May 16, 2000
COMING UP THIS WEEK…
Florida State will be making its 13th NCAA regionals appearance after
earning the Southern Atlantic Softball Alliance automatic bid. The Lady
Seminoles are headed west and will face Long Beach State on Thursday, May
18th at 6:00 p.m. (EST), at Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA. The
three-day tourney is double elimination. Canisius, Bethune-Cookman, UCLA
and Iowa round out the six-team field.
LAST OUTING:The Lady Seminoles swept Virginia 3-2 and 6-2 in
Charlottesville on May 3rd and followed with a 10-3, 3-2 sweep of Maryland
in College Park on May 4th to earn the SASA automatic bid.
THE LADY SEMINOLES QUICKLY…
Batting Leader: Serita Brooks, .400 Hits Leader: Serita Brooks, 94 Runs Leader: Serita Brooks, 53 Doubles Leader: Natalie Bennett, 11 Teresa Edenfield, 11 Triples Leader: Serita Brooks, 7 Home Runs Leader: Teresa Edenfield, 4 RBIs Leader: Teresa Edenfield, 45 Stolen Bases Leader: Serita Brooks, 42 ERA Leader: Leslie Malerich, 1.20 (32-14 current record)
REGIONAL SCHEDULE (all times converted to Eastern Standard Time)
Thursday, May 18 Game 1 #2 Iowa (44-13) vs. #5 Bethune Cookman (39-25)- 1 p.m. Game 2 #1 UCLA (39-11-1) vs. #6 Canisius (33-22)- 3:30 p.m. Game 3 #3 Long Beach State (39-21) vs. #4 Florida State (48-25) - 6 p.m.
Friday, May 19 Game 4 Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2 - 1 p.m. ** loser of game 4 is eliminated ** Game 5 Winner game 2 vs. loser game 3 - 3:30 p.m. ** if loser game 3 loses this game, that team is eliminated ** Game 6 Winner game 2 vs. winner game 3 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 Games 7-9 Bracket formatting will be determined following Friday's play. Pairings determined based upon the number of teams remaining. Game times will again be 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 Game 10 Championship game - 3:30 p.m. Game 11 Championship game #2 (if necessary)- 6 p.m.
FOR THE RECORD…
ACC Tourney Record:4-1 ACC Record:6-2 SASA Record:8-2 Home:21-10 Away:18-1 Neutral:9-14 Tournament Play:21-20 vs ranked opponents 2-11 Day Games 40-20 Night Games 8-5 One run games 13-11 Two run games 5-3 Five+ run games 18-3 Extra innings 2-6 Shutouts 22-7
Dr. JoAnne Graf is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Seminole
program. Her record stands at 1052-310-6. In 1999, Graf became the first
coach in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,000 Division I victories and
the first to reach that plateau at one university. She has guided FSU to
five College World Series, 13 NCAA Regional appearances, two slowpitch
National Championships and eight ACC Championships. Her coaching has
produced 17 All-Americans and numerous all-region and all-conference
WHAT SHE’S DONE
With practically an entire new team and coaching staff, Coach Graf has had
quite a year! Just three starters and 11 letterwinners returned from last
year’s squad. With the exception of the catcher, FSU replaced the entire
infield and also had newcomers in both left and center field. This year’s
pitching ace Leslie Malerich started just 19 games last year and had just
12 complete games. Coach Graf also welcomed a new staff in assistants
Louie Berndt and Heather Compton. The Lady Seminoles have met nearly all
their goals this season … achieving a team GPA of over 3.0 (3.07),
winning the ACC, getting to regionals and one yet to be determined —
advancing to the College World series!
FSU IN NCAA REGIONAL PLAY
Florida State will be making its 13th NCAA Regionals appearance when the
Lady Seminoles head to Los Angeles, Calif., this week. FSU’s first
regionals appearance was in 1986, beginning 11 consecutive appearances.
