March 6, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
The fourth-ranked FSU softball team (20-3) had a little bit of a hard time shaking off a tough loss earlier in the day to No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Tribe stumbled out of the gate versus St. John’s and found themselves trailing 4-1 after two innings. That didn’t stop FSU from staging a comeback though and winning their 20th game of the season by downing the Red Storm (7-9) 7-4.
Junior Casey Hunter improved to 10-1 on the hill and didn’t allow an earned run in the win. Elisa Vasquez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Lesley Palmer chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Carey Galuppi went 3-for-3 in the DP spot and scored two runs.
The Red Storm looked to get back in the game in the bottom of the first. Two errors loaded the bases with just one out in the frame. A passed ball allowed St. John’s to even the game and Hunter then walked her first batter of the game to load the bases again. SJU jumped into the lead on a fielder’s choice when FSU was unable to put the runner out at the plate. Another mental error opened the door for a third run as the Tribe though they had a force out at home on a double play but never tagged the runner and just stepped on the base.
The Red Storm continued to take advantage of FSU mistakes in the bottom of the second. Two more passed balls and two hits moved St. John’s in front 4-1 as sloppy Seminole play continued to hurt FSU in the field.
In the top of the third, FSU tried to chip away at the St. John’s lead as FSU put together a two-out rally. Carey Galuppi led off with a hit before SJU starter Courtney Fitzgerald (2-1) retired the next two hitters. Florida State then put together three consecutive singles including RBIs by Vasquez and Lesley Palmer. Trailing 4-3 now, Fitzgerald worked the count to 3-2 on Beth Wade before getting out of the inning.
Still trailing by a run in the sixth and down to their last five outs, FSU tried to stage a rally versus new SJU pitcher Brittany Crouch. Singles by Brieske and Kim Hoffer put runners on first and second with just one away. Galuppi singled to load the bases bringing up the top of the order. A force at home brought the Red Storm one out away from getting out of the jam. Jacob was down to her last strike before her infield smash and a fielding error allowed two runs to score and put FSU in front 5-4. The Red Storm should have been out of the inning again but two more errors allowed two more FSU runs to score and bolstered the Seminole advantage to 7-4.
Florida State concludes play at the 2004 Seminole Challenge versus Connecticut at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Live stats will be available for all of FSU’s contests at the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.