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FSU Softball Hosts FAMU

April 13, 1999


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team will host the last two games of a four game series with FAMU on Wednesday, April 14 beginning at 5:30pm at the Seminole Softball Complex. The Lady Seminoles are 30-24-1 as FAMU is 24-27. The series is tied at 1-1.



The Lady Seminoles are coming off a 1-3 weekend in North Carolina where they split a double-header with North Carolina, losing the first 6-0 and taking game two 8-3. FSU then lost two games in the Tar Heel Invitational; one to Florida Atlantic 1-0 and the other to Southern Mississippi 1-0. Sunday’s games were rained out. Danielle Cox led the weekend, batting .500 with one RBI and five stolen bases. Kimmy Carter led the team with two RBI’s. Stacy Venable led the pitching squad, pitching 12.1 innings, giving up nine hits, four runs and striking out 14 batters. Leslie Malerich made two appearances, giving up four hits and one run with three strikeouts. Jen White struck out seven batters in two appearances.



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 13 games this year and it doesn’t stop there. The Lady Seminoles are averaging 7.24 hits per game, have 10 players with double digit hits for the season and had a season high 16 hits in the second game against Michigan State.



Leading the way

Not only does Danielle Cox lead the Lady Seminoles in batting average (.422), runs (42), hits (81) and stolen bases (60) but she also is a leader in the ACC. The senior from Anniston, Alabama leads the ACC in stolen bases (53) and in batting average (.410). NOTE: The ACC stats are as of the April 6th 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. Twenty-nine players from the FSU opponents have been caught trying to sneak to the next base. Andi Lyons leads the team as she has caught nine 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 85 while Bailey has 55, respectively.



Now and then

The Lady Seminoles have made improvements after the first half of the season. In their first 22 games, FSU was 10-12-1 with 154 hits and 79 runs. Since then, FSU has gone18-9 and had 204 hits, scoring 106 runs (compared to their opponents 52).



The pitching staff has stepped it up as well. From the beginning of the season through the FAU game at the Speedline Invitational, the pitchers had given up 139 hits, 62 runs and six homeruns while striking out 100 batters. Since then, they have struck out 128 batters and have only given up 52 runs off 139 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 146 strikeouts and has caught 36 of them looking. Her strikeouts have taken her to the top of the ACC as she is second in strikeouts per seven innings with a 18.14 average. Leslie Malerich is second on the team with 78 and is fifth in the conference with an average of 9.71, and has struckout 20 batters as they watched.



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 twelve 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 18 of the last 21 games, bringing in 13 of her 28 RBI’s from the season. She is also second in the ACC with four triples.



Over the fence

Andi Lyons hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU this week 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.



Nationwide

Danielle Cox has gone nationwide with her stolen bases. Cox leads the country with 53 stolen bases and is ninth among NCAA Division I schools in stolen base averages (1.08). NOTE: Statistics as of April 4th release.



FSU All-Time vs the FAMU Rattlerettes

The Florida State Lady Seminoles are58-3 against the FAMU Rattlerettes. The last time these two teams met was on April 1st when FSU took the final game at the FAMU softball complex 2-1. The two teams play the final two games of the series at the Seminole Softball Complex.



FAMU is coming off a 1-3 week including a win over Bethune-Cookman 5-3. FAMU lost the second game of the double header 6-5. The Florida Gators took the doubleheader 10-2 and 9-1. FAMU is 24-27 on the season.


Team leaders as of April 13, 1999



BATTING

BATTING AVERAGE:
Danielle Cox    .422

HITS: Danielle Cox 81

DOUBLES: Christy Cerecedes 10

TRIPLES: Christy Cerecedes 5

HOMERUNS Danielle Cox 1 Jen White 1 Becky Wallace 1 Corrie Williams 1 Andi Lyons 1

RBI'S: Christy Cerecedes 29

STOLEN BASES: Danielle Cox 60


PITCHING

INNINGS PITCHED:
Jen White   186.1

ERA: Stacy Venable 1.24

STRIKEOUTS: Jennifer White 146

HITS: Stacy Venable 41

RUNS: Stacy Venable 14


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 11-5-0 record with 65 runs, 123 hits and 30 stolen bases. They have also held the opponents to 28 runs and are batting .280.



“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 3-1and are 13-6-1 in the south region. FSU still has doubleheaders at Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and UNC-Charlotte and will host Florida A&M in a doubleheader as well as South Florida and Florida International. They will face UNC-Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU and Southern Miss in the Tar Heel Invitational.