FSU’s last appearance was in 1998. The Tribe received an at-large bid that
year with a 51-19 record. FSU’s all-time record in NCAA regional play is
California natives Assistant Coach Heather Compton and Brandi Stuart are
excited that the Lady Seminoles are headed west. Stuart is from Cerritos,
Calif., while Compton’s ties are even stronger. Compton is a 1994 graduate
of UCLA where she earned a degree in political science while lettering for
the Bruins for four seasons. An All-American, Compton led UCLA to the
College World Series in each of her four years and was a member of the
Bruins’ 1990 and 1992 national championship teams. Kelly Miller, who has
been unable to play since April 15th with a thumb fracture and will not
travel, is from Vallejo, Calif.
IT’S IN THE NUMBERS
FSU is the No. 4 seed at the UCLA regional, but the Tribe has the most wins
among the six-team field:
No. 1 UCLA (39-10-1) No. 2 Iowa (44-13) No. 3 Long Beach State (39-21) No. 4 Florida State (48-25) No. 5 Bethune-Cookman (39-25) No. 6 Canisius (33-22)
FSU AND THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
The Lady Seminoles have advanced to the College World Series five times.
FSU’s first appearance at the CWS was in 1987. After a two-year absence,
the Tribe returned to the event in 1990 and went again in 1991, 1992 and
made its last appearance in 1993. FSU’s all-time CWS record is 3-10 and
its best finish was 3rd in 1990.
THE TRIBE VS. THE REGIONAL FIELD
Florida State has faced two of the six teams in the regional field this
season. The Tribe swept Bethune-Cookman, 9-0 and 1-0, in Daytona back on
Feb. 19th and fell to UCLA, 3-0, on March 10th in Fresno, Calif.
Vs. Long Beach State FSU trails, 0-1 1996 L, 2-1 Vs. UCLA FSU trails, 0-6 2000 L, 3-0 1996 L, 4-0 1994 L, 3-0 1991 L, 5-2, 1-0* 1990 L, 3-0* *in CWS Vs. Iowa FSU trails, 3-2 1997 L, 7-1 1995 L, 4-0 1993 W, 3-0, 5-3 1990 L, 5-0 Vs. Bethune-Cookman FSU leads, 2-0 2000 W, 9-1, 1-0 Vs. Canisius Will be first meeting.
FSU VS. THE 48-TEAM FIELD
Florida State has played 14 of the 47 other teams participating in NCAA
Regionals. Of those 14 opponents, two are No. 1 seeds and three are
hosting. FSU is 8-14 against those opponents this season.
FSU’s last road swing to Virginia and Maryland may have been the most
important series’ of the season. With the sweep of both Virginia and
Maryland, the Lady Seminoles earned the SASA automatic bid to regionals.
The five ACC schools and East Carolina make up the Southern Atlantic
Softball Alliance. All six teams play a doubleheader throughout the season
and the team with the best record at the end of that competition earns an
automatic bid to regionals. FSU and North Carolina each finished with an
8-2 record, but the Tribe swept the Tar Heels in head-to-head competition.
The final SASA standings…
FSU 8-2 UNC 8-2 UVA 5-5 Maryland 4-6 Ga. Tech 3-7 E. Carolina 2-8
48 AND COUNTING…
FSU’s 48 wins so far this season already surpasses the Tribe’s total wins
of 40 last season.
FSU is on a seven-game winning streak and the Tribe has won 17 of its last
19 games. The Lady Seminoles’ longest win streak this season was eight
straight from Feb. 16-26th. The Tribe also lost eight straight during a
seven-day stretch from March 4-11th.
Teresa Edenfield makes just about every hit count. The senior has 49 hits
on the year and a team-leading 45 RBI off those hits. Edenfield is having
the best season of her FSU career. Coming into the season, she had just 34
career RBI. With her 45 this year, she has more than doubled that mark.
She had 12 career doubles through the first three years and has 11 in 2000
alone. She’s also set marks in hits with 49 (previous high was 31 in
1998), and home runs with four (had just one previously).
