April 9, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
Senior Jen White-Stokes’ comeback from two injury-plagued seasons has been remarkable and it keeps getting better for the Tuttle, OK native as she was named ACC and South Atlantic Softball Alliance (SASA) Pitcher of the Week Monday. In picking up her second ACC honor, White-Stokes becomes the first player this season to win ACC honors for her pitching and for her work at the plate. White-Stokes went 3-0 this past week with a 0.00 ERA as FSU picked up four wins and moved into sole possession of first place in the ACC. She is also the first player to win SASA Pitcher of the Week honors. The SASA is made up of the five ACC schools with softball programs and East Carolina University.
White-Stokes led the Seminoles to a 4-1 mark this week with three huge wins on the mound and three RBI at the plate. White-Stokes pitched the second game of FSU’s doubleheader sweep of the Tar Heels in which she scattered six hits over seven innings and walked no batters while striking out four. She then came in to put the brakes on a FAU rally that had already seen the Owls make up four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. White-Stokes entered the game with two Owls on base and the game tied 4-4 when she proceeded to strike out Dianne Sanchez, who was 1 for 2 on the day, to end the inning. She earned the win when the Seminoles took the game in the eighth inning. White-Stokes then pitched her second complete game, shutout of the weekend when she blanked ECU 2-0. She pitched seven innings, allowed four hits while striking out three batters and walking none. She posted a 0.00 ERA for the weekend, struck out seven batters while walking just one in 15.1 innings. White-Stokes now leads FSU in wins (14), ERA (0.46), appearances (23), starts (18), complete games (15), shutouts (9), innings pitched (122) and fewest earned runs allowed (8).
White-Stokes also recorded three RBI this weekend in three of FSU’s biggest games of the season. She knocked in the second run in FSU’s conference win over North Carolina 2-0 and then scored the first run in the Seminoles 5-0 doubleheader sweep over the Heels. She also knocked in a run versus the Heels and that win ultimately put FSU at the top of the ACC standings. In the Noles third match-up of the season with No. 26 FAU, the teams split the first two meetings, White-Stokes got the game-winning RBI in extra innings to give FSU the 5-4 win and clinch the season series from the Owls. She is now third on the team in average (.343), second in slugging percentage (.457) and second in doubles (7).
White-Stokes, who had an unbelievable freshman year for the Seminoles, posted a 26-8 record and a 1.37 ERA, which was highlighted by back-to-back wins over No. 2 Fresno State and No. 3 Washington in her first season in Tallahassee. She then struggled with injuries as a sophomore and junior but has returned to be one of the most important players on the 17th-ranked Seminole softball team (39-7).