March 24, 2000
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Florida State softball team went 1-1 in the first
day of the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge, falling to No. 15
Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 in eight innings and defeating UT-Chattanooga 1-0.
FSU goes to 25-16 on the season.
Florida State got on the board right away against No. 15
Louisiana-Lafayette as Serita Brooks, who reached on an error, was driven in
by Teresa Edenfield in the first inning of the early game. FSU pitcher Jenn
White-Stokes didn’t give up a hit to the Lady Cajuns until the fourth inning
and didn’t allow a run until the sixth when UL-Lafayette’s Tiffany Clark
homered over the right field fence. With the score knotted at 1-1 in the
seventh inning, the Lady Cajuns had a run called back on an interference
call and the contest went to the eighth-inning tie-breaker. In the top of
the eighth, FSU had a run called back due to an interference call. The Lady
Cajuns earned the 2-1 victory in the bottom of the inning when Jana Mower
drew a walk, scoring the winning run. The Lady Seminoles outhit Louisiana
8-6 and both teams stranded eight runners. White-Stokes walked four and
struck out three in the complete-game effort. She falls to 9-6. Senior
Teresa Edenfield led the squad at the plate, going 3-for-4 with the one RBI.
It was a pitchers’ duel in the game vs. host UT-Chattanooga in the
nightcap. The Lady Seminoles managed just three hits, but stranded five
runners while pitcher Leslie Malerich held the Lady Mocs to just two base
hits through six innings. With one out in the FSU seventh, Natalie Bennett
doubled to left and then scored on a double, in almost the exact same place,
by Becky Wallace, giving the Tribe a 1-0 advantage. UTC went down in order
in the seventh. With the win, Malerich goes to 15-9 on the year.
“We played a great game against Louisiana-Lafayette,” FSU Head Coach Dr.
JoAnne Graf said. “Jenn (White-Stokes) pitched an awesome game, but didn’t
get the calls. We didn’t hit the ball as well against Chattanooga, but we
did when we needed to and Leslie (Malerich) did a great job on the mound for
FSU will face Wisconsin at Noon and La.-Lafayette at 2 p.m. in tomorrow’s
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