caught by the Terp second baseman.
Florida State led off the second inning with a record-breaking hit. George took Aditays 0-1 offering and launched it over the fence down the left field line. It was George’s fourth homer of the season, which equaled her career total and it was also the Tribe’s 34th of the season. That HR set a new single season record for FSU breaking the record set by the 2002 team. The Tribe went on to put two more runners on base and eventually moved them around to second and third with two away. That brought up Natasha Jacob who lined a shot into center field scoring both runs and putting FSU in front 4-0.
Hunter got into a jam in the third as she hit two of the first three batters she faced. The junior came back strong though as she struck out the next two hitters and ended up striking out the side.
The Tribe recorded three more hits and put two more runners on base in the fourth with Jacob coming up to the plate again. The sophomore made Maryland pay again as she laced a triple to the warning track in right and cleared the bases once again putting FSU up 6-0. It was her second two-run, two out hit of the game. The four RBIs for Jacob tie her career high in a game set earlier in 2004 versus Penn State.
A double, the first Maryland hit of the day, and another hit batter put two Terps on base in the fourth with just one away. Just as she did in the third, Hunter got the next batter watching strike three for her eighth K of the game. She then ended the threat on a ground out to short.
The Seminoles recorded back-to-back two out hits in the fifth but were unable to capitalize off new hurler Liz Gall as the Seminoles remained in front 6-0.
LaShaun Davis started the sixth with a walk and then the Terp killer Jacob stepped up to the plate. The sophomore doubled to right field giving her ? of the cycle and putting runners on second and third with one away. Maryland’s third pitcher of the day Monica Cyphert came in and shutdown the Seminole threat.
George led off the seventh just like she did the second, with a bomb. The junior took one out of the deepest part of the park as it bounced off the screen behind the fence in straight away center field. It was the California native’s second home run of the game and marked the first time in her career that she has gone yard twice in one game.
After completing its doubleheader with Maryland, Florida State will continue ACC play Saturday, April 24 at home when conference leader North Carolina comes to town for a twin bill. Both games versus the Tar Heels will be available on Sunshine Network, via Internet radio and through live stats. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.