March 5, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
The fourth-ranked Seminole softball team (18-2) started the Seminole Challenge Tournament with a resounding 8-0 win over Penn State (1-11) Friday afternoon. All-American Jessica van der Linden pitched a perfect game and sophomore Natasha Jacob knocked in four RBIs on her first double and triple of the season. Four different Seminoles had RBIs and four of the Tribe’s nine base hits went for extra bases.
The no-hitter was the eighth of van der Linden’s career and her third this season. She improved her record to 10-1 and lowered her season ERA to 0.42. In five innings of work, van der Linden fanned 10 of the 15 batters she faced. Jacob doubled her season RBI total in the game as she entered the day with four on the year. The triple was the first of the Texas native’s career and she is nearing twice as many RBIs in 2004 as she had in 53 games as a freshman (five).
After van der Linden set Penn State down on three straight strikeouts to open the game, Veronica Wootson drew a lead off walk and was sacrificed to second by Jacob. The Seminoles were unable to score though as PSU’s Marisa Hanson (0-6) got a fly out and then Wootson was thrown out trying to swipe third to end the first.
Van der Linden struck out the next three batters she faced starting the game with six consecutive K’s and set down nine straight as the game moved into the home half of the third. Carly Brieske recorded the first hit of the game to lead off the third and the Tribe eventually had runners on second and third with two out bringing up Jacob. The sophomore blasted a triple off the fence down the right line plating both runs and putting FSU in front 2-0. van der Linden followed with an RBI single of her own knocking in her team leading 15th RBI of the year. Elisa Vasquez followed with the Seminoles’ fifth hit of the game before Lesley Palmer’s two-RBI double moved the score to 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth FSU went back to work looking to add to its lead. Kim Hoffer drew a lead off walk and LaShaun Davis followed with an infield hit. Wootson then doubled to the warning track in center scoring another FSU run. Jacob came up and hurt PSU again with her second two-run, extra base hit of the game. After tripling down the right field line in the third, Jacob doubled down the left field line plating her third and fourth RBIs of the and staking FSU to an 8-0 advantage.
Florida State continues play at the 2004 Seminole Challenge versus Rhode Island immediately following the PSU game Friday. The Tribe plays No. 12 ULL at 11:30 am and St. John’s at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Live stats will be available for all of FSU’s contests at the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.