May 3, 2004
Auburn, AL –
Senior All-America Jessica van der Linden (24-4) pitched a gem Monday night as she recorded her 16th shutout of the year as No. 2 FSU shutdown No. 15 Auburn (39-14) 4-0 to gain a split in the twin bill. The Tribe (53-6), behind van der Linden’s 14 K’s and one-hitter, recorded their 13th win of the season over a ranked team. Lesley Palmer recorded the game-winning RBI on her sixth home run of the year and the Tribe recorded seven hits in the victory.
van der Linden’s 14 K’s marked the 15th time this season that the southpaw recorded double digit K’s in a game. She has now recorded 10 or more K’s in four of her last five starts and has 60 strikeouts in that span. The senior has now struck out 812 batters in her career and she has now fanned 300 this year. She is just eight K’s away from setting a new single season record.
The Seminoles looked to score their first run of the day in the first inning of game two versus starter Holly Currie (8-3). Veronica Wootson reached on an error and was sacrificed to second by Natasha Jacob. After van der Linden drew a walk, Currie recorded her first K of the game for out number two. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base and Currie then loaded the bases on a walk to Tatiana George. The Tribe, which struggled to get a clutch hit in game one, left the bases loaded as Currie ended the threat on her second K.
The Tigers couldn’t get anything going in the first thanks to van der Linden. The senior struck out to batters and raised her career K total to 800.
After failing to get on the board in the top of the first, FSU didn’t wait long to change that in the top of the second. Lesley Palmer, in just her third game back since tearing her ACL April 3, blasted a Currie offering over the fence in left. It was her sixth home run of the
season and staked FSU to a 1-0 lead. After recording the first out of the inning, LaShaun
Davis and Veronica Wootson recorded back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. Natasha Jacob recorded FSU’s third straight hit to load the bases for the second straight inning. Jessica van der Linden followed by lacing a drive to deep center, which was caught but the sacrifice fly plated the Tribe’s second run of the game.
Davis recorded her second hit of the game in the sixth and Wootson followed her by reaching on an error to put runners on first and second with one away. New Auburn pitcher Beth DiPietro then got the second out on a runner’s interference call. van der Linden followed with a single and an errant throw allowed two more Seminole runs to score upping the FSU lead to 4-0.
Florida State will wrap-up the regular season with a four-game swing through Michigan this
weekend. The Tribe opens the trip Saturday, May 8 with a win bill against No. 6 Michigan. Game times are set for 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 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.