May 24, 2002
Florida State vs. Cal:
Florida State made a bit of history today in their game versus California. The Seminoles became only the second team ever in NCAA Women's College World Series history to have twin sisters, Shundra and Shandra Colzie, in the starting line-up. Fresno State was the first ever team to have twin sisters in the starting line-up with Randi and Laura Berg. Shundra and Shandra started in right field and at designated player, respectively for the Seminoles.
Through 13 innings of work at the Women's College World Series, pitcher Leslie Malerich had only given up one run. Her 12 inning scoreless streak came to an end in the top of fifth inning, when California shortstop Chelsea Spencer hit a homerun to left field. This was only the second run given up by Malerich since the first inning in the opening game against UCLA. The homerun was only the second allowed by Malerich in over 60 innings of work in the post season. In those 12 scoreless innings of work before the homerun, she had only given up 8 hits, while striking out three.
The Seminoles tied a season low in hits with two against the Golden Bears. This is only the fifth time this season Florida State has been held to two hits in a game. The last time the Seminoles were held to this number was back on March 17th when they loss to Texas 4-2. In those five games, the Tribe went 2-3.
Leslie Malerich became the first ever pitcher to record over 300 innings of work twice in her career with her first coming in 2000 when she pitched a school record 323 innings. She reached this milestone after the completion of the fourth inning in Florida State's second game at the WCWS against California. She is only the second pitcher ever to pitch 300 or more innings in a season. The first Seminole to perform such a feat was Kristy Fuentes when she pitched 310 innings in 1997.
Brandi Stuart was the only Seminole to get a hit against Jocelyn Forest registering two in their second round match-up against California. In the past two years, Stuart is the only Seminole to hit the ball well against the Golden Bears. In four meetings, she hit .500 going a combined 6-for-12 with two doubles and one RBI, while the rest of the team has hit a dismal .118 (11-for-93).
Florida State's 1-0 loss to California marks the sixth consecutive time that a game between these two teams has been decided by only one run and the fourth time that the Seminoles lost 1-0. In 2000, the Golden Bears defeated the Seminoles twice by the score of 1-0. Then in 2001, Florida State went 1-2 versus California at the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee. FSU lost game one 1-0. They bounced back and took game two 2-1, and then fell once more to the Bears by the score of 3-2 in 10 innings.