Feb. 25, 2001
Boca Raton, FL –
The 16th-ranked Seminoles may have started a little slow at the FAU/Worth Invitational but they swept the field Saturday and Sunday and captured the title with a 1-0 win over FAU (9-5), previously unbeaten in the tournament, to raise their record to 17-3 on the season.
The Seminoles broke in front in the sixth inning when Serita Brooks bunted for a base hit and advanced to second on Kimmy Carter’s sacrifice bunt. Brandi Stuart grounded out and Brooks advanced to third with two outs. Brooks then scored on a wild pitch by FAU’s Nicole Myers to give FSU the 1-0 lead. It was the first run the Seminoles had scored off of Myers in 15 straight innings and it turned out to be the game winner.
“I give a lot of credit to FAU and Nicole Myers,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “That is a solid team we beat and I think they are going to be a handful for whomever they play this season. Jen White-Stokes pitched a fabulous game and made the one run stand up. Our girls really showed what thy are made of after a tough day Friday and I am proud of their effort.”
White-Stokes (4-2) gave up just three hits and walked no batters in the complete game shutout and she posted an ERA of 0.00 for the tournament. The Noles pitching staff posted a tournament ERA of just 0.50 and Leslie Malerich was named FAU/Worth Invitational Most Valuable Pitcher after going 2-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts
Florida State returns to action Friday, March 2 when they host the Seminole Challenge Tournament. The tournament features Northwestern University, Central Michigan and Ball State. All games will take place at the Seminole Softball Complex and are free to the public.