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1998 Softball Season Wrap Up

September 5, 1998

  • 30-6 home(including tournaments played in Tallahassee)
  • 8-5 away
  • 13-10 neutral


    Florida State made its 12th NCAA Regionals appearance in 1998, as the squad traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Lady Seminoles were the No. 3 seed and fell to host Oklahoma State 0-4 and were eliminated by No. 1 seed Stanford, 0-1, in nine innings. FSU’s first regionals appearance was in 1986, beginning an 11-consecutive year run for the Tribe. In 1997, despite a 45-19-1 record, FSU did not receive a bid. FSU’s all-time record in NCAA regional play is 18-15.


    FSU finished the 1998 season ranked 17th in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Final Poll on May 28th. The Tribe was ranked in all 13 polls this season with its highest ranking at tied for 9th. Here’s a look at where FSU was ranked throughout the season…

    Preseason   #21
    Feb. 25     #T9
    March 4     #12
    March 11    #17
    March 18    #17
    March 25    #17


    Florida State was once again well-represented in the Southeast All-Region team voting, as five Lady Seminoles earned accolades — the most players from any team in the region. Corrie Williams, first base, and Dana Bailey, centerfield, earned first team honors while Jennifer White, pitcher, Christy Cerecedes, second base, and Kristy Hull, catcher, were second team selections. Hull was an all-region pick in each of her four years, while it is the first such honor for Bailey, Williams, White and Cerecedes.


    Florida State defeated 1998 national-champion Fresno State early in the season at the Arizona State Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Lady Seminoles took a 2-1 victory over then-No. 2 ranked Fresno, behind the pitching of freshman Jennifer White.


    After 20 seasons with Florida State, Dr. JoAnne Graf holds a 964-260-5 career record, including a 51-21 mark in 1998. She has led Florida State to five College World Series appearances and 13 NCAA Regional appearances. Her coaching has produced 11 All-Americans, including three first team selections. Graf has led FSU to 12 seasons of 50 wins or more, including two seasons when the Lady ‘Noles recorded more than 60 victories.


    FSU’s trip to Stillwater, Okla., was not its first trip to city. FSU participated in an NCAA Regional in Stillwater back in the 1994 season. That year, the Tribe lost to Oklahoma 1-3 and was eliminated by Providence with a 1-2 loss.


    Florida State played 12 of the 31 other teams participating in NCAA Regionals at least one time this season. Of those 12 opponents, three are number one seeds at their respective regionals. FSU was 7-8 in those games, but two of those wins were against number one seeds.


    FSU’s voyage to Stillwater was extra special for two Lady Seminoles. The Tribe’s top two pitchers are Oklahoma natives. ACC Tournament MVP, pitcher Stacy Venable, and rookie pitching ace Jennifer White, both hail from the state of Oklahoma. Venable is a native of Choctaw, Oklahoma, while White is from Tuttle, Okla.


    No. 2-seeded FSU made it four consecutive ACC Championship titles and six overall with a 3-0 sweep at the ACC Tournament played in Tallahassee. FSU has won the ACC crown in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and sharing the title in 1997 with Maryland.


    Five Lady Seminoles earned ACC All-Tourney honors — the most of any league school. Jesse McGregor, Kristy Hull, Dana Bailey and Corrie Williams were all named to the all-tourney team while pitcher Stacy Venable was named Most Valuable Player.


    Thursday, April 23       
    Game 1      #4 Virginia def. #5 Georgia Tech, 3-1
    Game 2      #2 Florida State def. #3 Maryland, 1-0
    Game 3      #1 North Carolina def. Virginia, 3-1
    Friday, April 24
    Game 4      Maryland def. Georgia Tech, 4-0
    Game 5      Florida State def. Virginia, 10-0
    Game 6      North Carolina def. Maryland, 4-0
    Saturday, April 25
    Game 7      Virginia def. North Carolina, 6-0
    Game 8      Florida State def. Virginia, 2-1 

    The Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Classic started the Tribe on a roll that lasted 18 games and 16 days. FSU fell 1-4 to Utah on March 29th, halting the run. The streak was FSU’s longest since 1993 when they won 21 straight.

    Five Lady Seminoles recorded double-digit stolen bases this season. Leadoff hitter Dana Bailey led the way with 27, followed by Danielle Cox’s 21, Christy Cerecedes and Kristy Hull each had 15 while Misty Molin had 14. The Tribe recorded 64 more steals than its opponents. In 1997, only two players finished the season with double digits steals. Myssi Calkins had a record setting 61 while Molin turned in 10.

