April 26, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
For the fifth time this season and the seventh time in her career, Florida State softball player Jessica van der Linden was named the ACC Player of the Week. The senior All-America helped Florida State clinch its 11th ACC regular season championship versus North Carolina this Saturday in impressive fashion with her ninth career no-hitter and she drove in both game-winning RBIs in FSU’s sweep of the Tar Heels. With van der Linden’s honor, a Seminole has either won or shared the award nine times in 12 weeks this season. van der Linden is one of only two players to win the award on multiple occasions this season.
The Cerritos, CA native had a big weekend versus the Tar Heels as she hit .400, drove in the game-winning run in both games and went 1-0 in the circle with the ninth no-hitter of her career. Her RBI single in the third inning of game one was the only run scored by FSU as they downed UNC and ace Crystal Cox 1-0. Then in game two, van der Linden did it all as she no hit the Heels while striking out 14 batters and issuing just two walks. She also broke open a 0-0 game in the sixth inning with her second game-winning RBI of the day. The RBI sparked a five-run FSU rally that officially clinched the regular season title. The no-hitter was her fourth of the season. It was her first ever versus an ACC opponent and the first Seminole no-no versus an ACC squad since 1997.
Florida State returns to action versus NC State Saturday, May 1 when they welcome the Wolfpack to Tallahassee. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. This is the first ever meeting between the schools as this is NC State’s first season of softball. NCSU enters the week 32-23 and 3-5 in the ACC. The twin bill will be broadcast live over the Internet. There is no charge for the radio broadcast and the link to listen to the game is available at www.seminoles.com.