April 12, 2005
:: Leading Off ::
Florida State softball, idle last week because a rainout at Florida, starts a 10-game home stand Wednesday to close out the 2005 home schedule. The Seminoles will play five contests in a matter of three days versus UCF and Maryland. The Golden Knights come to town on Wednesday for an out-of-conference doubleheader against the Tribe beginning at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, the Seminoles and Terps battle at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and conclude the three-game series at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. FSU enters this week riding a four-game win streak; the Seminoles are still receiving votes in the national rankings and a sweep of both schools will almost guarantee a spot back in the Top 25. The Seminoles are ranked second (ACC victories) in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 24-16 overall record and a 6-5 league mark. UCF is 34-20-1 on the season and won a pair Sunday against Gardner-Webb by scores of 5-0 and 11-2 (6). Lindsay Enders was 5-for-8 at the plate plus a win in the circle for the Golden Knights. Shortstop Stephanie Best paces the squad with a .342 batting average. Maryland comes to Tallahassee owning a 19-12 overall and 3-2 ACC mark after being defeated by Virginia in 2-of-3 contests this past weekend. The Terps will have one full week off to recover before traveling to FSU to face the Seminoles. The school has four main pitchers that switch off and Elyse Lucas leads the staff with a 1.43 ERA (4-3 record). Offensively, Lindsay Klein has a .333 batting
:: UCF ::
The Seminoles have never lost to Central Florida and enter the game with a 5-0 all-time record. The Seminoles and Golden Knights battled twice last season and FSU walked away with close 2-1 and 3-2 victories. Kelly McIntire and Stephanie Best pace the team with a .364 and .342 batting averages, respectively. Four pitchers have thrown in 2005, and Lindsay Enders is the ace with a 16-10 overall record and a 1.65 ERA. UCF is coached by Renee Luers-Gillispie.
:: Maryland ::
The Terps and Seminoles hit the field Saturday for the 29th time, with FSU leading 25-2-1. The Tribe has won 14 straight with UM’s last victory coming during the 1999 season at the ACC Tournament. In 2004, Florida State won 7-0 and 2-1 at home. First baseman Lindsay Klein leads her team with a .333 clip and outfielder Crystal Tweedy is hitting .306, respectively. As a team, Maryland is hitting .238 and holding opponents to a .229 mark. Klein has 22 RBIs and Keri Lounge has 21, respectively. The school has four main pitchers that switch off and Elyse Lucas leads the staff with a 1.43 ERA (4-3 record).
:: This Week’s Promotions ::
Saturday, April 16, is “Kids Take Over the Park” day at JoAnne Graf Field. Children ages 6-14 can sign up for a chance to participate in softball game day operations. They will be able to learn and gets hands-on experience running games against Maryland. Registeration forms can be obtained by visiting the upcoming events and promotions page on www.seminoles.com. For more information, please call 850-644-8623. Also, the first 250 fans in attendance Saturday will receive
Seminole Softball Tomahawks.