    The Tribe didn’t lose a game in the three-day, 24 team tournament. FSU outscored its opponents 34-15 in winning eight games. Three of the victories were shutouts and one was over a higher ranked opponent in then No. 16 LSU. The title marked FSU’s seventh Invite title and first since 1993. Jennifer White, who led the team with a 5-0 record on the mound and six RBIs, was named the tournament MVP. Dana Bailey and Kristy Hull also received All-Tournament Team honors.

    In what Coach Graf called, “One of the best days in Florida State softball history,” the Seminoles upset No. 3 Washington 1-0 and No. 2 Fresno State 2-1 on Valentine’s Day at the Arizona State Coca Cola Classic softball tournament. Freshman Jennifer White pitched complete games against both teams and gave up one earned run and a walk.

    The Lady Seminoles went 3-2 in extra inning games this season. The squad’s last game of the season was a nine-inning nail-biter in which the Lady Seminoles fell 0-1 to Stanford. FSU played its first extra inning game of the season on Feb 20th against crosstown rival Florida A&M. FSU pulled out a 4-2 victory in nine innings. On Feb. 28 at the NFCA Classic, FSU lost 3-4 in 10 innings to Cal State Northridge. On April 3rd vs. West Florida,Corrie Williams scored the winning run after leading off the eighth inning with a double. In the Noles last regular-season series with South Florida, it was Corrie Williams again. She who drove in the winning run with a double in the eighth. FSU has gone less-than seven innings in eight games and has a 7-1 record. The Tribe has run-ruled Mercer (9-1) in six innings, Central Michigan (10-1) in five innings, UConn (9-0) in five innings and Youngstown State (10-2), Georgia State (8-0), Maryland (9-1) in six innings and Virginia (10-0) in five innings. FSU fell to Texas 9-1 in five innings.

    Dana Bailey really stepped up on the offensive end this season while also making some outstanding defensive plays in center field. With 68 games played, she was first in batting (.342), hits (69) and steals (27/29); while she was second in runs scored (40).

    Senior Kristy Hull’s 275 career hits (60 this season) ranks second all-time in the FSU records books. Her 114 RBIs ranks second all time while her career batting average of .335 ranks her fourth all tiime in the FSU records books.

    Freshman second base starter Christy Cercedes made a quick transition to the college game. She was first on the team in at bats (210) and second in hits with 63 and third with 22 RBIs — the most of all rookies. She also scored the winning run in the ACC Championship game.

    Florida State pitching accounted for 11 shutouts this season while the Lady Seminoles themselves were shutout seven times all season. Three of FSU’s shutout victories came against teams in the 32-team NCAA Regional field.

    Florida State went errorless in 31 of its games this season and had a 23-8 record. The squad committed a season-high seven errors in its 3-8 loss to Florida. FSU opponents went errorless in just 14 games vs. the Tribe. FSU went 6-8 in those games. In games when both teams went errorless, FSU is 4-1.

    The Tribe competed in six regular-season tournaments in 1998, including the ACC Championships, and had a 19-9 record. Here’s a breakdown of how FSU did and some highlights…

    3-1 at Arizona State Classic
    including wins over #2 Fresno St. and #4 Washington
    2-4 at NFCA Leadoff Classic
    4-3 at USF Speedline Invitational
    8-0 at Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational
    4-1 at Ga. Tech Buzz Classic
    3-0 at ACC Championships


    Mar. 16  Jennifer White    Pitcher
    Mar. 23  Jesse McGregor    Co-Player
             Jennifer White    Pitcher
    Mar. 30  Jennifer White    Pitcher
    Apr. 6   Christy Cerecedes Player
    Apr. 13  Corrie Williams   Player
             Stacy Venable     Pitcher
    April 28 Jesse McGregor    Player
             Stacy Venable     Pitcher


    With a team-leading 14 doubles this season, Corrie Williams was just two away fromtying the single-season record (16) for doubles set by Cindy Lawton in 1995.

    As a squad, FSU belted double-digit hits in 13 games. The most hits the team had in a single game this season was 13 in its 10-2 victory over Youngstown State. The Lady Seminoles also had a season-high 10 RBIs in that game. The most runs the team scored in a single game this season was in its 11-4 victory over Central Michigan. FSU scored in double-digits in five games this season.