Four Florida State softball players garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference
honors for the 2000 season. Staci Brandon, Serita Brooks, Leslie Malerich
and Brandi Stuart were all selected to the squad after leading the team to
FSU’s 8th ACC Tournament crown.
MALERICH AMONG ELITE GROUP
Leslie Malerich leads the Seminole pitching staff with 32 wins. She picked
up three wins alone in the final day of the ACC Tournament with the last
win giving her her 30th win of the season. Only four other FSU pitchers
have reached the 30-win mark since the Tribe went to fastpitch in 1984.
They are Christy Larsen, 33 (1991), Toni Gutierrez, 35 (1992), Renee
Espinoza, 30 (1996) and Kristy Fuentes, 32 (1997).
ACC PITCHERS AND PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
FSU was well represented in the league’s weekly honors this season…
May 8 Teresa Edenfield Player May 1 Leslie Malerich Player (tourney MVP) April 24 Brandi Stuart Player Leslie Malerich Pitcher April 17 Staci Brandon Player Leslie Malerich Pitcher March 27 Leslie Malerich Pitcher March 20 Leslie Malerich Pitcher Feb. 28 Serita Brooks Player Feb. 21 Leslie Malerich Pitcher
EDENFIELD WAS ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teresa Edenfield was named the ACC Player of the Week for May 8th, after
leading the Lady Seminoles to a sweep of Virginia and Maryland. A native
of Marianna, Fla., Edenfield was the Lady Seminoles offensive leader as she
went 5-12 and provided key hits in two of Florida State’s wins. In the
first game at Virginia, the senior rightfielder and catcher had a two-run
double that plated the winning run in FSU’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory
over the Cavaliers. In game one of FSU’s doubleheader with Maryland, her
two-run homer gave FSU a 5-3 advantage and the Lady Seminoles went on to
earn a 10-3 win. On the week, Edenfield recorded five RBI’s, a double and
home run to go along with her .417 batting average.
RECORDS AND NEARING RECORDS
With 53 appearances so far this season, Leslie Malerich has surpassed the
previous record of 48 appearances held by Kristy Fuentes in 1997. Serita
Brooks is just four hits away from tying Danielle Cox’s record of 98 hits
set last season and five At Bats away from tying Susan Buttery’s 240 in
1992. Teresa Edenfield’s 45 RBIs is just four away from the single season
mark of 49 set by Penny Siqueiros in 1992. With 43 strikeouts, Edenfield
has also set a new single-season mark, surpassing Leslie Barton’s 42 in the
1991 season. Natalie Bennett’s 22 sacrifices is just three away from
Shannon Mitchem’s 25 in 1992.
FSU has won 17 of its last 19 games and Leslie Malerich is probably the
main reason. Malerich earned 13 of those victories and was the pitcher of
record, going 8-2, in 10 straight games from April 8th to April 21st.
ON A ROLL
Heading into the ACC Tournament, Brandi Stuart was on a 10-game hitting
streak and had hit safely in 17 of the last 20 games. In the tourney,
however, Stuart went hitless until the final game, in which she had a
single. That game started a new streak as she has now recorded a hit in
the past five games. She now has 21 multi-hit games and is also closing in
on teammate Serita Brooks in the stolen base department. Stuart now has 40
steals on the year and has recorded seven stolen bases in the last four
GET THE BROOM OUT
The Tribe has recorded 12 sweeps this season, including the last five
series of the season.
WHITE-STOKES IS BACK
Junior pitcher Jenn White-Stokes, who had been suffering from bicep
tendonitis in her pitching arm and did not make a pitching appearance from
April 1st to April 15th (10 games), had her first complete game since March
24th against Campbell on April 22nd. She struck out five and allowed only
five hits in the 7-1 win. White-Stokes has won two of FSU’s last four
games and is now 13-8 on the year.
