April 17, 2004
Charlottesville, VA –
After spending the past week with flu like symptoms, Seminole junior Casey Hunter (26-1) showed no ill effects in No. 2 FSU’s opening win over Virginia (29-23). The Tribe (46-4) scored a run in the second inning off a Carly Brieske triple and Hunter made it stand up. The junior hurler went the distanced and didn’t issue a single walk while fanning nine UVa batters. The win was Hunter’s 18th in a row and she lowered her season ERA to 0.64.
The victory was FSU’s 13th straight over the Cavaliers dating back to 1999. The win also extended FSU’s winning streak to a season-high 13 games. That ties the longest streak of the season.
Both teams put runners on base in the first but neither was able to break on top as the game moved into the second. The Tribe then broke in front. Tatiana George drew a one-out walk and Carly Brieske drove her home. The sophomore drilled her third triple of the year into the right field corner staking FSU to a 1-0 lead.
Neither team really threatened again until the sixth when FSU tried to add some insurance to the 1-0 lead. Natasha Jacob tried to bunt to get on but the Cavalier throw hit her in the helmet and sailed out of play. Jacob then moved to third on a wild pitch with one away in the frame. After an unintentional intentional walk to Jessica van der Linden, FSU went back to work with runners on the corners. Joanna Barstad (10-7) got the second out on an infield pop and then a Beth Wade smash was played perfectly to end the threat.
The Seminoles were unable to get anything going in the seventh as UVa came to the plate needing just one run to tie the game and two to end the game with a win. Sara Larquier put the Cavs in good position as she led the bottom half of the seventh off with a double to right center. The runner moved to third on a ground out before Hunter recorded her ninth K of the game for the second out of the frame. Hunter then ended the game on a weak pop up to short.
After completing its doubleheader with Virginia, Florida State will continue ACC play Sunday when it travels to College Park for a twin bill with Maryland. Both games versus the Terrapins will be available via live stats. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team please or live stats for Sunday’s game, please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.