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PHU's Hofer perfect

The Hurricane strikes out 19 of 21 Seminole batters as part of her perfect game and 4-0 win.

By JOHN SCHWARB, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 10, 2003

PALM HARBOR -- Dani Hofer pitched like she was trying to beat a storm.

The Palm Harbor University sophomore failed that task, but that was the only thing that did not go right Wednesday in throwing a perfect game.

In a surprisingly easy game against a good Seminole team, PHU won 4-0 in just more than an hour behind Hofer, who struck out 19 of 21 batters.

"I came out figuring (the Warhawks) were going to play their best game," Hofer said. "I guess I did really good."

Um, yeah. The word "guess" could apply only to Seminole's batters, who managed to get two balls in play, a comebacker to Hofer and a fly ball to center.

"She's a machine out there," PHU coach Chuck Poetter said. "She hits her spots. If she catches you leaning out over the plate, she'll throw a curveball right at you.

"She also has a riseball and a good changeup, though she didn't throw it (Wednesday) because she was in charge."

On the other hand, PHU (15-2 overall, 5-0 Pinellas County Athletic Conference North Division) made Seminole's Alex Koronkiewicz work out of jams the entire game. She escaped a bases-loaded situation in the second inning but did not get out of the third unscathed.

Jessica Brinkman and Hofer reached on one-out singles. Crystal Eubanks followed with a double to right to score both and make it 2-0.

Eubanks started the Hurricanes' other two-run rally in the sixth with a single, taking second on an error. Jill Collias came in to run and took third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Heidi Agar.

Agar took two bases on an error and scored the final run on a single by Beth Holmes, who went 3-for-3.

Steady rain fell for the last half of the game, but Hofer motored along undaunted, going to full counts on three hitters. It was her second no-hitter against good competition in two weeks. She shut down East Lake on March31.

Seminole (11-4, 3-1) lost its first conference game.

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