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Lady Seminoles Head To North Carolina

April 19, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State hits the road for its final weekend of action before the ACC Tournament. The Lady Seminoles will face SAA-foe No. 24 East Carolina in a doubleheader on Friday, April 21 at 2 p.m., and will conclude their trip with a doubleheader vs. Campbell on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m.


RECORD: 36-24
STREAK: won two
LAST OUTING: The Lady Seminoles knocked off league-leading North Carolina with a 10-9 and 5-4 sweep, putting a halt to the Tar Heels' 12-game win streak.


Batting Leader:Serita Brooks, .386
Hits Leader:Serita Brooks, 73
Runs Leader:Serita Brooks, 43
Doubles Leader:Natalie Bennett, 10
Triples Leader:Kimmy Carter, 6
Home Runs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 3
Kelly Miller, 3
RBIs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 38
Stolen Bases Leader:Serita Brooks, 37
ERA Leader:Leslie Malerich, 1.19
(24-13 current record)


Conference Record2-2
Tournament Play17-19
vs ranked opponents0-11
Day Games28-19
Night Games8-5
One run games10-11
Two run games4-2
Five+ run games14-3
Extra innings2-6

Dr. JoAnne Graf is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Seminole program. Her record stands at 1040-309-6. 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.


(46-8) East Carolina * FSU leads 16-1
The last meeting between FSU and ECU was in 1997 -- a 10-0 victory for the Tribe.

(18-30) Campbell * FSU leads 6-0
FSU swept Campbell last season with 5-0 and 2-0 shutouts.

The East Carolina series is important for many reasons. Not only would wins over a ranked regional opponent be advantageous, but wins over a Southern Atlantic Alliance opponent would be most beneficial. The five ACC schools and East Carolina make up the Southern Atlantic Alliance. All six teams play a doubleheader throughout the season and the team with the best record at the end of that competition, earns an automatic bid to regionals.

The Tribe's sweep over North Carolina was FSU's eighth sweep this season, but first since March 22nd when FSU swept Ohio.

FSU swept the ACC weekly softball honors for April 17th 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 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. 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.

Malerich was once again dominant on the mound as she went 4-1 for the 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.

Several FSU players are enjoying hitting streaks. Here's a look...

  • Brandon - hit safely in 10 of last 12 including six straight
  • Stuart - hit safely in 16 of last 19 games, including six straight
  • Carter - hit safely in seven of last eight games, including four straight
  • Lyons - three-game hitting streak
  • Wallace - three-game hitting streak
  • Brock - two-game hitting streak
NEW HIGH FSU set a new season-high with 14 hits in game two of the DH with Auburn on April 15th, but only eight of the hits were in the first seven innings. FSU tied its previous season-high for hits with 13 in its 7-0 win in game one and all nine starters got hits in the game.

The Lady Seminoles have recorded double digit hits in four of the last five games and 11 games overall this season. FSU is 10-1 in those contests with its only loss coming to Auburn, 5-4, in 13 innings.

Leslie Malerich earned her 11th shutout of the season in FSU's 7-0 win over Auburn. Malerich struck out nine batters in the game. Her season-high is 11 vs. FAMU on Feb. 12. Prior to Auburn's run in the 13th inning in game two, Malerich had pitched 25.1 consecutive innings without giving up a run. She pitched 16 innings on Saturday alone.

Leadoff hitter Staci Brandon has now hit safely in 10 of the last 12 games, including her current six-game hitting streak. She went 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs in the Tribe's 7-0 win over Auburn. It was the third straight game that Brandon had multi-RBIs. In FSU's 9-1 win over FAMU on April 9th, Brandon went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a double, drove in three runs and scored one of her own. Against FAMU on April 12th, she went 1-for-4, with three RBIs and one run scored. She also had three hits in the second Auburn and first UNC game, giving her 11 multi-hit games this year.

Auburn belted 16 hits in the second game of the doubleheader (10 in first seven hittings). It's the most hits that FSU pitching has allowed this season. UNC had 10 hits in the first game on Sunday, marking just the third time this season that FSU pitching has allowed double-digit hits. FSU has a 1-2 record in those games.

Game two of the Auburn series went 13 innings, three hours and 52 minutes. The two teams combined for 30 hits. The 13 innings is the most innings FSU has played in a game this season. It now makes the Tribe 2-6 in extra-inning ball games this season. Prior to the game with Auburn, the Lady Seminoles went nine innings in a 1-0 win over Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19.

Junior pitcher Jenn White-Stokes, who has been suffering from bicep tendonitis in her pitching arm and had not made a pitching appearance since April 1st, saw four innings of action on Saturday, April 15th vs. Auburn. She faced 21 batters, allowed four earned runs on eight hits and walked one. She was not the pitcher of record.


  • Serita Brooks ranked third in the ACC in hitting at .386
  • Leslie Malerich's 1.13 ERA was second among ACC pitchers
  • Staci Brandon ranked sixth in the ACC in hitting at .355
  • Brandi Stuart was 10th in ACC hitting at .330
  • Jenn White-Stokes was 10th in ACC ERA at .2.57
  • Teresa Edenfield's 0.69 RBI per game avg was fifth in the ACC
  • Kimmy Carter, Brandi Stuart and Serita Brooks are three of the top five leaders in the ACC in triples per game
  • Serita Brooks led the ACC in steals per game at 0.58
  • Brandi Stuart is third in steals per game at 0.47
  • Leslie Malerich is fourth in ACC win percentage at .649
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 seem to win big! The Tribe is 14-3 in games decided by five or more runs. FSU hasn't had much success with the close games though. The Lady Seminoles are 10-11 in one-run games.

With its 7-0 win on April 12th, 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.

Florida State pitching has produced 18 shutouts this season, including a no-hitter against Florida A&M and a perfect game against Princeton. Leslie Malerich leads the unit with 11 solo and two combined shutouts. The Lady Seminoles have been shutout seven times this year.

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 the year. Stuart is the only freshman playing on the team this season (Beth Wade is redshirting).

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.

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 defensively all weekend with 14 errors in four games.

The ACC Softball Tournament championship game on Monday, May 1st will be aired on Sunshine Network.

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.

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.

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.

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 Jenn White-Stokes recorded one vs. FAMU on February 12th.

Serita Brooks leads the team with 22 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.

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.

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.

The Lady Seminoles already have 14 home runs this season while FSU pitching has allowed eight. 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.

Leslie Malerich faced 21 batters and threw five strikeouts against Princeton for her first career perfect game at FSU! It was also her sixth shutout of the season.

Leslie Malerich earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday, March 20th after recording her first career perfect game and earning two victories. It was the third time this season that Malerich has been recognized by the league.

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.

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 .386, hits with 73 and stolen bases with 37. She has also earned ACC Player of the Week honors once this season.

Drake University transfer Natalie Bennett has just 38 hits on the season and they have been key ones because the shortstop ranks third on the team with 24 RBIs off those hits!

The Lady Seminoles have some speed in the line up. Serita Brooks leads the team with 37 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 28. As a team, FSU has recorded 94 stolen bases to its opponents' 33.

The Lady Seminoles are 36-24 heading into this weekend's action. Eleven of the Tribe's 24 losses have been by just one run and five of those games went extra innings before being decided.

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.

The Lady Seminoles are 2-6 in extra inning games this season.

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.

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.

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.

More new records at the Seminole Softball Complex...

  • Auburn set records with 51 at bats, five doubles, and 39 putouts.

  • FSU's Serita Brooks and Auburn's Ashley Moore broke the individual record for at bats with seven apiece.

  • Auburn's Marcella Passerlli tied a record with four hits in the record 13-inning game won by the Tigers.

  • AU pitcher Jennifer Lofton pitched all 13 innings.

  • FSU set records for most putouts (39) and assists (22).

  • FSU's Becky Wallace set an individual record with 20 putouts in Auburn game.

  • FSU's Teresa Edenfield set a record with four RBI vs. UNC on April 16th.

    Leslie Malerich was named the season's first ACC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 15th. The sophomore hurler opened the week with a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over FAMU in which she recorded six strikeouts in five innings of work. She picked up another shutout with a 2-0 win over Florida Atlantic including eight strikeouts in the complete game.


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

    On the Season:
    Has played in 46 games with 36 starts, mostly at left field... ranks second on the team with a .355 batting average... had a seven-game hitting streak... has recorded 11 multi-hit games... has six mutli-RBI games... earned ACC Player of the Week honors on April 17th after batting .435 with 10 hits, eight RBI and six runs... 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 back-to-back three RBI game vs. FAMU on April 9th and 12th... has hit sately in 23 of the last 29 games, including 10 of the last 12 and is currently on a six game hitting streak.

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

    On the Season:
    Sees a lot of action at third base... has played in 48 games... is fourth on the team at .275, but has just 40 At Bats... has one multi-hit and multi-RBI game... has hit safely in three of the last tour games... is solid defensively... is also used occasionally as a pinch-runner.

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

    On the Season:
    Has played in 51 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 21 runs, fourth on the team.

    #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 60 games... leads the team with six triples... has two, three-RBI games... had a six-game hitting streak... has 10 multi-hit games... is fourth on the team with 41 hits... is first on the team with 24 walks... has five multi-RBI games... has hit safely in seven of the last eight games, including the last four straight.

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

    On the Season:
    Primary starter at catcher... has played in 49 games... started the year with a four-game hitting streak... has one multi-hit game and one multi-RBI game... has hit safely in last three games she's played in... had a season-high 11 putouts at Mercer on Feb. 16th.

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

    On the Season:
    Strong hitting pitcher... is 10-8 with a 2.57 ERA and 11 complete games... has been suffering from bicep tendonitis and has made just two appearances in the month of April... is batting .218... hit an inside-the-park home run vs. FAMU on Feb. 12... has four shutouts... has held opponents to a .248 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 55 games, at catcher, at DH or at left field... leads the team with 38 RBIs... has had five, three-RBI games and nine multi-hit games in all... had four RBI game vs. UNC on April 16... tied for the team lead with three home runs and is second on the squad with nine doubles... has hit safely in four of the last five games... was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery All-Tournament Team... is fourth on the team with 41 hits... had a season-high 10 putouts against Florida Atlantic in the Lady Seminole Classic... was injured and had just one at bat, for a hit, at the Florida State Invitational... has more than doubled previous 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 third in the ACC with a .386 batting average... also the team leader in hits with 73 and stolen bases with 37... is fifth on the team with 21 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 24 multi-hit games... has four multi-RBI 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... currently on a six game hitting streak.

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

    On the Season:
    Has played in 46 games at designated hitter or at first base... leads the team with 354 putouts for a .982 fielding percentage... had a season-high 20 putouts in 13-inning Auburn game on April 15th... is batting .218... went 3-for-3 against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19... has five 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... currently on a three-game hitting streak.

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

    On the Season:
    FSU's ace on the mound... is the team leader with an 24-13 record and a 1.19 ERA... leads the FSU pitching staff with 191 strikeouts and 11 shutouts... has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week five 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 26 complete games... struck out season-high 11 batters vs. FAMU on Feb. 12... has had two stretches where she didn't give up an earned run in 25 & 46 consecutive innings... has held the opposition to a .181 batting average... is averaging 5.7 strikeouts per game.

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

    On the Season:
    Has played in 16 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 and April 16th vs. Auburn... has recorded hits in last two games she's played in.

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

    On the Season:
    Has made 14 appearances and is 2-3 with one shutout and one save... is second on the pitching staff with a 2.32 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 .330 batting average... is second on the team with 28 stolen bases, 59 hits, 179 At Bats and 30 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 17 multi-hit games... is second on the team with 15 walks... is second on the team with 27 runs... has five multi-steal games... 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 in mid-March... had three RBIs vs. FIU on April 2 and four RBIs vs. UF on April 5... has hit safely in 16 of the last 19 games and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.

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

    On the Season:
    Has played in 21 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 24 RBIs off of 38 hits... is hitting .236... has had five multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games... is first on the team with 10 doubles... is one of just four Lady Seminoles to start all 60 games... leads the team with 19 sacrifices... had three hits, including a double, and two RBI in 8-1 win over Ohio...had a nine-game hitting streak... 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:
    Is out indefintely with a fractured right thumb, suffered in the Auburn series on April 15th... plays both first and third base... has played in 54 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 15 walks... is second on team with 13 sacrifices.

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