March 28, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It could have been Kimmy Carter day at the FSU Softball Complex as the freshman rightfielder went 6-for-9, including a double and a triple, and drove in three runs for the Seminoles. Florida State went to 24-19-1 on the season after falling 5-4 to Michigan State in 11 innings and topping Troy State 7-0 this afternoon in the finale of the Seminole Classic. Michigan State, now 21-11, defeated Troy State, now 26-14, 6-1 in the first game of the day. The Spartans went 4-0 for the tournament and were declared Seminole Classic champions.
Both Florida State and Michigan State recorded double digit hits with 16 and 13, respectively, in the 11 inning marathon which resulted in a 5-4 Spartan victory. Trailing 1-0, the Seminoles scored four runs off four hits in the top of the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. Carter belted a triple, her second of four hits in the game, and drove in three Seminole runs. In the bottom of the inning, with one out and one on, Michigan State's Margaret Hollis blasted a home run over the left field fence and tied the game at 4-4. The score remained deadlocked at 4-4 as both teams standed a combined 32 runners on the basepaths. The Seminoles let an opportunity get away in the ninth inning when with one out, Carter hit a double and Dana Bailey drew a walk. Danielle Cox hit a single to load the bases with two out, but FSU left the bases loaded. Michigan State's Shealee Dunavan led off the 11th with a basehit and later scored on Stacey Phillips' game-winning single. FSU's Jennifer White, who came in relief in the third inning, got the loss and fell to 10-12 on the year. She struck out six Spartans in the effort. MSU's Erica Strutz, who also came in relief, improved to 16-7 on the year.
FSU dominated play in the Classic's finale, outhitting the Lady Trojans 9-3 and blanking Troy State 7-0. The Seminoles scored in the bottom of the first inning and opened things up with a four-run fourth. It was Carter again who got the ball rolling for the Tribe as she led off with a single. Troy State committed two errors in the inning, allowing two of the four runs to score. Seminole freshman Leslie Malerich went the distance, allowing just three Troy State hits and striking out five in the shutout victory. She improves her record to 8-7. Kim Unkenholz fell to 8-3 with the loss.
"We had quite a day at the plate today," FSU Head Coach Dr. Joanne Graf said. "The Michigan State game was a tough loss, but I was proud of the way the players rebounded and continued to play well against Troy State."
The Tribe will begin a 14-game road swing on Thursday, April 1st, with a 6:00 p.m. game at crosstown-rival Florida A&M.
SEMINOLE CLASSIC ACTION, March 28, 1999:
MICH. ST. 010 400 1 - 6 9 0 TROY ST. 100 000 0 - 1 7 2GAME 2
FSU 004 000 000 00 - 4 16 3 MICH. ST. 103 000 000 01 - 5 13 0GAME 3
TROY ST. 000 000 0 - 0 3 3 FSU 100 402 X - 7 9 1