Feb. 23, 2001
Boca Raton, FL –
The 16th-ranked Seminole softball team (13-2) lost just their second game of the 2001 season when they were downed 1-0 by the University of Illinois (10-4) in the opening game of the FAU/Worth Invitational. Florida State stranded five base runners and committed three errors in its first loss in the last 10 games.
“Illinois played very well tonight but you can’t play as inconsistently as we did and expect to beat a good team,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “We had some opportunities to score runs but we never seemed to get the big hit we needed.”
Illinois freshman Amanda Fortune (3-1) limited the Seminoles to just three hits and struck out three batters giving up two walks in the complete game shutout. Florida State threatened in the first, second and fourth but was unable to get a big hit off of the right-hander from Newhall, CA.
Staci Brandon recorded a one-out triple in the bottom of the first but the Noles were unable to get her home. FSU then stranded Brandi Stuart at third base in the bottom of the second inning. In the fourth, Jen White-Stokes, who took the loss despite allowing just one earned run, singled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to load the bases but Fortune once again held FSU off of the board.
The Seminoles had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh when White-Stokes recorded her second hit of the game with a one-out double. Illinois brought in freshman Kathryn Nevard to close the door and she retired the next two batters to record her first save of the season.
Florida State will continue play at the FAU/Worth Invitational at approximately 7:45 p.m. when they face tournament host Florida Atlantic (5-4). Florida Atlantic holds a 2-3 all-time edge in the series with the Seminoles.