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Softball Opens Conference Play This Week



March 29, 2000

ON TAP THIS WEEK...
The Lady Seminoles will open ACC play this weekend. FSU will host Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 1st, in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. On Sunday, April 2nd, the Lady Seminoles will host in-state foe Florida International in a doubleheader beginning at Noon. The FIU series will be televised live on Sunshine Network, Cable 23. Tom Block and Leah Secondo will provide the talent.

DIAMOND DUST...
RECORD: 28-17
STREAK: won two

LAST OUTING:
The Lady Seminoles went 4-2 over the weekend and were crowned champions of the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge. FSU defeated Wisconsin 6-5 and UTC 2-1 in the final day of action to earn the title.

VS. THIS WEEK'S FOES

Georgia TechFSU leads 23-1
Florida InternationalFSU leads 2-0

THE LADY SEMINOLES QUICKLY:

Batting Leader:Serita Brooks, .394
Hits Leader:Serita Brooks, 56 hits
Doubles Leader:Natalie Bennett, 9
Triples Leader:Kimmy Carter, 5
Home Runs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 3
Kelly Miller, 3
RBIs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 28
Stolen Base Leader:Serita Brooks, 28
ERA Leader:Leslie Malerich, 0.81

(17-9 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 1032-302-6. 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.

ON TAP THIS WEEK...
The Lady Seminoles will open ACC play this weekend. FSU will host Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 1st, in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. On Sunday, April 2nd, the Lady Seminoles will host in-state foe Florida International in a doubleheader beginning at Noon. The FIU series will be televised live on Sunshine Network, Cable 23. Tom Block and Leah Seconda will provide the talent.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
Sunday's doubleheader with Florida International, beginning at Noon, will be the first of two series that will be aired on Sunshine Network. The other is the North Carolina series on April 16th. The ACC Softball Tournament championship game on Monday, May 1st will also be aired on Sunshine.

MALERICH EARNS ACC HONORS AGAIN
Malerich earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for the fourth time this season on March 27. Malerich went 4-0 for the week, including two shutouts, with a 0.54 ERA and one save. With a 3-0 record and a save in the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge, she was named to the All-Tournament team and earned MVP honors. Malerich held opponents to a .172 batting average, allowing just two runs in 26 innings of work on the mound. She made five appearances for the week, with four starts and three complete games. She walked just six batters while striking out 21.

MORE ALL TOURNAMENT HONORS
The Lady Seminoles were well represented on the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All-Tournament Team. Joining Malerich, who also earned MVP honors, were Becky Wallace, Brandi Stuart and Teresa Edenfield. Wallace batted .462 with two RBIs. Stuart batted .353 with three runs and three RBIs while Edenfield batted .316 with four RBIs.

LAST YEAR VS. FIU
FSU and FIU have had just one series and it was a special day for the Lady Seminoles! On April 17th, 1999, Florida State held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Seminole Soccer/Softbal Complex and then the Lady Seminoles swept FIU, 6-1 and 1-0.

COME-FROM-BEHIND
Florida State showed some real fight against Wisconsin in the final day of the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge. Down 5-0 after two innings, the Tribe scored two runs in the fourth and then exploded for four runs on five hits in the seventh inning. After giving up five runs in the second inning, Jenn White-Stokes allowed just three Badger hits the next four innings and Leslie Malerich came into the game in the seventh to earn the save.

THE LADY SEMINOLES IN ACC STATS

  • Serita Brooks ranks second in the ACC in batting with a .394 BA
  • Leslie Malerich's 0.81 ERA is tops in the ACC.
  • Leslie Malerich is averaging 6.61 strikeouts per game which is third-best in the ACC.
  • Heading into the week, Teresa Edenfield's team-leading 28 RBIs ranks fourth in the ACC.
  • Kimmy Carter leads FSU and the ACC with five triples.
  • Serita Brooks leads FSU and the ACC with 28 stolen bases.
  • Leslie Malerich leads the ACC with two saves and is third in winning percentage at .654.

