May 16, 1998
STILLWATER, Okla. – Shane Anderson made a game-saving defensive play in the
eighth inning and Jenni Shideler drove in the winning run in the ninth as
top-seeded Stanford eliminated third seed Florida State with a 1-0 win in
the NCAA Softball Regional here Saturday.
Shideler, who went 2-for-3 in the game, singled to score March Crouch (who
also had two hits in the game) from second with the game’s only run, and
Florida State was unable to mount a significant threat in the bottom half
of the inning.
But the Seminoles nearly won the game in the eighth, when FSU’s Teresa
Edenfield hit a rocket down the third-base line with runners on first and
second and no one out. Anderson dove to her right to make an outstanding
backhanded stop, stepped on third and threw to first to record a double
play and end FSU’s threat.
“I don’t remember it,” said Anderson, who was playing even with the bag on
the play. “It just felt great. There were two strikes on the hitter, so the
tendency for her to bunt would be close to nothing hopefully. So I just
kind of played the percentages and had extra reaction time and a little
Shideler’s RBI made a winner of Becky Blevins (24-9), who went the
distance, scattering eight hits and walking two. FSU’s Jennifer White
(26-8), making her first appearance since late March, also allowed eight
hits in nine innings of work but took the loss.
Stanford now meets Southwest Missouri State, which defeated the Cardinal
5-2 Friday evening, in a 7 p.m. game Saturday. The winner of that game
advances to Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. against Oklahoma State.
Stanford 1, Florida State 0 (9 innings)
Stanford 000 000 001 -- 1 8 1 Florida State 000 000 000 -- 0 8 1
Blevins and Wiginton; White and Hull. W - Blevins (24-9). L - White (26-8).