March 13, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
It has been six years since a Seminole softball team captured the Florida State Invitational title but the 2004 squad has put itself in prime position to make a run at this year’s trophy. The fourth-ranked Seminoles wrapped-up the Pool A title with a 7-0 win over St. Joseph’s (5-9) Saturday afternoon. The win assures FSU’s advancement into the Gold Bracket at the tournament.
As has been the case all weekend, it was big hits that won the game for the Tribe. The Seminoles had five extra base hits including three triples, two off the bat of Veronica Wootson. Lesley Palmer contributed with her fourth homer of the tournament and Jessica van der Linden had her 47th career double. Casey Hunter allowed just one hit and no walks as she improved to 14-1 on the year.
The game got off to a great start in the opening frame as Veronica Wootson sent a shot into the gap in right center that rolled all the way to the warning track. Before the Hawks had sent the ball back to the infield, the speedy freshman was standing on third base. After a failed bunt attempt, FSU got on the board courtesy of Jessica van der Linden’s triple off the wall in right field. The Tribe then stormed out to a 3-0 lead with their third extra base hit of the inning. Lesley Palmer hit her third homer of the tournament bringing home van der Linden as FSU stormed out of the 3-0 lead. The HR was the fifth hit by FSU in its two-plus games at the Florida State Invitational.
After a big first, FSU didn’t threaten the Hawks again until the fifth when Wootson led off with a double and Jacob reached on an attempted sacrifice. Jacob then swiped second on a double steal. As Wootson broke back to third, SJU’s third baseman lost the pick off throw and the freshman came home with FSU’s fourth run. The Tribe went up 5-0 on a van der Linden RBI single down the right field line. The first out came on Palmer’s sac bunt moving pinch runner Carey Galuppi to third. The move paid off on Beth Wade’s sacrifice fly that scored Galuppi with the Seminoles’ sixth run of the game.
In the top of the seventh Wootson recorded her third hit of the game and her second triple. All three of the freshman’s hits went for extra bases. Jacob then drove her in with a slap single into right field.
Florida State continues play at the 21st annual Florida State Invitational Tournament versus Central Michigan at 2:00. Bracket play will begin at 5:00 p.m. where and when FSU will play tonight has yet to be determined. For more information on tonight’s schedule please visit the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.