May 16, 2001
Tallahassee, FL - Six Florida State softball players were named to the Louisville Slugger All-Southeast Region team Wednesday on the eve of the 2001 NCAA Softball Tallahassee Regional. It marks the first time since 1994 that FSU placed that many players on an All-Region team. Junior pitcher Leslie Malerich garnered All-Region honors for the second consecutive season but was named first team this year. Jen White-Stokes was named to the All-Region second team as a freshman and now returns to the team as a senior with her first-team selection. First baseman Robyn Gauger was also named to the first-team despite the fact she wasn't even penciled in at first when the Seminoles began the season.
Senior Serita Brooks returns to the All-Region team as a second-team selection in 2001 and she is the first Seminole, along with Malerich this season, to garner back-to-back All-Region selections since Christy Cerecedes in 1998 and 1999. Sophomore Brandi Stuart makes her first-ever appearance on the All-Region team as a second-team selection and is joined on the second-team by junior catcher Kimmy Carter.
White-Stokes was named to the first-team as a utility player after posting career numbers at the plate as a designated player and on the mound as a starter. In 2001, she has a higher batting average (.344) than at any time in her career and has more runs (26), doubles (11) and RBI (29) this season than she had in the three previous years combined. White-Stokes is just nine hits shy of recording more hits in 2001 than in her first three seasons as a Seminole (61) and is second on the team with a .344 batting average. She is currently tied for fourth in runs scored (26), third in doubles (11), sixth in total bases (74), third in slugging (.481), fifth in base percentage (.380) and fifth in hits (53). She is also fifth on the team with 15 multi-hit games and seventh with five multiple RBI games this season. White-Stokes has been named an NFCA Outstanding Performer (Apr. 4), ACC Player of the Week twice (Apr. 2 & Apr. 17), SASA Player of the Week twice (Apr. 2 & Apr. 17) and a member of the Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational All-Tournament Team.
On the mound, White-Stokes has been dominant. She spent most of the season ranked amongst the top seven in the nation in ERA and is currently 10th with a 0.65 ERA. White-Stokes and the FSU staff are currently ranked second in the country with a staff ERA of just 0.70. White-Stokes is 19-4 with 162 innings pitched, 20 complete games, 10 shutouts, 31 appearances, 26 starts, 108 strikeouts, 24 strikeouts looking, 32 walks, an .826 winning percentage, one save and is holding opposing batters to a .158 average. She didn't allow an earned run in nine innings of work with three walks and six strikeouts at the ACC Tournament and currently holds the all-time record for appearances by a Florida State pitcher (132). In SASA competition, White-Stokes has a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.75 ERA in five appearances with four complete games, two shutouts and a four to one strikeout to walk ratio. She is a two-time ACC and SASA Pitcher of the Week.
Malerich returns to the All-Region team for the second year and made it to the first-team after a stellar 2001 campaign on the mound. The reigning ACC Player of the Year went a perfect 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in ACC games and led the team in complete games (4), shutouts (4), innings pitched (26.0), runs allowed (0), earned runs allowed (0) and opponent batting average (.180) in conference play. She has the nation's 12th best ERA (0.70) and was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team after going 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA in four appearances with two complete games, a shutout, 22 innings pitched, 16 strikeouts and seven walks while holding opposing batters to just a .189 batting average. Malerich is a three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week and was named Most Valuable Pitcher at the FAU/Worth Invitational. She leads FSU in wins (22), fewest losses (3), winning percentage (.880), starts (26), complete games (22), shutouts (12), innings pitched (179.0), strikeouts (139), batters struck out looking (43), triples allowed (1), fewest homeruns allowed (1) and batters faced (613).
Gauger started 48 games including the last 45 in a row after earning the starting job at first base. She is seventh on the team with a .308 batting average, fourth with a .386 slugging percentage, fourth with a .386 on base percentage and third with 17 walks. Gauger is second on the team with 35 RBI, two sacrifice flies and tied for second with three triples. She is also third on the team with three home runs and her 19 runs scored places her sixth on the team. Gauger also had a solid season in the field and had the second best fielding percentage amongst starters (.992) with just three errors in a team leading 375 chances.
Stuart, the Seminoles starting second baseman, was named to the 2001 All-ACC Team and All-ACC Tournament. Started all 64 games at second and leads the team with a .366 batting average, .441 on base percentage, 97 total bases and 68 hits. Stuart is second on the team in runs scored (48), runs batted in (35), slugging percentage (.522), walks (25), steal attempts (32), stolen bases (28), home runs (5), assists (111) and fielding double plays (6). She is only the second Florida State player to ever receive NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division I Player of the Week honors after hitting two home runs, batting .500, recording six RBI, scoring five runs, stealing two bases and posting a .952 fielding percentage on 21 chances in leading the Seminoles to a record of 5-0 and the Sunshine State Tournament title (Feb. 21). She garnered ACC Player of the Week honors Feb. 19 after her play in the Sunshine State Tournament and was named to the 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational All-Tournament Team after hitting .583, slugging .833 and posting an on base percentage of .615 with three doubles and three RBI. The sophomore also leads the team in multi-hit games with 21 and is tied for third with seven multiple RBI games.
Center fielder Brooks leads the Seminoles in at bats (196), runs scored (53), walks (27), steals (48), stolen base percentage (1.000) and tied for team lead in triples (4). She was named All-ACC for the second consecutive season after leading the conference in steals (48) and runs scored per game (.85) and also named to the 2001 ACC All-Tournament Team after batting .375 and slugging .500 with six hits, a triple and four stolen bases. Brooks garnered ACC Player of the Week honors (Mar. 19) after hitting .412, slugging .588 and posting an on base percentage of .545 with four RBI, a home run, eight runs scored, five walks and was a perfect 12 for 12 in stolen bases in six games. She was named to the 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational All-Tournament team after hitting .583 with a home run and four RBI and slugging .833 for the weekend. She also led the team with an on-base percentage of .677 and stole eight bases. FSU's 18th All-American continues to be a nightmare for opponents on the bases this season. Brooks is currently 11th in the nation with 0.77 steals per game and is the only player amongst the nation's top 12 base stealers in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Carter, the Seminoles starting catcher, started every game for Florida State for the second year in a row and now has the most consecutive starts of any current FSU player. She started 32 games at catcher and 22 in right field this season and was named ACC Player of the Week (May 7) after going 4 for 10 with a run scored, two doubles, three RBI, a .600 slugging percentage, a .417 on base percentage and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She currently has the team's sixth best average (.311), is third in runs scored (36), second in hits (60), fifth in doubles (9), fifth in RBI (31), third in total bases (79), third in walks (17), sixth in on base percentage (.377), second in plate appearances (233), second in putouts (246) and leads the team in sacrifices (18). Carter has the third best fielding percentage of any Seminole starter (.989) and owns the Seminoles' longest hitting streak of the season (11 games). She has recorded 16 multi-hit games and is tied for fourth with seven multiple RBI games.
These six Seminoles will now have the opportunity to vie for All-American status after being named to the All-Region team. Louisville Slugger All-Americans will be announced next week before the start of the 2001 College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK.