March 24, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State Seminoles belted 16 hits for the evening, but split with Atlantic Coast Conference-foe Maryland, winning game one 4-1 and falling 5-3 in the finale in action at the FSU Softball Complex. Florida State is now 22-17-1 overall and 3-1 in the ACC while Maryland's records stands at 20-15 and 1-1 in league play.
The Seminoles jumped out to early leads in both games. In game one, Christy Cerecedes' triple in the first inning gave Florida State a 2-0 advantage. FSU also added runs in the fifth and sixth innings as Danielle Cox recorded one of her game-high three hits in the fifth inning and stole second and third before scoring on Jesse McGregor's infield single. FSU pitcher Jennifer White helped herself in the sixth inning with a one-out double to center field. Felicia Williams, who was pinch-running for White, scored on a Dana Bailey single on the next play. Maryland's lone run came in the fourth inning as the Terrapins' Jennifer Potzman led off the inning with a bunt single. She later scored on a single by Kiesha Pickeral. White allowed just five hits and struck out three for her 10th victory of the year.
FSU's 2-0 lead after the first inning in the second game was not enough for the victory as Maryland took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. It was another Cerecedes triple that got the scoring started for the Tribe. With two out and one on, Cerecedes belted one to center field, scoring Andi Lyons who had reached on a two-out single. Corrie Williams followed with a double to left field, scoring Cerecedes. Maryland responded in the second inning as Michelle Burrell, who led off the inning with a double, was sacrificed in by Beth Radford. In the fourth inning, the Terps would take the lead with two runs off of two hits. Radford picked up two more RBI's in the inning.
The Tribe tied the game in the sixth as Bailey led off with a bunt single. She later scored on a single by Cox. Maryland loaded the bases in the seventh inning and with two out, Potzman singled, giving the Terrapins a two-run advantage. FSU went down in order in the bottom of the seventh. Kelly Shipman earned the victory in relief for Maryland and improved her record to 10-9. White got the loss in relief and falls to 10-10.
"I'm pleased with how we hit," FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. "We adjusted well to their pitchers and hit the ball hard. We made too many mistakes in the second game and that gave them some runs."
FSU will host Troy State and Michigan State this weekend in the round-robin Seminole Classic. FSU will play Michigan State at Noon and Troy State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. On Sunday, the Tribe will face Michigan State at 1 p.m. and Troy State at 3 p.m.
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