Feb. 17, 2001
Tallahasee, FL –
Freshman Jessica van der Linden was off to a great start to her collegiate career. She was 2-0 and had already recorded a 10-strikeout game in a win over FAMU but things got even better for the southpaw from Cerritos, CA Saturday afternoon. Van der Linden pitched the first no-hitter of her collegiate career as she limited the College of Charleston to no hits and one walk in six innings of work as the 17th-ranked Seminoles moved to 8-1 on the season with an 8-0 win over the Cougars (2-2).
“I really don’t pay attention to things like no-hitters while I’m on the mound but when I was in the dugout in the bottom of the sixth I started to realize it,” said van der Linden. “I felt very comfortable today and it was the first time this season my curveball was really working. It was a really awesome feeling and now I have to work on the perfect game.”
Van der Linden was very close to that perfect game against the College of Charleston. She gave up one walk and that was to the first batter she faced. After that walk, van der Linden retired 15 straight batters before allowing Cougar outfielder Lindsay Ellis to reach on an error.
“I am really pleased how this season has started for myself and our team and I want to focus on continuing to pitch well,” said van der Linden. “I never expected to start my collegiate career on such a high note but I’m not complaining.”
Staci Brandon, Kimmy Carter and Becky Brock led the Seminoles with 2 RBI’s each and Robyn Gauger and Brandi Stuart each recorded an RBI. Stuart and Natalie Bennett each went two for two and Carter finished the day with two hits at three at bats.
The Seminoles continue action at the 2001 Sunshine State Tournament when they face the undefeated Eagles of Boston College in a 2:00 p.m. game. FSU returns to action Sunday, February 18 in a game that is yet to be determined. All games will take place at the Seminole Softbal Complex and are free to the public.