April 22, 2003
FSU 8 Florida A&M 0 (6) FSU 9 Jacksonville 0 (5) FSU 2 Jacksonville 0
No. 14 FSU at No. 22 Florida
Wednesday — 4:00 p.m. — Gainesville, FL
No. 14 FSU at No. 22 Florida
Wednesday — 6:00 p.m. — Gainesville, FL
No. 14 FSU vs. Virginia
Saturday — 1:00 p.m. — Tallahassee, FL
TELEVISION: Sunshine Network Tape-Delayed (Sunday, 4/27 at 4:00 p.m.)
GAME TRACKER: (Game One)
No. 14 FSU vs. Virginia
Saturday 3:00 p.m. Tallahassee, FL
TELEVISION: Sunshine Network Tape-Delayed (Sunday, 4/27 at 6:00 p.m.)
GAME TRACKER: (Game Two)
The showdown between the 13th-ranked Florida State Seminoles and 22nd-ranked Florida Gators is less than 24 hours away but if you can’t make it to Gainesville for the softball showdown, we got you covered. Thanks to the Sunshine Network and our friends at the Florida Sports Information, there are a multitude of ways to follow the action Wednesday. The first game (4:00 p.m.) will be broadcast live by Sunshine, broadcast live over the internet by WRUF and there will be live stats. Game two will be live over internet radio also and live stats will be available for that game also.
Florida State leads the all-time series versus the University of Florida 8-5… Florida State has outscored Florida 53-43 in 13 total meetings…the Seminoles have won three straight meetings in Gainesville and the only sweep in the series came in 2001 at UF when FSU won 5-3 and 3-1…in every year except for 2001, the two squads have split each doubleheader played since the rivalry was born in 1997…in four of those five double headers, Florida State has lost game one only to fight back in game two to salvage a series split…FSU has never shutout the Gators in 13 meetings…Florida State has hit at least one homerun versus Florida in the last three series…the Seminoles’ first win was also the most lopsided win in series history as the Tribe blew the Gators out by a score of 8-1…no player on either team has had more than one extra base hit in a game in the history of the series…there has been just one extra inning game between the teams in 13 meetings (2000: UF 5 FSU 3)…FSU’s most important victory came during the NCAA Regionals in 2001, which marks the only time the two teams have met in post-season play. The Seminoles won the game by a score of 3-1 eliminating the Gators and topping off the 2001 season with the only three game sweep over the University of Florida in series history…the win in game two of the series in 2001 was a career milestone for coach Dr. JoAnne Graf as she recorded the 1,100th win of her record-breaking career…the Gators’ largest margin of victory came last season in a 7-1 win in game one. Florida State came back in game two and almost reversed the score with a 6-1 victory.
GREAT MOMENTS AND GREAT PLAYERS IN THE SERIES
In last year’s win over Florida in the second game of the doubleheader, Jessica van der Linden was the star of the game going 1-2 with two RBIs. Her first came on a sac fly in the first inning and the second came in the third with a double down the right field line. She also pitched a complete game striking out eight while only allowing one earned run. At the time, van der Linden set her career high with her 14th win of the season. Shandra Colzie and Kimmy Carter both contributed with two hits and a run scored; Colzie also had an RBI on the night. Overall, eight of the eleven batters who stepped to the plate finished the game with at least one hit and five different players had at least one RBI.
Despite an embarrassing 7-1 loss to UF last season, game one of the doubleheader was a coming out party for then freshman Casey Hunter. After falling behind 7-0 through two innings, Hunter was impressive in relief shutting out the Gators through the last five innings of the game striking out seven and allowing only one hit. The Belleville, IL native had pitched less than 30 innings up to that point and had never pitched more than four innings without allowing a run. Her outing that day gave FSU coaches the confidence in Hunter coming into this season where she is sixth in the nation with a 0.71 ERA, seventh in the nation with a .808 winning percentage and is also in the top 25 for Ks per seven innings.
