Feb. 11, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
After suffering their first defeat of the 2001 season Saturday, the 17th-ranked Seminole softball team advanced to the finals of the Tomahawk Bash Tournament with a 3-2 10-inning win over Tennessee-Chattanooga Sunday afternoon. The Noles (5-1) will face Florida International (8-0) in the tournament finale with the opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second off of RBI singles by Jen White-Stokes and Brandi Stuart, the Seminoles looked like they were headed for a rematch with FIU in the championship game but UTC evened the score in the bottom of the sixth. Moc second baseman Dana Reed led off the inning with a walk and first baseman Angela Brewer took the first White-Stokes pitch she saw over the left center wall to tie the game at 2-2.
“UTC is a tough team and they fought us all the way today,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “We hung in there and got a run in the 10th after a couple of missed opportunities during the game. I give our kids a lot of credit for hanging tough.”
After leaving the bases loaded in the eighth, senior Serita Brooks led off the 10th inning with a single to left field and advanced to second on Staci Brandon’s sacrifice. Seminole RBI-leader Monique Marier recorded her fifth RBI of 2001 when she tripled home Brooks with the game winning run.
Freshman Jessica van der Linden, who relieved White-Stokes in the bottom of the 7th, allowed no hits in four innings of relief and recorded her second win of the season. The Seminoles and Golden Panthers will play for the Tomahawk Bash championship at 3:00 pm at the Seminole Softball Complex on the campus of FSU.