May 17, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Three Lady Seminoles were among the 29
named to the Louisville Slugger Southeast All-Region Teams today, each
making their first appearance on the squad. Juniors Serita Brooks and
Staci Brandon were selected for First-Team All-Region honors with
sophomore Leslie Malerich garnering Second-Team All-Region honors.
Junior Serita Brooks was named as an All-Region outfielder after
leading the team and the ACC with a .400 batting average and 53 stolen
bases. The junior college transfer from Cottondale, Ala., led the team
with 94 hits, seven triples, 53 runs scored and 235 at bats during the
regular season. Brooks is currently riding a 12-game hitting streak and
is the team leader with 29 multi-hit games, including five multi-RBI
games. She garnered ACC Player of the Week honors on February 28th and
was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team, All-Tournament Team at Fresno
State and the FSU Invitational.
Junior college transfer Staci Brandon received the honors as the
designated player. The junior from Peoria, Ariz., has split time between
leftfield and designated player, playing in 58 games and starting in 48.
She received All-ACC honors as well as ACC Player of the Week honors on
April 17th after batting .435 with 10 hits, eight RBI and six runs.
Brandon has recorded 18 multi-hit games and has two seven-game hitting
streaks, including eight multi-RBI games. She was named to the FSU
Invitational All-Tournament team after batting .750 for the weekend and
had back-to-back three RBI games against FAMU on April 9th and 12th.
Brandon has hit safely in 23 of the last 29 games, including 15 of the
Sophomore pitcher Leslie Malerich receives the honors after
leading the team with a 32-14 record and a 1.20 ERA. A native of
Merrillville, Ind., Malerich earned All-ACC honors, was named the Most
Valuable Player at the 2000 ACC Softball Championships after leading FSU
to the title. A six-time ACC Pitcher of the Week, she was named to the
UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All-Tournament team and was named the MVP
after notching three wins, including two shutouts and a save. Malerich
notched her first career perfect game on March 15th against Princeton
and recorded a no-hitter against FAMU. With 32 wins, Malerich is one of
five FSU all-time to reach the 30-win mark in a season and set a new FSU
single-season appearance record with 53. Malerich leads the pitching
staff with 230 strikeouts, 292.1 innings, 15 shutouts and 33 complete
The Lady Seminoles join eight other ACC players on the
All-Region teams. Brandon, Brooks, Malerich and the rest of the Lady
Seminoles will take on Illinois State in the NCAA Regional at UCLA
beginning Thursday, May 18th at 6:00pm EST.