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FSU Softball Gears Up For Big Weekend
Junior pitcher Jenn White-Stokes and the Seminoles will host North Carolina and Auburn this weekend.

Junior pitcher Jenn White-Stokes and the Seminoles will host North Carolina and Auburn this weekend.

April 14, 2000

COMING UP THIS WEEKEND...
The Tribe hosts Auburn and North Carolina in weekend series. Sunday's tilt with UNC will be FSU's last regular-season home games of the season. The FSU seniors will also be honored on Sunday.

April 15FSU vs. Auburn, 1 & 3 p.m.Seminole Softball Complex
April 16FSU vs. North Carolina, 1 & 3 p.m.

Seminole Softball Complex * Sunshine Network

DIAMOND DUST...
RECORD: 33-23
STREAK: won two
LAST OUTING: Leslie Malerich notched her 10th shutout of the year with a 7-0 win at FAMU. FSU defeated the Rattlerettes five times this season, including three shutouts.

THE LADY SEMINOLES QUICKLY...

Batting Leader:Serita Brooks, .375
Hits Leader:Serita Brooks, 66
Runs Leader:Serita Brooks, 39
Doubles Leader:Natalie Bennett, 9
Triples Leader:Kimmy Carter, 5
Brandi Stuart, 5
Home Runs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 3
Kelly Miller, 3
RBIs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 34
Stolen Bases Leader:Serita Brooks, 33
ERA Leader:Leslie Malerich, 1.09
(21-12 current record)

VS. THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS

(26-23) AuburnFSU leads 4-1-1
(39-13) North CarolinaFSU leads 30-6

COACH'S CORNER
Dr. JoAnne Graf is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Seminole program. Her record stands at 1037-308-6. 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.

WHITE-STOKES COULD BE BACK
Junior pitcher Jenn White-Stokes has been suffering from bicep tendonitis in her pitching arm and has not made a pitching appearance since April 1st. She is probable for action this weekend.

BACK-TO-BACK BRANDON
Junior leadoff hitter Staci Brandon has recorded back-to-back three-RBI games. In FSU's 9-1 win over FAMU on April 9th, Brandon went 3-for-3 at the plare, including a double, drove in three runs and scored one of her own. Against FAMU on April 12th, Brandon went 1-for-4, with three RBIs and one run scored.

DID YOU KNOW THAT HEADING INTO THE WEEK...
... Serita Brooks ranked third in the ACC in hitting at .380 ... Leslie Malerich's 1.13 ERA was second among ACC pitchers ... Leslie Malerich was averaging 5.90 strikeouts per game ... Teresa Edenfield's 0.68 RBI per game avg was fifth in the ACC ... Serita Brooks led the ACC in steals per game at 0.58

AUBURN - FSU CONNECTION
Auburn Head Coach Tina Kyler Deese is a 1986 graduate of Florida State. In her first season as a Lady Seminole, Deese led the nation in strikeouts average per game at 11.5. She was a two-time All-Southeast Region first team selection. She served as FSU's pitching coach from 1985-86.

THE TIGERS QUICKLY...

Batting Leader:Mary Petrie, .459
Hits Leader:Jen Kraemer, 60
Runs Leader:Ashley Moore, 35
Doubles Leader:Jen Kraemer, 14
Ashley Moore, 14
Triples Leader:Jen Kraemer, 2
Home Runs Leader:Mary Petrie, 6
RBIs Leader:Mary Petrie, 30
Stolen Bases Leader:Marcella Passarelli, 12
ERA Leader:Jaime Rasmussen, 2.54 (8-4 record)
Jennifer Lofton, 2.54 (11-12 record)

THE TAR HEELS QUICKLY... (coming into the week)

Batting Leader:Michelle Semmes, .390
Hits Leader:Michelle Semmes, 60
Runs Leader:Michelle Semmes, 43
Doubles Leader:Michelle Semmes, 15
Triples Leader:Kelly Ramsey, 4
Home Runs Leader:Natalie Anter, 9
RBIs Leader:Kelly Ramsey, 38
Natalie Anter, 38
Stolen Bases Leader:Crystal Henderson, 13
ERA Leader:Radara McHugh, 0.90 (17-4)

