March 17, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team improved to
21-14 overall with a 2-1 record in first-day action of the 2000 Tallahassee
Democrat Florida State Invitational. The Lady Seminoles defeated Troy
State 2-1 and Miami-Ohio 8-0 but fell 4-1 to Kansas. With a second-place
finish in its pool, FSU will advance to the championship bracket and will
face Northern Iowa at Noon at the Seminole Softball Complex.
It was seventh-inning heroics that gave the Lady Seminoles the 2-1
victory over Troy State. FSU trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the
seventh. Staci Brandon singled to left field to start off the inning.
Andi Lyons reached base on a bunt single while Kimmy Carter reached on an
error. With the bases loaded, Rita Brooks belted a double to center field
scoring two runs for the FSU victory. Leslie Malerich earned the victory
to improve to 13-7. She recorded six strikeouts and allowed just five hits.
It was all Florida State in the Miami-Ohio game. The Lady
Seminoles recorded 12 hits and scored runs in the second, third, fifth and
sixth innings for the 8-0 win. Both Brandon and Brooks had three hits,
while Brandi Stuart had two hits and drove in two runs to lead the team.
Jennifer White-Stokes gave up just one hit in six innings of work and
struck out nine batters to improve to 7-5 on the season. The game was
called after six innings due to the eight-run rule.
The Lady Seminoles and Lady Jayhawks went scoreless for four in a
half innings before FSU’s Kimmy Carter belted her second home run of the
season in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kansas responded with two runs
in the sixth and seventh innings for the 4-1 win. Leslie Malerich, 13-8,
struck out eight in the complete-game effort. Carter, Brooks and Brandon
each had two hits for the Tribe, but Kansas outhit FSU 9-7.
“I thought we had a pretty good day,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne
Graf said. “It took us some time to get things going against Troy State,
but I was pleased with how we fought back to win. Our hitting, pitching
and defense was very solid against Miami. It was an all-around good
performance. Against Kansas, we missed a lot of good opportunities to get
runs across the plate.”
Softball action continues all day on Saturday at both the Seminole
Softball Complex and Messer Park. Games begin at 10 a.m.
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