Feb. 20, 2004
Jacksonville, FL –
No. 10 Florida State saw its 35 game regular season win streak come to an end Friday night in Jacksonville (6-7). Janine Palumbo’s bases loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh plated the winning run in FSU’s 2-1 loss. The win was JU’s second of the season versus a top 25 team. Florida State (11-1) dropped its first game of the season and saw its streak of 14 straight doubleheader sweeps come to an end also.
Jessica van der Linden (5-1) picked up the loss despite striking out 13 batters. It was the fourth time in five games the senior has fanned double digit batters and she now has 62 K’s in her last five outings. Sophomore Kim Hoffer had the only RBI of the game for FSU.
The Tribe looked to get off to another quick start in game two of the twin bill. Natasha Jacob drew a one out walk and stole second before van der Linden singled putting runners on the corners. Jacksonville starter Stacey Bell (2-3) came back strong though and set down the next two hitters to keep FSU off the board in the top of the first.
Jacksonville, who was no hit for 4.2 innings in the first game, came out swinging right away in game two. The Dolphins started the home half of the first with a single before van der Linden bounced back to get the next two batters. The senior looked like she would escape the first unscathed by a two-out triple to the fence in left plated just the second run of the year versus the All-American. It was the first triple allowed by an FSU pitcher in 67 games and 1854 at bats dating back to 2002.
Trailing for just the second time all year, Bell held FSU without a hit up until the fifth inning when Katie Fricke started the frame with a bloop single over the pitcher’s head. Pinch runner LaShaun Davis was moved to second on a Beth Wade sacrifice putting a runner in scoring position for the Tribe. Davis moved 60 feet away from tying the game on a wild pitch before Kim Hoffer delivered the first RBI of her FSU career as she smoked a 3-1 pitch past third and into left field plating Davis with the tying run. It looked like FSU was going to break the tie as Veronica Wootson sent a deep fly into the gap in left center. The ball hung up just long enough for JU center fielder Monica McGee to make the play.
Facing the middle of the FSU order in the sixth, Bell responded by once again not allowing a hit and keeping the game tied at 1-1. In the home half, van der Linden started with her tenth K of the night before a squib hit to third put the potential lead run on first. The south paw came right back though and fanned her 11th and 12th batters of the game to end the inning and send the game into the seventh all even at 1-1.
Bell got the first two Seminoles with ease bringing Hoffer to the plate. The sophomore, who delivered the Tribe’s only run of the game, looked to deliver again. The Texas native hammered a Bell offering to deep left field but the ball was reeled in on the warning track right in front of the fence to end the top half of the seventh. After retiring the first two JU batters in the home half of the frame, the Dolphins put the potential winning run on first on a well hit single to right field. Jacksonville moved the runner to second on a bunt single as the winning run moved into scoring position. JU inched closer to the win as a passed ball moved both runners up. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Palumbo’s single won the game for JU.
Florida State returns home Sunday, February 22 for a 1:00 pm single game versus Florida A&M. The first 150 fans will receive a free water bottle and there will be a softball clinic with the FSU players following the game. To take part in the clinic you must pre-register and forms are available on line on the upcoming promotions webpage. For more information on the 2004 Seminole softball team, please log on to the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.