Florida State Softball To Host Ohio University
Lady Seminoles hold 5-0 series advantage over the Bobcats.
March 21, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Lady Seminoles will host Ohio University in a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Seminole Softball Complex. FSU will leave for Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday to participate in the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge over the weekend. The Tribe will play six games in three days. The schedule: on Friday, March 24th - vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at Noon, vs. UTC at 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 25th - vs. Wisconsin at Noon, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 26th - vs. Wisconsin at 2 p.m., vs. UTC at 4 p.m.
STREAK: lost one
LAST OUTING: The Lady Seminoles fell 6-1 to No. 14 Michigan in the semifinals of the 2000 Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Invitational. FSU went 3-2 in the tournament. Michigan went on to win the tournament.
VS. THIS WEEK'S FOES:
|Ohio||FSU leads 5-0|
|La.-Lafayette||FSU leads 9-4|
|UTC||FSU leads 2-0|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin leads 1-0|
THE LADY SEMINOLES QUICKLY:
|Batting Leader:||Serita Brooks, .425|
|Hits Leader:||Serita Brooks, 51 hits|
|Doubles Leader:||Teresa Edenfield, 6|
|Natalie Bennett, 6|
|Triples Leader:||Kimmy Carter, 4|
|Home Runs Leader:||Teresa Edenfield, 3|
|Kelly Miller, 3|
|RBIs Leader:||Teresa Edenfield, 21|
|Stolen Base Leader:||Serita Brooks, 25|
Dr. JoAnne Graf is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Seminole program. Her record stands at 1026-300-6. In 1999, Graf became the first coach in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,000 Division I victories and the first to reach that plateau at one university. She has guided FSU to five College World Series, 12 NCAA Regional appearances, two slowpitch National Championships and seven ACC Championships. Her coaching has produced 17 All-Americans and numerous all-region and all-conference selections.
NOTES FROM THE DUGOUT
Juniors Staci Brandon and Serita Brooks were named to the 2000 Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Invitational All-Tournament team over the weekend. Brandon led all FSU players with a .750 batting average on 9-of-12 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored. Brooks hit .529 on 9-of-17, including a double and a triple, and scored two runs and drove in three others.
EDENFIELD SHOULD BE BACK
Senior Teresa Edenfield, who leads the team with 21 RBIs on the year, missed the majority of the FSU Invitational with a sprained left knee. Edenfield saw one at bat in the five games and it was a hit against Northern Iowa. Felecia Williams pinch-ran for Edenfield and went on to score. Edenfield should be ready for action this week!
HOME RUN CLUB
The Lady Seminoles already have 11 home runs this season while FSU pitching has allowed just five. The Tribe had a total of seven last season. Kelly Miller and Teresa Edenfield lead the team with three apiece while Kimmy Carter has two and Rita Brooks, Brandi Stuart and Jen White-Stokes each have one.
Sophomore Leslie Malerich faced 21 batters and threw five strikeouts against Princeton for her first career perfect game as a Lady Seminole! It was also her sixth shut out of the season.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK ... AGAIN!
Leslie Malerich earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday, March 20th after recording her first career perfect game and earning two victories the past week It is the third time this season that Malerich has been recognized by the league.
Junior Serita Brooks was named to the Fresno State Hallowell Chevrolet All-Tournament team after batting .474 with two RBI's and going a perfect 4-4 in stolen bases.
Serita Brooks, a transfer from North Florida CC, has quickly made a name for herself. The Cottondale, Ala., native leads the team in batting at .425, hits with 51 and stolen bases with 25. She has also earned ACC Player of the Week honors once this season.
While Drake University transfer Natalie Bennett has just 19 hits on the season, they have been key ones because the shortstop ranks second on the team with 18 RBIs off those hits!
ON THE BASEPATHS
The Lady Seminoles have some speed in the line up. Serita Brooks leads the team with 25 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 18. As a team, FSU has recorded 63 stolen bases to its opponents' 22.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Lady Seminoles are 22-15 heading into this week's action. Eight of the Tribe's 15 losses have been by just one run and three of those games went extra innings before being decided.
Two records were tied or broken during the Seminole Classic, February 11-13. The Cal-Berkeley Bears tied the record for team RBI's with 10 and set a new record for runs by one team in a game with 14 against FAMU on Feb 12.
The Lady Seminoles are 2-3 in extra inning games this season.
TWICE AS NICE
Sophomore Leslie Malerich won her second consecutive ACC pitcher of the week award for the week of February 21st. For the week, she compiled a 5-0 record while not allowing a run in 21 1/3 innings of work. She has not went 28 1/3 consecutive innings before allowing a run and has 96 strikeouts in 97 innings pitched.
The Lady Seminoles won eight straight games during a 10-day stretch from Feb. 16-26th. The Tribe also lost eight straight during a seven-day stretch from March 4-11th.
SHUTTING 'EM OUT!
Florida State pitching has produced 13 shutouts this season, including a no-hitter against Florida A&M and a perfect game against Princeton. Leslie Malerich leads the unit with six solo and two combined shutouts.
IN ACC STATS
|Serita Brooks||2nd, .425 batting avg|
|3rd, 0.08, triples pg|
|1st, 0.68 steals pg|
|Leslie Malerich||1st, 0.87 ERA|
|3rd, 6.8 strikeouts pg|
|1st, 0.87 saves pg|
|4th, .591 winning %|
|Jen White-Stokes||8th, 2.23 ERA|
|3rd, .615 winning %|
|Teresa Edenfield||T5th, 0.09 home runs pg|
|T4th, 0.19, doubles pg|
|Kimmy Carter||1st, 0.11 triples pg|
|Brandi Stuart||3rd, 0.49 steals pg|
|Felicia Williams||5th, 0.22 steals pg|
IN ACC TEAM STATS
Florida State ranks first in fielding at .976, second in pitching with a 1.47 ERA and fourth in batting with a .249 team batting average.
FOR THE RECORD
|vs ranked opponents||0-7|
|One run games||5-8|
|Two run games||4-1|
|Five run games||7-1|