April 6, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Seminole softball team broke out the broom Saturday afternoon as they swept the season series from Florida A&M and attempted to sweep away two of the longest standing records in FSU softball history. The 21st-ranked Seminoles scored the most runs in a single game in the program’s 24-year history in an 18-3 romp over Florida A&M but just missed breaking the mark for the largest margin of victory. Both records were set in a 17-0 win over Florida A&M dating back to the 1987 season. The Seminoles did however establish five new season-highs in the win as their 18 runs, 16 hits, 14 RBIs, 22 total bases and 10 runs scored in an inning all set new marks for the 2002 campaign.
The victory, combined with a 6-0 win in the first game of the doubleheader, gave FSU the series sweep over the Rattlerettes. For the afternoon, FSU hit .480 as a team, slugged .660, knocked in 20 RBIs, pounded out 24 hits and had an on base percentage of .587. Junior All-American candidate Brandi Stuart led the way for FSU with her 4-for-4 day at the plate with five runs scored and five RBIs. She also hit her ninth home run of the year and added her third triple of the season as she slugged 2.250 in the doubleheader.
The Seminoles picked up right where they left off in game two of the doubleheader with Florida A&M by scoring four runs in the first off of Rattlerette starter Javetta Dryer (8-7). Shundra Colzie started the rally when she tripled to left center and ended up going 3-for-6 on the day and scoring four runs between the two games. The triple was also the first of the junior college transfer’s career at FSU. Van der Linden then reached on a fielder’s choice, after FAMU was unable to get Colzie at the plate on the suicide squeeze. Stuart next singled down the left field line advancing van der Linden to third. She then recorded her 40th steal of the year moving up to second. Kimmy Carter’s single drove in Stuart and van der Linden and gave her 34 RBIs for the year, which is a new career high for the senior. Florida State added its fourth run of the inning when Beth Wade singled to left field scoring Carter.
The Seminoles moved out to a 7-0 lead with three more runs in the bottom half of the second. Becky Brock started things off by singling to short and was followed by Shundra Colzie who reached on an error after she advanced Brock to second with her second sacrifice of the year. Van der Linden followed Colzie by singling to right field scoring Brock. The Florida A&M outfielder over ran the play though allowing van der Linden to move to second and Colzie to come around and score her third run of the day. After back-to-back walks to Stuart and Carter loaded the bases, Wade drew the third walk of the inning, which gave her two RBIs in the game for the first time since March 20 versus Maine and put the Tribe up 7-0.
The game really got out of hand for Florida A&M in the third when FSU sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on seven hits and one Rattlerette error to move in front 17-0. All 10 of FSU’s third inning runs came with two outs in the frame. Stuart got the first big hit of the inning when her three-run home run over the right field fence moved Florida State out to a 10-0 lead. The homer was the ninth of the season for the junior and represents the most by any Seminole in a single season since Tiffany Daniel set the mark with 10 in 1987. It also gave FSU 21 home runs on the year and moved the team within two of tying the team home run record set in 1992.
Elisa Velasco, Jackie Hirschfeld and Tatiana George each proceeded to record RBIs before three more runs scored by way of two wild pitches and a passed ball. That brought Stuart up again with runners on the corners as she singled up the middle and drove in her fourth run of the inning to put the Garnet and Gold up 17-0.
Freshman Casey Hunter came in relief in the top of the fourth as Jessica van der Linden (11-4) left the game with a 17-run lead after allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out two in three innings of work. Florida A&M did avoid its second consecutive shutout by reaching Hunter for three runs in the fourth and fifth. Senior Jackie Hirschfeld knocked in her third RBI of the season in the fourth as Hunter closed out the 18-3 win for the Seminoles.
The Seminoles are next in action Thursday, April 11 when the welcome UAB in for a doubleheader slated for 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. starts. That will be FSU’s last series before conference play begins next Saturday when Georgia Tech comes to town with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. There is no admission charge for all regular season games at the Seminole Softball Complex. For more information on Seminole softball, please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.