Florida State’s three game sweep of the Gators in 2001 was obviously a highlight for FSU in the rivalry but it may not have ever happened had it not been for St. Marks, FL native and junior college transfer Robyn Gauger. With FSU trailing 2-0 in the first of two at the Florida Softball Stadium, the senior sparked the comeback with a first pitch, 230-foot home run to left field in the second inning. Brandi Stuart followed with aggressive base running as she stole second and third base after drawing a walk, only to score the game tying run as Natalie Bennett reached base on an error by UF pitcher Renise Landry. The Seminoles never looked back and extended the lead to 5-2 in the top of the third with a sac fly by Gauger and a two-RBI double down the left field line by Monique Marier. Leslie Malerich also picked up the complete game win allowing three hits and striking out four.
In game two of the 2001 doubleheader, Jen White-Stokes picked up the win while allowing only one run in seven innings pitched. She helped her own cause at the plate by singling to open the fifth inning and later scoring on a wild pitch by UF’s Amanda Moore. The Seminoles won the game 3-1 and handed coach Dr. JoAnne Graff her 1,100th career win making it the first and only time the Tribe has swept the Gators.
The Seminoles completed the three game sweep with a 6-2 win at the 2001 NCAA Regional Tournament in Tallahassee. In the circle, Leslie Malerich pitched six innings of no-hit ball striking out six batters. Offensively, Robyn Gauger stood out going 2 for 3 knocking in two runs and scoring one herself.
One of the single greatest moments in series history came in 2000 when Brandi Stuart won the game for the Seminoles in dramatic fashion as she belted a grand slam to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning. The score was 3-1 going into the seventh when Serita Brooks was walked with bases loaded to score Becky Brock cutting the lead to 3-2. Stuart then took 10 pitches and eventually belted a 3-2 offering out of the park for the walk-off, grand slam. She finished the game going 3-4 with four RBIs and rounding the bases to score one of her own.
In 1999, the Tribe won game two of the DH after smacking 15 hits, a series high for FSU, and six runs off of Gator pitching. Kimmy Carter was perfect at the plate including a triple and an RBI. Danielle Cox and Corrie Williams were both 2-4 and each added a stolen base. Leslie Malerich got the win, striking out five batters and walking only one.
FSU GAME RECORDS AGAINST FLORIDA
Longest Win Streak 3 (2001) Longest Losing Streak 1 (Five times) Current Win Streak 1 (2002) Most Runs 8 (1997) Fewest Runs 0 (1999) Most Hits 15 (1999) Most At Bats 34 (1997) Fewest At Bats 23 (1999) Doubles in a Game 3 (1997) Triples in a Game 1 (99,00) HR in a Game 1 (00, 01, 02) Most RBIs in a Game 6 (00,01, 02) Most Times Walked 7 (2001) Fewest Strikeouts 0 (98, 99) Most Strikeouts 8 (01, 02) Most Stolen Bases 3 (97, 98, 01) Most Errors 7 (1998)
Most Runs Allowed 8 (1998) Fewest Runs Allowed 1 (97, 01, 02) Most Hits Allowed 15 (1998) Fewest Hits Allowed 2 (97, 01) Most Batters Ked 9 (2002) Most Innings Pitched 8 (2000) Shutouts 0
Runs Scored 3-- Misty Molin (1997) 3-- Kimmy Carter (1999) Most Hits 3-- Kimmy Carter (1999) 3-- Brandi Stuart (2000) Most RBIs 4-- Brandi Stuart (2000) Most Walks 2-- Dana Bailey (1998) 2-- Serita Brooks (2001) Stolen Bases 3-- Myssi Calkins (1997)
PITCHING (min. 4 Innings)
Most Runs Allowed 8-- Corrie Williams 1998 Most Earned Runs 4-- Corrie Williams 1998 Fewest Runs Allowed 0-- Casey Hunter 2002 (5.0 Inn) Fewest Earned Runs 0-- Stacy Venable 1998 (7.0 Inn) 0-- Casey Hunter 2002 (5.0 Inn) Most Strikeouts 8-- Jessica van der Linden 2992 (7.0 Inn) Fewest Hits 1-- Casey Hunter 2002 (5.0 Inn) Fewest Walks 0-- Robyn Gauger 2000 (7.1 Inn) Most Walks 4-- Kristy Fuentes 1997 (6.0 Inn) 4-- Stacey Venable 1998 (7.0 Inn) Most Innings Pitched 7.1-- Robyn Gauger 2000
STREAKING TO NO. 1
With FSU’s doubleheader sweep of Jacksonville, the Tribe now has the longest current win streak in Division I softball with 18 consecutive victories. Louisiana-Lafayette was up to 18 in a row itself before a loss to FIU ended their run this past weekend. Notre Dame is currently at 16 in a row. The longest win streak so far this season belongs to UCLA who won 24 straight games from February 1 to March 8 and ended with a 1-0 loss to DePaul. During FSU’s current streak, the fifth longest in school history, the Tribe has won four extra inning games, run-ruled three opponents, has pitched a shutout in 11 of the 18 games and outscored its opponents 92-12. Combined with North Carolina’s 15 game win streak earlier this year, FSU and UNC have combined for a 33 game win streak second only to the Pac 10 duo of UCLA and Arizona, which combined to win 41.