    1998 ROSTER

    No. Name              Pos.  Yr. B/T Hometown 
    00  Jennifer Brown    C Fr. R/R La Habra, CA
    2   Danielle Cox      OF    Jr. L/L Anniston, AL
    4   Lisa Hall         IF    Fr. R/R Jacksonville, FL
    6   Dana Bailey       OF    Jr. R/R Bossier City, LA
    7   Jesse McGregor    SS    Jr. R/R Houston, TX
    9   Kristy Hull       C/RF  Sr. L/R Phoenix, AZ
    12  Jennifer White    P Fr. R/R Tuttle, OK
    13  Christy Cerecedes 2B    Fr. R/R Hacienda Heights, CA
    14  Teresa Edenfield  SS    So. R/R Marianna, FL
    15  Corrie Williams   P Jr. R/R Bakersfield, CA 
    17  Becky Wallace     IF    So. R/R Naples, FL
    19  Sarah King        IF    Sr. R/R Huntington Beach, CA 
    20  Kelly Miller      1B    Fr. R/R Vallejo, CA
    21  Misty Molin      1B/OF  Sr. L/L Jackson, CA
    22  Stacy Venable     P Jr. R/R Choctaw, OK
    25  Tami Post         3B    Jr. R/R Citrus Heights, CA

    Head Coach: Dr. JoAnne Graf
    Assistant Coaches: Michelle Bolster, Chandelle Schulte
    Volunteer Assistant Coach: Carrie Partlowe
    Athletic Trainer: Robin Gibson


    00 JENNIFER BROWN (C, Fr., R/R, La Habra, CA)
    Played in 32 games, mostly as a pinch-hitter… had 10 hits and sevenRBIs… drove in winning run in the seventh inning in FSU’s win vs. Utah… had two multiple hit games… drove in two runs vs. Ga. Tech.

    2 DANIELLE COX (LF, Jr., L/L, Anniston, AL)
    Played in all 72 games at left field… was the only newcomer to the outfield… was among the leaders on the team with 53 hits… led the team with four triples… drove in 12 runs… ranked second on the team with 21 stolen bases… reached base on a team-high five hit by pitches… had 13 multiple hit games… had a hitting streak of eight games… ranked tied for third in the ACC in triples and fourth in steals per game average (0.29).

    4 LISA HALL (IF, Fr., R/R, Jacksonville, FL)
    Played in just three games, but had three hits and an RBI.

    6 DANA BAILEY (CF, Jr., L/R, Bossier City, LA)
    Played in 68 games… was first on the team with 69 hits and a .342 batting average… was also first on the team with 27 stolen bases… garnered first team all-Southeast Region accolades… earned ACC All-Tournament Team honors… was an all-ACC selection and was runner-up for player of the year in the league… ranked fourth in the ACC in batting and second in steals per game average (0.40)… was fifth on the team with 19 RBIs… hit safely in 14 of the last 20 straight, including a 10-game hitting streak and eight of those games saw multiple hits… also had a seven-game hitting streak… had five multiple RBI games… had 23 multiple hit games… was second on the team with 40 runs scored… went 4-for-5 and scored three runs vs. Florida… also had three, three-hit games.

    7 JESSE McGREGOR (SS, Jr., R/R, Houston, TX)
    Played in all 72 games at shortstop… was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after batting a team-leading .625… was an all-ACC selection after leading the team in batting in ACC games with a .400 BA… earned ACC Player of the Week honors for April 28th and March 23rd … ranked fourth on the team in RBIs with 20 and walks with 21… was among the team leaders with 55 hits… had 10 multiple hit games… had three multiple RBI games… hit safely in 12 of the last 18 games, including a nine-game streak… recorded a season-high four walks vs. West Florida… named to the Buzz Classic All-Tournament team.

    9 KRISTY HULL (C, Sr., L/R, Phoenix, AZ)
    Played in all 70 games… pegged a second team all-Southeast Region honoree… named an all-ACC selection for the third time in her four-year career… was named to the ACC All-Tourney Team after batting .500… drove in the winning run in the ACC Championship game… ranked third on the team with 60 hits… was tied for third on the team with 15 stolen bases… had 11 multiple hit games… had two six-game hitting streaks… was third on the team with 26 walks… drove in 15 runs… had a season-high three stolen bases in Robert Morris win… with 275 career hits (60 this season), ranks second all-time in the FSU records books… her 114 career RBIs ranks second all time while her career batting average of .335 ranks her fourth all tiime in the FSU records books.

