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Tenth-Ranked Softball Wins Ninth Straight To Start The Season

Feb. 17, 2004

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Tallahassee, FL –
Junior Casey Hunter (5-0) continued her hot start to the season as she picked up her first shutout of the year and allowed just one-hit in a 8-0, six-inning win over Georgia Southern. The shutout was the third for FSU (9-0) and it was the fourth time in nine games the squad has run-ruled an opponent. The Tribe’s nine straight wins to start the season equals the fourth-best start in team history.

Veronica Wootson, Carey Galuppi and Elisa Vasquez each recorded RBIs in the win. The victory was the 33rd consecutive regular season win for the Seminoles and they will look to sweep their 14th straight doubleheader when game two of the twin bill gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

Hunter seemed to work through her first inning troubles as she set the Eagles down in order in the top of the first. It was the first time in 2004 that the junior made it through the top of the first unscathed. The right-hander did run into some trouble in the second when she hit two batters and walked another to load the bases with just one out. Hunter, as she has done all year, came through again in the clutch as she retired the next two batters to keep the game 0-0.

In the bottom of the second, FSU looked to strike first as they put runners on first and second with just one away against GSU starter Tiffany Urena (0-0). The junior hurler then issued her second walk of the inning as she loaded the bases before getting the second out of the frame on a force play at the plate. Urena seemed to be out of danger on a shot back up the middle from Natasha Jacob but the pitcher muffed the play and then overthrew the bag at first allowing all three runs to come home on the play.

In the top of the third, GSU recorded its first hit of the game. It was the first allowed by Hunter in 10.2 innings dating back to the bottom of the seventh versus Mercer last week. While the Eagles registered their first hit, the Tribe went down in the third without one of their own. Despite trailing 3-0, Urena still had her no hitter in tact through three innings.

In the fourth, Urena got the first two hitters she faced before issuing three straight walks to load the bases. Despite still not allowing a hit, her five walks kept putting her in trouble but she once again got out of the inning on a ground out to short to end the fourth.

Hunter struck out the side in the top of the fifth and GSU started the bottom of the inning with a new pitcher. Freshman Logan Free picked up right where Urena left off as she walked the first two hitters she faced. After a ground out moved the runners up, Elisa Vasquez recorded the first base knock of the game for FSU as she lined a shot through the right side of the infield plating Hoffer. As GSU turned its back on the play, van der Linden took off for home and scored the Seminoles’ fifth run.

Veronica Wootson helped FSU move out to a 6-0 lead as she smoked a triple down the left field line. The hit scored Hoffer and was the second triple of the season for the freshman. She is already halfway to the season high from 2003 when Vasquez and Jessica van der Linden led the team with four. The Tribe put another run on the board due to another GSU error as Wootson came home on an overthrow to first that would have ended the inning.

The Seminoles return to action Friday in Jacksonville when they face the Dolphins in a doubleheader. Florida State’s next home game is Sunday, February 22 at 1:00 pm versus Florida A&M. The first 150 fans will receive a free water bottle and there will be a softball clinic with the FSU players following the game. To take part in the clinic you must pre-register and forms are available on line on the upcoming promotions webpage. For more information on the 2004 Seminole softball team, please log on to the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.

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