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FSU Softball Heads to UNC-Charlotte, May 4th

May 3, 1999

The Florida State softball team will travel to North Carolina to take on UNC-Charlotte in a double-header on Tuesday, May 4th beginning at 3:00pm. The Lady Seminoles are 33-25-1 going into the double-header.

The team took two weeks off for exams after sweeping Florida International during the spring celebration of 30 years of women’s athletics. The last time out, FSU took two games from the FIU Golden Panthers, winning the first 6-1 and taking eight innings to win the second 1-0. Teresa Edenfield led the team, going 4-6 with a double and an RBI and Jesse McGregor added two RBI’s as well as a double and triple. Cox added two stolen bases, giving 66 for the season. Jen White and Stacy Venable both picked up a win with White striking out six batters in eight innings and Venable adding five in seven innings.

Not a single one!

Frehsman Leslie Malerich pitched her first no-hitter as a Seminole with her win over Toledo. TheMerrillville, IN native struck-out nine batters, walked two and had no hits in the 9-1 win. Toledo scored on a sacrifice after a walk and an error.

And the hits keep on coming…

FSU has had double-digit hits in 17 games this year and it doesn’t stop there. The Lady Seminoles are averaging 7.32 hits per game, have 11 players with double digit hits for the season and had a season high 16 hits in the second game against Michigan State. Twelve of the 17 games have been in the second half of the season.

Leading the way

Not only does Danielle Cox lead the Lady Seminoles in batting average (.426), runs (44), hits (84) and stolen bases (64) but she also is a leader in the ACC. The senior from Anniston, Alabama leads the ACC in stolen bases (64) and in batting average (.426). NOTE: The ACC stats are as of the April 26th release.

Carter steps it up

Kimmy Carter has stepped up — and not just to the plate. Carter, a freshman from West Plam Beach, Florida,has had multiple hits in five games this season and was stellar from the plate against Forida, going 3-5 with a triple and an RBI. Carter is also flawless from the field with no errors and a stolen base. She is one of four players with two doubles in a game and was perfect from the plate against Utah.

Oh no you don’t!

The Lady Seminoles caught their opponents stealing…bases that is. Thirty players from the FSU opponents have been caught trying to sneak to the next base. Andi Lyons leads the team as she has caught ten of those players and Leslie Malerich has caught seven.

no runs for you

The FSU pitching staff has held 15 teams scoreless in games. Jen White leads the effort with shut-outs over Campbell, Miami-Ohio, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Minnesota. Leslie Malerich recorded shut-outs against Georgia Southern and Troy State as Stacy Venable held the Bulldogs scoreless in the 5-0 win over Georgia.

What a Steal!

Danielle Cox and Dana Bailey are among FSU’s best in stolen bases as they hold the third and fifth spots in the career record book. Cox has 91 while Bailey has 55, respectively.

Now and then

The Lady Seminoles have made improvements after the first half of the season. In their first 32 games, FSU was 16-15-1 with 204 hits and 107 runs. Since then, FSU has gone17-10 and had 228 hits, scoring 108 runs (compared to their opponents 60).

The pitching staff has stepped it up as well. From the beginning of the season through the FSU Invitational, the pitchers had given up 174 hits, 73 runs and seven homeruns while striking out 166 batters. With four regular season games left, they have struck out 133 batters and have only given up 60 runs off 152 hits. Only three of those hits have gone over the outfield wall.

Three Strikes…you’re out!

Each batter gets three stikes…and the Lady Seminoles have made sure they get out! Jen White leads the team with 154 strikeouts and has caught 42 of them looking. Leslie Malerich is second on the team with 85, 26 of them looking, and Stacy Venable has sent 58 batters back to the dugout.

What an honor!

Senior Stacy Venable is one of 16 students-athletes in the ACC to be awarded the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship. Each student receives $5,000 toward their postgraduate education. Venable was chosen based on her exceptional performance in the classroom, on the field and in the community. She will continue her education as a full time student after graduation.

She’s a hitter!

After only eighteen games with a hit in the first half of the season, Christy Cerecedes has turned it up a notch. A sophomore from Hacienda Heights, California, Cerecedes has had hits in 21 of the last 27 games, bringing in 13 of her RBI’s from the season. She is also second in the ACC with four triples.

over the fence

Teresa Edenfield hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU with a three run shot over the left field wall. Andi Lyons also hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU as she drove one over the center field wall at the FAMU Softball Complex. Four other Florida State players have hit one over the wall this year: Danille Cox, Becky Wallace, Jennifer White and Corrie Williams.


