March 2, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
Seminole pitcher Casey Hunter continued her string of dominant performances Sunday afternoon as she reached double digit strikeouts for the third time in her last five starts and allowed just one unearned run in No. 15 FSU’s 6-1 win over Syracuse (2-6). The game was the Tribes first at the 2003 Seminole Challenge as rain washed away all of Saturday’s games. The loss was the Orangewomen’s third at the tournament and dropped the team to 2-6 on the year.
Florida State smacked four doubles, two by Tatiana George, and stole a season-high nine bases in the win. Lesley Palmer led the Seminoles with two RBIs and both George and Shandra Colzie recorded multiple hits in the win.
Hunter (10-3), who has now struck out 52 batters in her last five starts, got off to a familiar start as she K’ed two of the first three Syracuse hitters she faced. Hunter’s start seemed to inspire the offense as Shandra Colzie led off with a perfect bunt down the third base line. She was followed by George who blasted a double to deep center field setting up Brandi Stuart with runners on second and third with no outs. Syracuse starter Tara DiMaggio (2-3) walked Stuart on four straight pitches loading the bases for Jessica van der Linden. The junior’s sac fly to deep right field plated Colzie and gave FSU an early 1-0 lead. The Tribe was unable to add to that lead as the game moved into the second.
An FSU error and a sac bunt gave Syracuse a runner at third in the top of the second. The Orangewomen then muffed the suicide squeeze attempt but another Seminole miscue allowed the runner to tie the game at 1-1. Hunter came right back though and recorded her third and fourth K’s of the game to retire the side.
The Seminoles got their lead-off runner on again in the second as Shundra Colzie drew a walk. She went on to steal second and third before designated player Bryttani Lindheim drew FSU’s second free pass of the frame. After a Lindheim steal, DiMaggio’s wild pitch scored Colzie and moved the Tribe in front 2-1.
Errors continued to plague FSU in the third as a third miscue set Syracuse up with runners on second and third and just one out. After Hunter registered her fifth strikeout of the game, she ended the SU threat with another strikeout swinging.
Just as they did in the first and second, FSU put the lead-off hitter on as Stuart drew a walk in the third. The senior proceeded to steal second and third before Elisa Vasquez drew a one-out walk to put runners on the corners. After Vasquez swiped second, FSU’s sixth steal of the game, sophomore Lesley Palmer sent a deep double to left center plating two runs and extending the Tribe to a 4-1 lead. A Syracuse pitching change brought Taylor Petersen into the game and she ended the FSU rally as the game moved to the top of the fourth with the Seminoles leading 4-1.
The Orangewomen got their first hit of the day off Hunter in the fourth but the sophomore not only struck out her seventh hitter but she kept Syracuse off the board for the third time in four innings. Shandra Colzie got her second hit of the game and then stole the Tribe’s seventh base of the day in the bottom of the frame but Petersen and the Syracuse defense held the FSU offense without a run for just the first inning all game.
Syracuse scratched out its second hit of the game in the fifth but Hunter also racked up K number seven as the scored remained 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Van der Linden led off the fifth with the 34th double of her career as she is now just five doubles away from becoming the all-time doubles leader in FSU history. A Vasquez sac bunt moved van der Linden to third for Palmer, who already had two RBIs on the day. The sophomore drew FSU’s sixth walk setting the stage for Shundra Colzie who knocked in the Tribe’s fifth run on an infield single. First time starter Julie Tiggis followed with the first hit of her Seminole career to load the bases with just one out. Petersen got Lindheim looking and then second baseman Rachel Park’s diving stab ended the threat leaving the score at 5-1.
The Orangewomen went quietly in the sixth as Hunter struck out her ninth batter of the game as she went in search of double digit strikeouts for the third time in her last five starts. George started the bottom of the inning with her second double of the game as her line drive bounced off the fence in left. After another four pitch walk to Stuart, van der Linden sacrificed the runners to second and third. Syracuse’s first error of the game allowed pinch runner Carey Galuppi to score the Tribe’s sixth run of the contest. Florida State then swiped its eighth and ninth bases of the game putting runners on second and third. A Petersen strike out and walk loaded the bases once again for FSU, this time with two outs. The SU pitcher got her third K to retire the side with the bases full of Seminoles.
The Tribe concludes Seminole Challenge play Sunday, March 2 against Pittsburgh (4-5) immediately following the Syracuse game. Florida State returns to action Wednesday, March 5 as they Travel to Troy, AL to face the Lady Trojans in a mid-week doubleheader. For more information on the 2003 Florida State softball team, please log on to seminoles.com, the official athletic home for Florida State athletics on the internet.