May 8, 2004
Ann Arbor, MI –
For the first time in four years the second-ranked Florida State softball team was swept in a doubleheader. The Seminoles (53-8), who let a win in game one win slip away due to two errors, were swept for the first time since 2000 as No. 7 Michigan (50-9) took game two 1-0. The Tribe mustered just three hits and three base runners versus Michigan ace Nicole Motycka (20-3). All eight FSU losses in 2004 have been by just one run.
Jessica van der Linden (24-5) was the hard luck loser as she didn’t allow an earned run in the game. It was the third straight game the FSU pitching staff has lost without allowing an earned run. Florida State is now 2-9 all-time versus the Wolverines.
Michigan put its lead off batter on board via a walk in both the first and second innings. It didn’t hurt van der Linden in the first but a single in the second on top of the walk put UM in business with runners at first and second. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Michigan then cashed in on a single to center field plating the first run of the game. FSU recorded its first out on a suicide squeeze and the second out of the frame on a pop out to second. The Tribe then retired the side still trailing 1-0.
Another error in the third put a Michigan runner in scoring position as the Tribe failed to end the frame on a routine pop-up to second base. This error wasn’t nearly as costly as the Seminoles were able to escape the frame with no further damage.
For the third time in four innings Michigan put its leadoff hitter on base as Angie Churchill led off with a double to right-center. The double did not lead to a run though as van der Linden continued to keep Michigan at bay and the score remained 1-0.
The Seminoles made one last attempt to avoid the sweep as van der Linden led off the seventh with her second hit of the day. She moved to second on a one-out sac bunt but Motycka was just too tough and the Tribe were unable to tie the game.
Florida State will wrap-up the regular season with a doubleheader versus Eastern Michigan Monday. Game times are set for 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles open postseason play at the ACC Tournament in Tallahassee May 14. The Tribe will face the Georgia Tech/NC State winner at 5:30 p.m. Friday. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team or the 2004 ACC Championship in Tallahassee please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.