ACC TOURNAMENT ACTION Once again, Tallahassee and Florida State will serve as hosts of the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship. This year's tournament will be played April 29-May 1 at the Seminole Softball Complex. All-tournament tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth while single-day tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. The schedule:

Saturday, April 29

Game 1:Seed 4 vs. Seed 51:00 pm
Game 2:Seed 2 vs. Seed 33:00 pm
Game 3:Seed 1 vs. Winner Game 15:00 pm

Sunday, April 30

Game 4:Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 21:00 pm
Game 5:Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 33:00 pm
Game 6:Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 35:00 pm

Monday, May 1

Game 7:Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 611:00 am
Game 8:Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 71:00 pm
Game 9:if needed3:30 pm

LIKE TO WIN BIG
When the Lady Seminoles win, they like to win big! The Tribe is 13-3 in games decided by five or more runs. FSU hasn't had much success with the close games though. The Lady Seminoles are 8-10 in one-run games.

FSU AND FAMU
With its 7-0 win on Wednesday, FSU went 5-0 vs. the Rattlerettes this season. In two of those games, the Tribe eight-run ruled FAMU in five innings and three games were shutouts. FSU's last loss to FAMU was on April 14th, 1999.

LOTSA HITS
FSU belted 12 hits in its 9-1 win over FAMU on April 9th. It marked the eighth time this season that the Lady Seminoles have recorded double digit hits in a game and the Tribe is 8-0 in those games. Florida State belted a season-high 13 hits in the first game of the doubleheader vs. Ohio on March 22. On the flip side, FSU pitching has allowed an opponent to record double-digit hits in just one game this season -- a 4-2 loss to FIU, who had 10 hits.

BIG WEEK!
Freshman Brandi Stuart batted .333 last week and led the team with seven RBIs. Stuart, who tied with Staci Brandon with six hits, recorded four singles, a triple and a grand slam home run in six games this week. She also had two steals.

SHUTTING 'EM OUT!
Florida State pitching has produced 17 shutouts this season, including a no-hitter against Florida A&M and a perfect game against Princeton. Leslie Malerich leads the unit with 10 solo and two combined shutouts. The Lady Seminoles have been shutout seven times this year.

WASN'T IT JUST GRAND!
Freshman Brandi Stuart blasted a grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one vs. Florida to lift the Lady Seminoles to a 6-3 victory over the Gators. It was Stuart's first career grand slam and her second home run of hte year. The only freshman playing on the team this season (Beth Wade is redshirting), Stuart is third on the team in batting (.321) and second in hits (52), RBIs (28) and steals (23).

FINALLY ERROR-FREE
After committing 14 errors in four games, April 1st and 2nd, the Tribe had four errors in the first game against UF. Finally, in the second game, the Lady Seminoles went error-free, snapping a 10-game streak of games with at least one error.

APRIL FOOL'S DAY BUT NO JOKE
The Lady Seminoles committed a season-high seven errors in their 8-2 loss to Georgia Tech on April 1st. In fact, the team struggled defensivley all weekend with 14 errors in four games.

TOO MANY HITS
FIU ripped off 10 hits in the first game of the doubleheader with Florida State on Sunday. It is the only time this season that an opponent has recorded double-digit hits in a game.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
Sunshine Network will broadcast 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.

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.

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 20 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 that 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 14 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, Brandi Stuart and Serita Brooks each have two and Natalie Bennett and Jenn White-Stokes each have one.

PERFECTION!
Leslie Malerich faced 21 batters and threw five strikeouts against Princeton for her first career perfect game at FSU! 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 .375, hits with 66 and stolen bases with 33. She has also earned ACC Player of the Week honors once this season.

KEY HITS
Drake University transfer Natalie Bennett has just 36 hits on the season and they have been key ones because the shortstop ranks third on the team with 23 RBIs off those hits!

ON THE BASEPATHS
The Lady Seminoles have some speed in the line up. Serita Brooks leads the team with 33 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 24. As a team, FSU has recorded 83 stolen bases to its opponents' 33.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Lady Seminoles are 33-23 heading into this weekend's action. Ten of the Tribe's 23 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. The Tribe committed a complex record seven errors vs. Georgia Tech on April 1st.

