May 23, 2002
Florida State versus UCLA Game #1:
The win over the Bruins sent UCLA to just the program’s second-ever opening round loss in 18 trips to the Women’s College World Series.
With a 2-1 victory over the UCLA Bruins in the first round of the WCWS, Florida State has defeated the Bruins for the first time in seven chances. Before today’s victory, FSU was 0-2 against UCLA in the World Series.
Jessica van der Linden has reached base via a hit, walk, or fielder’s choice in 25 straight games for the Seminoles. In those games, Florida State has posted a record of 22-3. In game one of the Women’s College World Series, van der Linden reached first base on a fielder’s choice in the first inning against UCLA.
Brandi Stuart made 4 of the 6 outs on defense for the Seminoles through the first two innings of work. All four outs were made on pop flies. She collected her fifth of the game in the fourth inning, tying her season high, on a sacrifice bunt put out at first base. Stuart has collected a season high of five put outs five times this season, with two of those coming against PAC-10 teams, Washington and UCLA. Stuart tied her career high of six in the fifth with yet another sacrifice bunt put out at first base. She joined her barrage of put outs with an assist at home plate in the bottom of the fifth. Stuart went on to establish a new career high when she and Kimmy Carter combined to pick off Bruin Toria Auela at first for her seventh putout of the game.
Lead off batter Shundra Colzie got two of the four Seminole hits and is the first Florida State player to collect more than one hit in a game versus the Bruins in the past ten years. Colzie was on base three out of four times for the Seminoles in game one of the WCWS. She led off the game reaching on an error by UCLA third baseman, Toria Auelua.
Leslie Malerich and the FSU defense have made a point of keeping the ball in the infield. UCLA has sent eight balls to the outfield with only three of those falling in for a base hits. Malerich induced 11groundouts, nine infield pop flies and one strike out through 9.0 innings of play against the Bruins.
Brandi Stuart’s fourth inning run was her team leading 63rd of the season which is good for second all-time in a single season. She now has a total of 151 runs through three seasons, good for fifth on the all-time list. Her stolen base in the fourth inning was her 54th of the season and 126th of her career.
Tatiana George’s sacrifice bunt in the fourth, advancing Stuart into scoring position, was her 12th of the season, the second highest on the team in 2002.
In her stint as a pinch-hitter this season, Jackie Hirschfeld has shown some great patience at the plate. She drew her 12th base-on-ball in the seventh inning against the Bruins. Hirschfeld has registered only 20 official at-bats and has hit .300 this season for the Seminoles in her selected role.
Game One of the College World Series marks the smallest amount of runs that UCLA has scored on the Seminoles since 1991, when the Bruins defeated Florida State 1-0 in the College World Series.
Arm of Steel: Leslie Malerich has pitched in 30 of the last 33 innings for the Seminoles dating back to the Regional tournament this past weekend. During that span, she has allowed only three earned runs, while striking out 13 batters. She has thrown a total of 469 pitches to 124 batters, while scattering only 30 hits during that span.
Monique Marier’s homerun in the eighth inning is her first since she hit one against Troy State back on May 4th. She has hit seven of the last 11 homeruns for the Seminoles and this is the third time in four games that Marier has had the game winning RBI. She hit a ground ball in between short and third, driving in two runs against Auburn in the first round of the Regionals in Tallahassee, Fla. In the same tournament, Marier hit a deep shot to right field against Georgia Tech to drive in the go ahead run for the Seminoles. To top that, Marier then made a spectacular game winning diving catch out in left field with two outs and runners on second and third to lead the Seminoles to their first ever victory over the UCLA Bruins in seven tries in today’s game.