Feb. 15, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Freshman Casey Hunter got the first start of her Seminole career and responded by pitching FSU to a 6-3 win over Syracuse in FSU’s second game of the day at the Seminole Classic Tournament. The Millstadt, IL native helped Florida State rebound from its 3-2 loss to Georgia earlier Friday afternoon by allowing just three runs in picking up her first-ever collegiate victory.
Florida State (6-4) found its stroke at the plate and had its second-best offensive outing of the season as they recorded six hits in the 6-3 win. Freshman Shandra Colzie had her best game as a Seminole going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two steals and an RBI and Jessica van der Linden added a two-run double to propel the Seminoles to 1-1 at the Seminole Classic and into a tie with Maryland, Penn State and Syracuse for second place at the end of day one.
Florida State wasted little time getting on to the scoreboard versus the Orangewomen (1-1) in game two as they struck for a run in each of the first three innings. Colzie led off the top of the first with a single to center field and was sacrificed over to second by freshman Bryttani Lindheim. Colzie advanced to third on her first steal of the season and she came around to score when her slide dislodged the ball out of the shortstop’s glove.
Colzie was involved in the game’s second run as well as sophomore Julie Jordan started things off when she was hit by pitch. Tatiana George sacrificed Jordan to second where she came around to score on Colzie’s first career RBI, an infield single.
Lindheim led off the third by drawing a walk off of Syracuse starter Tara DiMaggio (0-1). Senior Kimmy Carter sacrificed Lindheim to second before van der Linden doubled down the right field line knocking in her third RBI of the season and extending FSU to a 3-0 lead.
Colzie started things off again for FSU in the top of the fifth when she moved to 3-for-3 on the evening on a single to the pitcher and then stole second. Colzie advanced to third on a wild pitch before Carter knocked her in on a fielder’s choice for the senior’s team-leading sixth RBI of the season. Brandi Stuart followed with a single and advanced to second on an error. Carter advanced to third on the single and came around to score on the error. Stuart then moved to a perfect 11-for-11on steal attempts as she swiped third and came around to score on van der Linden’s sacrifice fly to center putting the Seminoles up 6-0.
The Orangewomen tagged on three runs in the late innings but never really threatened Hunter as she closed out Syracuse sending the Orangewomen to their first loss of the season.
Florida State continues play in the Seminole Challenge Tournament Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. when they take on Penn State (1-1) and follow that up with a 4:00 p.m. tilt with ACC-rival Maryland (1-1). For complete coverage of Seminole softball please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.