March 9, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
The fourth-ranked Seminole softball team continued to rack up the wins Tuesday afternoon. Florida State improved to 22-3 on the year with a 7-4 win over Connecticut (2-10) in the first game of a mid-week doubleheader. Five Seminoles recorded an RBI and Casey Hunter improved to 11-1 as she picked up her 11th complete game of the season.
Reigning ACC Player of the Week Natasha Jacob recorded her second triple in less than a week, scored two runs and knocked in an RBI. Beth Wade went 2-for-2 with two doubles and Katie Fricke picked up her sixth pinch hit in 11 at bats in the win.
Connecticut mounted a threat right of the bat in the top of the first. Two walks and an error loaded the bases with just one out in the frame. Jen Ward then singled home FSU’s first run of the game on a shot into center. The Tribe got the second out of the inning on a force at home but Hunter walked her third batter of the inning to put UConn up 2-0.
The Tribe evened the game in the home half of the first. A UConn error allowed Jacob to reach and advance to second. Lesley Palmer than plated her on a shot up the middle. Wade knocked Elisa Vasquez in on a dou ble down the left field line to tie the score at 2-2. Florida State went on to load the bases versus Michelle Caouette (0-4) but the sophomore got out of the jam leaving the score 2-2 heading into the second.
A big error in the bottom of the second allowed FSU to jump in front. Veronica Wootson beat out a bunt single but the ball was thrown all the way to the wall in right. The speedy freshman rounded all three bases on the errant throw and put the Tribe in front 3-2.
For the third straight inning FSU put runs up on the board. After getting the first out of the inning, Palmer drew a walk and Wade came up. The senior doubled for the second time in a row putting runners on second and third. One of FSU’s hottest hitters, Carey Galuppi, then singled home both runs on a single to center field. In her last three starts, Galuppi is five of six with four runs and four RBIs.
With FSU in front 5-2 the Tribe loaded the bases again with two outs and sent the team’s hottest hitter to the plate in Galuppi. New UConn pitcher Jessica Gurney got up 0-2 on Galuppi and then got the sophomore to pop up to end the threat. It was the third time the Tribe left an inning with the bases loaded.
The Huskies tried to mount a comeback in the fifth as three straight singles loaded the bases with just one out in the frame. After Hunter struck out Erica Pernell looking, Holly Calcagno laced a double over the head of Natasha Jacob in center and plated two runs to bring the Huskies within a run at 5-4.
The Seminoles added some insurance in the home half of the fifth and once again it was Jacob who came through. LaShaun Davis got things going with a walk and a stolen base before Jacob laced a triple over the head of the outfielder in right. The triple was the sophomore’s second in the last five days and the three baggers are the first two of her career. Jacob come home on the next play as Jessica van der Linden plated her 19th RBI of the season with a hard hit single that bounced off the pitchers leg and extended the FSU lead to 7-4.
Florida State will wrap up its doubleheader with Connecticut at 6:00 p.m. this evening. The Seminoles return to action Thursday, March 11 at the Seminole Softball Complex versus Notre Dame in a single scheduled for 5:30 pm. Live stats will be available for all of FSU’s home contests at the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.