Feb. 22, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
The 10th-ranked FSU softball bounced back from its first loss of the year in impressive fashion Sunday afternoon. The Tribe won its 13th straight game versus Florida A&M (5-9) behind senior Jessica van der Linden’s (6-1) second no-hitter of the year. The Tribe (12-1) need just five innings as they run-ruled FAMU 8-0 for the second time in two meetings this season.
For the sixth time in her four-year career, van der Linden no-hit an opponent as she struck out nine batters in five innings Sunday. The USA Softball player of the year candidate did it at the plate as well going 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. She also drew a walk. Lesley Palmer led the team with three RBIs and Carly Brieske recorded the first triple of her career.
After van der Linden set FAMU down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, FSU went to work at the plate in the home half of the frame. Tatiana George, returning to the line-up after a four game injury absence, doubled down the left field line. Van der Linden then drove the run home with a single up the middle. The RBI was her ninth of the year. A Lesley Palmer ground out moved van der Linden to third with two outs in the frame. Brieske then came through with a two-out, two-strike double to right center putting the Seminoles in front 2-0. The RBI set a new season-high for Brieske who now has 11.
Florida A&M starter Destiny Gordon (0-2) got in trouble again in the second inning. She gave up three hits and then walked van der Linden with the bases loaded for FSU’s third run of the game. Gordon then gave up another big two-out hit when Palmer cleared the bases on a double into the gap in right center. The junior was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple but the inning ended with FSU in front 6-0.
In the bottom of the third, Florida State increased its lead against new pitcher Monique Mattingly. The big hit of the inning was LaShaun Davis’ two out double, which scored Beth Wade putting the Tribe in front 7-0. The run was the sixth two-out run scored by FSU on the day.
The Seminoles looked to end the day early in the bottom of the fifth. Brieske and Davis both singled in the fifth sandwiched around a Kim Hoffer walk. Katie Fricke then ended the game on a sacrifice fly to center driving in the eighth run of the game.
Florida State returns to action, February 24 at 4:00 pm versus Troy State. The doubleheader will take place at the Seminole Softball Complex where admission is free to all regular season games. For more information on the 2004 Seminole softball team, please log on to the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.