April 5, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
Three different Seminoles recorded multi-RBI games and four Seminoles recorded multi-hit games as the fourth-ranked FSU softball team (41-4, 2-0) downed Florida A&M (22-26) 12-0 in five innings. The five-inning win was the 16th time in 2004 that FSU run-ruled an opponent and the 12 runs represent the eighth time this season that the Tribe has scored double digit runs in a game. Florida State pounded out 15 hits, one short of a season high, in the victory.
Veronica Wootson and Natasha Jacob created all kinds of problems for the Rattlerettes at the top of the order. Wootson went 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs. Jacob was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with an RBI of her own and two runs scored. Carey Galuppi hit a three-run homer and Jessica van der Linden (18-3) went the whole way striking out nine in five innings while not issuing a single walk.
In the top of the first, both of the Tribe’s first two hitters reached safely. Wootson singled through the right side and Jacob reached safely on an attempted sac bunt. The runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch and then van der Linden singled home a run when she slammed a chopper down in front of the plate and beat out the throw. Elisa Vasquez plated both runners on a single up the middle putting FSU in front 3-0. Beth Wade followed with FSU’s fifth consecutive hit, which scored pinch runner Carey Galuppi with FSU’s fourth run of the first. Monique Mattingly (8-8) settled down and got the next two batters before an error allowed the fifth run to come home.
The Seminoles didn’t get back on the board again until the top of the fourth when they put together a two-out rally. Wootson started the rally off by smacking a triple through the right side and the ball rolled all the way to the warning track. After she held up on third, Jacob brought her home on an infield single. The Seminoles went on to load the bases but couldn’t push another run across.
Florida State loaded the bases again in the top of the fifth on two more hits and a walk. A wild pitch moved all the runners up and allowed FSU to score its seventh run of the game. A Wootson hit, her third of the game, combined with an outfield error allowed two more runs to score and left Wootson standing on third with the Tribe now up 9-0. Galuppi then cleared the bases with her second homer of the year and the second of her career. The bomb was the 30th hit by the Seminoles in 2004 and it extended the lead to 12-0.
The Seminoles return home to host No. 13 Florida at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday April 7. The games will be broadcast live on the Sunshine Network and there will also be an internet radio broadcast available. Following the doubleheader there will be a homerun derby featuring athletic department staff, student-athletes and local media personalities. For more information on the 2004 FSU softball team or the homerun derby please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.