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Florida State Softball Heads To UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge
Jennifer White-Stokes and Florida State open play in the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge Friday against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Jennifer White-Stokes and Florida State open play in the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge Friday against Louisiana-Lafayette.

March 23, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Lady Seminoles will leave for Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday, March 23rd to participate in the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge over the weekend. The Tribe will play six games in three days.

The schedule

Friday, March 24th
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at Noon
vs. UTC at 6:30 p.m.

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.

DIAMOND DUST...

RECORD: 24-15
STREAK: won two

LAST OUTING: The Lady Seminoles swept Ohio, 8-1 and 6-1, on Wednesday night at the Seminoles Softball Complex. FSU belted a season-high 13 hits in the first game and outhit the Bobcats 20-8 for the series.

VS. THE TOURNEY FOES:

(21-6) La.-LafayetteFSU leads 9-4
(17-15) UTCFSU leads 2-0
(19-10) WisconsinUW leads 1-0

THE LADY SEMINOLES QUICKLY:

Batting Leader:Serita Brooks, .421
Hits Leader:Serita Brooks, 53 hits
Doubles Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 8
Triples Leader:Kimmy Carter, 5
Home Runs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 3
Kelly Miller, 3
RBIs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 24
Stolen Base Leader:Serita Brooks, 26
ERA Leader:Leslie Malerich, 0.90
(14-9 current record)

COACH'S CORNER
Dr. JoAnne Graf is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Seminole program. Her record stands at 1028-300-6. 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.

THE BATS WOKE UP!
Florida State belted a season-high 13 hits in the first game of the doubleheader vs. Ohio. It marked the seventh time this season that the Lady Seminoles have recorded double digit hits in a game and the Tribe is 7-0 in those games. On the flip side, FSU pitching has not allowed an opponent to record double-digit hits this season.

INSIDE THE PARK
Junior Serita Brooks used her speed to round the bases for her second home run of the season, but first in-the-park home run. It is the second in-the-park home run for the Lady Seminoles this season as Jen White-Stokes recorded one vs. FAMU on February 12th.

STACI BRANDON IS ON A ROLL
Left fielder Staci Brandon is on a current seven-game hitting streak. The junior is second on the team in batting at .417.

MULTI-BROOKS
Serita Brooks leads the team with 16 multi-hit games this season. The junior also has four multi-RBI games on the year. She has hit safely in 33 of 39 games and put together a hitting streak of 10 games between Feb. 16-27th.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
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 IS BACK
Senior Teresa Edenfield, who leads the team with 24 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 returned to action on Wednesday, March 22nd vs. Ohio and went 3-for-7, including two doubles and had three RBIs.

HOME RUN CLUB
The Lady Seminoles already have 12 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 and Serita Brooks each have two, and Brandi Stuart and Jen White-Stokes each have one.

PERFECTION!
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.

BROOKS HONORED
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.

TEAM LEADER
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 .421, hits with 53 and stolen bases with 26. She has also earned ACC Player of the Week honors once this season.

KEY HITS
While Drake University transfer Natalie Bennett has just 22 hits on the season, they have been key ones because the shortstop ranks second on the team with 20 RBIs off those hits!

ON THE BASEPATHS
The Lady Seminoles have some speed in the line up. Serita Brooks leads the team with 26 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 20. As a team, FSU has recorded 67 stolen bases to its opponents' 22.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Lady Seminoles are 24-15 heading into this weekend'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.

COMPLEX RECORDS
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.

EXTRA INNINGS
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.

STREAKY SEMINOLES
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 THIS WEEK

Serita Brooks2nd, .425 batting avg
3rd, 0.08, triples pg
1st, 0.68 steals pg
 
Leslie Malerich1st, 0.87 ERA
3rd, 6.8 strikeouts pg
1st, 0.87 saves pg
4th, .591 winning %
 
Jen White-Stokes8th, 2.23 ERA
3rd, .615 winning %
 
Teresa EdenfieldT5th, 0.09 home runs pg
T4th, 0.19, doubles pg
 
Kimmy Carter1st, 0.11 triples pg
 
Brandi Stuart3rd, 0.49 steals pg
 
Felicia Williams5th, 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

Overall Record24-15
Conference Record0-0
Home10-2
Away7-1
Neutral7-12
Tournament Play11-15
vs ranked opponents0-7
Day Games17-11
Night Games7-4
One run games5-8
Two run games4-1
Five run games8-1
Extra innings2-3
Shutouts13-6

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