April 7, 2001
Chapel Hill, NC –
Florida State softball shut out its third opponent in four games in North Carolina and moved to 4-0 on the weekend with a 2-0 win over East Carolina Saturday afternoon. Senior pitcher Jen White-Stokes picked up her third win in three games for FSU and improved to 14-2 on the season with an ERA of just 0.46 while Staci Brandon and Jessica van der Linden each had an early RBI to move FSU to 39-6 on the season. The loss dropped the Pirates to 31-14 but did not count against either team’s SASA (South Atlantic Softball Alliance) record since it was a tournament game. The Noles are now 2-0 in the Tar Heel Invitational and will try to complete the round-robin tournament undefeated when they face UNC Sunday, April 8 at 12:00 p.m.
“I am really proud of the way this team has approached the most important road trip of our season so far,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “After a very emotional win over FAU just a half an hour before this game, I thought this group of kids did a great job staying focused on the task ahead of them which was beating a very good East Carolina team. Jen did a great job today on the mound and she really has come through for us this weekend.”
Florida State scored early in this game when Serita Brooks walked and stole second base in the top of the first inning. The steal was the 32nd successful steal in a row for Brooks this year and she added number 33 later in the game. The senior All-American advanced to third when Kimmy Carter reached on an error and then came around to score on another error by ECU shortstop Eva Herron that allowed Jessica van der Linden to reach base.
The Seminoles added to their 1-0 lead in the second when freshman Elisa Velasco singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Pirate starter Laurie Davidson (18-7). Velasco moved to third when shortstop Natalie Bennett singled up the middle. Brandon then singled to left scoring Velasco. It was Brandon’s eighth RBI of the year and just the second run scored for the freshman catcher from Hesperia, CA.
That was all White-Stokes (14-2) would need as she threw a complete game four hitter with three strikeouts and no walks. White-Stokes has now allowed just one walk in her last three wins and leads the team with an ERA of 0.46 and is tied for the team lead in wins, complete games (14) and shutouts (8).
Florida State returns to Tallahassee to face Florida A&M Wednesday, April 11 at the Rattlerette Softball Complex. The Noles will resume play at home with their final meeting with FAMU Tuesday, April 17. After the meeting with FAMU, Florida State will have just three home dates remaining on its 2001 schedule.