April 17, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
The Seminole softball team is in the midst of a 16-game winning streak, they are ranked 14th in the nation and they have won 19 consecutive regional games. After the NCAA released its first statistical report of the season this week, FSU is also rating amongst the nations best when it comes to individual and team statistics.
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.
After setting a season-high for hits in a game their last two times out and back-to-back run rules, next up for FSU is the first-ever meeting between the Seminoles and Jacksonville this Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m . The doubleheader will take place at the Seminole Softball Complex where there is never an admission charge for regular season games.
For the 10th time in 12 years, Florida State will host the ACC Softball Championships. The 2003 tournament will run from May 9-11 and tickets are now available by calling the Seminole Ticket office (1-888-FSU-nole or 850.644.1830) or on-line at www.seminoles.com. For more information on the 2003 Florida State softball team, please log on to seminoles.com, the official home for Florida State athletics on the Internet.