“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.”


Cox Makes FSU History

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.




6- the Number of Wins to 1,000


Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 994-281-6 career record and is only 6 wins away from the 1,000 mark. Dr. Graf has led the Lady Seminoles to five College World Series appearances, 13 NCAA Regional appearances, six ACC Championships and 12 seasons of 50+ wins, including two seasons of 60+ wins. Through her coaching, Dr. Graf has produced 11 All-Americans, including three first team selections.



FSU THIS SEASON


RECORDS:
overall                    30-24-1
vs ranked opponents:           2-7
at home:                      13-3
on the road:               12-18-1
at a neutral site:          8-12-0
in tournament play:         9-14-0
in extra innings:              4-1
games called by 8 run rule:    3-0
vs ACC:                        6-2

AGAINST NON-ACC OPPONENTS 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 3-1 vs MEAC 1-1 vs MidContinent 0-1 vs Pac 10 0-2 vs SEC 4-3-1 vs Southern Conference 2-1 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 five catagories, including the top spot in stolen bases: (as of April 6th)

CATAGORY            RANK    AVG 
Batting:
Danielle Cox        1st     .410

Pitching: Earned Run Average: Jennifer White 2nd 1.42 Leslie Malerich 4th 2.00

Strikeouts per seven inning: Jennifer White 3rd 5.58 Leslie Malerich 4th 4.18

Stolen Bases: Danielle Cox 1st 1.08/game (53 total) Dana Bailey 4th .388/game (19 total)

TEAM STATISTICS Batting 3rd .300 Pitching 1st 1.60 ERA Fielding 2nd .962 Scoring 4th 3.69


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 Seminole Updates…



2 Danielle Cox Sr.

Leftfielder who has played and started all 55 games… leads the team with 60 stolen bases… batting a team-leading .422… has a team-leading 81 hits and 42 runs… hit her first career homerun (in the park) against Mercer… has ten 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 85.



3 Felicia Williams Jr.

Has appeared in 22 games primarily as a pinch runner… has four stolen bases and has scored nine runs.



6 Dana Bailey Sr.

Veteran centerfielder who has played and started all 55 games this season… broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base… has 21 steals and seven RBI’s… was perfect from the plate against Toledo.



7 Jesse McGregor Sr.

A solid shortstop…has started 52 games… has 13 RBIs on the season… leads the team with 19 sacrifices… had two RBIs against Colorado State… has five doubles… 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 38 games this season… recorded her first RBI against Utah… has twelve RBI’s on the season… recorded two doubles against Furman… 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 43 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 14 RBI’s on the season, is one of just eight players with double figure RBIs… is fifth on the team with 32 hits.



12 Jennifer White So.

Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th… has a 12-16 pitching record and has appeared in 32 games… recorded her first shutout of the year against Campbell… has struck out 159 batters and pitched 186.1 innings… has one homerun … is batting .247.



13 Christy Cerecedes So.

Starter at second base… leads the team with 29 RBIs and is batting .325…has ten doubles and five triples on the season… ranks second on the team with51 hits… has 11 stolen bases and has started all 55 games.



14 Teresa Edenfield Jr.

Has played in 26 games this season at the catcher position… has four RBIs… had a double against Colorado State… has caught four players stealing and has four stolen bases.



15 Corrie Williams Sr.

Starter at first base… leads the team with 324 putouts… has played in 52 games…with 21 RBIs, is just one of ten 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 had a steal against Mercer.



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 38 games and is among the leaders in batting at .253… 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 21 games and has seven RBIs… hit a two-run double against Mercer and had two RBIs against UMass.



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 14 games with a record of 8-1 and a 1.24 ERA… has struck out 51 batters and given up 41 hits… had her first shutout of the season against Furman… is one of 16 recipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.



23 Leslie Malerich Fr.

Has a 10-7 pitching record with a 1.94 ERA… has four shutouts and has pitched 133.2 innings… has 81 strikeouts and has appeared in 28 games… had her first career no-hitter against Toledo.



24 Jackie Hirschfeld Fr.

Has seen action in 12 games at third base… is 2-of-8 at the plate (.250)… was perfect from the plate against Campbell.



25 Tami Post Sr.

Has played and started in all 54 games this season at third base… has eleven RBIs and has two triples and five doubles… has four stolen bases and seven sacrifices…is one of eleven players to hit double digit hits this season.

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