April 4, 2003
Elon, NC –
For the first time since opening the 2002 season with back-to-back shutouts versus Georgia Southern, 16th-ranked FSU (28-9) swept a doubleheader with two blankings as they took game two from Elon (12-15) 6-0. The win extended the Seminoles’ season-long win streak to nine games as the Tribe moved to 11-1 in South Region games this season. Florida State is now one win away from becoming the 17th Seminole softball team in the last 21 years to post a double digit win streak.
All-American candidate Jessica van der Linden (9-4) picked up her third consecutive win as she struck out 12 batters and registered double digit strikeouts for the seventh time in her last eight starts. Elisa Vasquez and van der Linden each knocked in two RBIs and both had three hits to pace the Tribe.
After playing three scoreless innings in game one, FSU opened up a lead early on in game two versus Elon as they put up three first inning runs. Shandra Colzie, who had three hits in the first game, drew a walk to leadoff in game two and then proceeded to swipe second. Tatiana George sacrificed her to third as FSU sent up its two top hitters to try to drive her home. Van der Linden helped her own cause as she singled a 3-2 pitch to left to plate Colzie and put FSU in front 1-0. Brandi Stuart drew a walk next as FSU put runners on second and third with just one out. Elisa Vasquez then sent Jennifer Lamb’s (4-5) change up to the wall clearing the bases and putting the Tribe up 3-0. Carly Brieske followed with a single to put runners on the corners but Elon got out of the jam on a double play as Vasquez tried to score on a ground out.
After retiring the first hitter in the bottom of the first, van der Linden gave up back-to-back infield singles before recording her first strikeout of the game. The Cerritos, CA native got out of the inning on a soft grounder to second as the game moved into the second with FSU in front 3-0.
The Tribe led off the second with a Lesley Palmer single to right. Shundra Colzie followed with a single to center field as the Tribe looked to build on its lead. The Phoenix defense then helped Lamb out as they turned their second double play of the day as Shandra Colzie lined out and twin sister Shundra Colzie was caught off of first on the smash to short. Lamb then got van der Linden looking at strike three to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second van der Linden set the Phoenix down in order as the junior recorded her second K of the game. That brought up Vasquez to start the third and she laced a double off the wall down the right field line. The two-bagger was her second of the game and marked the first time in her three-year career she had doubled twice in a game. Florida State couldn’t capitalize though as the game moved into the home half of the third.
Elon started the third off with a walk before van der Linden came back to register her third and fourth strikeouts of the game. The Phoenix then tried to swipe second off freshman catcher BillieAnne Gay but as she has done 16 times before, the Tallahassee native threw out the would be stealer. She has now gunned down 17 of the 26 batters that have tried to run on her this season.
Palmer, who hadn’t gone deep in almost a month, led off the top of the fourth with a solo shot to left to put FSU up 4-0. The homer run was her third of the year and moved her to 2 for 2 in the game. The redshirt sophomore who came in with just one hit in her last 25 at bats moved to 3 for 4 in the double header with two RBIs.
In the home half of the fourth, van der Linden recorded two more strikeouts as she upped her total to six in the game. Florida State led off the top of the fifth with three straight singles but the Seminoles were unable to build on the 4-0 lead as a hard hit liner was snared at third, the Phoenix left fielder made a great play on a ball that looked like it was headed to the gap and the first out of the inning was called when van der Linden was called out for violating the look-back rule.
Florida State and van der Linden kept it going in the fifth as she set the Phoenix down in order while recording two strikeouts in the frame for the third straight inning. With two more Ks in the fifth, van der Linden upped her total to eight as she neared double digits again.
Pinch hitter Carey Galuppi sent a two-out double to the gap in right center in the sixth and George followed by bringing her home on a single to left field. With a 5-0 lead, van der Linden helped herself again as she doubled home George with the Tribe’s sixth run. The two-bagger was the 37th of the junior’s career and moved her one double away from tying the all-time career record at FSU.
The junior went back to work in the bottom of the sixth as she searched for two more strikeouts and her fourth straight win. She was able to get strikeout number nine as she headed to the bottom of the seventh needing just one more K as Elon sent its 6-7-8 hitters to the plate. The leftie registered two more Ks and registered two or more strikeouts in four of the games final five innings.
The Seminoles continue conference play versus North Carolina Saturday, April 5 in Chapel Hill, NC. Game times have been moved up two hours to avoid and expected afternoon rain storm. The Seminoles are 2-0 in ACC play and will look to avenge their loss to the Tar Heels in last season’s ACC Tournament. For more information on the 2003 Florida State softball team, please log on to seminoles.com, the official athletic home for Florida State athletics on the internet.