PUTTING A STOP TO ‘EM
ACC Tourney MVP Leslie Malerich pitched 17 and two-thirds innings of
shutout ball in the final day of the ACC Tournament. Prior to Auburn’s run
in the 13th inning in the second game of the doubleheader on April 15th,
Malerich had pitched 25.1 consecutive innings without giving up a run. She
pitched 16 innings that Saturday alone. Early in the season, Malerich had
a stretch in which she didn’t give up an earned run in 46 consecutive
The Lady Seminoles have recorded double digit hits in 14 games overall this
season. FSU is 13-1 in those contests with its only loss coming to Auburn,
5-4, in 13 innings.
SHUTTING ‘EM OUT!
Florida State pitching has produced 22 shutouts this season, including a
no-hitter against Florida A&M and a perfect game against Princeton. Leslie
Malerich leads the unit with 15 solo and two combined shutouts. The Lady
Seminoles have been shut out seven times this year.
HOME RUN CLUB
The Lady Seminoles have 17 home runs this season while FSU pitching has
allowed 10. The Tribe had a total of seven last season. Teresa Edenfield
leads the team with four, Kelly Miller has three while Kimmy Carter, Brandi
Stuart, Natalie Bennett and Serita Brooks each have two and Jenn
White-Stokes and Andi Lyons each have one.
Serita Brooks, a transfer from North Florida CC, quickly made a name for
herself. The Cottondale, Ala., native leads the team in batting at .400,
hits with 94 and stolen bases with 42. She was an All-ACC selection and
also earned ACC Player of the Week honors once this season.
ON THE BASEPATHS
The Lady Seminoles definitely have speed in the line up. Serita Brooks
leads the team with 42 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 40. As a
team, FSU has recorded 114 stolen bases to its opponents’ 35.
Serita Brooks leads the team with 29 multi-hit games this season. The
junior also has five multi-RBI games on the year. She is on a current
12-game hitting streak, her longest of the season. She previously put
together a hitting streak of 10 games between Feb. 16-27th.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Lady Seminoles are 48-25 heading into regionals. Eleven of the Tribe’s
25 losses have been by just one run and five of those games went extra
innings before being decided.
FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
ACC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS
FSU was well-represented on the 2000 ACC Championships All-Tournament Team.
Joining Leslie Malerich, who earned Most Valuable Player honors, were
Serita Brooks, Natalie Bennett and Staci Brandon.
BROOKS AND BRANDON TIE ACC MARK
Serita Brooks, who batted .529, and Staci Brandon, who batted .500 with a
team-high four RBI, each recorded nine hits in the ACC Tournament, tying
the tournament record for hits.
TOO MANY HITS
Auburn belted 16 hits in the second game of the April 15th doubleheader (10
in first seven hittings). It’s the most hits that FSU pitching has allowed
this season. UNC had 10 hits in the first game of the DH, marking just the
third time this season that FSU pitching has allowed double-digit hits.
FSU has a 1-2 record in those games.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
Natalie Bennett hit her second home run of the season, and first
in-the-park home run, in game two vs. Campbell on April 22nd, which just
happens to be Bennett’s birthday!
NOLES SWEEP WEEKLY HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
FSU swept the ACC weekly softball honors for April 24th, making it the
second consecutive week. This time it was Brandi Stuart as player of the
week while Leslie Malerich was named the league’s pitcher of the week for
the sixth time this season. The duo led the Noles to a 4-0 record that
ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK #5
Leslie Malerich was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week for April 17th. She
was once again dominant on the mound as she went 4-1 for the week with a
pair of shutout victories. She opened the week with a complete-game, 7-0
win at Florida A&M, and followed that outing with another complete-game,
7-0 win over Auburn in the first game of a twin bill. In the second game of
FSU’s doubleheader with North Carolina, the sophomore hurler entered the
contest with one out in the first inning and the Seminoles trailing by a
4-0 score. She proceeded to shut out the Tar Heels for the remaining 6.2
innings en route to her fourth win of the week, a 5-4 decision.