STRONG WEEK
As a team last week, FSU batted .304, outhitting its opponents 62 to 44. Of those 62 hits, 15 were for extra-bases, including 10 doubles, four triples and one home run.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 vs. Ohio, 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.

MULTI-BROOKS
Serita Brooks leads the team with 17 multi-hit games this season. The junior also has four multi-RBI games on the year. She also 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 CAME BACK STRONG
Senior Teresa Edenfield missed the majority of the FSU Invitational with a sprained left knee. She saw one at bat in the five games and it was a hit against Northern Iowa. Edenfield returned to action on Wednesday, March 22nd and played in all eight of FSU's games last week and what a week she had! Playing in all eight games, she batted .346 with nine hits, including two doubles, and a team-leading seven 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 Jenn 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 .394, hits with 56 and stolen bases with 28. She has also earned ACC Player of the Week honors once this season.

KEY HITS
While Drake University transfer Natalie Bennett has just 26 hits on the season, they have been key ones because the shortstop ranks second on the team with 21 RBIs off those hits!

ON THE BASEPATHS
The Lady Seminoles have some speed in the line up. Serita Brooks leads the team with 28 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 20. As a team, FSU has recorded 70 stolen bases to its opponents' 23.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Lady Seminoles are 28-17 heading into this weekend's action. Nine of the Tribe's 17 losses have been by just one run and four 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 2-4 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 15 shutouts this season, including a no-hitter against Florida A&M and a perfect game against Princeton. Leslie Malerich leads the unit with eight solo and two combined shutouts.

FSU PLAYER NOTES

#1 Staci Brandon
Jr. * LF * Peoria, AZ

On the Season:
Has played in 31 games with 21 starts, mostly at left field... ranks second on the team with a .359 batting average... had a seven-game hitting streak... has recorded six multi-hit games, including a perfect 3-for-3 vs. Miami of Ohio on March 17th... was named to the Florida State Invitational All-Tournament team after batting .750, with two RBIs and three runs scored... is 4-for-4 in stolen bases.

#2 Becky Brock
So. * 3B * Macclenny, FL

On the Season:
Sees a lot of action at third base... has played in 36 games... is third on the team at .316, but has just 19 At Bats... has one multi-hit and multi-RBI game... is solid defensively... is also used occasionally as a pinch-runner.

#3 Felicia Williams
Sr. * OF * Orlando, FL

On the Season:
Has played in 37 games... is third on the team with seven stolen bases... has one multi-hit game... has one multi-steal game with two vs. Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19.

#8 Kimmy Carter
So. * RF * Palm Beach Gardens, FL

On the Season:
Starter at right field... is hitting .272... is among the team-leaders with two home runs... has started in all 45 games... leads the team with five triples... has two, three-RBI games... had a six-game hitting streak... has eight multi-hit... is third on the team with 31 hits... is first on the team with 15 walks.

#10 Andi Lyons
Sr. * C/OF * Oldsmar, FL

On the Season:
Primary starter at catcher... has played in 39 games this season... started the year with a four-game hitting streak... has one multi-hit game and one multi-RBI game.

#12 Jenn White-Stokes
Jr. * P * Tuttle, OK

On the Season:
Strong hitting pitcher... is 10-7 with a 2.35 ERA and 11 complete games... is batting .245... hit an inside-the-park home run vs. FAMU on Feb. 12... has four shutouts... has held opponents to a .234 batting average... threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts against Miami of Ohio on March 17... has three multi-hit games and one three-RBI game... started the season with a three-game hitting streak.

#14 Teresa Edenfield
Sr. * C/OF * Marianna, FL

On the Season:
Has started in 40 games, mostly at left field... leads the team with 28 RBIs... has had four, three-RBI games this season, the latest against Harvard on March 3... tied for the team lead with three home runs and is second on the squad with eight doubles... was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery All-Tournament Team... is fourth on the team with 30 hits... had a season-high 10 putouts against Florida Atlantic in the Lady Seminole Classic.. has had eight multi-hit games... was injured and had just one at bat, for a hit, at the Florida State Invitational... has already surpassed season-high of 16 RBIs in 1998.

