March 6, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State softball heads to California this week for Spring Break. The Lady Seminoles will begin the week in Stockton, Calif., where they will take on University of Pacific on Tuesday, March 7 at 3:00pm. FSU is 15-8 going into the match-up.
LAST TIME OUT…
The Lady Seminoles are coming off a 1-4 weekend at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. FSU defeated HArvard 6-2 and dropped games to #8 Fresno State (0-2), Texas (0-1), Mississippi State (0-4) and #15 Louisiana-Lafayette (1-9). Brandi Stuart led the Seminoles, batting .308 with a double and an RBI. The team batting leader Rita Brooks contributed four hits, including two doubles and a triple with Teresa Edenfield adding three RBI’s. For the pitching squad, Leslie Malerich took three losses but had a 0.88 ERA with 13 strikeouts and only two earned runs. Jen White-Stokes had the lone win, striking out 11 over the weekend.
Speed on the Basepath
The Florida State Lady Seminoles go into this week with 46 stolen bases. That is an average of 2.0 steals a game. Leading the team with 19 steals is Rita Brooks, who averages .78 per game.
Over the left, right or center field wall, the Lady Seminoles have put them out this season! Teresa Edenfield leads the team with three homers with Kelly Miller on her tail with two. Jen White-Stokes had an in the park homerun at Lady Seminole field with Kimmy Carter hitting her first as a Lady Seminole against Florida A&M. The last member of the club is junior college transfer Rita Brooks, who hit a two-run homer against Florida Atlantic last weekend to give FSU the 2-0 win. This was also her first collegiate homerun.
Inside the Park
Junior Jennifer White-Stokes hit an inside the park home run on Saturday, Feb 12 against FAMU. The ball got caught in the sun in the fifth inning and by the time it was retrieved, White-Stokes had crossed the plate safely to give the Lady Noles a 7-5 lead over FAMU in the Seminole Classic.
Records at the complex
Two records were tied or broken during the Lady Seminole Classic over the weekend. The Cal-Berkeley Bears tied the record for team RBI’s with 10 and set a new records for runs by one team in a game with 14 against FAMU on Feb 12.
The Lady Seminoles are 2-1 in extra innings this season. Their lone loss was in eight innings against Villanova where they lost 3-2.
Edenfield leads the team and the ACC with 20 RBI’s on the season. She has already surpassed her total of 13 from last year and her single season record from 1998. She had seven RBI’s in six games, each doubleheaders against Stetson, Bethune-Cookman and Mercer.
The Lady Seminoles are averaging 4.04 runs a game so far this season on 93 runs scored in the 23 games that they have played. On the other side of the ball, the Lady Noles have given up only 41 runs on the year, averaging 1.78 runs per game.
Taking over the ACC
The Lady Seminoles are on top of the ACC. Four FSU players leads their respective catagories and the team is second in the league behind North Carolina (12-3):
Rita Brooks- 1st, .450
Kimmy Carter- 10th, .341
Leslie Malerich- 1st, 0.48
Jen White-Stokes- 6th, 1.50
Robin Gauger- 7th, 1.69
Strikeouts per game:
Robin Gauger- 2nd, 7.79
Leslie Malerich- 3rd, 7.47
Teresa Edenfield- 3rd- 3, .17 per game
Teresa Edenfield- 3rd- 17, .94 per game
Teresa Edenfield- 4th- 4, .22 per game
Kimmy Carter- 2nd- .17 per game
Rita Brooks- 1st- 17, .94 per game
Leslie Malerich- 1st- 10-2, .833
Twice is Nice
Sophomore 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. Malerich now leads the ACC with a 9-1 record on the season with a 0.56 ERA. She has not allowed a run in 28 1/3 consecutive innings and has 55 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings pitched.
The Lady Seminoles won eight straight games in the last two weeks before losing a close one to Villanova, 3-2 in eight innings, at the FAU Worth Tournament.
Brooks Streak Ends, still leader
Junior college transfer Rita Brooks continues to lead the starters in hitting with a .308 average. She ended her hitting streak at 10 games and has hit safely in 20 of 23 games this season.
On the Basepath
Freshman Brandi Stuart is a 15-for-16 in stealing bases this season as Felicia Williams has gone 7-9. The team leader, Rita Brooks, has 18 out of 21 attempts.
Shutting ’em out!
The Florida State pitchers have shutout nine opponents this season, including a no-hitter against Florida A&M February 9th. Leslie Malerich leads the squad with four solo and two combined shutouts.
In the ACC
When it comes to the ACC standings, FSU is written everywhere. As a team FSU holds third in batting, second pitching wise, and second in fielding. Aside from team standings FSU also shines while seven players hold standings of their own.
Welcome Back, Louie!
Coach Graf made a coaching change this year and brought back a familiar face. Assistant Coach Louie Berndt returns to FSU after coaching for six seasons at Marshall. A graduate of Western Michigan, Berndt coached the 1989 Lady Seminole pitchers and outfielders, helping the team to a Top 20 ranking and second-place finish in the Southwest Regional.
A New Face
Pitching Coach Heather Compton is one of the newest additions to FSU Softball. In her four years at UCLA, Compton was a member of the 1990 and 1992 national champion teams as well as an All-American and All-College World Series team member. Compton came to FSU after playing with the Tampa Bay Firestix of the Women’s Professional Softball League.
NEXT UP FOR THE LADY SEMINOLES:
Florida State softball heads to Fresno, Calif., where they will compete in the Hallowell Chevrolet Softball Classic, hosted by Fresno State University. The Lady Seminoles will take on #1 UCLA, #8 Fresno State, Ole Miss, Cal-Poly, Illinois State and Texas Tech.
Friday, March 10:
1:00pm vs #1 UCLA
UCLA leads the series 5-0. The last time they met was in 1996 with UCLA winning 4-0.
3:00pm vs Ole Miss
Florida State leads the series 1-0 vs the Rebels. The last time they met was in 1998 with FSU winning 4-2.
Saturday, March 11:
11:00am vs Cal-Poly
Florida State leads the series 1-0 against Cal-Poly. The last time these teams met was in 1993 with FSU winning 1-0
1:00pm vs #8 Fresno State
Florida State is 1-1 vs Fresno State. These two teams met in the NFCA Classic last weekend, with Fresno State winning 2-0.
Sunday, March 12:
11:00am vs Illinois State
Florida State leads the series 6-0. The last time they met was in 1996 with FSU winning 4-1.
1:00pm vs Texas Tech
This will serve as the first meeting between these two teams.