Feb. 9, 2001
Tallahassee, FL -
#17 Florida State Seminoles
The 17th-ranked Seminoles started the 2001 campaign with an impressive outing against Georgia Southern in Statesboro, GA. The Noles gave up no runs and only one walk in the series sweep. FSU downed the Eagles 8-0 and 4-0 on the way to their sixth straight series win dating back to the 2000 season. Florida State recorded 16 hits in the two games and batted .314 as a team against Georgia Southern.
Chattanooga's Lady Mocs softball team is an overwhelming favorite to repeat as Southern Conference champions in voting by both the league coaches and softball Sports Information Directors.
UTC received seven of eight first-place votes from the SIDs and the Lady Mocs garnered six first-place votes from the coaches. Furman was second in both polls and Georgia Southern was third.
The Lady Mocs are coming off their fifth regular-season SoCon championship and fourth league tournament title in 2000. UTC earned its first NCAA Regional berth and went 1-2 in the NCAAs with a win over Army and losses to Mississippi State and Utah.
Chattanooga returns all four pitchers and the entire infield that started in the NCAA Tournament. The team's top seven hitters are back, including first baseman Angela Brewer who was the SoCon's Freshman of the Year.
The Golden Panthers head to the Tomahawk Bash with a 4-0 record after double-header sweeps over South Florida (1-0 and 5-4) and Palm Beach Atlantic (7-0 and 6-1). Junior pitcher Leah Barnes tossed a no-hitter and struck out a school-record 16 batters in the Golden Panthers 7-0 win over Palm Beach Atlantic. It marked the first FIU no-hitter in three seasons, the last coming in April 1998 against Campbell. The FIU women's softball team opened its 2001 season with a pair of walk-off victories at home against the University of South Florida (0-2). The Golden Pan-thers won the opener, 1-0, behind the three-hit pitching of Mila Nelson and won the nightcap, 5-4, in nine innings on an RBI pinch-hit single by freshman Kristen Perry.
Florida A&M opens their 2001 campaign at the Seminole Softball Complex in the Tomahawk Bash. The Ratlerettes finshed the 2000 season with an overall mark of 28-31 and placed second in the MEAC at 10-4. FAMU returns five starters and eight letterwinners from last years squad. Cherrae Rushton leads the Rattlerettes after posting 12 HR's and 35 RBI's last seasonand she is joined by senior OF Tonya Minick who hit .276 in 2000 and was 24-27 in stolen bases. Top newcomers Javetta Dryer (P), Tiya Hincs (P/OF) and LaCharee McBurrows (OF) hop to contribute immediately to FAMU's success in 2001.