April 24, 2004 - by
Casey Hunter Wins 20th Straight As No. 2 Softball Shuts Out UNC 1-0

April 24, 2004

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Tallahassee, FL –
Casey Hunter continues to dominate ACC batters. The junior hurler picked up her fourth ACC shutout and moved to a perfect 5-0 in ACC play as she extended her conference scoreless streak to 52.2 innings in No. 2 FSU’s (49-5, 6-1) 1-0 win over North Carolina (40-17, 6-3). Hunter struck out seven and didn’t issue a single walk. She has not issued a single free pass in four of her last seven starts and has just four walks in the last 36 innings. Hunter is now 28-1 on the season and has won 20 consecutive decisions.

Natasha Jacob continued to dominate at the plate for FSU as she went 3-for-3 with a double and scored FSU’s lone run of the game. Jacob has 18 hits in her last 35 at bats with nine runs scored, two doubles, two triples and six RBIs. Jessica van der Linden had the only RBI of the game as she plated Jacob after the sophomore’s double to the gap in left. UNC’s Crystal Cox (21-11, 3-3) went the distance for UNC as she spread out five hits over seven innings and allowed just the one run.

After stranding a runner in the first, FSU looked to break on top versus UNC starter Cox. Beth Wade and Carly Brieske each drew walks versus Cox as the Tribe put two on with just one away. Cox got out number two on a pop up and then set down the side as LaShaun Davis struck out swinging.

Jacob continued her red hot hitting in the third as she sent a one-out double into the gap in left. van der Linden then made Cox and the Tar Heels pay as she bounced a single up the middle scoring Jacob from second. van der Linden moved up to second on the throw home as the Heels tried to gun down Jacob putting another runner in scoring position for the Seminoles. Cox got Elisa Vasquez to fly out for the second out of the inning and then Beth Wade pooped up to end the threat.

North Carolina put its leadoff runner on for the second straight inning in the fifth as the Heels looked to try and even the game versus Hunter. The junior hurler got the next batter on a fielder’s choice at second and then the next outs came on Hunter’s fifth and sixth K’s of the game.

The top of the Seminole order went back to work versus Cox in the home half of the fifth. After a Davis out, Veronica Wootson singled through the left side of the infield and Jacob followed with her third hit of the day, a bunt single. A walk to van der Linden loaded the bases with just one away for Elisa Vasquez. Cox set down the senior looking at called strike three. She got out of the jam as Wade flew out to left.

Florida State put runners in scoring position again in the sixth as Carly Brieske drew a one out walk and Kim Hoffer reached on an error. Davis moved both over on a sacrifice bunt leaving runners on second and third with two outs. The Tribe failed to plate a run again as Wootson popped up to short to end the threat as FSU stranded their eighth and ninth runners of the game.

Carolina threatened in its last at bat as they put a runner in scoring position on a bad hop single that ricocheted off Tatiana George and into foul territory. Hunter came back and recorded her seventh K for the second out of the inning and then ended the game on a runner’s interference at second base on a ground ball.

After wrapping up its doubleheader with North Carolina today, Florida State will conclude ACC play Saturday, May 1 at home when they take on NC State for the first time in program history. Both games versus the Wolfpack will be available on via Internet radio and through live stats. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.

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