March 16, 2001
Tallahassee, FL - Jessica van der Linden raised her record to 8-1 as she threw her second collegiate no-hitter and the Seminoles (26-5) defeated Iowa State (9-11) 6-0 in FSU's opening game of the 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational Tournament. Serita Brooks knocked in four runs on an inside-the-park grand slam and she went 3 for 4 on the day with two stolen bases as the Seminoles won their second straight game against Iowa State.
"Jess had a great game today and I think it is easy to see why Serita is an All-American when she is healthy," said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. "I can't remember the last time, if ever, we had a freshman pitch two no-hitters in the first nine appearances of her career and then Serita comes through with a huge hit and that was all Jess needed. I think as Serita starts to get passed a few nagging injuries, you'll start to see the player we've seen the last two weekends when she has batted around .375, hit two hone runs, knocked in seven RBI's and stolen six bases."
Van der Linden, a freshman from Cerritos, CA, came within two base runners of a perfect game but a second inning error and seventh inning walk were the only blemishes on a fantastic outing for the southpaw. She is now holding opposing batters to a batting average of just .074 and has an ERA of 0.81 for the season.
The Seminoles and Cyclones were scoreless into the bottom of the fourth when Brandi Stuart led off the inning with a single to left field, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jen White-Stokes and then stole third base. Freshman Julie Jordan then knocked in her third RBI of the season on a single to right field and the Noles jumped in front 1-0. After Natalie Bennett walked and Staci Brandon singled, the bases were loaded for Brooks, a senior All-American from Tuscaloosa, AL. Just like she did last weekend against UC Riverside to score three runs, Brooks drove a deep ball to center field and cleared the bases.
The Seminoles will take on Syracuse (4-7) in the second game of pool play at 2:30 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex. The 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational continues all weekend and all games are free to the public. Please consult www.seminoles.com for information on the tournament.