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16th-Ranked Seminole Softball Team Opens ACC Competition Saturday Versus Georgia Tech
Staci Brandon and the Seminoles open conference play against the Yellow Jackets Saturday.

Staci Brandon and the Seminoles open conference play against the Yellow Jackets Saturday.

March 28, 2001

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What happened last week.....

FSU 8 Connecticut 0 The 16th-ranked Seminole softball team recorded their 30th win of the season as Jessica van der Linden improved to 10-1 and lowered her ERA to just 0.88 as FSU pounded out 10 hits in five innings and downed the University of Connecticut Huskies 8-0. Florida State (30-5) has now won six straight games and will look to make it seven in a row when it completes its doubleheader with the Huskies (5-10) Tuesday evening.

The Seminoles started the scoring in the bottom of the first when Serita Brooks beat out a single to the shortstop and was moved to second on a Kimmy Carter sacrifice bunt. Brooks stole third and then scored when van der Linden hit a ball to short and the Huskies were unable to make the play at the plate on Brooks. FSU added two more runs in the second when Monique Marier doubled to left center and scored Robyn Gauger and Natalie Bennett. Florida State held onto its 3-0 lead until the fourth inning when Brooks walked and stole second and Carter plated her on a one-out double. Carter extended the lead to 5-0 when she scored on a fielder's choice. Natalie Bennett, Marier and Elisa Velasco each added two-out RBI singles to give the Noles an 8-0 advantage.

That was more than enough for the freshman southpaw from Cerritos, CA. In the win, van der Linden recorded her eighth complete game, her sixth shutout and she lowered her opponents batting average to just .089 for the season. She now is tied for the team lead with 10 wins and six shutouts and she has allowed the fewest runs of any pitcher on the Florida State staff.

FSU 3 Connecticut 0 Jen White-Stokes recorded her eighth consecutive victory and raised her record to 11-2 as Florida State (31-5) defeated UConn 3-0 and thus swept a double header from the Huskies (5-11) Tuesday night at the Seminole Softball Complex. The outing moved White-Stokes into the team lead in wins (11), ERA (0.50), complete games (12) and innings pitched (97.2) and it gave FSU its 31st win just over halfway through the 2001 campaign.

The Seminoles opened the scoring in the second inning when Brandi Stuart walked and stole second and third and freshman catcher Elisa Velasco singled to score her. The hit marked Velasco's third RBI in the last four games and she is now 7 for 9 in her last six games. Robyn Gauger, who reached on a walk, would put the Noles up 2-0 when she came around to score on a wild pitch from UConn pitcher Barb Cook (3-7). Stuart once again got the scoring started for the Seminoles in the bottom of the fourth when she drew a walk and then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. She came in to score on a White-Stokes ground out RBI. The run extended FSU's lead to 3-0 and moved Stuart's runs scored total to 24 for the season.

White-Stokes shout down the Huskies the rest of the way as she retired the next nine batters she faced. For the game, White-Stokes recorded five strikeouts and just two walks and the two singles were the only hits she allowed all game. Opposing batters are now hitting just .147 against the senior from Tuttle. OK and she seems to be close to recapturing the success she had as a freshman before injuries plagued her as a sophomore and junior. White-Stokes was 26-8 with an ERA of 1.37 during her rookie campaign and she is threatening to surpass those numbers this season

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