March 9, 2000 - by
Florida State Softball Tops Off Spring Break In Fresno

March 9, 2000

Florida State softball (15-9) finishes up the Spring Break week in Fresno,
Calif., the weekend. The Lady Seminoles will play in the Hallowell Classic,
hosted by Fresno State, Friday, March 10- Sunday, March, 12.


Friday:    vs #1 UCLA          1:00pm
vs Ole Miss 3:00pm
Saturday: vs Cal-Poly 11:00am
vs #8 Fresno State 1:00pm
Sunday: vs Illinois State 11:00am
vs Texas Tech 1:00pm


The Lady Seminoles are coming off a 5-2 loss to Pacific on Tuesday. Freshman
Staci Brandon went 2-2 with a two run double with junior Jen White-Stokes
going 1-2 with one run. White-Stokes also took the loss, going four innings
with four strikeouts and one walk. Sophomore Leslie Malerich pitched two
innings, striking out three and walking three. The game was called after six
innings due to heavy rain.

Scouting Report

#1 UCLA (21-3)

  • UCLA leads the series 5-0. The last time they met was in 1996 with
    UCLA winning 4- 0.
  • The Bruins have outscored their opponents 137-36
  • Top pitcher has a 0.61 ERA.
  • Common Opponents: UCLA defeated FSU opponents Maryland (9-0), Florida
    International (11-0), Florida Atlantic (7-3), Texas Tech (3-2), Texas (5-4),
    Pacific (9-3), and Fresno State (5-2, 5-0 and 3-0)

Ole Miss (9-14)

  • Florida State leads the series 1-0 vs the Rebels. The last time they
    met was in 1998 with FSU winning 4-2.
  • The Rebels have five homeruns on the sea son and are 5-8 in neutral sites.
  • Top pitcher has a 2.33 ERA.
  • Common Opponenets: Ole Miss defeated FSU opponent Kansas 8-1.

Cal-Poly (7-5)

  • Florida State leads the series 1-0 against Cal- Poly. The last time these
    teams met was in 1993 with FSU winning 1-0
  • Cal-Poly is perfect in stolen bases and leads its opponents 41-39 in RBI’s.
  • Top pitcher has a 1.96 ERA.
  • Common Opponents: Cal-Poly defeated FSU opponents Florida International
    5-4 and lost to Iowa State 8-2.

#5 Fresno State (15-5)

  • Florida State is 1-1 vs Fresno State. These two teams met in the NFCA
    Classic last week end, with Fresno State winning 2-0.
  • The Bulldogs have outscored their oppo nents 62-23 and have five
    homeruns on the season.
  • Top pitcher has a 0.42 ERA.
  • Common Opponents: Fresno State has topped FSU opponents Kansas (10-0),
    Mississippi State (4-2), Texas (2-0)and Harvard (9-1) and have lost to UCLA
    (5-2, 5-0 and 3-0)

Illinois State (3-9)

  • Florida State leads the series 6-0. The last time they met was in 1996
    with FSU winning 4-1.
  • Illinois State leads its opponents 28-25 in runs scored and have 23
    RBI’s on the sea son.
  • Top pitcher has a 1.21 ERA
  • Common Opponents: Illinois State dropped two to FSU opponent Texas 2-1
    and 1-0.

Texas Tech (7-16)

  • This will serve as the first meeting between these two teams.
  • Texas Tech has scored 48 runs, 46 of them RBI’s and has 20 stolen bases.
  • Top pitcher has a 0.99 ERA
  • Common Opponents: Texas Tech defeated FSU opponent Texas 4-0 and dropped
    to UCLA 3-2.

Speed on the Basepath

The Florida State Lady Seminoles go into this weekend with 46 stolen bases.
That is an average of 1.93 steals a game. Leading the team with 18 steals
is Rita Brooks, who averages .78 per game.

Homerun Club

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.

Extra Time

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.

RBI Machine

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 3.96 runs a game so far this season on 95
runs scored in the 24 games that they have played. On the other side of the
ball, the Lady Noles have given up only 46 runs on the year, averaging 1.92
runs per game.

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 10-4 record on the season with a 0.64 ERA. She has not
went 28 1/3 consecutive innings before allowing a run and has 78 strikeouts
in 76 1/3 innings pitched.

Winning Streak

The Lady Seminoles won eight straight games 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 .405 average. She ended her hitting streak at 10 games and
has hit safely in 21 of 24 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.

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, .405

Leslie Malerich- 1st, 0.64
Robin Gauger- 7th, 1.69

Strikeouts per game:
Robin Gauger- 2nd, 7.79
Leslie Malerich- 3rd, 7.47

Home Runs:
Teresa Edenfield- 3rd- 3, .17 per game

Teresa Edenfield- 1st- 20, .94 per game

Teresa Edenfield- 4th- 4, .22 per game

Kimmy Carter- 2nd- .17 per game

Stolen Bases:
Rita Brooks- 1st- 17, .94 per game

Leslie Malerich- 1st- 10-4, .833

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