March 27, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State Seminoles went to 23-18-1 overall with a split this afternoon in action at the 1999 Seminole Classic, being played at the FSU Softball Complex. FSU fell 3-0 to Michigan State but came back for a 6-1 win over Troy State.
Michigan State did its damage in the first inning of game one, scoring three runs off of four hits. The first four batters recorded hits for Spartans, with a triple, two doubles and a single. Seminole pitcher Jennifer White, who fell to 10-11 on the season with the 3-0 loss, settled down to retire the next three batters. White allowed just two more Michigan State hits and walked just one the rest of the game as the Spartans had just four baserunners over the final six innings. The Seminoles managed just four base hits for the game and White had two of them. FSU threatened to score in the third inning when with one out Danielle Cox hit a single and advanced to third with two stolen bases. She was left stranded.
"We just weren't ready in the first game," FSU Head Coach Dr. Joanne Graf said. "Jen (White) had a rough first inning, but settled down and pitched a good game. Unfortunately, Michigan State took advantage of that and scored early."
The Seminoles got their bats going as they belted 11 hits against Troy State in game two of the Classic. Florida State pitcher Stacy Venable got the complete game 6-1 victory and improved her season record to a perfect 6-0. The Tribe, the visiting team, got things started in the first inning as Danielle Cox led off the game with a double. With one out Christy Cerecedes joined Cox on the bases and both were driven in on a single by Corrie Williams. Williams had a game-high three RBIs for the game, while Cerecedes went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in two runs. Cox also went 3-for-4 for FSU while Tami Post also recorded multiple hits with two. The Trojans scored their lone run in the first inning as Peggy Swift led off with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Venable held Troy State to just five singles for the game and struck out five batters.
"In game two, we came out and scored right away, putting the pressure on Troy State," Graf said. "Our defense was solid and Stacy was able to pitch the entire game which was a key for us."
In the final game of the day, Michigan State (20-11) topped Troy State (26-12), 3-2. The three teams will continue action tomorrow as the Spartans and Lady Trojans will face off again at 11 a.m. followed by Florida State and Michigan State at 1 p.m. The Classic will conclude with a 3 p.m. contest between FSU and Troy State.