March 1, 2004
Greensboro, NC –
Jessica van der Linden has been breaking records ever since she set foot on the FSU campus in 2001 and she broke another Monday. The senior pitcher/outfielder became the first FSU softball player to ever win ACC Player of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks when she was named co-player of the week by the conference office Monday. The senior was instrumental in leading FSU past two top five teams, four ranked teams, three 2003 Women’s College World Series teams and into the finals of the gold bracket at the 2004 NFCA Leadoff Classic tournament this past weekend where she was one of four Seminoles named to the all-tournament team.
On the hill, the southpaw went 3-0 with a 0.34 ERA, one earned run, 35 strikeouts and just six walks. Despite facing No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 20 South Carolina, van der Linden allowed just seven hits versus those three top 20 teams and only one earned run. After an impressive one-hit blanking of Army, van der Linden was dominant against No. 4 Washington. The FSU leftie didn’t allow a hit to the Huskies until the fourth inning and allowed just two hits all day to a Huskie team that was hitting .309 and averaging over six runs per game. She held 2003 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year Kristen Rivera hitless in three at bats and didn’t allow UW a run until the game was 6-0 in the sixth inning. Proved how clutch she is at the plate and on the hill versus No. 5 Oklahoma when she came in to relieve Casey Hunter in the fourth inning. The Cerritos, CA native trotted into the circle from her spot in the outfield and proceeded to shut down the Sooner offense for the last 2.2 innings including getting out of a bases loaded jam with back-to-back K’s with the game tied 2-2. She also got the job done at the plate versus OU. Her two-RBI single tied the game in the third after Oklahoma had just taken a 2-0 lead. Then her two out, walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh sent FSU through to the semifinals. For her efforts, van der Linden was named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team.
Florida State will return to the diamond this weekend as they host the 2004 Seminole Challenge. The tournament features St. John’s, Rhode Island, Penn State, UConn and 2003 World Series team Louisiana-Lafayette. The Seminoles open play Friday, March 5 at 3:30 versus Penn State and will then play Rhode Island immediately following that game. There is no admission charge for regular season games at the Seminole Softball Complex.
If you can’t attend this weekend, follow all of FSU’s action exclusively at www.seminoles.com on the OCSN Game Tracker. For more information please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.