Feb. 8, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
With the Seminole Classic Championship already wrapped up, the 19th-ranked Seminoles looked to close out the weekend on a perfect note against cross-town rival Florida A&M (1-6) and things went just as planned. The Seminoles run-ruled their second opponent of the weekend and won by eight runs for the third time in four games as they moved to 4-0 on the season. The win was FSU’s 28th consecutive regular season win and the Seminoles have now started 4-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.
Elisa Vasquez, Carly Brieske and Casey Hunter all had huge games in the win. Hunter won her second straight decision and didn’t issue a walk or allow an earned run in six innings of work. Vasquez and Brieske continued their run producing assault. The two combined to drive in five runs in the game and they now have combined for 12 of FSU’s 22 RBIs this season. They are first and second on the team in hits and are tied for the team lead in home runs.
As big as the game was for Vasquez, Brieske and Hunter, it was even more important for head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. The long-time Seminole coach picked up her 999th fast pitch win and is now one victory away from joining one of the most exclusive clubs in NCAA softball. With just one more win, Graf will become just the second Division I coach ever to win 1,000 games and only the third in NCAA history at any level to reach that plateau. Graf will go after number 1,000 on the road at Mercer Wednesday night.
Florida State wasted no time taking the lead in the top of the first versus FAMU. Tatiana George singled through the right side and she was followed by Jessica van der Linden who also singled to the same side. After the Tribe pulled off a double steal, the Seminoles top RBI producer, Vasquez, singled to center field moving van der Linden to third and plating George. The RBI was the sixth of the season at that point for Vasquez. That brought up Brieske who added to her RBI total with an infield single, which plated another run. Brieske, who now has five RBIs in four games, is halfway to matching the 10 she recorded in 39 games all of last season.
Florida A&M cut the lead in half with an unearned run in the bottom of the first but the Seminoles blew the game open with six runs in the third inning. George and van der Linden started the inning again as they drew back-to-back walks. A ground out advanced the runners and a FAMU error scored George as Vasquez picked up yet another RBI. Vasquez scored on another Florida A&M error and Brieske eventually came in on a wild pitch. That brought up freshman sensation Veronica Wootson who singled up the middle driving in her first ever RBI. The Californian is now second on the team with a .455 batting average. The Tribe went on to add two more unearned runs to bring the inning to a close.
In an effort to end the game early and send the fans home happy, the Tribe added to their lead in the top of the sixth. The Seminoles’ two hottest hitters came through to extend the lead to eight runs. Vasquez laced a triple into right center and then Brieske cashed in once again. The sophomore singled through the left side plating Vasquez and raising her RBI total to five, second on the team.
The Seminoles return to action Wednesday, February 11 in Macon, GA for a doubleheader with Mercer. The games are slated to start at 4:00 p.m. For more information on the 2004 Seminole softball team, please log on to the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.