Softball Falls To Florida State In WCWS Elimination Game

May 29, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY- A two-run home run by Tatiana George and a 10 strikeout performance by Jessica van der Linden proved to be too much as the Washington softball team (40-19) fell to Florida State (61-11) in the elimination game of the College World Series, 2-0. Washington, who stranded nine base runners on the day, finishes the season tied for seventh place.

'I don't know really where to start,' said co-head coach Scott Centala. 'This loss is very emotional right now. I cannot be more proud of what these girls have done as individuals and what they've accomplished as a team considering all the emotion that's been going on around and with this team. I'm extremely proud of this team regardless of what happened out there tonight.'

'It's been a long road,' said co head coach Steve Dailey. 'I think this team genuinely felt destiny was on their side. There wasn't a single individual that didn't believe they were going to win this ball game. We started out hot, but had seven strikeouts with runners in scoring position. That's just not going to get it done. We set the table to blow this game wide-open early and we didn't take advantage of it. It hurts. You cannot leave opportunities at the plate. You've got to force the opposition to make the play in the field.'

The Huskies threatened in the first inning, loading the bases with one out. Aimee Minor doubled to left centerfield and Sarah Hyatt followed with a single to shallow left field and advanced to second when Minor drew the throw at third base. FSU hurler and USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Jessica van der Linden intentionally walked Pac-10 Player of the Year Kristen Rivera to load the bases but van der Linden struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning unscathed. Washington's two hits in the first inning matched its game total against van der Linden on Feb. 28 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

Washington kept the pressure on the Seminole defense in the second inning. Amanda Oleson led off with an infield single and Courtney Jeffries dropped a two-strike sacrifice bunt to move Oleson to second base. Rita Roach then hit a comebacker to the mound that van der Linden fielded and looked to throw to third base to get an advancing Oleson. No one covered third base and van der Linden's throw to first was late putting runners on first and third with one out. Van der Linden tallied a strikeout and a pop-up to end the inning.

UW ace Ashley Boek kept the FSU offense in check allowing just one base runner through the first three innings with a hit batsman in the first inning.

Van der Linden recorded Florida State's first hit of the day in the fourth inning with a single into shallow left field that second baseman Dominique Lastrapes laid out for but could not get a glove on. Lesley Palmer then sacrifice van der Linden to second and Tatiana George smacked a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence to give the Seminoles the 2-0 lead.

Washington had base runners in each of the next four innings, including runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but the Huskies could not hit them in.

FSU put runners aboard in the fifth and sixth innings but could not move the runners beyond first base.

The Husky defense sat the Seminoles down in order in the top of the seventh, capped off with a diving catch by Lastrapes from second base.

Washington went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to bring a tumultuous season to an end.

Boek (29-13) took the loss as she scattered four hits, walked one and struck out two. Van der Linden (29-8) earned the win as she held Washington to four hits, walked two and stuck out 10.

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