Feb. 9, 2001
Tallahassee, FL — The 17th-ranked Seminole softball team (3-0) extended their shutout streak to 20 innings as they defeated Florida A&M (0-1) 1-0 in the opening game of the 2001 Tomahawk Bash. Freshman hurler Jessica van der Linden recorded her first-ever collegiate win as she struck out 10 batters and held the Rattlers to just one hit. FSU has not allowed a single run during the 2001 season.
“I am extremely happy with the way we have pitched to open up the season,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “To allow no runs and only two walks in three games is just amazing. Jessica had a great outing tonight and to strike out 10 batters and only allow one walk in her first collegiate outing is a great start to her college career.”
The Seminoles got their only run in the first inning off of a Brandi Stuart RBI when Serita Brooks led off the game reaching first on an error. The Seminoles threatened again in the sixth when they left the bases loaded but van der Linden made the first inning run stand as she struck out half of the batters she faced. The Noles have now limited two of their first three opponents to just one-hit this season.
FSU has now opened the season at 3-0 for the fifth time in the last six years and the Noles will look to continue their win streak when they take on Tennessee-Chattanooga at noon and Florida International at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 10. The Tomahawk Bash will continue all weekend at the Seminole Softball Complex and admission is free.