#15 Serita Brooks
Jr. * CF * Cottondale, AL

On the Season:
Starter in center field... junior college transfer who is quickly making a name for herself... leads the team and is second in the ACC with a .394 batting average... also the team leader in hits with 56 and stolen bases with 28... is fourth on the team with 16 RBIs... was named to the All-Tournament Teams at both the Fresno State Tournament and the Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Invitational... batted .529 in the Invitational with a double, triple, two runs scored and three Rbis... had hits in the first seven games of the season... longest hitting streak has been 10 games... is the team-leader with 17 multi-hit games... has two home runs, vs. Villanova and an inside-the-park blast vs. Ohio... has recorded three steals in a game, three times this season... earned ACC Player of the Week honors on February 28th.

#17 Becky Wallace
Sr. * 1B * Naples, FL

On the Season:
Has played in 33 games at designated hitter or at first base... leads the team with 245 putouts... is batting .212... went 3-for-3 against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19... has three multi-hit games... has one multi-RBI game vs. Northern Iowa on March 18... had a hitting streak of three games at the start of the season... earned UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All-Tournament Team honors.

#23 Leslie Malerich
So. * P * Merrillville, IN

On the Season:
FSU's ace on the mound... is the team leader with a 17-9 record and a 0.81 ERA... leads the FSU pitching staff with 146 strikeouts and eight shutouts... has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week four times... was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All-Tournament Team and also earned MVP honors after notching three wins, including two shutouts, and a save... recorded her first career perfect game against Princeton on March 15... also had a no-hitter vs. FAMU... has 17 complete games... struck out season-high 11 batters vs. FAMU on Feb. 12... had a stretch where she didn't give up an earned run in 46 consecutive innings... has held the opposition to a .170 batting average... is averaging 4.7 strikeouts per game.

#24 Jackie Hirschfeld
So. * 3B * Tampa, FL

On the Season:
Has played in 12 games with three starts... recorded lone-hit vs. Mercer on Feb. 16th.

#25 Robyn Gauger
Jr. * P/UT * St. Mark's, FL

On the Season:
Has made nine appearances and is 1-1 with one shutout and one save... is second on the pitching staff with a 1.72 ERA.... struck out a season-high seven batters in her season debut vs. Mercer on February 16... also has 19 At Bats and has one hit and one run scored.

#29 Brandi Stuart
Fr. * 2B * Cerritos, CA

On the Season:
Starter at second base... is fourth on the team with a .305 batting average... is second on the team with 20 stolen bases, 40 hits and 131 At Bats... has 12 multi-hit games... is one of five Lady Seminoles with double digit RBIs with 17... is second on the team with 13 walks... is third on the team with 18 runs... has four multi-steal games... went 3-for-4, including a triple, with two RBIs vs. Ohio on March 22... was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All Tournament Team... is one of just four player to start every game.

#32 Stephanie Elowsky
Jr. * SS * Pensacola, FL

On the Season:
Has played in 17 games with four starts... has RBIs against Bethune-Cookman and Texas.

#43 Natalie Bennett
Jr. * SS * Belleville, IL

On the Season:
Starter at shortstop... is a transfer from Drake University... is second on the team with 21 RBIs off of 26 hits... is hitting .220... has had four multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games... is first on the team with nine doubles... is one of just four Lady Seminoles to start all 45 games... leads the team with 16 sacrifice hits... had three hits, including a double, and two Rbis in 8-1 win over Ohio.

#48 Kelly Miller
Jr. * 1B/3B * Vallejo, CA

On the Season:
Plays both first and third base... has played in 41 games... is tied for the team lead with three home runs... has three multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game... season-high hitting streak is three games is third on the team with 10 walks... is second on team with 12 sacrifices.

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