Feb. 23, 2002
Las Cruces, NM –
Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf moved into a tie for first on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Time wins list when she picked up number 1124 as the Seminoles downed the Dayton Flyers (0-4) 5-0 at the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State. Florida State (11-5) moved to 2-1 in the tournament behind sophomore Jessica van der Linden’s first career perfect game and set the stage for Graf to capture the all-time wins record at 6:00 p.m. EST when FSU faces host NMSU.
Van der Linden, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, is off to a 6-1 start this season and with today’s no-hitter, she has already amassed four for her career. The shutout over the Flyers was her third of the season and lowered her team-leading ERA to 0.57. Versus Dayton, she struck out eight batters including six strikeouts looking and she now has a team-high 58 K’s on the year.
Florida State threatened to take the lead in the first when van der Linden doubled and was followed by Brandi Stuart who recorded her fifth hit of the tournament and raised her average to .625 this weekend. The Seminoles were unable to cash in though and went into the bottom of the second tied 0-0. Senior Kimmy Carter then led-off the second frame by taking a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence for her first homer and 10th RBI of the 2002 season giving FSU a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Stuart and Carter once again started the offense for FSU. Stuart lead off with another hit, this one a single to left and she then swiped her 17th base of the season to move to second. Carter then knocked in her second run of the game on a single to left. The Seminoles moved out to a 3-0 lead when Monique Marier doubled the first pitch she saw to center field bringing home her ninth RBI. Bryttani Lindheim followed Marier with a single to right field scoring Marier on a play at the plate. Shandra Colzie then singled up the middle scoring Lindheim and putting FSU up 5-0.
Van der Linden cruised the rest of the way throwing a season-low 84 pitches. Her last out of the perfect game came on a seeing-eye soft liner to left that looked like it had a chance to fall in before left fielder Skyla Cox, seeing her first action of the season in the outfield, snared the ball to complete the perfect outing.
The Seminoles return to action at 6:00 p.m. EST versus New Mexico State as FSU and coach Graf go after the legendary coach’s record-breaking 1125th win. You can watch coach Graf go after No. 1225 as live stats are posted only on the official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.