Between Jan. 21 and Feb. 1, GoHatters.com is counting down the Top 10 Games in Patricia Wilson Field history...
Countdown #5 April 18, 2008, Home game #235 Stetson 1, Jacksonville 0
In this late season conference match-up, the Hatters entered the doubleheader with Jacksonville already assured a spot in the conference tournament. The Dolphins, however, were battling for a postseason berth, and facing four final road games at Stetson and then FGCU.
After Stetson claimed a 5-0 win in game one, Jacksonville’s Ashley Iveson and Stetson’s Amanda Lindsey locked up in a pitchers’ duel in game two.
Lindsey allowed a one-out walk in the top of the first inning, but quickly erased that on a 6-3 double play. She went on to retire the next eight batters in a row.
Iveson was matching Lindsey out-for-out, until the bottom of the third when the Hatters put runners on first and second with two outs for Andrea Migliori. After working the count to 2-1, the Hatter slugger sent a deep drive to left center that appeared to be headed out, but centerfielder Kayla Oulette timed her leap perfectly and made a spectacular catch robbing Migliori of a three-run homer.
The game moved on to the middle innings where both pitchers remained in control. Lindsey’s fifth-inning strikeout of Kelly McKeon was her 224th of the season, which set a new Stetson single-season record and drew a large ovation from the crowd.
The Hatters finally broke through against Iveson in the bottom of the sixth. Blythe Golden reached on a lead-off single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Amanda Bailey. Leo Carreno then dropped a hit into left field scoring pinch-runner Jesse Tucker from second giving Stetson a 1-0 lead.
Lindsey retired the first two Dolphins in the top of the seventh, and was one out away from a no-hitter when McKeon returned to the plate. With the count 2-and-2, McKeon swung a tipped a ball that Golden grabbed before it hit the ground. The umpires had to confer before ruling the play strikeout, and Lindsey had completed her first career no-hitter.
"I am sure I had an instant panic moment and immediately attempted to state my case - ever so polite!" Golden recalls. "My competitive nature always seemed to come out when the game was on the line. It was always my mission to do whatever it took to make our pitchers successful and catching foul balls at crucial moments is a way to do that. I am glad that I could be a part of Amanda's special moment and a part of the Hatter program. I was truly blessed to work with some of the best pitchers I know and worked tirelessly to build the necessary bond to ensure they competed at the top of their game."
It was also Lindsey's 20th victory of the season, making her just the eighth pitcher in school history to record a 20-win season.
Amanda Lindsey’s no-hitter, 20th win, and single-season strikeout performance rank as the no. 5 Top Game in Patricia Wilson Field history.
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