Feb. 10, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
For five innings it looked like the 17th-ranked Seminole softball team would shutout their third opponent and move to 5-0 on the 2001 season but Golden Panther first baseman Shannon Carey changed all of that with one swing of the bat. Carey, a senior transfer from Lake City Community College, took senior Jen White-Stokes 3-2 offering and deposited it over the centerfield wall to give FIU (6-0) a 2-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Seminoles (4-1).
“We have been living dangerously all tournament,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “Our pitching has been great but offensively we have to score more runs. We can’t expect our pitchers to shut out every team we face.”
Florida State took the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Serita Brooks’ double drove in Jessica van der Linden who reached base after being hit by a pitch. Brooks’ double was only the second hit of the game for FSU and Golden Panther pitcher Vanessa Preston didn’t allow another hit the rest of the way and Carey took care of the rest with her two-run blast.
“Preston did a great job on the mound for FIU today,” said Graf. “To limit us to one run on two hits tells you how well she pitched. Then their first baseman got a big hit and we just couldn’t get anything else going.”
The Tomahawk Bash continues Saturday evening with Florida A&M facing Tennessee-Chattanooga and Florida International taking on FAMU. Action continues Sunday with FIU (1) taking on FAMU (4) at 10:00 a.m. and Florida State (2) faces Tennessee-Chattnooga (3) at 12:00 p.m. The winners will meet in the championship game at 2:00 p.m.