April 18, 2004
College Park, MD –
The second ranked FSU softball team (48-5, 5-1) completed a sweep of Maryland Sunday afternoon behind Jessica van der Linden’s complete game two-hitter and a solo home run from designated player Katie Fricke. The 2-1 win was the Tribes 13th consecutive win over the Terps and van der Linden improved to 21-4 on the season.
Just like they did in game one, FSU got off to a good start versus UMD and hurler Monica Cyphert (8-5). After retiring the first hitter of the game, Natasha Jacob recorded her fourth hit of the day as she singled to left field. Jessica van der Linden then drove her home on a monster double to the warning track in right field. The two-bagger was the 50th of her career and she is the first Seminole to ever reach the 50-double mark.
van der Linden finished the fourth by striking out the side for the second time on the day and upping her K total to 10. She then got a little bit of help from Katie Fricke. The junior launched a homer over the fence in right center padding the FSU lead to 2-0. It was the second career homer for Fricke and extended the Tribe’s season HR record to 36.
Maryland started the fifth by ending van der Linden’s perfect game and shutout with one swing of the bat as Lindsay Klein homered down the left field line. The shot cut the FSU lead in half at 2-1 entering the top half of the sixth.
Beth Wade recorded a one out double in the sixth on a blast to the warning track in deep center. LaShaun Davis entered to pinch run but a cross up on a signal resulted in a double play as a hit in run turned into a pop out and Davis being doubled up at second.
Maryland put the tying run on first in the bottom of the seventh on a hard hit ball to third that was ruled an error. With one out in the frame another van der Linden offering was smashed to short where George climbed the ladder, plucked the drive out of the air and came down with the second out of the frame. The senior then finished off the two hitter with a pop out to first.
Florida State will continue ACC play Saturday, April 24 at home when conference co-leader North Carolina comes to town for a twin bill. Both games versus the Tar Heels will be available on Sunshine Network, via Internet radio and through live stats. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.