March 12, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
Florida State finished day one of the 2004 Florida State Invitational in grand fashion Friday night. The fourth-ranked Seminoles hit four homeruns as they improved to 25-3 on the season with a 9-1 win over Robert Morris (1-12). Lesley Palmer hit two home runs and Casey Hunter (13-1) allowed just two hits as FSU moved to 2-0 in the 15-team tournament.
The multi-homerun game was the first of Palmer’s FSU career. The junior now has nine for her career. Beth Wade and Veronica Wootson each homered as well in the Seminole victory. The four homers were the most homers in a game in at least the last four years and they upped FSU’s season total to 20 on the year. The 20 homers are the sixth most in a single season in program history.
The Tribe broke out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Jessica van der Linden drew a walk and Palmer followed with a two-run blast over the fence in left field. The home run was just the beginning for Florida State.
In the third inning the Seminoles started to play long ball again. Kim Hoffer opened the inning with a walk and leadoff hitter Veronica Wootson brought her home on the freshman’s second home run of the year. Natasha Jacob followed with a triple into the gap in left center. Colonial starter Erica Riggle (0-6) then walked van der Linden bringing Palmer back to the plate. The junior unleashed a 340 foot blast over the wall in left center clearing the bases and putting the Seminoles up 7-0. It was her second round tripper of the game and it marked the second time FSU has hit three homeruns in a game this year.
The Colonials cashed in on an error in the bottom of the fourth to put a run up versus Hunter but that was all they would get. In the top of the sixth FSU looked to sow up the win with another homerun. This time it was Beth Wade who went yard for the fifth time this season.
A heads up play by Veronica Wootson gave FSU its ninth run of the evening. The freshman got on with an infield single and then swiped second when the pitcher turned her back on the play. The hurler turned and fired but her throw sailed all the way to the warning track allowing Wootson to come home and stake FSU to a 9i-1 lead.
Florida State continues play at the 21st annual Florida State Invitational Tournament versus St. Joseph’s at noon and Central Michigan at 2:00. Both games will take place at the Seminole Softball Complex. For more information please visit the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.