April 8, 2001
Chapel Hill, NC –
The Florida State softball team left Tallahassee Thursday knowing that it was facing the most important road trip of the 2001 season. The Seminoles traveled to Chapel Hill, NC and took two games from ACC-rival North Carolina and tournament games from regional opponents East Carolina and Florida Atlantic before dropping their final tournament game to UNC (24-15-1) 3-2 in extra innings to post a 4-1 record for the weekend and take over sole possession of first place in the ACC and South Atlantic Softball Association. Jen White-Stokes went 3-0 and she and Kimmy Carter each knocked in three RBI as the Noles moved to 39-7 on the year and 3-1 in the conference.
In the final game of the 2001 Tar Heel Invitational, North Carolina took an early lead on FSU in the bottom of the second when junior Kelly Ramsey hit a 225-foot blast over the center field fence off of Seminole starter Jessica van der Linden (11-3). FSU evened the score in the third when Serita Brooks reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second. The throw from UNC catcher Natalie Anter sailed over the shortstop’s head and Brooks came around to score on the two base error.
The Heels reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third when North Carolina outfielder Natasha Snipes led off with a single and advanced to third on a throwing error by Seminole catcher Kimmy Carter. Snipes scored one play later when left fielder Emily Price singled to left. FSU once again evened the game on another throwing error by the Heels. Second baseman Brandi Stuart got on base with an infield single to the shortstop and then stole second. She then swiped third base and came around to score when the Heels attempted to throw out Stuart at third and nobody covered the base.
The game remained tied into the bottom of the eighth inning when UNC’s Rosie Gustavson scored the winning run on a single to right center by Michelle Semmes and gave the Tar Heels the 2001 Tar Heel Invitational title with a 3-2 victory. North Carolina starter Radara McHugh got the win and moved to 1-1 against FSU this season and 15-9 for the season.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee to face Florida A&M Wednesday, April 11 at the Rattlerette Softball Complex. The Noles will resume play at home with their final meeting with FAMU Tuesday, April 17. After the meeting with FAMU, Florida State will have just three home dates remaining on its 2001 schedule.