April 4, 2003
Elon, NC –
The 16th-ranked Seminole softball team (27-9) set a new-season high for consecutive wins in Elon, NC Friday as they downed the Phoenix (12-15) 6-0 for their eighth consecutive victory. Sophomore Casey Hunter (18-5) won her seventh consecutive decision as she struck out seven hitters and didn’t issue a single walk in five innings. Five different Seminoles knocked in a run as FSU recorded its ninth shutout of the season.
Shandra Colzie led FSU with three hits and All-American Brandi Stuart had two hits and an RBI for Florida State. Jessica van der Linden, Elisa Vasquez, Beth Wade and Lesley Palmer all recorded RBIs also. The Seminoles played 16 of the 17 players who made the Elon trip in game one.
Shandra Colzie started the game off with a perfect bunt single and was sacrificed over to second on Tatiana George’s bunt. Colzie then moved to third on a passed ball. Elon starter Whitney Meeks (6-8) recorded the second out of the inning as Jessica van der Linden watched strike three. She then ended the FSU threat by getting Stuart swinging.
Hunter started the bottom of the first with a K of her own as she got the leadoff hitter for Elon looking. Jenny Gustin followed with a sharp single up the middle and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Hunter ended the inning with her second strikeout looking of the frame as the game moved to the top of two.
After two mammoth foul balls to left field, Meeks got Vasquez to fly out to record the first out of the inning. She then fanned her third batter of the game for out number two. Meeks ended the visitor’s half of the second on a check swing ground out off the bat of Lesley Palmer.
Hunter cruised through the Phoenix line-up in the bottom of the second as she retired Elon in order on a ground out, a line out and a pop up. Shundra Colzie started the third by reaching on an Elon error but she was wiped off the bases on Natasha Jacob’s line-out, double play. The Seminoles then went quietly on a foul out to end the top of the frame.
After a foul out to start the home portion of the third, Hunter struck out her third hitter of the game for the second out of the inning. She then fanned her fourth batter as she retired her seventh consecutive Elon hitter to move the scoreless game into the fourth inning.
Florida State put on its leadoff hitter again in the fourth thanks to Elon’s second error of the game. With nobody covering second and Meeks’ back to the play, George alertly stole second. After a Jessica van der Linden ground out, Stuart singled to short to put runners on the corners. Vasquez then broke the tie with her sharp single back up the middle. The RBI plated George and Vasquez ended up on second and Stuart on third as FSU continued to threaten Meeks. Wade added to the Seminole lead with an RBI single to center as FSU still had runners on second and third with just one out. Palmer got into the act as she dropped another single in front of the Elon center fielder as the Tribe moved in front 3-0. Meeks got the second out of the inning when Shundra Colzie went down swinging she then got out of the fourth as Jacob went down looking.
Elon tried to answer FSU’s explosion in the top of the inning as they started the home half of the fourth with a leadoff single. Hunter responded though and did not allow the base runner to come home as FSU held on to its 3-0 lead.
For the fourth time in five innings, FSU started an inning by putting the leadoff hitter on base. Shandra Colzie recorded her second hit of the day as she singled to shallow left field. The Seminoles capitalized on Elon’s third error to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Van der Linden followed with a single to right but the ball went through the legs of the right fielder and rolled all the way to the wall. That allowed van der Linden to get to third and both base runners to come home. Stuart then plated van der Linden with a single up the middle to extend FSU to a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hunter retired the first two hitters via K’s as she recorded her third straight strikeout and her seventh of the game. Reserve first baseman Julie Tiggis then helped retire the side in order as she snared a line drive to first.
Freshman Julie Hauck came in for Hunter in the sixth and proceeded to strike out the first batter she faced. She then set the Phoenix down in order as the game moved into the seventh. Florida State didn’t threaten in its final at bat as Hauck looked to close out the game. Elon didn’t go quietly though as they loaded the bases with just one out. Jacob then came through with a huge play as she snared the fly ball and pegged the runner who tagged at third to end the game.
After completing their doubleheader with Elon, the Seminoles continue conference play versus North Carolina Saturday, April 5 in Chapel Hill, NC. Game times have been moved up two hours to avoid and expected afternoon rain storm. The Seminoles are 2-0 in ACC play and will look to avenge their loss to the Tar Heels in last season’s ACC Tournament. 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.