Danielle Cox has gone nationwide with her stolen bases. Cox leads the country with 66 stolen bases and an average of 1.11. NOTE: Statistics as of April 27 release.


Senior Danielle Cox left her mark on FSU softball history when she became the first Seminole softball player to be selected for the Coca-Cola USA Softball National Team Festival in Fresno, California. Cox is among 50 of the nation’s finest women’s fast pitch softball players, which also includes members of the 1998 World Championship team, chosen to participate in the Festival June 8-14. Cox will compete for one of the five remaining spots on the 1999 Softball Women’s National Team, that will compete in the 1999 Pan-American Games. She earned ASA All-American honors this summer and broke the Women’s Major ASA 22-year old batting record with her .688 average at the national tournament.

pick of the week…

Danielle Cox and Jen White swept the ACC weekly honors for March 16 after leading the team to a 5-2 record, including a 3-2 mark in the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational.

Cox was selected as the Player of the Week after batting .318 over the seven games. The senior from Anniston, Ala., added seven hits, two RBI’s, three runs and had six stolen bases. She was also named to the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

White, a sophomore from Tuttle, Okla., struck out 31 batters, allowed no earned runs and recorded two shutouts for the week. She also held the opponents to 11 hits and walked just six.

Mid-season report

The Lady Seminoles hit the half way mark of their season games against Western Illinois in the Florida State Invitational. At that point in the year, the Lady Seminoles were 13-14-1 with 93 runs, 179 hits and were batting .249. The pitchers had struckout 137 batters and had given up 70 runs. From the Western Illinois game to present, Florida State has wracked up a 20-11-0 record with 122 runs, 253 hits and 69 stolen bases. They have also held the opponents to 66 runs and are batting .300.

“I think when we started the season we felt a lot of pressure,” Head Coach JoAnne Graf commented. “We were not in synch; we were playing as individuals instead of as a team. Now we’ve come together and started playing like a team and are plyaing much better.”

The Lady Seminoles will finish the season with key games against conference and region opponents. They have already taken their conference record to 6-2 and are 22-12-1 in the south region. FSU still has a doubleheader at UNC-Charlotte and will host South Florida in their final match-up of the season.

“These games are the key for the post-season,” Graf said. “We have our conference schedule and region games to play, which are crucial in determining post-season status.”

Team leaders as of May 2, 1999


BATTING AVERAGE: Danielle Cox .424 HITS: Danielle Cox 87 DOUBLES: Christy Cerecedes 10 TRIPLES: Christy Cerecedes 5 HOMERUNS Danielle Cox 1 Jen White 1 Becky Wallace 1 Corrie Williams 1 Andi Lyons 1 Teresa Edenfield 1 RBI'S: Christy Cerecedes 30 STOLEN BASES: Danielle Cox 66


Jen White   196.2
Stacy Venable   1.23
Jennifer White   154
Stacy Venable   47
Stacy Venable   16

Back in the swing of things

Teresa Edenfield and Danielle Cox are back in the swing of things as they are both on a four game hitting streak. Edenfield began her streak with a three run homer against FAMU on April 14 and Cox, whose longest streak this season is nine, started with a single in the FAMU game. Dana Bailey holds the longest streak this season with ten games (from March 27-April 9).

ripping it up

Three Lady Seminoles have been ripping it up at the plate lately. In the last 21 games, Christy Cerecedes and Dana Bailey have had hits in 17 of those games, including a ten game hitting streak for Bailey. Danielle Cox, who is SIX hits from breaking the single season hits record, has had hits in the last 19 games.

In the clutch

Florida State has had three clutch victories this season. Jen White took the first one for the Lady Seminoles with her two run homer in the seventh inning to clinch the win over UNLV. In a tight match with Auburn, Christy Cerecedes took a sacrifice fly to right field to score the winning run inthe 10th inning. Jackie Hirschfeld answered the call as she pinch hit in the bottom of the eigth inning and drove in the winning run against Florida International.

For the record

Danielle Cox is headed for the record books. With her 66 stolen bases this year, Cox is four away from breaking the single season record of 69, set by Shamalene Wilson in 1996. Cox is also six hits away from the hits record, also held by Wilson from 1996.

Head to head in the SAA

Florida State is in a head to head race for the SAA bid to the NCAA tournament. FSU and Maryland are tied in the South Atlantic Alliance and are head to head going into the end of the regular season. FSU and Maryland are joined by the other ACC teams: Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina, with North Carolina Charlotte, and South Florida rounding out the seven team alliance.

A Bit of Trivia

  • Freshman Kimmy Carter, who will vie for a spot in the outfield and back-up at catcher, is the daughter of major league baseball player Gary Carter, who played for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos during his career.
  • Five FSU softball players have gone on and played professionally. Laurie Shepard and Shannon Mitchem played for the Silver Bullets as Myssi Calkins, Renee Espinoza and Shama Wilson played for the Georgia Pride.

    ACC 1999 Championships

    The 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championships will begin May 14, 1999 and conclude on Sunday, May 16. Florida State will serve as the host school and all games will be played at the Seminole Softball Complex.

    Florida State enters the tournament as the #2 seed for the third time in ACC history. FSU was tied for the top seed with Maryland and after all possible options were exhausted, the blind draw produced the top two seeds. The third and fourth seeds were also a blind draw, leaving North Carolina as the third seed and Virginia as the fourth with Georgia Tech rounding out the seedings.

    The 1999 championships marks the eigth tournament for ACC softball.


    YEAR   SEED  Record   Finish
    1992    #1     3-0    Champion
    1993    #1     4-1    Champion
    1994    #1     3-2    Runner-Up
    1995    #1     3-1    Champion
    1996    #2     3-0    Champion
    1997    #1     2-1    Co-Champion
    1998    #2     3-0    Champion
    Overall ACC Championships Record:  20-5


    1992: Toni Gutierrez
    1995: Cindy Lawton
    1996: Shamalene Wilson

    COACH OF THE YEAR: 1992: JoAnne Graf 1993: JoAnne Graf 1997: JoAnne Graf

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1993: Shamalene Wilson 1995: Kristy Hull TOURNAMENT MVP: 1993: Susan Battery 1994: Lisa Davidsin 1995: Cindy Lawton 1996: Shamalene Wilson 1997: Kristy Fuentes 1998: Stacy Venable

    FSU This Season

    RECORDS: overall 33-25-1 vs ranked opponents: 2-7 at home: 16-4 on the road 12-18-1 at a neutral site 8-12-0 in tournament play 9-14-0 in extra innings 5-1 games called by 8 run rule 3-0

    vs ACC 6-2


    vs Atlantic-10             1-1
    vs Big 10                  2-3
    vs Big 12                  0-2
    vs Big West                1-0
    vs Conference USA          0-3
    vs ECAC                    1-0
    vs MAC                     4-2
    vs MEAC                    1-1
    vs MidContinent            0-1
    vs Pac 10                  0-2
    vs SEC                   4-3-1
    vs Southern Conference     2-1
    vs Sun Belt                2-0
    vs TAAC                    6-2
    vs WAC                     2-2

    FSU in the ACC

    FSU is among the best in the ACC as they hold top spots in six catagories, including the top spot in stolen bases, batting, and pitching win/loss: (as of April 26th)

    Danielle Cox         1st   .424

    Triples: Christy Cerecedes 2nd 5 Kimmy Carter 3rd 3 Pitching: Earned Run Average: Stacy Venable 2nd 1.23 Jennifer White 3rd 1.53 Leslie Malerich 6th 2.13

    Strikeouts per seven inning: Stacy Venable 3rd 5.94 Jennifer White 5th 5.48

    Wins-Losses Stacy Venable 1st 10-1/.909

    Stolen Bases: Danielle Cox 1st 1.11/game (66 total) Dana Bailey 3rd .39/game (23 total)

    TEAM STATISTICS Batting 3rd .277 Pitching 2nd 1.68 ERA Fielding 2nd .962 Scoring 4th 3.55 avg/195 runs

    Did You Know?

  • Dr. Joanne Graf is a Top 10 coach–literally. Coach Graf ranks 2nd among Division I Winningest Active Coaches by percentage,3rd by percentage among Division I all-time coaches, 6th by victories among winningest active coaches in Division I, and 7th by percentage and victories among all-time, all-division winningest coaches and by victories among Division I coaches. All of these rankings are for fast pitch only. Coach Graf is 2nd among all-time Division I coaches by victories (including slow and fast pitch.)

  • The 1998-99 school year marks the 30th anniversary of FSU women’s athletics and softball was third on the list! Over the past thirty years, the Lady Seminoles have made their mark on FSU women’s athletics history in many regards. Head Coach JoAnne Graf led the 1981 and 1982 squads to back to back AIAW National Championships and Darby Cottle, a two time All-American, was named the slowpitch National Player of the Year in 1982. The 1986 team earned the first bid for FSU to the NCAA tournament for fast pitch and in 1987, the Lady Seminoles advanced to the Women’s College World Series. Since then, FSU has won six ACC titles, has advanced to regionals and Coach Graf became the second coach in NCAA Division I history to win 900 games. The Lady Seminoles will play in a new complex this year as the Seminole Soccer/Softball complex nears completion.

