March 9, 2001
San Diego, CA –
The 16th-ranked Florida State softball team opened the San Diego State Tournament with an 8-0 win over University of California-Riverside (6-16-1) to move its record to 23-4 in 2001. Serita Brooks hit a fourth inning, 3 RBI inside the park home run and Monique Marier and Natalie Bennett combined for five RBI’s as the Seminoles opened the SDSU Tournament 1-0.
“It was nice to see us get big hits with runners on base,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “We haven’t always taken advantage of the opportunities we’ve had this season so it was great to see Nat, Serita and Mo take advantage of some good RBI chances.”
Florida State got on the board in the second inning when freshman Jessica van der Linden tripled to center field and Highlander pitcher Jessica Jenkins loaded the bases on back-to-back walks. Marier then sent then first pitch she saw down the right field line for a three run triple. It was Marier’s third triple of the season and it upped her RBI total to nine for the season.
As the game moved to the fourth, van der Linden once again began a rally for the Noles. The California native singled to left field to lead off the inning and after a fielder’s choice and back-to-back singles by Robyn Gauger and Marier, Bennett knocked a two run double to left center to put FSU up 5-0. With two outs, All-American Brooks then hit an inside the park home run to right center that scored Staci Brandon and Bennett and increased Florida State’s lead to 8-0.
Senior Jen White-Stokes shut the Highlanders down in the bottom of the fifth as she moved to 7-2 on the season. White-Stokes allowed just two hits, struck out four batters and walked just one and lowered her ERA to 0.61 on the season. It was her fourth straight win dating back to the championship game of the FAU tournament February 25.
The Seminoles continue tournament play at 11:30 PST when they face tournament host San Diego State (11-8). FSU then returns to action Saturday, March 10 when they face UC Riverside at 9:00 am and No. 10 Cal State Fullerton (20-6) at 11:30.