BRANDON EARNED LEAGUE HONOR
Junior Staci Brandon was named the ACC Player of the Week for April 17th
after going 10-for-23 (.435) with eight RBI and six runs scored. In the
first game of the doubleheader with Auburn, Brandon went 3-for-4 with two
RBI and a run scored. Against UNC, she went 3-for-8 in the two games,
including a two-run triple in game one. She also drove in the winning run
in game two.
FSU set a new season-high with 14 hits in game two of the DH with Auburn on
April 15th, but only eight of the hits were in the first seven innings.
The Tribe did it for real in its 10-3 win over Maryland on May 4th.
Game two of the Auburn series went 13 innings, three hours and 52 minutes.
The two teams combined for 30 hits. The 13 innings are the most innings
FSU has played in a game this season. It now makes the Tribe 2-6 in
extra-inning ball games this season. Prior to the game with Auburn, the
Lady Seminoles went nine innings in a 1-0 win over Bethune-Cookman on Feb.
LIKE TO WIN BIG
When the Lady Seminoles win, they seem to win big! The Tribe is 18-3 in
games decided by five or more runs. FSU hasn’t had as much success with
the close games though. The Lady Seminoles are 13-11 in one-run games.
FSU IN TOURNAMENT THIS SEASON
FSU competed in seven tournaments throughout the season, including the ACC
Championships, and had a 19-17 record:
2-3 in Seminole Classic
3-1 in FAU Tournament
1-4 in NFCA Leadoff Classic
2-4 in Fresno St. Hallowell Classic
3-2 in FSU Invitational
4-2 in UTC Frost Cutlery Classic
4-1 in ACC Tournament
FSU AND FAMU
With its 7-0 win on April 12th, FSU went 5-0 vs. the Rattlerettes this
season. In two of those games, the Tribe eight-run ruled FAMU in five
innings and three games were shutouts. FSU’s last loss to FAMU was on
April 14th, 1999.
WASN’T IT JUST GRAND!
Freshman Brandi Stuart blasted a grand slam home run in the bottom of the
seventh inning of game one vs. Florida to lift the Lady Seminoles to a 6-3
victory over the Gators. It was Stuart’s first career grand slam and her
second home run of the year. Stuart is the only freshman playing on the
team this season (Beth Wade is redshirting).
After committing 14 errors in four games, April 1st and 2nd, the Tribe had
four errors in the first game against UF. Finally, in the second game, the
Lady Seminoles went error-free, snapping a 10-game streak of games with at
least one error.
APRIL FOOL’S DAY BUT NO JOKE
The Lady Seminoles committed a season-high seven errors in their 8-2 loss
to Georgia Tech on April 1st. FSU had an overall rough day vs. the Yellow
Jackets and was swept by Tech for the first time ever. The losses would be
FSU’s only league losses of the year and the Lady Seminoles won out in ACC
and SASA play.
MALERICH — ACC HONORS #4
Malerich earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for the fourth time this
season on March 27. Malerich went 4-0 for the week, including two
shutouts, with a 0.54 ERA and one save. With a 3-0 record and a save in
the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge, she was named to the All-Tournament team
and earned MVP honors. Malerich held opponents to a .172 batting average,
allowing just two runs in 26 innings of work on the mound. She made five
appearances for the week, with four starts and three complete games. She
walked just six batters while striking out 21.
MORE ALL TOURNAMENT HONORS
The Lady Seminoles were well represented on the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge
All-Tournament Team. Joining Malerich, who also earned MVP honors, were
Becky Wallace, Brandi Stuart and Teresa Edenfield. Wallace batted .462
with two RBIs. Stuart batted .353 with three runs scored and three RBIs
while Edenfield batted .316 with four RBIs.
