Feb. 18, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
For the second week in a row, the Florida State softball team advanced to the finals of a tournament they are hosting as they improved to 10-1 on the 2001 season. Senior pitcher Jennifer White-Strokes pitched a complete game two-hitter and raised her record to 3-1 and Kimmy Carter drove in four runs as the Seminoles downed the College of Charleston (2-4) by a count of 9-1 in five innings.
Florida State started the scoring in the first inning when leadoff hitter Serita Brooks singled and stole second base. Brooks advanced to third on Staci Brandon’s single to the pitcher and Kimmy Carter doubled to plate Brooks. The RBI was Carter’s seventh of the season and it was just the start of a big day for the junior from Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
After Charleston evened the game 1-1 in the top of the second, the Seminoles answered back in the bottom of the third with four runs. Brooks once again led off the inning with a single and recorded her team leading fifth stolen base as she advanced to second. Brandon singled and moved Brooks to third where she would score on a Charleston error. Brandi Stuart’s single scored Staci Brandon and then Kimmy Carter scored on a walk to Jessica van der Linden. The Noles scored their final run of the inning when freshman Elisa Velsco was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
“I was happy that we started to score some runs today,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “Kimmy really had a great game and it was nice to see we were able to score nine runs and get 12 hits against a good College of Charleston team.”
White-Stokes held the Cougars hitless the rest of the way and the Seminoles put the game away with a four-run fifth inning. Natalie Bennett’s single to centerfield scored Beth Wade and
White-Stokes then scored on Jackie Hirschfeld’s ground out to the shortstop. Carter then capped off her big day with a two-RBI single that scored Serita Brooks and Natalie Bennett and moved the Seminoles into the championship game at 2:00 p.m. FSU will face the winner of the game between Boston College (2-1) ad Kent State (1-2) which starts at 12:00 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex.