March 4, 2003
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 5 Troy State 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. EST Game Tracker Available
Friday, March 7 Seminole Invitational
Rutgers 4:00 p.m. Game Tracker Available Winthrop 6:00 p.m. Game Tracker Available
Saturday, March 8 Seminole Invitational
Penn State 11:00 a.m. No Live Stats
**Please check the web for Game Tracker and Live Stats availability for other FSU and non-FSU games at the Seminole Invitational Tournament.
FSU will travel to Troy, Alabama for a doubleheader Wednesday against Troy State as it marks the 18th meeting all-time between these two clubs. Florida State leads the series 12-4-1 and has won eight of the last 10 games dating back to 1995. Last season, the Tribe won 2 of 3 and swept the doubleheader at home at the Seminole Softball Complex. Tatiana George went 5-for-9 with two doubles and two RBI’s in the series while scoring five runs to lead the Seminoles in scoring. Brandi Stuart also up big numbers against the Trojans. Stuart hit .571 with four hits, including a home run and a team-high five RBI’s. She set her personal-best mark with 74 hits on the season while going 3-for-4 in the second game of the doubleheader. The Seminoles 9-1 victory in the second game earned Jessica van der Linden a win after allowing one unearned run in six innings of work.
20 YEARS OF TRADITION
The 2003 Seminole Invitational Tournament is the 20th edition of the long running tourney and features one of the best fields ever. This year three teams from the 2002 College World Series (Florida State, Nebraska and Michigan) will be in Tallahassee for the tournament and six teams that participated in NCAA Regionals last season are making the trip. Four teams ranked in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll are participating as well as four former champions are (Florida State, Nebraska, Michigan and Texas A&M) including the last two winners Michigan (2000) and Nebraska (2002). No champion was declared in 2001 due to weather.
The Seminoles won or shared six of the first nine Seminole Invitational titles but have won only one since 1994 and that was five years ago in 1998. FSU is in the midst of its longest drought in tournament history. On the bright side, the lst time the Tribe went four years without winning the title, they won it that year. From 1994-1997 the Tribe was unable to win the Seminole Invitational but they grabbed the trophy in 1998. Florida State is in a pool that includes Rutgers, Winthrop and 2002 NCAA Tournament team Penn State. If FSU is to advance in the Gold Bracket, they would face the survivors from Pool A, which includes No. 19 Texas A&M and 2002 NCAA Tournament Team Iowa.
PUTTING THE GER IN RUTGERS
FSU will try to remain undefeated against Rutgers when they meet for just the seventh time in school history Friday at the 20th Annual Seminole Invitational Tournament. The Seminoles have outscored the Scarlet Knights 25-5 in six games since 1985 with the closest contest played in 1992 as Florida State defeated Rutgers 1-0 at home. The Tribe handed the Knights a 5-1 defeat in Game 2 of the Kia Classic Tournament in Fullerton, CA, as it marked the only game played between the two squads last season. Jessica van der Linden shined as the starting pitcher posting four strikeouts in three innings and going 2-for-2 at the plate with one RBI. Casey Hunter picked up the win pitching the final four innings of the game while striking out five batters and allowing only one earned run.
TAMING THE LIONS
FSU will face Penn State at the Seminole Softball Complex Saturday for the seventh meeting all-time since 1984. The Seminoles have won all six outings versus the Nittany Lions while outscoring them 29-5 and shutting them out in four out of the six games ever played. In the last meeting at home as part of the Seminole Classic, the Tribe was led by three former Seminoles. Monique Marier, Leslie Malerich and Kimmy Carter dominated the Lions in the 4-0 win. Jessica van der Linden is the only current FSU starter to get a hit in last year’s meeting. Brandi Stuart, Tatiana George and Elisa Vasquez all scored runs in the game.
The Seminoles game versus Winthrop marks just the first time the teams have played in over 10 years. From 1987 to 1992 the teams played five times with Florida State winning all five meetings. The Tribe has never allowed more than one run in a game to the Eagles and have outscored Winthrop 21-3 in five games. FSU’s most lopsided win over the Eagles came in the school’s first meeting when the Seminoles won 8-0. Since then, every game has been decided by three runs or less.
WHAT A WEEK
While 2002 1st Team All-American Brandi Stuart is off to another incredible start in 2003, you get the feeling she really turned the corner last week. Not only was she hitting the ball hard and often, she continued to make her ascent up the all-time records list. The senior led FSU in runs (4), doubles (1), home runs (1), total bases (8), slugging percentage (1.000), walks (6), steals (4) and fielding percentage (1.000). She also finished second with four hits and four RBIs. Stuart posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 13 opportunities and she didn’t strikeout once all weekend. With her performance last week, Stuart found herself tied for the all-time lead in walks with 114 in her career. She also moved into sole possession of second place for runs scored (171) and into a tie for second place all-time with 19 homeruns. She is currently in the top three in seven different career record categories.