Florida State showed some real fight against Wisconsin in the final day of
the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge. Down 5-0 after two innings, the Tribe
scored two runs in the fourth and then exploded for four runs on five hits
in the seventh inning. After giving up five runs in the second inning,
Jenn White-Stokes allowed just three Badger hits the next four innings and
Leslie Malerich came into the game in the seventh to earn the save.
Junior Serita Brooks used her speed to round the bases for her second home
run of the season vs. Ohio, but first in-the-park home run. It is the
third in-the-park home run for the Lady Seminoles this season as Jenn
White-Stokes recorded one vs. FAMU on February 12th and Natalie Bennett had
one on April 22nd vs. Campbell.
Juniors Staci Brandon and Serita Brooks were named to the 2000 Tallahassee
Democrat Florida State Invitational All-Tournament team. Brandon led all
FSU players with a .750 batting average on 9-of-12 at the plate with two
RBIs and three runs scored. Brooks hit .529 on 9-of-17, including a double
and a triple, and scored two runs and drove in three others.
EDENFIELD CAME BACK STRONG
Senior Teresa Edenfield missed the majority of the FSU Invitational with a
sprained left knee. She saw one at bat in the five games and it was a hit
against Northern Iowa. Edenfield returned to action on Wednesday, March
22nd and played in all eight of FSU’s games that week and what a week she
had! She batted .346 with nine hits, including two doubles, and a
team-leading seven RBIs.
Leslie Malerich faced 21 batters and threw five strikeouts against
Princeton for her first career perfect game at FSU! It was also her sixth
shutout of the season.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK … #3
Leslie Malerich earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday, March 20th
after recording her first career perfect game and earning two victories.
It was the third time this season that Malerich has been recognized by the
Junior Serita Brooks was named to the Fresno State Hallowell Chevrolet
All-Tournament team after batting .474 with two RBI’s and going a perfect
4-4 in stolen bases.
Two records were tied or broken during the Seminole Classic, February
11-13. The Cal-Berkeley Bears tied the record for team RBI’s with 10 and
set a new record for runs by one team in a game with 14 against FAMU on Feb
12. The Tribe committed a complex record seven errors vs. Georgia Tech on
The Lady Seminoles are 2-6 in extra inning games this season.
BROOKS NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Serita Brooks earned the ACC Player of the Week honors on February 28.
Brooks batted .615 on 8-of-13 hitting at the FAU Tournament. On the week,
she scored five runs and drove in three others.
TWICE AS NICE — MALERICH ACC PITCHER #2
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.
MORE COMPLEX RECORDS SET
More new records at the Seminole Softball Complex…
MALERICH ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK #1
Leslie Malerich was named the season’s first ACC Pitcher of the Week on
Feb. 15th. The sophomore hurler opened the week with a no-hitter in a 9-0
win over FAMU in which she recorded six strikeouts in five innings of work.
She picked up another shutout with a 2-0 win over Florida Atlantic
including eight strikeouts in the complete game.
#1 Staci Brandon
Jr. * LF * Peoria, AZ
On the Season:
Leadoff hitter… has played in 58 games with 48 starts, as a designated
hitter and at left field… earned All-ACC honors… ranks second on the
team with a .378 batting average… also earned ACC All-Tournament team
honors… has had two seven-game hitting streaks… has recorded 18
multi-hit games… has eight multi-RBI games… earned ACC Player of the
Week honors on April 17th after batting .435 with 10 hits, eight RBI and
six runs… was named to the Florida State Invitational All-Tournament team
after batting .750, with two RBIs and three runs scored… is 7-for-9 in
stolen bases… had back-to-back three RBI games vs. FAMU on April 9th and
12th… has hit sately in 23 of the last 29 games, including 15 of the last
#2 Becky Brock
So. * 3B * Macclenny, FL
On the Season:
Primary starter at third base… is solid defensively… has played in 61
games… is batting .246, but has just 69 At Bats… has one multi-hit and
multi-RBI game… is also used occasionally as a pinch-runner.
