May 20, 2000
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The No. 24 Florida State softball team suffered
its first setback of the NCAA regional tournament with a 6-1 loss to
top-seeded UCLA at Easton Stadium Saturday afternoon. With the loss, FSU
fell to 50-26 and will now face the winner of Canisius/Iowa at 6 p.m. (EST)
in Game 9. The winner of Game 9 will advance to the championship game vs.
UCLA (42-11-1) on Sunday, May 21st at 3:30 p.m.
UCLA pitcher Amanda Freed got the Bruins started offensively with a
double to center field to lead off the bottom of the first inning. The
first three Bruin batters recorded hits as UCLA scored two runs. Freed
advanced to third on a base hit to short left center by Natasha Watley.
Watley stole second base and then advanced to third while Freed scored on a
wild pitch by FSU hurler Jenn White-Stokes. Julie Adams’ single to right
field drove in Watley. White-Stokes settled down to retire the side and got
some help defensively as Adams was called out for runners’ interference and
FSU left fielder Teresa Edenfield made a diving catch with two out to end
the inning. White-Stokes got the Bruins out in order in the second inning.
The Lady Seminoles struggled at the plate early. Serita Brooks
reached on a bunt single in the first inning, but she would be the only
baserunner for the Tribe through the first three innings. After Brooks’
hit, Freed retired eight straight, including two strikeouts and five ground
outs. Only Natalie Bennett went beyond the infield, with a fly out to
center field. In the fourth, Brooks reached on a walk to lead off, but she
was caught stealing as Kimmy Carter struck out swinging and Brandi Stuart
grounded out to end the inning.
The Bruins extended their lead with two more runs in the fourth. Tairia
Mims hit her eighth home run of the season with one out and Crissy Buck and
Lupe Brambila eached reached base on a single and a walk. Leslie Malerich
relieved White-Stokes on the mound and got a grounder for the second out.
She walked the next batter to load the bases and then Adams recorded her
second RBI base hit of the game with a shot to left.
FSU showed some spark with a run in the fifth inning. Becky Wallace led
off with a double down the left field line and went to third on a sacrifice
by Andi Lyons. In just her 24th at bat this year, Malerich looped the ball
in short center field for a hit to drive in Wallace. With two out,
Edenfield drew a walk to put runners on first and second, but Staci Brandon
hit a slow roller to second base for the third out.
The Tribe got themselves out of a jam with solid defense in the UCLA fifth.
The Bruins had the bases loaded with one out when Becky Brock perfectly
fielded a ground ball and threw it to Lyons for the force out at home plate.
Kimmy Carter snagged a well-hit ball to right field with the bases loaded to
end the inning. UCLA broke open the game in the bottom of the sixth with
two more runs off of three straight hits to open the inning. The last hit,
by Julie Marshall to right field, was questionable. FSU rightfielder Staci
Brandon fielded the ball and threw it to first for what appeared to be an
out, but the runner was called safe. Wallace, at first base, quickly threw
the ball to home, but that runner was also called safe.
In the FSU seventh, Lyons drew a walk to lead off, but a strikeout and
double play ended the game.
White-Stokes got the loss and fell to 13-9 while Freed, who had seven
strikeouts, improved to 24-7. UCLA outhit FSU 12-4.
123 456 7 R H E
FLORIDA STATE 000 010 0 1 4 0
UCLA 200 202 x 6 12 0
WP: Amanda Freed (24-7), LP: Jenn White-Stokes (13-9)