April 7, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
Coming into 2003 Florida State had never recorded a shutout of the Florida Gators. That was before Casey Hunter took the circle. The junior hurler improved to 24-1 on the year as she threw her second career shutout versus the 13th-ranked Gators. Hunter is the only Seminole pitcher to ever shutout UF. The 2-0 win improved the third-ranked Seminoles’ record to 42-4 on the year. The win was the fourth in a row for Florida State. FSU will try to go after the first ever home sweep in series history this evening.
The Seminole hurler recorded 11 strikeouts, her most since 2/27/04 versus Texas, and she has still never allowed a run to Florida in 19 innings of work. The Tribe broke out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to RBIs by USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist Jessica van der Linden and Carly Brieske and then rode Hunter’s arm the rest of the way.
Hunter got off to a hot start retiring the Gators in order in the top of the first including two via K’s. The Tribe immediately went to work versus Stacey Stevens (11-3) in the home half of the first. Veronica Wootson led off with a single and Natasha Jacob reached safely on a sac bunt attempt. van der Linden the scored Wootson on a single up the middle. Stevens then hit Elisa Vasquez on the foot to load the bases. After a 16 minute rain delay, Beth Wade popped out to short for the first out of the frame. Stevens got in more trouble by walking in another run on five pitches to Carly Brieske. Stevens worked out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts to end the first.
The game was delayed for another 27 minutes before the Gators came out looking to cut into the lead. A hit batter and single put runners on the corners with nobody out. A stolen base moved both runners into scoring position before a double play wiped the runner off third who was leaning towards home on a hot shot to new third baseman Kim Hoffer. Hunter then fanned her third of the game to end the second.
The Gators opened the fifth with a leadoff double but despite a hits batter, UF was unable to capitalize as Hunter recorded three more strikeouts raising her total to nine for the game at that point. UF never threatened again.
After completing its twin bill with Florida this evening, the Seminoles hit the road this weekend for a twin bill in Orlando. The Tribe will face UCF for a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team or the homerun derby please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.