#3 Felicia Williams
Sr. * OF * Orlando, FL
On the Season:
Has played in 62 games, mostly as a pinch-runner… is third on the team
with nine stolen bases… has one multi-hit game… has one multi-steal
game with two vs. Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19… has scored 27 runs, fourth
on the team.
#8 Kimmy Carter
So. * RF * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
On the Season:
Starter at right field… is hitting .249… has two home runs… is one of
just four players who have started all 73 games… is second on the team
with six triples… has two, three-RBI games and five multi-RBI games in
all… had a six-game hitting streak… has 10 multi-hit games… is sixth
on the team with 47 hits and fifth with 26 RBI… is first on the team with
29 walks… has seven stolen bases.
#10 Andi Lyons
Sr. * C/OF * Oldsmar, FL
On the Season:
Primary starter at catcher… has played in 62 games… has had two,
four-game hitting streaks… has two multi-hit games and one multi-RBI
game… has hit safely in last two games she’s played in… had a
season-high 11 putouts at Mercer on Feb. 16th… has thrown out eight
runners… is second on the team with 20 walks… is batting .206.
#12 Jenn White-Stokes
Jr. * P * Tuttle, OK
On the Season:
Strong hitting pitcher… is 13-8 with a 2.35 ERA and 14 complete games…
was suffering from bicep tendonitis and made just four appearances in the
month of April… came back strong and helped FSU earn the SASA automatic
bid with complete-game victories vs. Virginia and Maryland… is batting
.218… hit an inside-the-park home run vs. FAMU on Feb. 12… has four
shutouts… has held opponents to a .245 batting average… threw a
one-hitter with nine strikeouts against Miami of Ohio on March 17… has
three multi-hit games and one three-RBI game… started the season with a
three-game hitting streak.
#14 Teresa Edenfield
Sr. * C/OF * Marianna, FL
On the Season:
Has started in 68 games, at catcher, at DH or at left field… leads the
team with 45 RBIs off of 49 hits… was named ACC Player of the Week for
May 8th after batting .417 with five RBI in FSU’s sweeps of Virginia and
Maryland… is having the best season of her career… had 34 career RBI
coming into the season and has 45 this season alone… has had six,
three-RBI games and 10 multi-RBI games in all… went 2-for-4 with four RBI
in first win over UNC on April 16… also has 11 multi-hit games… is
fourth on the team in batting at .250… is the team leader with four home
runs and 11 doubles… longest hitting streak was five games… was named
to the UTC Frost Cutlery All-Tournament Team… is fourth on the team with
49 hits… had a season-high 10 putouts against Florida Atlantic in the
Lady Seminole Classic… was injured and had just one at bat, for a hit, at
the Florida State Invitational… leads the team with 43 strikeouts.
#15 Serita Brooks
Jr. * CF * Cottondale, AL
On the Season:
Starter in center field… junior college transfer who quickly made a name
for herself… an All-ACC selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament
Team… leads the team and the ACC with a .400 batting average… also the
team leader in hits with 94, triples with seven, runs scored with 53,
stolen bases with 42 and at bats with 235… is one of four players to play
in all 73 games… currently on a 12-game hitting streak — her longest of
the season… is fourth on the team with 27 RBIs… was named to the
All-Tournament Teams at both the Fresno State Tournament and the
Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Invitational… batted .529 in the
Invitational with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI… had
hits in the first seven games of the season… also had a 10-game hitting
streak… is the team-leader with 29 multi-hit games… has five multi-RBI
games… has two home runs, vs. Villanova and an inside-the-park blast vs.
Ohio… has recorded three steals in a game twice this season… earned ACC
Player of the Week honors on February 28th.
#17 Becky Wallace
Sr. * 1B * Naples, FL
On the Season:
Has played in 59 games at first base or designated hitter… leads the team
with 455 putouts for a .986 fielding percentage… had a season-high 20
putouts in 13-inning Auburn game on April 15th… is batting .206… went
3-for-3 against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19… has six multi-hit games…
has two multi-RBI games… has had two hitting streaks of four games…
earned UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All-Tournament Team honors.
