May 4, 2003
ATLANTA – Florida State shortstop Tatiana George homered in both halves of a doubleheader to the lead the 12th-ranked Seminoles (43-9, 8-0 ACC) to an Atlantic Coast Conference softball sweep of Georgia Tech (35-21, 3-4 ACC) Sunday at Glenn Field. FSU took game one, 4-0, and won the second, 6-0, to become the first ACC team to complete the regular season 8-0.
Florida State sophomore Casey Hunter shut out the Jackets on two hits in game one, while junior Jessica van der Linden blanked Tech on four hits in the second contest.
In game one, the Jackets got singles from second baseman Felicia Coursey and third baseman Tara Neff to open the game but could not manage any more hits off Hunter, as the Seminoles cruised to the 4-0 victory.
Center fielder Shundra Colzie got the Noles on the board in the fourth with a RBI triple to right in the fourth. She later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 2-0. In the fifth, George hit her first home run of the season to push the lead to 3-0. Second baseman Brandi Stuart plated the game’s final run with a single in the seventh.
Hunter (25-5) went seven innings and allowed just the two hits and two walks. She also fanned five batters. Tech starter Erin Voeltz (12-6) took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. Senior Tiffany Goodman tossed the final two innings, allowing one unearned run.
In the second contest, the Seminoles took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a single down the left field line by catcher Elisa Vasquez. George’s second homer of the day came in the fifth and extended the lead to 3-0 before a Shundra Colzie double in the sixth scored two. Stuart then doubled to left in the seventh to drive in a run for the 6-0 final.
Sophomore Jessica Sallinger (20-13) took the game two loss for Tech. She went seven innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks. She also struck out eight Seminoles to reach the 300-strikeout plateau for the second consecutive season. Sallinger has fanned 303 batters this year.
FSU’s van der Linden improves to 17-4 with the win. She struck out 11 Jackets.
The two losses mark the first doubleheader sweep of the Jackets in Atlanta since Mississippi State took two from the Jackets on April 19, 2001.
Tech returns to action Friday against No. 2 seed North Carolina in the opening round of the 2003 ACC Championship at the Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. The Jackets, who lost to the Tar Heels, 3-1, in the teams’ only meeting this season, will be seeded third.