Florida State sweeps Lady Trojans’ softball

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 5, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, ranked 21st in the nation, avenged its loss earlier in the season by sweeping a doubleheader against the Troy State softball team to wrap up the Lady Trojans regular season on Saturday.

The Seminoles took game one 7-2 and followed it with a 9-1 win in game two.

The Lady Trojans enter next week’s Atlantic Sun Conference Championship having lost its last three games.

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"We schedule games like this to prepare us for the conference championship," said Troy State head coach Melanie Davis. "Florida State is a very good program and they have a really solid team.

We made too many mistakes today and you can’t do that against team the caliber of FSU."

Florida State (47-14) pounded out eight hits and walked nine times to come out with a 7-2 win in the first game.

The Seminoles scored first, as Kimmie Carter’s single through the right side drove home Tatiana George to put FSU on top 1-0.

Florida State would answer with another run in the third and added two more in the fourth to go ahead 4-0.

Monique Marier drove in a run in the third with a single up the middle.

Brandi Stuart drove in George on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, with the throw from right field misplayed by Bonnie Belin, allowing Shundra Colzie to score from second.

The Seminoles would extend their lead to 7-0 in the fifth.

Jackie Hirschfeld, George and Colzie all had RBI singles as Florida State increased its lead.

The Lady Trojans (45-18) broke up the shutout with two runs in the seventh.

Belin broke the shutout with a triple to right center to score Erin Flater from first.

Christi Curran single to center field driving in Belin for her second hit of the game.

Leslie Malerich (27-10) got the win for Florida State.

She two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out one.

Cassie Wilkenson (16-5) got the loss for Troy State, giving up four runs, three earned in six innings.

She walked seven and struck out five.

Florida State struck early in the second game, scoring a run in the third to take the early lead.

George led off with a double and scored on a single by Stuart.

The Lady Trojans answered with a run in the fourth.

Tamra Howren single up the middle was too hot for FSU’s Shundra Colzie to handle in center field, allowing Jenny Boyd to score from second and tie the game.

The Seminoles came back with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.

Eight of the first nine batters in the inning reached base, with George and Shundra Colize both hitting RBI singles.

Jessica Van der Linden drove in a run with a bases load walk that was followed by Stuart driving in two runs with a single.

FSU tacked on a run in the fifth on a single by Shunrda Colzie and two in the sixth on a two-run homer by Monique Marier to end the game.

The Lady Trojans, seeded second, face fifth-seeded Georgia State in the first round of the A-Sun Championship at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Lady Trojan Softball Complex.