Feb. 1, 2003
Statesboro, GA –
The ninth-ranked Florida State softball team (1-1) lost the second game of an opening day doubleheader for just the 5th time in 19 tries. Georgia Southern (1-1) rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh after recording just one hit through the first six innings as they upset FSU 2-1. The Seminoles and Eagles, who combined for nine runs and 11 hits in game one, could muster just three runs and five total hits as FSU took game two 1-0.
Junior pitcher Jessica van der Linden (0-1) was masterful in limiting GSU to only three hits but she got herself into a bases loaded jam with no outs in the ninth that opened the door for GSU. Eagle sophomore Tiffany Urena (1-0), who allowed just two hits but gave up 10 walks on top of three Georgia Southern errors, picked up the win. Urena worked herself out of two bases loaded jams and held the Tribe to its fewest runs in a game since National Champion Cal shutout FSU at the 2002 Women’s College World Series.
Florida State seemed like the would cruise in game two after a 7-2 win in the opener. The Seminoles picked up right where they left off by taking a lead in their first at bat. The Tribe used five walks off Urena to take a 1-0 lead with Elisa Vasquez picking up her third RBI of the day.
Urena settled down after a wild first and held on to a no-hitter through five innings while striking out four Seminoles. Van der Linden started out strong also, matching the GSU starter inning for inning. After hitting the first batter she faced in 2003, the All-Region pitcher went on to fan the next three batters in the top of the first. She carried her own no hitter into the bottom of the fifth before the Eagles broke through with two outs.
The Seminoles threatened to add to their lead in the fifth when Urena struggled with her control again. The sophomore walked three more batters but a double play ended the threat and kept the Seminoles lead at 1-0 opening the door for Georgia Southern’s bottom of the seventh rally.
The Tribe opens their home schedule at the newly-renovated Seminole Softball Complex Tuesday, February 4 versus Auburn. The doubleheader begins at 4:00 p.m. and there will be a celebration between games to honor the 2002 Women’s College World Series semi-finalists. For more information on the home opener and all the information you could ever need on the 2003
Florida State softball team, please log on to seminoles.com, the official athletic home for Florida State on the internet.