April 17, 2004
Charlottesville, VA –
For 6 2/3innings the second-ranked FSU softball team looked like it was cruising to its 14th straight win and 24th consecutive ACC win before the roof caved in with just one out left in the game. Virginia (29-23, 2-4) plated four runs with two outs in the seventh as they came back from a 4-1 deficit to upset the second-ranked Seminoles (46-5, 3-1). All-American Jessica van der Linden (20-4) was saddled with the loss as the Cavaliers recorded their first win over FSU since 1999.
The Tribe looked to get off to a good start versus Tallahassee native and Virginia starter Erin Horn (13-8). Veronica Wootson started the game with a single to third and she then swiped second base. Natasha Jacob put down a perfect sac bunt to move Wootson to third and she then came home on Beth Wade’s dribbler down the third base line.
A walk and a stolen base put a Cavalier in scoring position in the home half of the first but van der Linden came back to end the inning on a ground out and a strike out looking.
In the top of the second, Carly Brieske and Kim Hoffer recorded back-to-back hits off Horn but FSU was unable to plate another run as the sophomore hurler worked her way out of the inning on a pop out and a fly ball to left field.
Virginia once again looked to even the game in the second. Sara Larquier singled to lead off and then was sacrificed to second. The sophomore swiped third but a double play on a suicide squeeze ended the inning as the bunt was popped up to first.
Brieske singled again in the fourth as she moved to 2-for-2 in the game and 3-for-5 on the day. Hoffer followed with a sac bunt that she was a hair away from beating out and turning into her second single. Carey Galuppi then ripped a Horn offering to third but Larquier was right there to snag the line drive and end the inning.
For the third time in four innings, UVa started the home half of a frame by putting a runner on base. van der Linden then came back with her sixth K of the game and a pop out to move her one out away from finishing off the fourth. She couldn’t get out of the inning though as Larquier once again got on. The sophomore drove a deep shot into the fence in center tying the game at 1-1. The Tribe came back and ended the inning on van der Linden’s seventh K but not before the damage was done.
FSU looked to retake the lead in the fifth as Veronica Wootson started the inning with a bunt
single. Just like she did in the first, Jacob advanced the runner on a sac but this time she moved her to second rather than third. van der Linden then helped her own cause on a single through the left side scoring Wootson with her second run of the game. Beth Wade followed with another single as the Tribe put two on with just one away. Pinch hitter Katie Fricke moved both runners up a base on a ground out to second as Horn moved within one out of escaping a big Seminole inning but Tatiana George didn’t allow that to happen. The junior sent a shot to left field that traveled about 218 feet and hit Lauren Dennis’ glove and fell in for a double. The hit scored both runs and extended the FSU lead to 4-1.
Trailing by three runs, Virginia opened the bottom of the seventh with an infield single bringing up Larquier, who was already 2-for-2 on the day with an RBI double. van der Linden got her on three straight pitches as she recorded her 11th K of the game. The second out came on a fielder’s choice at second before a walk brought the tying run to the plate. Another van der Linden walk loaded the bases and she then hit the number nine hitter to cut the lead to 4-2. A bad hop single to short scored two runs and tied the game. Elea Crockett then ended the game with a single up the middle.
Florida State will continue ACC play Sunday when it travels to College Park for a twin bill with Maryland. Both games versus the Terrapins will be available via live stats. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team please or live stats for Sunday’s game, please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.