EXTRA INNINGS
The Lady Seminoles are 2-5 in extra inning games this season.

TWICE AS NICE
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.

BROOKS NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Serita Brooks earned the ACC Player of the Week honors on February 28. Brooks batted .615 on 8-of-13 hitting at the FAU Tournament. On the week, she scored five runs and drove in three others.

#1 Staci Brandon
Jr. * LF * Peoria, AZ
On the Season:
Has played in 42 games with 32 starts, mostly at left field... ranks second on the team with a .333 batting average... had a seven-game hitting streak... has recorded eight 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 6-for-8 in stolen bases... had a three RBI game vs. FAMU on April 9th and 12th

#2 Becky Brock
So. * 3B * Macclenny, FL
On the Season:
Sees a lot of action at third base... has played in 44 games... is fourth on the team at .308, but has just 26 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 48 games... is third on the team with eight stolen bases... has one multi-hit game... has one multi-steal game with two vs. Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19... has scored 20 runs.

#8 Kimmy Carter
So. * RF * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
On the Season:
Starter at right field... is hitting .257... is among the team-leaders with two home runs... has started in all 56 games... leads the team with five triples... has two, three-RBI games... had a six-game hitting streak... has nine multi-hit games... is fourth on the team with 36 hits... is first on the team with 19 walks.

#10 Andi Lyons
Sr. * C/OF * Oldsmar, FL
On the Season:
Primary starter at catcher... has played in 46 games... 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 10-8 with a 2.42 ERA and 11 complete games... is batting .218... hit an inside-the-park home run vs. FAMU on Feb. 12... has four shutouts... has held opponents to a .241 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 51 games, at catcher, at DH or at left field... leads the team with 34 RBIs... has had five, three-RBI games this season, the latest against Florida International on April 2... 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 third on the team with 36 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 .375 batting average... also the team leader in hits with 66 and stolen bases with 33... is fourth on the team with 20 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 20 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 43 games at designated hitter or at first base... leads the team with 321 putouts for a .980 fielding percentage... is batting .187... 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 an 21-12 record and a 1.09 ERA... leads the FSU pitching staff with 173 strikeouts and 10 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 24 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 .173 batting average... is averaging 5.90 strikeouts per game.

#24 Jackie Hirschfeld
So. * 3B * Tampa, FL
On the Season:
Has played in 15 games with three starts... recorded lone-hit vs. Mercer on Feb. 16th... is fielding 1.000 in limited playing time... had an RBI in FAMU game on April 12th.

#25 Robyn Gauger
Jr. * P/UT * St. Mark's, FL
On the Season:
Has made 13 appearances and is 2-3 with one shutout and one save... is second on the pitching staff with a 1.96 ERA.... struck out a season-high seven batters in her season debut vs. Mercer on February 16...pitched her second complete game in win vs. Florida International on April 2... also plays some outfield... has 20 At Bats and has two hits and one run scored.

#29 Brandi Stuart
Fr. * 2B * Cerritos, CA
On the Season:
Only freshman playing this season... is the starter at second base... is third on the team with a .321 batting average... is second on the team with 24 stolen bases, 53 hits, 165 At Bats and 28 RBIs... hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to give FSU a 6-3 win over UF... had four hits and five RBIs against Florida... has 15 multi-hit games... is third on the team with 13 walks... is third on the team with 22 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 players to start every game... had a six game hitting streak snapped in game 1 vs. Florida Atlantic... had three RBIs vs. FIU on April 2.

#32 Stephanie Elowsky
Jr. * SS * Pensacola, FL
On the Season:
Has played in 20 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 third on the team with 23 RBIs off of 36 hits... is hitting .245... has had five 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 56 games... leads the team with 17 sacrifices... had three hits, including a double, and two Rbis in 8-1 win over Ohio...had a nine-game hitting streak snapped vs. Southern Miss. on April 8...hit her first home run of the season vs. Florida International on April 2.

#48 Kelly Miller
Jr. * 1B/3B * Vallejo, CA
On the Season:
Plays both first and third base... has played in 52 games... is tied for the team lead with three home runs... has four multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game... season-high hitting streak is three games... is second on the team with 14 walks... is second on team with 11 sacrifices.

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