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Florida State blanks, bounces Washington

By wire services
Published May 30, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY - Jessica van der Linden allowed four hits and scored a run, leading Florida State to a 2-0 victory over Washington and eliminating the Huskies from the softball World Series on Saturday.

In the earlier game, Meghan Sickler's sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh provided the go-ahead run for Stanford in a 5-4 victory against Michigan.

Van der Linden (29-8) struck out 10 and walked two in her 20th shutout of the season.

It was the 19th time this season she had double-digit strikeouts.

"I thought it was a great performance by Jess," FSU coach JoAnne Graf said. "They have a scary hitting lineup."

Van der Linden singled with one out in the fourth inning and eventually scored when Tatiana George hit a two-run homer off Ashley Boek (29-13). It was George's sixth homer of the season and dropped over the leftfield fence.

"One of my main goals today was to just be patient, let the ball get there and just see it," George said.

"I wasn't expecting a home run, but it was nice to make contact finally."

Washington (40-19) left nine baserunners against van der Linden.

Florida State (62-11) moved on to play LSU (55-11) in an elimination game later Saturday.

Boek pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out two.

In the first game, Sickler hit a fly to leftfield to knock in Jessica Allister in the top of the seventh.

Michigan (54-13) was eliminated from the eight-team, double elimination tournament.

Reliever Nicole Motycka (22-5) took the loss, allowing eight hits and three runs in five innings.

Dana Sorensen (33-10) went the distance for Stanford, allowing four hits and four runs.

Stanford (49-18) advanced to play Oklahoma in an elimination game later Saturday.

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