#23 Leslie Malerich
So. * P * Merrillville, IN
On the Season:
FSU’s ace on the mound… is the team leader with a 32-14 record and a 1.20
ERA… earned All-ACC honors… was named the Most Valuable Player at the
2000 ACC Softball Championships after leading FSU to the title… set a new
FSU single-season record with 53 appearances… with 32 wins, is among just
five FSU pitchers all-time to reach the 30-win mark… leads the FSU
pitching staff with 230 strikeouts and 15 shutouts… earned ACC Pitcher of
the Week honors six times… was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge
All-Tournament Team and also earned MVP honors after notching three wins,
including two shutouts, and a save… recorded her first career perfect
game against Princeton on March 15… also had a no-hitter vs. FAMU… has
33 complete games… struck out season-high 11 batters vs. FAU on Feb.
12… had stretches where she didn’t give up an earned run in 17, 25 & 46
consecutive innings… has held the opposition to a .184 batting average.
#24 Jackie Hirschfeld
So. * 3B * Tampa, FL
On the Season:
Has played in 21 games with three starts… has two hits vs. Mercer on Feb.
16th and vs. Auburn on April 15th… is fielding 1.000 in limited playing
time… had an RBI in FAMU game on April 12th and April 16th vs. Auburn…
has one stolen base.
#25 Robyn Gauger
Jr. * P/UT * St. Mark’s, FL
On the Season:
Has made 15 appearances and is 3-3 with one shutout and one save… is
second on the pitching staff with a 2.25 ERA…. struck out a season-high
seven batters in her season debut vs. Mercer on February 16… pitched her
second complete game in win vs. Florida International on April 2… also
plays some outfield… has 20 at bats and has two hits and one run scored.
#29 Brandi Stuart
Fr. * 2B * Cerritos, CA
On the Season:
Only freshman playing this season… is the starter at second base… is
third on the team with a .344 batting average… an All-ACC selection… is
second on the team with 40 stolen bases and has recorded seven steals in
the last four games… is also second on the squad with 75 hits, 218 at
bats, 38 runs and 36 RBIs… is one of just four players to start every
game… hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to give FSU a
6-3 win over UF… had four hits and five RBIs against Florida… has two
home runs on the year… has 21 multi-hit games… is third on the team
with 17 walks… has eight multi-steal games… was named to the UTC Frost
Cutlery Challenge All Tournament Team… won ACC player of the week award
for April 24th after hitting .583… had a six game hitting streak in
mid-March… had three RBIs vs. FIU on April 2 and four RBIs vs. UF on
April 5… longest hitting streak was 10 games just prior to the ACC
Tournament… is currently on a five-game hitting streak.
#32 Stephanie Elowsky
Jr. * SS * Pensacola, FL
On the Season:
Has played in 29 games with four starts… has RBIs against Bethune-Cookman
#43 Natalie Bennett
Jr. * SS * Belleville, IL
On the Season:
Starter at shortstop… is a transfer from Drake University… is one of
just four players to start all 73 games… is third on the team with 31
RBIs off of 49 hits… is hitting .247… has had nine multi-hit games and
nine multi-RBI games… is first on the team with 11 doubles… leads the
team with 22 sacrifices… had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs
in 8-1 win over Ohio…had a nine-game hitting streak… hit her first home
run of the season vs. Florida International on April 2 and had an in-the
park home run vs. Campbell.
#48 Kelly Miller
Jr. * 1B/3B * Vallejo, CA
On the Season:
Is out with a fractured right thumb, suffered in the Auburn series on April
15th… plays both first and third base… has played in 54 games… is
tied for the team lead with three home runs… has four multi-hit games and
one multi-RBI game… season-high hitting streak is three games… is
second on the team with 15 walks… is second on team with 13 sacrifices.