April 14, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
For the third straight game the second-ranked Seminoles downed cross town rival Florida A&M 12-0 in five innings but Wednesday’s win over the Rattlerettes (25-28) was a little different. The Tribe (45-4) tied the single season home run record with their 33rd of the year as freshman sensation Veronica Wootson had a record setting night. The California native went yard for the third straight game, the first time a Seminole has done that since 1997, and she also set a new freshman home run record with her sixth bomb of the year in the 12-0, five inning win.
Wootson wasn’t the only one who had a big night. Jessica van der Linden picked up the first 20-win season of her brilliant career on the same night she registered her 750th career strikeout. The 2003 first team All-America then went on to record two more K’s as she passed Leslie Malerich and moved into third place all-time on the career strike out list with 752. The win improved van der Linden’s record to 20-3 on the season.
The top of the Seminole order was phenomenal once again Wednesday night as Wootson and Natasha Jacob combined to go 6-for-8 with two RBIs and six runs scored. Tatiana George also had her best game since returning from a month long injury as she went 1-for-2 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.
Florida State got off to a great start against FAMU starter Destiny Gordon (0-5). In the first inning the Seminoles recorded five hits and scored four runs as they stormed out of the gate. The inning was fueled by triples off the bats of Natasha Jacob and Tatiana George and four singles as FSU batted around.
Wootson led off the second with another single as FSU proceeded to bat around for a second straight inning and this time score five runs. The first five FSU batters in the second reached base safely and Katie Fricke’s two-out, two-run single was the biggest hit of the frame.
Florida State jumped all over the Rattlerettes again in the third frame thanks to Wootson’s home run. The freshman led off the inning by taking the first pitch she saw over the fence in straight away center field. George and Carey Galuppi would follow later with RBIs of their own to push the Florida State lead to 12-0.
The Tribe will return to ACC play this weekend when they head north for back-to-back conference doubleheaders. The Seminoles will face Maryland (21-17) and Virginia (28-21). 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.