March 13, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior pitcher Casey Hunter’s first inning error on a fluke pop fly produced four Southern Illinois unearned runs as the Salukis knocked-off No. 21 Florida State, 4-0, in the finale of the 2005 FSU Invitational at the Seminole Softball Complex Sunday. The Seminoles dropped to 19-9 while the Salukis improved to 13-7 overall.
“I went after the ball and I didn’t hear anyone talking,” said Hunter, whose record went to 10-7 but her ERA dropped to a low 0.78. I felt our third baseman Lesley [Palmer], but I wasn’t for sure if she was there. I was simply unsure and played the fly ball wrong.”
The Seminoles stranded six players on base, including junior left field Natasha Jacob three times. Of Florida State’s four hits recorded in the game, Jacob claimed three of them and led off the contest with a slap shot up the middle.
“They jumped out on us and got four runs right away,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf, “so that was pretty much the game. We learned that you have to play hard all seven innings and hopefully we learned a little today.”
Hunter pitched six innings and struck out eight batters and walked just four. Amy Herre earned the win and pitched seven innings, walking just two and striking out five Seminoles.
The Tribe’s only other hit came in the top of the fourth inning when Palmer singled to third base. Tatiana George would walk on the next play and load up the bases with pinch runner Carey Galuppi on third thanks to a fielder’s choice by Melissa Wood. However, Hoffer and Davis went down swinging to end the inning.
Jacob was named Offensive MVP of the tournament. She hit a team-high .667 in five games during the FSU Invitational, producing a team-best 10 hits and 11 total bases. She slugged .773 and got on base 68 percent of the time. Her performance against Radford and Southern Illinois was perfect at the plate as she went 4-for-4 and 3-for-3, respectively.
Krystal Stein led the Salukis offense with two hits.
Florida State will face Iowa State on Tuesday, March 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex.
Defensive MVP: Amy Harre
Offensive MVP: Natasha Jacob