    12 JENNIFER WHITE (P, Fr., R/R, Tuttle, OK)
    Saw action in 39 games, returning to action in NCAA regional play after missing six weeks of action with a rib injury… earned second team all-Southeast Region honors… although sidelined, still led the country with 26 victories until April 14th… was FSU’s ace on the mound with a 26-8 record and a 1.37 ERA… was tied for first in the ACC with a 1.37 ERA… earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors three times… earned victories over No. 3 Washington and No. 2 Fresno State early in the season… also pitched FSU to victory over nationally-ranked LSU… had five shutouts… had 27 complete games in 36 appearances… struck out 123 batters and walked just 36 in 215.1 innings pitched… held opponents to a .214 batting average… was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Invitational after leading FSU to the title with a 5-0 record and six RBIs… also batted for herself and had 25 hits and 11 RBIs… on the batting end, had four multiple hit games… drove in a season-high three runs vs. Central Michigan… struck out eight batters in five games.

    Hacienda Heights, CA)

    Started all 72 games at second base… was the only newcomer to the infield… earned second team all-Southeast Region honors… scored the winning run in the ACC Championship game and was the only Lady Seminole to have two hits in that game… was first on the team in at bats (210) and second in hits with 63 and third with 22 RBIs — the most of all rookies… was 15-for-17 in steals, tied for third best on team… ranked fifth in the ACC in steals per game (0.21)… had 16 multiple hit games and five multiple RBI games… was named the ACC Player of the Week on April 7th.

    14 TERESA EDENFIELD (SS/DP, So., R/R, Marianna, FL)
    Played in 46 games, mostly at designated player… had 16 RBIs off of 31 hits… has had five multiple hit games… had a 10-game hitting streak… among the team leaders with four doubles… drove in a season-high four runs vs. Mercer.

    15 CORRIE WILLIAMS (1B/P, Jr., R/R,
    Bakersfield, CA)

    Played in 68 games, pitching and at first base… selected to the all-Southeast Region’s first team… was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team and batted .400 with three RBIs… pitched in 16 games and had a 6-5 record… was second on the team in batting among all starters with a .318 batting average… ranked seventh in the ACC in batting and fifth in RBIs per game average (0.59)… had three of the team’s four home runs.. was the team leader with 40 RBIs and 14 doubles… was walked 26 times — second on the team… with just one error, has the highest fielding percentage and the most total chances of all starters at .997… has 12 multiple hit games… had three, five-hit streaks… drove in a season-high four runs vs. Youngstown State… drove in four runs in Florida doubleheader… recorded a season-high 16 putouts vs. Washington.

    17 BECKY WALLACE (IF, So., R/R Naples, FL)
    Saw action in 14 games, mostly as a pinch hitter… came in to play first base… had two RBIs off of three hits.

    19 SARAH KING (2B, Sr., R/R,
    Huntington Beach, CA)

    Played in 21 games with two hits including a double… also scored four runs… came in relief to play at second base, but saw most action as a pinch-runner.

    20 KELLY MILLER (1B, Fr., R/R, Vallejo, CA)
    Played in 31 games… a power hitter… started at first base when Corrie Williams was pitching… had just 12 hits, but six of them were doubles which was fourth on the team… one of her hits was a home run… came in to pinch-hit in eighth inning vs. West Florida and drove in winning run with a double to center field… was the designated player in first Florida game and drove in a run… had one multiple hit and one multiple RBI game.

    21 MISTY MOLIN (RF, Sr., R/R, Jackson, CA)
    Played in 67 games… missed three games due to a shoulder injury… started the season hitting safely in the first 10 games… tied for second on the team in doubles (8) and was second in RBIs (27)… was fifth on the team with 55 hits… with 14 steals, was one of just five players with double digit stolen bases… had 13 multiple hit games and eight multiple RBIs games.

    22 STACY VENABLE (P, Jr., R/R, Choctaw, OK)
    Earned Most Valuable Player honors after leading FSU to the ACC Tournament championship title with a 3-0 record, including two shutouts, and a 0.37 ERA… was 19-8 with a 1.77 ERA… was an all-ACC selection… made 36 appearances and had 24 complete games… had five shutouts… was twice named the ACC Pitcher of the Week… led FSU to victory over No. 6 South Florida in last regular-season series… struck out a season-high eight batters in Utah loss… also struck out seven in Indiana win… pitched a season-high 10 innings in Cal State Northridge game.

    25 TAMI POST (3B, Jr., R/R, Citrus Heights, CA)

    Played in all 72 games at third base… had three multiple hit games…was among the team leaders with four doubles… drove in 13 runs.

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