May 7, 2004
Ann Arbor, MI –
Saturday’s doubleheader between the second-ranked FSU softball team and the seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines will now be available through an Internet radio broadcast. The games are slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. and the voice of Seminole Softball (Campo) will bring you all the action from the key out of conference twin bill.
Florida State’s first ever trip to Ann Arbor should be a doozey as the second-ranked Seminoles and seventh-ranked Wolverines square off in what could be a possible World Series match a few weeks down the road. Both teams look to be locks for No. 1 seeds in the tournament and both will be hosting NCAA regionals beginning May 20.
Michigan and FSU have met once already this season in a classic battle. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie through six innings before Veronica Wootson stole home in the bottom of the sixth to give FSU the 1-0 win. The game was a semi-final match-up at the Florida State Invitational Tournament and both teams mustered just three hits a piece in the pitcher’s duel between Jessica van der Linden and Jennie Ritter.
It was just the second win ever for FSU over the Wolverines who lead the all-time series 7-2. Every time the teams have played the game has taken place in Tallahassee except for 1999 when the squads met at a neutral site. The win this year stopped a seven-game losing streak by FSU at the hands of Michigan. Winning in Ann Arbor will be especially tough considering Michigan has lost just once at home all season. What will make the twin bill even more special are the two pitching staffs. FSU is the No. 1 staff in the nation and Michigan ranks fourth. Casey Hunter, van der Linden and Michigan’s Nicole Motycka are all in the top six for ERA and the Seminoles and Wolverines are two of just three teams to have two pitchers ranked among the top 40 in the country in ERA. Another thing to watch for is if FSU can keep its perfect record alive versus Big 10 teams. The Tribe is 3-0 versus the conference with wins over Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State.