May 16, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- The Florida State Seminoles earned their seventh ACC title in the ACC's eight years of softball with a 3-0 victory in Game 8 of the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championships this afternoon at the Seminole Softball Complex. FSU improves to 40-25-1 overall while Virginia falls to 35-25. Both teams will await possible NCAA Regional at-large bids which will be announced this evening.
There were just four hits total in the game as the contest went scoreless through four innings. Virginia had opportunities early but left the bases loaded in the second inning and left two players stranded in the third. In the bottom of the fifth, the Seminoles broke things open. With one out, FSU's Tami Post and Dana Bailey drew walks and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Becky Wallace laid down a perfect bunt, scoring Post. Bailey later scored on another wild pitch. Becky Brock, who came in to run for Wallace, scored FSU's final run on a fielder's choice by Jesse McGregor.
"The team came together today and got the job done," FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. "We concentrated on what we needed to do and executed really well. Once we got the runners on, we got it done. All of our ACC championships (seven) have been won by the players. I can tell the what needs to be done, but they go out and do it."
FSU's Stacy Venable, one of four Seminoles to earn All-Tournament honors, retired the next five UVA batters before giving up a walk with two out in the seventh. The Cavaliers' Lori Reese popped out to second to end the game. Venable, 13-1, went the distance and allowed just two hits while striking out four. Virginia pitcher Kristen Dennis went 4 and 1/3 innings in the loss and struck out two. She was one of three Cavaliers to be named to the All-Tournament Team.
"I'm very pleased with this team," Virginia Head Coach Cheryl Sprangel said. "We showed a great deal of improvement throughout the year. Today, we got runners on base but then couldn't drive them in to score runs. It's happened all season."
Florida State's Danielle Cox, who batted .556 (5-for-9) for the tournament, recorded a triple and a home run, scored three runs and had one RBI, was named Most Valuable Player of the Championships.
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The 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball ChampionshipsAll-Tournament Team
Tami Post Florida State Teresa Edenfield Florida State Stacy Venable Florida State Karen Breshears Virginia Meaghan Young Virginia Kristen Dennis Virginia Kelly Shipman Maryland Fawna Lackovic Maryland Anne Knobbe Georgia Tech Natalie Anter North CarolinaMost Valuable Player: Danielle Cox, Florida State