Longest Win Streaks in 2003
Florida State 18
Notre Dame 16
Bold/italic = current streak
THE ROAD TO FRUITION
One of the overlooked stats for this year’s FSU squad, which is swimming in amazing numbers, is the team’s performance on the road. In games played at an opponent’s park, Florida State is currently 11-1 and has won 10 straight road games. The last time FSU lost at an opponent’s field was opening day when the Tribe dropped the second game of a doubleheader to Georgia Southern. Florida State has outscored its opponents 72-10 on the road this year, is hitting .312 and has a team ERA of 0.77. Not surprisingly, Jessica van der Linden is leading the way with a .459 average, nine runs scored, two doubles, two triples, a .622 slugging percentage, a .522 on base percentage, four steals in four attempts and a 1.000 fielding percentage. One of the big surprises has to be Elisa Vasquez though. In just 12 road contests, the junior catcher has 17 of her team-leading 30 RBIs. She is hitting .394, has three doubles, is slugging .485, is 2 for 2 in steal attempts and is fielding 1.000. Not such a surprise is the way All-American Brandi Stuart has hit on the road. The senior has three of her seven homeruns away from home, is hitting .400, is slugging .714, has scored 13 runs, has nine RBIs and is 9 for 10 in steals.
HIT & RUN-RULE
For the first time in 2003, FSU run-ruled three consecutive opponents and the team also set new season-highs for hits in back-to-back games versus Furman and then again against Florida A&M. After whitewashing the Lady Paladins 12-0 in five innings and pounding out 15 hits, the Tribe wasn’t done yet. In its season finale against FAMU, Florida State needed just six innings to record a new season-high with 16 hits as they cruised to an 8-0 victory. Florida State completed the barrage with a 9-0 five inning win as they pounded out double digit hits (11) once again. Considering the fact that FSU had run-ruled just two opponents all year coming into last week and that the last time they ended a game in fewer than seven innings was February 14, getting three in a span of seven days was impressive.
WE RATE WITH THE NCAA
The first NCAA stats of 2003 were released this week and FSU is stacking up pretty favorably compared to the rest of the nation. The Seminole pitching staff is leading the way in the NCAA rankings as they are in the hunt for the team’s second ERA title in three years. The staff currently ranks third in the nation with a 0.87 ERA and is behind only Texas and UCLA. Individually, sophomore sensation Casey Hunter is sixth in the nation with a 0.71 ERA, seventh in the nation with a .808 winning percentage and she is also in the top 25 for Ks per seven innings as she ranks 25th with 8.5 a game. All-America candidate Jessica van der Linden is 34th in the nation and moving up with an ERA that has shrunk from 2.07 to 1.03 over the past two months. The lefty is also in the midst of a 40 inning scoreless streak and she ranks 10th in the nation with 9.9 strikeouts per seven innings. Van der Linden is also getting it done at the plate. The Cerritos, CA native’s .427 batting average is the 25th best in Division I softball this year. She is the only player in the nation this season to be amongst the top 35 in ERA and batting average. Overall, FSU is 22nd in the nation in scoring as they are averaging 4.84 runs per game. Senior All-American Brandi Stuart is in the top 10 for steals this year. The second baseman’s 0.67 stolen bases per game ranks her 10th in the nation. At 35-9, FSU also ranks among the nation’s top teams when it comes to winning percentage. Before Tuesday night’s win over Florida A&M, the Tribe’s .791 winning percentage was 13th-best in the nation.