As much as things change, they tend to stay the same. That is true as far as things go for FSU softball. The Seminoles are 20 games into the 2003 campaign and guess what, their 14-6 record is the same record they had 20 games into the 2002 campaign. This year’s squad is hitting better than that squad though. This year’s team batting average of .298 is 38 percentage points higher than where the team was through 20 games last year. The 2003 team, which has five more at bats, has scored 21 more runs, 19 more hits, eight more doubles, 12 more RBIs, a slugging percentage 22 percentage points higher and seven more steals. While all of that is impressive, none of it comes close to matching theses three number. In 2003, the FSU softball team has drawn 49 more walks, struck out 36 fewer times and has an on base percentage of .429 compared to .351 last year. The Tribe is also holding up pretty well in the circle compared to the 2002 team that was led by Leslie Malerich who owns three different all-time FSU pitching records. This year’s staff has an ERA just a shade higher than last year’s (1.11 compared to 1.23), has allowed just one more hit, has Ked 22 more batters and team’s are hitting just seven percentage points higher versus the 2003 staff.
HITTING 2002 2003 Record 14-6 14-6 Batting Avg. .264 .298 Runs 85 106 Hits 135 154 Doubles 26 18 RBI 65 77 Slugging .352 .374 Walks 62 111 Strikeouts 57 93 OB Pct .351 .429 Steals 34 41 Fielding Pct .957 .963 PITCHING 2002 2003 ERA 1.11 1.23 Complete Gms 16 15 Shutouts 8 4 Hits 80 81 Runs 41 33 Earned Runs 22 24 Strikeouts 148 170 Walks 59 46 Opp. Avg. .164 .171
RUN UNTIL YOU’RE ORANGE IN THE FACE
The Seminole Softball Complex looked more like Mike Long Track than anything else against Syracuse. The Tribe was running wild setting a season-high with nine steals, which is the most bases stolen in a single game since 2001. Brandi Stuart led the way with three steals while Elisa Vasquez and Shundra Colzie each stole two. Shandra Colzie and Bryttani Lindheim each stole a base also as FSU went a perfect 9 for 9 on the day. The previous season high for steals was seven and that was set against Georgia Southern opening weekend. In 2001, FSU’s season high in a game was six steals and in 2002 it was five steals in one game.
LIKE IT OR LUPPI IT
Freshman Carey Galuppi recorded her second hit of the year against the Mercer Bears and it was a big one. Called upon to pinch hit in the fourth inning with the bases loaded for FSU, the Boca Raton native sent a shot through the left side of the infield plating the first two RBI’s of her career. Her bases loaded hit was just the second by a Seminole all season.
‘A’ GETTING AN A LATELY
Senior Shandra Colzie is often referred to as ‘A’ compared to her identical twin sister Shundra who is called ‘U’. The way Shandra has been playing as of late, the ‘A’ stands for more than just a letter in her name. Since moving into the starting line-up five games ago, Shandra has hit .412, scored five runs, recorded seven hits, racked up seven total bases and has two steals. In that stretch she leads the team in runs, hits and at bats and is second in total bases and steals. She has recorded three multi-hit games in just those five games, which is more multi-hit games than 11 other Seminoles have registered all season.
TOPPING THE CHARTS
It is hard to do any better in the current ACC stats than FSU is doing right now. The Tribe leads the conference in team pitching and team hitting. They also have the No. 1 pitcher and No. 1 hitter in the league on top of three of the top four players for total hits and five of the top seven run scorers. The Seminoles currently lead the ACC in 16 of 22 statistical categories and are second in three others. Casey Hunter leads eight of nine pitching categories herself. Jessica van der Linden and Brandi Stuart are each on top of three statistical categories.
FSU is No. 1 in the ACC in the following categories:
Team Hitting Hits (Jessica van der Linden) Team Pitching Runs Scored (Brandi Stuart) Individual Pitching (Casey Hunter) Triples (Elisa Vasquez) Individual Hitting (Jessica van der Linden) Stolen Bases (Brandi Stuart) Walks (Brandi Stuart) On Base Pct (Jessica van der Linden) Wins (Casey Hunter) Innings Pitched (Casey Hunter) Strikeouts (Casey Hunter) Appearances (Casey Hunter) Saves (Casey Hunter) Games Started (Casey Hunter) Complete Games (Casey Hunter)