    Lady Seminoles Update

    2 – Danielle Cox – Sr.
    Leftfielder who has played and started all 59 games… leads the country, ACC and team with 66 stolen bases… batting a team-leading .424 and leads the ACC in batting average… has a team-leading 87 hits and 45 runs… hit her first career homerun (in the park) against Mercer… has 12 RBIs and four doubles on the season… named ACC Player of the Week for March 16… was named to the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team… is third in career stolen bases with 91.

    3 – Felicia Williams – Jr.

    Has appeared in 25 games primarily as a pinch runner…played in right field against FAMU… has four stolen bases and has scored nine runs.

    6 – Dana Bailey – Sr.

    Veteran centerfielder who has played and started all 59 games this season… broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base… has 23 steals and seven RBI’s…is third in the conference in steals… was perfect from the plate against Toledo.

    7 – Jesse McGregor – Sr.

    A solid shortstop…has started 56 games… has 17 RBIs on the season… leads the team with 20 sacrifices… had two RBIs against Colorado State… has six doubles and two triples… had a triple against Hofstra… has four stolen bases… was perfect at the plate against Virginia.

    8 – Kimmy Carter – Fr.

    Rightfielder who has played in 42 games this season… recorded her first RBI against Utah… has 14 RBI’s on the season… recorded two doubles against Furman… is third in the ACC with three triples …daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

    9 – LaTanya Mitchell – Fr.

    Has played in 15 games, mostly at the right field position… had an RBI against Colorado State.

    10 – Andi Lyons – Jr.

    Has played in 46 games between the catcher and DH positions…hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU… had two RBIs and two doubles against Mercer… had a double and an RBI against Florida Atlantic… had two RBIs in the series with Virginia… with 15 RBI’s on the season, is one of just eight players with double figure RBIs… is fifth on the team with 34 hits.

    12 – Jennifer White – So.

    Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th… has a 13-16 pitching record and has appeared in 34 games… recorded her first shutout of the year against Campbell…is third in the conference in ERA and second in strikeouts… has struck out 154 batters and pitched 196.2 innings… has one homerun … is batting .244.

    13 – Christy Cerecedes – So.

    Starter at second base… leads the team with 30 RBIs and is batting .333…has ten doubles and five triples on the season… ranks second on the team with 56 hits… has 12 stolen bases and has started all 59 games…is tied for the top spot in the conference with five triples.

    14 – Teresa Edenfield – Jr.

    Hit her first career homerun with a three run shot over the left field wall against FAMU…has played in 30 games this season at the catcher position… has eight RBIs… had a double against Colorado State… has caught five players stealing and has four stolen bases.

    15 – Corrie Williams – Sr.

    Starter at first base… leads the team with 324 putouts… has played in 53 games…with 21 RBIs, is just one of nine players with double digit RBIs… had her first homerun of the season against Utah State… leads the team with 22 walks and has eight doubles… had two RBI’s against Virginia and has three stolen bases.

    16 – Becky Brock – Fr.

    An intelligent player who has seen action at the shortstop position… has played in eight games…has one RBI on the season…is batting .222.

    17 – Becky Wallace – Jr.

    Sees most time at designated player, but is a backup at first base… has played in 39 games and is batting .250… is third on the team with 18 RBIs off 23 hits… hit her first career homerun with a three run blast against UNLV.

    20 – Kelly Miller – So.

    Has played in 25 games between first base and the DH position…has ten RBIs… hit a two-run double against Mercer and had two RBIs against UMass…has three doubles on the season.

    21 – Dana Vickery – Fr.

    Batting .375… plays second base and has seen action in 19 games…was perfect at the plate against Campbell.

    22 – Stacy Venable – Sr.

    Has pitched in 16 games with a record of 10-1 and a 1.23 ERA… has struck out 58 batters and given up 47 hits… had her first shutout of the season against Georgia…leads the conference in win percentage (.909) and is second in ERA… is one of 16 recipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.

    23 – Leslie Malerich – Fr.

    Has a 10-8 pitching record with a 2.13 ERA… has four shutouts and has pitched 138.1 innings… has 85 strikeouts and has appeared in 29 games… had her first career no-hitter against Toledo.

    24 – Jackie Hirschfeld – Fr.

    Has seen action in 14 games at third base… is 2-of-8 at the plate (.250)… was perfect from the plate against Campbell…drove in the winning run against Florida International…is batting .333.

    25 – Tami Post – Sr.

    Has played and started in all 59 games this season at third base… has eleven RBIs and has two triples and five doubles… has four stolen bases and eight sacrifices…is one of eleven players to hit double digit hits this season.

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