Feb. 16, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
The 17th-ranked Florida State softball team continued to build on the momentum from last weekend’s Tomahawk Bash title as they improved to 7-1 on the season with a 4-0 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-1). Senior Jennifer White-Stokes pitched a complete game for her second win of the season and sophomore Brandi Stuart hit a three-run homer as the Noles opened the 2001 Sunshine State Tournament with a win.
Florida State started the scoring in the second inning when Stuart led off the inning with a walk and stole second base. White-Stokes then helped her own cause when she tripled to right center and scored Stuart to put FSU up 1-0.
The Seminoles built on that lead in the bottom of the third when they staged a two-out rally. Kimmy Carter started it off with a single to third and then advanced on junior Monique Marier’s single to second. Stuart then took senior Taylor Fleming’s first pitch deep to right field for the three-run homer.
White-Stokes made sure the lead stood up as she limited the Golden Flashes to just three hits over the next three innings. She is now 2-1 on the season and she lowered her ERA to 1.04 after Friday’s shutout. The win marked White-Stokes third complete game of the season and she now leads the Seminoles with 23 strikeouts in four starts.
“Jen was composed on the mound in some tough situations tonight,” said pitching coach Heather Compton. “Hopefully she gained some confidence tonight because she pitched a great game.”
The Seminoles return to action in the Sunshine State Tournament when they play two games Saturday, February 16. The Noles open Saturday’s action at noon against the College of Charleston and then face the Boston College Eagles at 2:00 p.m. The 2001 Sunshine State Tournament is free to the public and takes place at the Seminole Softball Complex on the campus of Florida State University.