March 10, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - Although the 2003 Seminole Invitational Tournament was called after two days due to rain, every team finished pool play and 16 players stood out in the soggy conditions. Troy State sophomore Kacie Flinn was named tournament MVP after going 3-0 in the circle including an extra inning upset of third-ranked Nebraska to win their pool with a 3-0 record.
Troy State's shortstop Erin Flater was also recognized as she was named to the 15-member All-Tournament team after her two home run performance versus No. 3 Nebraska. Penn State, who won Pool B, placed two players on the team. Pitcher Marisa Hanson and shortstop Destinie Chavez were both recognized. Hanson went 2-0 in 9.2 innings of work while allowing just three hits and no runs with seven strikeouts. She also held opposing batters to a .111 average. Chavez hit .364 for PSU. The third baseman also hit a double, a triple and a home run while slugging .909 and driving in nine runs. Pool C winner Michigan also placed two players on the All-Tourney team. Pitcher Nicole Motycka registered a win and a save with 10 strikeouts in eight innings of work. Outfielder Melinda Moulden stood out at the plate for the Wolverines as she finished the tournament going 5 for 7 with four RBIs and four walks. Iowa, the final pool winner, placed pitcher Lisa Birocci and catcher Jessica Bashor on the squad. Birocci picked up a win and a save and threw a one-hitter versus No. 19 Texas A&M. In 10 innings of work she allowed just one hit and struck out 13 batters. Bashor went 3 for 5 on the weekend but really came up big in the Hawkeyes biggest win over the Aggies. The catcher hit two home runs versus Texas A&M and also had a double.
Nebraska, who finished second in its pool, placed pitcher Peaches James and outfielder Lisa Wangler. Wangler was 5 for 10 for the weekend with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs four runs and a stolen base. James was stellar inside the circle going 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA. She pitched nine innings, struck out nine batters and allowed just one earned run. Second seed Florida State's pitching staff was superb on the weekend and both Jessicca van der Linden and Casey Hunter were recognized. Van der Linden threw a no-hitter versus Winthrop and came just one walk away from a perfect game. She also set a season high with 13 K's against the Eagles. Hunter finished 1-1 in the Seminole Invitational but didn't allow an earned run in 17.1 innings of work. She fanned 21 batters and recorded a shutout over Rutgers. Jana James of Pool A's second seed Texas A&M was the lone Aggie on the squad. The sophomore was 6 for 8 with two runs scored and three RBIs for Texas A&M.
Two Florida International Golden Panthers were also named to the team. Shortstop Stephanie Wolter had a huge weekend for FIU going 4-9 with a home run, a triple and a double. She is joined by teammate Kendra Laminack. The pitcher threw four innings of a combined five inning, no hitter against Providence while registering seven K's. She also threw three innings of relief without a run on top of striking out six. Southern Illinois Kelly Creek rounds out the team. The Saluki designated player/first baseman went 4 for 9, scored a run, had two doubles, an RBI, slugged .667 and committed no errors the entire weekend.
2003 SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Kacie Flinn, Troy State (MVP) Erin Flater, Troy State Marisa Hanson, Penn State Destinie Chavez, Penn State Nicole Motycka, Michigan Melinda Moulden, Michigan Lisa Birocci, Iowa Jessica Bashor, Iowa Peaches James, Nebraska Lisa Wangler, Nebraska Jessica van der Linden, Florida State Casey Hunter, Florida State Jana James, Texas A&M Stephanie Wolter, Florida International Kendra Laminack, Florida International Kelly Creek, Southern Illinois