April 3, 2001
Tallahassee, FL - For the sixth time this season a Florida State softball player has garnered honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jen White-Stokes, pitcher/designated player for the 16th-ranked FSU softball team (35-6), was named ACC Softball Player of the Week after hitting .562, knocking in nine runs and recording her first home run of the season as the Seminoles went 4-1 last week and outscored their opponents by a count of 34-3.
White-Stokes led the team in at-bats, hits and RBI's last week as she plated over 26% of FSU's 34 runs. In FSU's 7-0 win over FAMU, White-Stokes batted 1.000 (3 for 3), scored a run and knocked in her eighth RBI of the year. In the Noles conference opener at Georgia Tech, she sealed the opening win for FSU when she hit a 210-foot blast over the left field wall with two runners on to extend Florida State to a 7-0 lead.
After dropping the second game to Georgia Tech, White-Stokes had a huge doubleheader against Georgia State where she went 5 for 6 with three runs scored and five RBI. White-Stokes opened the first game by knocking in the first run of the day with a single up the middle to score Brandi Stuart in the second inning. Stuart led off with a triple in the fourth and White-Stokes once again singled to drive in the run. In game two, she plated the second run of the game when she singled to left field in the top of the first. After a sacrifice bunt in the third that resulted in the Noles third run, White-Stokes hit a two out, two-run single in the fourth that staked FSU to a 6-0 lead.
White-Stokes, a career .251 hitter, is now batting .375 on the year and is second on the team in doubles (7), third in slugging percentage (.511) and second in on base percentage (.409). She is also 11-2 on the mound with an ERA of 0.53. White-Stokes leads the pitching staff with 106.2 innings pitched and 20 appearances. She has allowed just eight earned runs all season and is holding opposing batters to a .148 average.
The Seminoles return to action Friday, April 6 when they travel to Chapel Hill to face the University of North Carolina (23-13-1) in conference play. Florida State will then take part in the Tar Heel Invitational where they will face North Carolina, No. 25 Florida Atlantic (32-12) and East Carolina (31-13). The Noles return home April 17, 2001 for their fifth meeting with FAMU at 6:00 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex.