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FSU Softball Heads To Los Angeles
The Noles head into the NCAA regionals riding a seven game winning streak.

The Noles head into the NCAA regionals riding a seven game winning streak.

May 16, 2000

COMING UP THIS WEEK...
Florida State will be making its 13th NCAA regionals appearance after earning the Southern Atlantic Softball Alliance automatic bid. The Lady Seminoles are headed west and will face Long Beach State on Thursday, May 18th at 6:00 p.m. (EST), at Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA. The three-day tourney is double elimination. Canisius, Bethune-Cookman, UCLA and Iowa round out the six-team field.

DIAMOND DUST...


RECORD:48-25
STREAK:won seven
LAST OUTING:The Lady Seminoles swept Virginia 3-2 and 6-2 in Charlottesville on May 3rd and followed with a 10-3, 3-2 sweep of Maryland in College Park on May 4th to earn the SASA automatic bid.

THE LADY SEMINOLES QUICKLY...

Batting Leader: Serita Brooks, .400
Hits Leader: Serita Brooks, 94
Runs Leader: Serita Brooks, 53
Doubles Leader:	Natalie Bennett, 11
               Teresa Edenfield, 11
Triples Leader: Serita Brooks, 7
Home Runs Leader: Teresa Edenfield, 4
RBIs Leader: Teresa Edenfield, 45
Stolen Bases Leader: Serita Brooks, 42
ERA Leader: Leslie Malerich, 1.20
           (32-14 current record)

REGIONAL SCHEDULE (all times converted to Eastern Standard Time)

Thursday, May 18
Game 1	#2 Iowa (44-13) vs. #5 Bethune Cookman (39-25)- 1 p.m.
Game 2	#1 UCLA (39-11-1) vs. #6 Canisius (33-22)- 3:30 p.m.
Game 3	#3 Long Beach State (39-21) vs. #4 Florida State (48-25) - 6 p.m.

Friday, May 19 Game 4 Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2 - 1 p.m. ** loser of game 4 is eliminated ** Game 5 Winner game 2 vs. loser game 3 - 3:30 p.m. ** if loser game 3 loses this game, that team is eliminated ** Game 6 Winner game 2 vs. winner game 3 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 20 Games 7-9 Bracket formatting will be determined following Friday's play. Pairings determined based upon the number of teams remaining. Game times will again be 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 21 Game 10 Championship game - 3:30 p.m. Game 11 Championship game #2 (if necessary)- 6 p.m.

FOR THE RECORD...

ACC Tourney Record:4-1
ACC Record:6-2
SASA Record:8-2
Home:21-10
Away:18-1
Neutral:9-14
Tournament Play:21-20
vs ranked opponents 2-11
Day Games 40-20
Night Games 8-5
One run games 13-11
Two run games 5-3
Five+ run games 18-3
Extra innings 2-6
Shutouts 22-7

COACH'S CORNER
Dr. JoAnne Graf is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Seminole program. Her record stands at 1052-310-6. 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, 13 NCAA Regional appearances, two slowpitch National Championships and eight ACC Championships. Her coaching has produced 17 All-Americans and numerous all-region and all-conference selections.

WHAT SHE'S DONE
With practically an entire new team and coaching staff, Coach Graf has had quite a year! Just three starters and 11 letterwinners returned from last year's squad. With the exception of the catcher, FSU replaced the entire infield and also had newcomers in both left and center field. This year's pitching ace Leslie Malerich started just 19 games last year and had just 12 complete games. Coach Graf also welcomed a new staff in assistants Louie Berndt and Heather Compton. The Lady Seminoles have met nearly all their goals this season ... achieving a team GPA of over 3.0 (3.07), winning the ACC, getting to regionals and one yet to be determined -- advancing to the College World series!

FSU IN NCAA REGIONAL PLAY
Florida State will be making its 13th NCAA Regionals appearance when the Lady Seminoles head to Los Angeles, Calif., this week. FSU's first regionals appearance was in 1986, beginning 11 consecutive appearances. FSU's last appearance was in 1998. The Tribe received an at-large bid that year with a 51-19 record. FSU's all-time record in NCAA regional play is 18-15.

HEADING HOME!
California natives Assistant Coach Heather Compton and Brandi Stuart are excited that the Lady Seminoles are headed west. Stuart is from Cerritos, Calif., while Compton's ties are even stronger. Compton is a 1994 graduate of UCLA where she earned a degree in political science while lettering for the Bruins for four seasons. An All-American, Compton led UCLA to the College World Series in each of her four years and was a member of the Bruins' 1990 and 1992 national championship teams. Kelly Miller, who has been unable to play since April 15th with a thumb fracture and will not travel, is from Vallejo, Calif.

IT'S IN THE NUMBERS
FSU is the No. 4 seed at the UCLA regional, but the Tribe has the most wins among the six-team field:

No. 1 UCLA (39-10-1)
No. 2 Iowa (44-13)
No. 3 Long Beach State (39-21)
No. 4 Florida State (48-25)
No. 5 Bethune-Cookman (39-25)
No. 6 Canisius (33-22)

FSU AND THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
The Lady Seminoles have advanced to the College World Series five times. FSU's first appearance at the CWS was in 1987. After a two-year absence, the Tribe returned to the event in 1990 and went again in 1991, 1992 and made its last appearance in 1993. FSU's all-time CWS record is 3-10 and its best finish was 3rd in 1990.

THE TRIBE VS. THE REGIONAL FIELD
Florida State has faced two of the six teams in the regional field this season. The Tribe swept Bethune-Cookman, 9-0 and 1-0, in Daytona back on Feb. 19th and fell to UCLA, 3-0, on March 10th in Fresno, Calif.

Vs. Long Beach State    FSU trails, 0-1
	1996 L, 2-1
Vs. UCLA                FSU trails, 0-6
	2000 L, 3-0
	1996 L, 4-0
	1994 L, 3-0
	1991 L, 5-2, 1-0*
	1990 L, 3-0*
	*in CWS
Vs. Iowa                FSU trails, 3-2
	1997 L, 7-1
	1995 L, 4-0
	1993 W, 3-0, 5-3
	1990 L, 5-0
Vs. Bethune-Cookman    FSU leads, 2-0
	2000 W, 9-1, 1-0
Vs. Canisius            Will be first meeting.

FSU VS. THE 48-TEAM FIELD
Florida State has played 14 of the 47 other teams participating in NCAA Regionals. Of those 14 opponents, two are No. 1 seeds and three are hosting. FSU is 8-14 against those opponents this season.

WHY IMPORTANT?
FSU's last road swing to Virginia and Maryland may have been the most important series' of the season. With the sweep of both Virginia and Maryland, the Lady Seminoles earned the SASA automatic bid to regionals. The five ACC schools and East Carolina make up the Southern Atlantic Softball 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. FSU and North Carolina each finished with an 8-2 record, but the Tribe swept the Tar Heels in head-to-head competition. The final SASA standings...

FSU	8-2
UNC	8-2
UVA	5-5
Maryland 4-6
Ga. Tech 3-7
E. Carolina 2-8

48 AND COUNTING...
FSU's 48 wins so far this season already surpasses the Tribe's total wins of 40 last season.

WINNING STREAK
FSU is on a seven-game winning streak and the Tribe has won 17 of its last 19 games. The Lady Seminoles' longest win streak this season was eight straight from Feb. 16-26th. The Tribe also lost eight straight during a seven-day stretch from March 4-11th.

MISS CLUTCH
Teresa Edenfield makes just about every hit count. The senior has 49 hits on the year and a team-leading 45 RBI off those hits. Edenfield is having the best season of her FSU career. Coming into the season, she had just 34 career RBI. With her 45 this year, she has more than doubled that mark. She had 12 career doubles through the first three years and has 11 in 2000 alone. She's also set marks in hits with 49 (previous high was 31 in 1998), and home runs with four (had just one previously).

ALL-ACC HONORS
Four Florida State softball players garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the 2000 season. Staci Brandon, Serita Brooks, Leslie Malerich and Brandi Stuart were all selected to the squad after leading the team to FSU's 8th ACC Tournament crown.

MALERICH AMONG ELITE GROUP
Leslie Malerich leads the Seminole pitching staff with 32 wins. She picked up three wins alone in the final day of the ACC Tournament with the last win giving her her 30th win of the season. Only four other FSU pitchers have reached the 30-win mark since the Tribe went to fastpitch in 1984. They are Christy Larsen, 33 (1991), Toni Gutierrez, 35 (1992), Renee Espinoza, 30 (1996) and Kristy Fuentes, 32 (1997).

ACC PITCHERS AND PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
FSU was well represented in the league's weekly honors this season...

May 8       Teresa Edenfield    Player
May 1       Leslie Malerich     Player (tourney MVP)
April 24    Brandi Stuart       Player
            Leslie Malerich     Pitcher
April 17    Staci Brandon       Player
            Leslie Malerich     Pitcher
March 27    Leslie Malerich     Pitcher
March 20    Leslie Malerich     Pitcher
Feb. 28     Serita Brooks       Player
Feb. 21     Leslie Malerich     Pitcher

EDENFIELD WAS ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teresa Edenfield was named the ACC Player of the Week for May 8th, after leading the Lady Seminoles to a sweep of Virginia and Maryland. A native of Marianna, Fla., Edenfield was the Lady Seminoles offensive leader as she went 5-12 and provided key hits in two of Florida State's wins. In the first game at Virginia, the senior rightfielder and catcher had a two-run double that plated the winning run in FSU's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Cavaliers. In game one of FSU's doubleheader with Maryland, her two-run homer gave FSU a 5-3 advantage and the Lady Seminoles went on to earn a 10-3 win. On the week, Edenfield recorded five RBI's, a double and home run to go along with her .417 batting average.

RECORDS AND NEARING RECORDS
With 53 appearances so far this season, Leslie Malerich has surpassed the previous record of 48 appearances held by Kristy Fuentes in 1997. Serita Brooks is just four hits away from tying Danielle Cox's record of 98 hits set last season and five At Bats away from tying Susan Buttery's 240 in 1992. Teresa Edenfield's 45 RBIs is just four away from the single season mark of 49 set by Penny Siqueiros in 1992. With 43 strikeouts, Edenfield has also set a new single-season mark, surpassing Leslie Barton's 42 in the 1991 season. Natalie Bennett's 22 sacrifices is just three away from Shannon Mitchem's 25 in 1992.

GO-TO GIRL
FSU has won 17 of its last 19 games and Leslie Malerich is probably the main reason. Malerich earned 13 of those victories and was the pitcher of record, going 8-2, in 10 straight games from April 8th to April 21st.

ON A ROLL
Heading into the ACC Tournament, Brandi Stuart was on a 10-game hitting streak and had hit safely in 17 of the last 20 games. In the tourney, however, Stuart went hitless until the final game, in which she had a single. That game started a new streak as she has now recorded a hit in the past five games. She now has 21 multi-hit games and is also closing in on teammate Serita Brooks in the stolen base department. Stuart now has 40 steals on the year and has recorded seven stolen bases in the last four games.

GET THE BROOM OUT
The Tribe has recorded 12 sweeps this season, including the last five series of the season.

WHITE-STOKES IS BACK
Junior pitcher Jenn White-Stokes, who had been suffering from bicep tendonitis in her pitching arm and did not make a pitching appearance from April 1st to April 15th (10 games), had her first complete game since March 24th against Campbell on April 22nd. She struck out five and allowed only five hits in the 7-1 win. White-Stokes has won two of FSU's last four games and is now 13-8 on the year.

PUTTING A STOP TO 'EM
ACC Tourney MVP Leslie Malerich pitched 17 and two-thirds innings of shutout ball in the final day of the ACC Tournament. Prior to Auburn's run in the 13th inning in the second game of the doubleheader on April 15th, Malerich had pitched 25.1 consecutive innings without giving up a run. She pitched 16 innings that Saturday alone. Early in the season, Malerich had a stretch in which she didn't give up an earned run in 46 consecutive innings.

RIPPING IT
The Lady Seminoles have recorded double digit hits in 14 games overall this season. FSU is 13-1 in those contests with its only loss coming to Auburn, 5-4, in 13 innings.

SHUTTING 'EM OUT!
Florida State pitching has produced 22 shutouts this season, including a no-hitter against Florida A&M and a perfect game against Princeton. Leslie Malerich leads the unit with 15 solo and two combined shutouts. The Lady Seminoles have been shut out seven times this year.

HOME RUN CLUB
The Lady Seminoles have 17 home runs this season while FSU pitching has allowed 10. The Tribe had a total of seven last season. Teresa Edenfield leads the team with four, Kelly Miller has three while Kimmy Carter, Brandi Stuart, Natalie Bennett and Serita Brooks each have two and Jenn White-Stokes and Andi Lyons each have one.

TEAM LEADER
Serita Brooks, a transfer from North Florida CC, quickly made a name for herself. The Cottondale, Ala., native leads the team in batting at .400, hits with 94 and stolen bases with 42. She was an All-ACC selection and also earned ACC Player of the Week honors once this season.

ON THE BASEPATHS
The Lady Seminoles definitely have speed in the line up. Serita Brooks leads the team with 42 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 40. As a team, FSU has recorded 114 stolen bases to its opponents' 35.

MULTI-BROOKS
Serita Brooks leads the team with 29 multi-hit games this season. The junior also has five multi-RBI games on the year. She is on a current 12-game hitting streak, her longest of the season. She previously put together a hitting streak of 10 games between Feb. 16-27th.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Lady Seminoles are 48-25 heading into regionals. Eleven of the Tribe's 25 losses have been by just one run and five of those games went extra innings before being decided.

FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT

  • FSU's overall ACC Tournament record is 28-6.
  • FSU has won eight of nine ACC Tournament titles.
  • Including this season, FSU has hosted the ACC Tournament seven times, including three consecutive seasons.
  • FSU's #3 seeding in this year's tourney was the lowest for the Noles in an ACC Tourney. Previously, FSU had been the #1 seed five times and the #2 seed three times.
  • FSU has had eight players earn ACC Tournament MVP honors. They are: Susan Buttery (1992), Lisa Davidson (1993), Cindy Lawton (1995), Renee Espinoza (1996), Kristy Fuentes (1997), Stacy Venable (1998), Danielle Cox (1999), Leslie Malerich (2000).
  • FSU's ACC Tournament History:
YearSeedRecordFinishLocation
1992#13-0ChampionTallahassee
1993#14-1ChampionTallahassee
1994#13-2Runner upTallahassee
1995#13-1ChampionTallahassee
1996#23-0ChampionRaleigh, NC
1997#12-1Co-ChampionMarietta, GA
1998#23-0ChampionTallahassee
1999#23-0ChampionTallahassee
2000#34-1ChampionTallahassee

ACC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS
FSU was well-represented on the 2000 ACC Championships All-Tournament Team. Joining Leslie Malerich, who earned Most Valuable Player honors, were Serita Brooks, Natalie Bennett and Staci Brandon.

BROOKS AND BRANDON TIE ACC MARK
Serita Brooks, who batted .529, and Staci Brandon, who batted .500 with a team-high four RBI, each recorded nine hits in the ACC Tournament, tying the tournament record for hits.

TOO MANY HITS
Auburn belted 16 hits in the second game of the April 15th 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 of the DH, marking just the third time this season that FSU pitching has allowed double-digit hits. FSU has a 1-2 record in those games.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
Natalie Bennett hit her second home run of the season, and first in-the-park home run, in game two vs. Campbell on April 22nd, which just happens to be Bennett's birthday!

NOLES SWEEP WEEKLY HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
FSU swept the ACC weekly softball honors for April 24th, making it the second consecutive week. This time it was Brandi Stuart as player of the week while Leslie Malerich was named the league's pitcher of the week for the sixth time this season. The duo led the Noles to a 4-0 record that week.

  • Stuart posted a .583 batting average by going 7-for-12 in the four games. She drove in four runs, scored five runs and had four steals and turned in a slugging percentage of .833.
  • Malerich tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts against No. 24 East Carolina. She allowed just five hits, all singles, in 14 innings, struck out eight and walked just two in facing 49 batters.

ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK #5
Leslie Malerich was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week for April 17th. She 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. 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.

BRANDON EARNED LEAGUE HONOR
Junior Staci Brandon was named the ACC Player of the Week for April 17th after going 10-for-23 (.435) with eight RBI and six runs scored. In the first game of the doubleheader with Auburn, Brandon went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Against UNC, she went 3-for-8 in the two games, including a two-run triple in game one. She also drove in the winning run in game two.

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. The Tribe did it for real in its 10-3 win over Maryland on May 4th.

MARATHON GAME
Game two of the Auburn series went 13 innings, three hours and 52 minutes. The two teams combined for 30 hits. The 13 innings are 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.

LIKE TO WIN BIG
When the Lady Seminoles win, they seem to win big! The Tribe is 18-3 in games decided by five or more runs. FSU hasn't had as much success with the close games though. The Lady Seminoles are 13-11 in one-run games.

FSU IN TOURNAMENT THIS SEASON
FSU competed in seven tournaments throughout the season, including the ACC Championships, and had a 19-17 record:
2-3 in Seminole Classic
3-1 in FAU Tournament
1-4 in NFCA Leadoff Classic
2-4 in Fresno St. Hallowell Classic
3-2 in FSU Invitational
4-2 in UTC Frost Cutlery Classic
4-1 in ACC Tournament

FSU AND FAMU
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.

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

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. FSU had an overall rough day vs. the Yellow Jackets and was swept by Tech for the first time ever. The losses would be FSU's only league losses of the year and the Lady Seminoles won out in ACC and SASA play.

MALERICH -- ACC HONORS #4
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 scored 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 third in-the-park home run for the Lady Seminoles this season as Jenn White-Stokes recorded one vs. FAMU on February 12th and Natalie Bennett had one on April 22nd vs. Campbell.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
Juniors Staci Brandon and Serita Brooks were named to the 2000 Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Invitational All-Tournament team. 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! She batted .346 with nine hits, including two doubles, and a team-leading seven RBIs.

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 shutout of the season.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK ... #3
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.

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.

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 2-6 in extra inning games this season.

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.

TWICE AS NICE -- MALERICH ACC PITCHER #2
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.

MORE COMPLEX RECORDS SET

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 set a record by pitching 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.

MALERICH ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK #1
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: Leadoff hitter... has played in 58 games with 48 starts, as a designated hitter and at left field... earned All-ACC honors... ranks second on the team with a .378 batting average... also earned ACC All-Tournament team honors... has had two seven-game hitting streaks... has recorded 18 multi-hit games... has eight multi-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 7-for-9 in stolen bases... had back-to-back three RBI games vs. FAMU on April 9th and 12th... has hit sately in 23 of the last 29 games, including 15 of the last 18.

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

On the Season: Primary starter at third base... is solid defensively... has played in 61 games... is batting .246, but has just 69 At Bats... has one multi-hit and multi-RBI game... is also used occasionally as a pinch-runner.

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

On the Season: Has played in 62 games, mostly as a pinch-runner... is third on the team with nine stolen bases... has one multi-hit game... has one multi-steal game with two vs. Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19... has scored 27 runs, fourth on the team.

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

On the Season: Starter at right field... is hitting .249... has two home runs... is one of just four players who have started all 73 games... is second on the team with six triples... has two, three-RBI games and five multi-RBI games in all... had a six-game hitting streak... has 10 multi-hit games... is sixth on the team with 47 hits and fifth with 26 RBI... is first on the team with 29 walks... has seven stolen bases.

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

On the Season: Primary starter at catcher... has played in 62 games... has had two, four-game hitting streaks... has two multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game... has hit safely in last two games she's played in... had a season-high 11 putouts at Mercer on Feb. 16th... has thrown out eight runners... is second on the team with 20 walks... is batting .206.

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

On the Season: Strong hitting pitcher... is 13-8 with a 2.35 ERA and 14 complete games... was suffering from bicep tendonitis and made just four appearances in the month of April... came back strong and helped FSU earn the SASA automatic bid with complete-game victories vs. Virginia and Maryland... is batting .218... hit an inside-the-park home run vs. FAMU on Feb. 12... has four shutouts... has held opponents to a .245 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 68 games, at catcher, at DH or at left field... leads the team with 45 RBIs off of 49 hits... was named ACC Player of the Week for May 8th after batting .417 with five RBI in FSU's sweeps of Virginia and Maryland... is having the best season of her career... had 34 career RBI coming into the season and has 45 this season alone... has had six, three-RBI games and 10 multi-RBI games in all... went 2-for-4 with four RBI in first win over UNC on April 16... also has 11 multi-hit games... is fourth on the team in batting at .250... is the team leader with four home runs and 11 doubles... longest hitting streak was five games... was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery All-Tournament Team... is fourth on the team with 49 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... leads the team with 43 strikeouts.

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

On the Season: Starter in center field... junior college transfer who quickly made a name for herself... an All-ACC selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team... leads the team and the ACC with a .400 batting average... also the team leader in hits with 94, triples with seven, runs scored with 53, stolen bases with 42 and at bats with 235... is one of four players to play in all 73 games... currently on a 12-game hitting streak -- her longest of the season... is fourth on the team with 27 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 RBI... had hits in the first seven games of the season... also had a 10-game hitting streak... is the team-leader with 29 multi-hit games... has five multi-RBI games... has two home runs, vs. Villanova and an inside-the-park blast vs. Ohio... has recorded three steals in a game twice 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 59 games at first base or designated hitter... leads the team with 455 putouts for a .986 fielding percentage... had a season-high 20 putouts in 13-inning Auburn game on April 15th... is batting .206... went 3-for-3 against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19... has six multi-hit games... has two multi-RBI games... has had two hitting streaks of four games... 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 32-14 record and a 1.20 ERA... earned All-ACC honors... was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2000 ACC Softball Championships after leading FSU to the title... set a new FSU single-season record with 53 appearances... with 32 wins, is among just five FSU pitchers all-time to reach the 30-win mark... leads the FSU pitching staff with 230 strikeouts and 15 shutouts... earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors six 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 33 complete games... struck out season-high 11 batters vs. FAU on Feb. 12... had stretches where she didn't give up an earned run in 17, 25 & 46 consecutive innings... has held the opposition to a .184 batting average.

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

On the Season: Has played in 21 games with three starts... has two hits vs. Mercer on Feb. 16th and vs. Auburn on April 15th... is fielding 1.000 in limited playing time... had an RBI in FAMU game on April 12th and April 16th vs. Auburn... has one stolen base.

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

On the Season: Has made 15 appearances and is 3-3 with one shutout and one save... is second on the pitching staff with a 2.25 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 .344 batting average... an All-ACC selection... is second on the team with 40 stolen bases and has recorded seven steals in the last four games... is also second on the squad with 75 hits, 218 at bats, 38 runs and 36 RBIs... is one of just four players to start every game... 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 two home runs on the year... has 21 multi-hit games... is third on the team with 17 walks... has eight multi-steal games... was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All Tournament Team... won ACC player of the week award for April 24th after hitting .583... 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... longest hitting streak was 10 games just prior to the ACC Tournament... is currently on a five-game hitting streak.

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

On the Season: Has played in 29 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 one of just four players to start all 73 games... is third on the team with 31 RBIs off of 49 hits... is hitting .247... has had nine multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games... is first on the team with 11 doubles... leads the team with 22 sacrifices... had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs 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 and had an in-the park home run vs. Campbell.

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

On the Season: Is out 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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