May 4, 2003
Atlanta, GA –
The 12th-ranked Florida State softball team (42-9, 7-0) opened its final series of the year with a shutout victory over Georgia Tech (35-20, 3-3) Sunday in Atlanta, GA. The 4-0 victory marked FSU’s 23rd consecutive win and moved the team to 7-0 in ACC play. Sophomore hurler Casey Hunter (25-5, 5-0) allowed two hits as she won her 13th straight decision. The shutout was her 12th of the year, sixth during her winning streak and third in the ACC.
For the second straight year Shundra Colzie hurt the Jackets and Tech starter Erin Voeltz (12-6, 1-1). Last year in Tallahassee, FL, the then-junior led off the game with a home run and ended the Jacket’s six game ACC winning streak. This year it was her two-out triple in second that was the difference. The Seminoles also got a homerun from Tatiana George, her first of the year, and an RBI from 2002 All-American Brandi Stuart.
Voeltz started the first retiring the first hitter before walking Tatiana George. Jessica van der Linden followed with a single through the left side putting runners on first and second with just one out. The Tribe couldn’t cash in though as the Jackets got out of the jam on a double play ball to second.
Hunter started off by giving up a hit to the first two hitters she faced in the bottom of the first and then didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way. The sophomore got a big out next striking out Tech’s top hitter Tara Knudsen as the shortstop chased a high fastball. After a line out to second base, Hunter got out of the inning on a ground out to third.
Voeltz seemed to be cruising in the top of the second as she got FSU’s first two hitters and went to a two strike count on Lesley Palmer. The sophomore came through though as she sent a shot off the glove of second baseman Felicia Coursey. Shundra Colzie then launched a bomb to the fence in right center. The triple was the first of the year for the senior and put Florida State up 1-0. The designated player then came home on the next pitch as Voeltz uncorked a wild pitch putting FSU up 2-0 heading into the home half of the second.
Like Voeltz did in the top of the second, Hunter got the first two hitters in the bottom of the frame before walking Tech’s number eight and nine hitters. That brought up the top of the order as Georgia Tech looked to answer. The sophomore put out the fire again as she got Coursey to ground out to second.
Shandra Colzie started the third off with a single to the right side and was moved over to second on Tatiana George’s sacrifice bunt. After Tech put van der Linden on first on a walk, Elisa Vasquez fouled out to right and the Yellow Jackets got out of the inning as they doubled off van der Linden trying to tag up and advance to second.
Hunter fanned her second batter of the game to start the bottom of the third and then retired Knudsen again on a grounder to third. Palmer then ended the third as she handled another grounder between third and threw out Katie Donovan.
Voeltz once again retired the first two hitters she faced before walking Palmer in the top of the fourth. She then pegged Shundra Colzie on a 0-2 pitch putting two on with two down. The Seminoles were unable to build on the lead though as Voeltz retired the side on a ground out.
For the second inning in a row Hunter started off the inning with a K this time getting Lindsay Wood looking at strike three. The sophomore then got her fourth strike out of the day before ending the inning on a ground out to new third baseman Robyn Larson.
Shandra Colzie grounded out for the first out of the fifth bringing up George. The sophomore took the first pitch she saw and drove the liner over the right field fence. The homer was the third of the California native’s career and her first of the season. George’s 21st RBI was also a new career high. Vasquez followed with a single before Voeltz got out of the inning with the Jackets now trailing 3-0.
Hunter cruised through her third straight inning as she set the Jackets down in order. The Belleville, IL native had retired 10 consecutive batters at that point as the game moved into the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the sixth inning, FSU once again recorded a two out hit as Shundra Colzie reached on a bunt single against new hurler Tiffany Goodman. Colzie stole second but that was all they could do as the Jackets once again worked their way out of the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Tara Neff reached via a fielding error to get Tech going. Hunter though retired Knudsen again as the All-Region candidate chased another high fastball. She then ended the inning as she snared a hard hit liner and doubled Neff who got caught off of first.
In the top of the seventh, Goodman started the frame with a strikeout and then George reached and advanced to second on a Goodman throwing error. George moved to third on a grounder to second bringing up Vasquez with two outs. The junior drew a walk putting runners on the corners for Stuart. The 2002 All-American picked the perfect time for her first hit as her single to right plated FSU’s fourth run of the game.
With just three outs remaining, Georgia Tech sent its 5-6-7 hitters up to face Hunter. She got the first hitter to fly out to Natasha Jacob in left and then got out number two on a grounder to third.
After wrapping up its doubleheader with Georgia Tech, FSU will host the ACC Softball Championships for the 10th time in 12 years. The 2003 tournament will run from May 9-11 and tickets are now available by calling the Seminole Ticket office (1-888-FSU-nole or 850.644.1830) or on-line at www.seminoles.com. For more information on the 2003 Florida State softball team, please log on to seminoles.com, the official home for Florida State athletics on the internet.