April 3, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Conference leaders Georgia Tech and Florida State squared off this afternoon at the Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee. The games marked the conference openers for both teams with the Seminoles coming out on top.
Katie Fricke drove a ball between Erin Voeltz’s leg and off of her glove to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in game number two as the Seminoles swept the Yellow Jackets.
In the second game, the Jackets started off strong as Tara Knudsen drove a ball over the left field wall to put Tech up 1-0 after a half inning. The home run was only the second homerun that starting pitcher Jessica van der Linden had given up all season and Knudsen’s eleventh. In the bottom of the inning, Tech ace Erin Voeltz struck out the side.
The Seminoles tied up the score as van der Linden reached base on an error and Elisa Vasquez hit an RBI single. The single broke up Voeltz’s no hitter.
Voeltz finished the game with eight strikeouts as the Jackets fell just short in game two.
In the first game, the Jackets gave up a run in the first inning after a walk by Jessica Sallinger to FSU’s Jessica van der Linden. Van der Linden advanced to second on a passed ball, then stole third and scored on an error by Tech third baseman Kirin Kumar.
Tech threatened in the second inning as Tasha Waugh singled to left center field with one out. Lauren Schlechte moved her to second on a walk. However, the Jackets were unable to advance the runners as Sara Wissman Struck out looking and Kirin Kumar flied out to end the inning leaving both runners stranded.
The Seminoles picked up another run as LaShaun Davis walked to get on base. Veronica Wootson laided down the sacrifice bunt to advance Davis. Davis sprinted past second and headed for third as Tech was in covering the bunt. The throw by Waugh was high allowing Davis to score.
Elisa Vasquez broke up Sallinger’s no hitter with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth. Carly Brieske drove in another run as she singled to left field advancing Vasquez home and giving the Noles a 4-0 lead. This lead would hold for the rest of the game with neither team scoring after the fourth.
Florida State’s Casey Hunter improved to 22-1, as Sallinger dropped to 19-6, giving up four runs (two earned) while striking out six.
The Jackets return to action this Wednesday when they play host to cross town rival Georgia State in a doubleheader set to begin at 3 p.m.