WE’VE BEEN WADE-ING FOR THIS
First baseman Beth Wade had a career night against Florida A&M by tying her career-high with four RBIs in a game. She previously set the record due to a grand slam homerun but what she did against the Lady Rattlers was more impressive. On three separate occasions with runners in scoring position, Wade came through with a hit. Her 3 for 4 night with the four RBIs and a run scored just typifies how much the redshirt junior has turned around her season. The Colquitt, GA native’s average bottomed out February 15 when she was hitting just .095 but that wasn’t really the turning point. After starting 52 straight games dating back to 2002, Wade didn’t start three of FSU’s next seven games. And when she did return to the line-up it came at the KIA Klassic versus FSU’s toughest competition of the year. That didn’t faze Wade at all as she hit .429 and was second on the team in batting average on that trip. Over the last 21 games, including the trip to Fullerton, Wade has hit .333, slugged .413 and has been on base nearly 37% of the time. She has recorded half of her runs, 21 of her 27 hits, three of her four doubles and 13 of her 17 RBIs during this 21 game stretch. She has now raised her average 155 percentage points to .250.
After starting off the season 12-6 with a staff ERA of 1.37, Florida State pitchers have been almost untouchable in the last 28 games. Not only has the group posted a 25-3 record but they also have an ERA of just 0.49 over the last 200 innings. The staff has allowed three hits or less in 19 of those 28 games, thrown a no-hitter and five one hitters. In fact, the Florida State staff has thrown four one hitters in its last eight starts and the other four games were two, two hitters and two, three hitters. The staff has pitched so well that they were currently third in the nation with a 0.87 ERA entering last week. Jessica van der Linden is leading the way with an 11-1 record and sick ERA of just 0.44. She has 11 complete games and seven shutouts in that stretch. Most amazingly she has a 6 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio with 156 Ks and just 26 walks. Casey Hunter who currently has the sixth-best ERA in the nation (0.71) isn’t far behind. She is 12-2 with a 0.57 ERA, 10 complete games and five shutouts. In 98 innings she has issued an average of less than two walks a game and has 112 Ks.
NO END IN SIGHT
Jessica van der Linden, an ASA Player of the Year finalist, just keeps putting up impressive numbers week after week. This past week she led FSU to the longest current win streak in Division I and the second longest win streak this season as FSU won its 18th straight game. The junior upped her scoreless inning streak to 47, broke the career doubles mark at FSU with her 39th, won her eighth straight decision, recorded her sixth consecutive complete game shutout, struck out 10 or more batters for the eighth time in her last nine starts and recorded at least one RBI for the eighth time in her last 11 games. In her first start of the week inside the circle, van der Linden threw her third one-hitter in her last four starts as she fanned 13 in a 2-0 win over Florida A&M. She also went 1 for 2 with two walks and tied a season-high with three runs scored. Started game one of the Jacksonville doubleheader in the outfield. Went 1 for 2 again in the five-inning game against Jacksonville in the opener of the doubleheader. Her hit was an RBI double, which broke the all-time career record at FSU. Made the move back into the circle for game two against the Dolphins. She was dominant again as she walked just one batter and struck out 10 in the seven inning shutout. Also had her best game at the plate as she went 2 for 3 with another RBI, a run scored and a triple.
THAT’S ONE OR TWO FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
The twin bill sweep over Jacksonville was special for two Seminoles. The Cerritos, CA pair of Jessica van der Linden and senior All-American Brandi Stuart both had record-setting days. With her RBI double against the Dolphins van der Linden raised her career total to 39, which is the all-time record in FSU history and the outfielder/pitcher needed just three seasons to set the mark. She now has 11 doubles this year and she is the first Seminole to ever post 10 in more doubles in three straight seasons. Stuart set a record also and hers was a biggie. With her blast over the fence in straight away center, Stuart tied the career home run mark all-time at FSU. The senior has 24 homeruns and now owns the career records for HRs, walks, RBIs and games played,