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Florida State Sweeps Weekly Softball Honors



April 17, 2000

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Florida State Seminoles swept the ACC weekly softball honors as Staci Brandon was named the Player of the Week and Leslie Malerich was named the league's pitcher of the week for the fifth time this season. The duo led the ?Noles to a 4-1 record over the past week.

Brandon, a native of Peora, Ariz., turned in a solid week at the plate for FSU as she finished the five games 10-for-23 (.435) with eight RBI and six runs scored. On Saturday, in the first game of a doubleheader with Auburn, the junior left fielder went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as Florida State won the game by a 7-0 count. On Sunday, she went 3-for-8 eight in the two games with North Carolina, including a two-run triple in FSU's 10-9 win in game one, and drove in the winning run in game two with an RBI single. Brandon has now hit safely in 10 of the last 12 games, including her current six-game hitting streak.

Malerich, a native of Merrillville, Ind., was once again dominant on the mound as she went 4-1 this past week with a pair of shutout victories. She opened the week with a complete-game, 7-0 win at Florida A&M, and followed that outing with another complete-game, 7-0 win over Auburn in the first game of a twin bill. On Sunday, in the second game of FSU's doubleheader with North Carolina, the sophomore hurler entered the contest with one out in the first inning and the Seminoles trailing by a 4-0 score. She proceeded to shut out the Tar Heels for the remaining 6.2 innings en route to her fourth win of the week, a 5-4 decision.

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