April 15, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team went to 34-24 on the
year with a split with Auburn Saturday afternoon at the Seminole Softball
Complex. FSU won game one 7-0 but fell 5-4 in 13 innings in game two.
Auburn went to 28-24 on the season.
After three in a half innings of scoreless action in game one, the Lady
Seminoles broke it open in the bottom of the fourth with four runs off of
five hits. Teresa Edenfield and Kelly Miller led off with singles and
advanced to second and third on a sacrifice by Natalie Bennett. Andi Lyons
and Jackie Hirschfeld followed with RBI singles while Staci Brandon’s triple
to center field scored two more FSU runs. In the FSU fifth, Brandi Stuart
led off with a base hit, advanced to second on a ground out by Teresa
Edenfield, stole third and scored on a double to left center by Bennett.
FSU had four straight singles in the sixth inning, started off by Becky
Brock and Brandon who both went on to score in the inning. FSU’s Leslie
Malerich had another stellar performance on the mound, giving up just three
hits while striking out nine Tigers. She improved to 22-12 and recorded her
11th shutout of the season. Brandon led the way offensively, going 3-for-4
with two RBIs, as the Lady Seminoles tied their season-high with 13 hits.
With the loss, Auburn’s Jaime Rasmussen fell to 9-5. Two of Auburn’s three
hits were doubles by Marcella Passarelli and Mary Petrie.
In game two, FSU scored a run in the first inning as Staci Brandon led off
with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kimmy Carter. The Tigers
responded with a run to tie things up in the second inning. Mary Petrie
led off with a double and pinch-runner Kim Freeland went on to score on a
ground out by Sarah Orozco. Auburn took a 3-1 lead in the third inning with
two runs off of three hits, but the Lady Seminoles responded with a run in
the bottom of the inning. It was Carter again who recorded the RBI, driving
in Serita Brooks who singled and stole second. The Tigers extended their
lead with another run in the fourth when with two on and two out Jodie Van
Ooyen ripped a double to right field, scoring Deni Zeigler. FSU inched
closer to the Tigers with a run in the bottom of the fourth as Brandi Stuart
led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Becky Wallace. The
Tigers threatened to score again in the fifth with runners on second and
third and no out when Leslie Malerich came into the game to relieve FSU
starter Jenn White-Stokes. Malerich struck out the first batter she faced
and then the Seminole defense turned a double play to get out of the inning.
FSU finally tied the game in the fifth inning. Brandon, who singled, scored
on an error. Despite having players in scoring position, the game went into
extra innings. In the FSU ninth, the Lady Seminoles had a chance to win the
game with three hits, but Felicia Williams was called out at the plate for
the third out of the inning. FSU threatened again in the 10th, with two
runners in scoring position and one out, but the next two Lady Seminoles
popped out and grounded out. In the Auburn 12th, the Tigers had two on with
one out, but the Seminole defense again rose to the occasion with a double
play to retire the side. Auburn scored the winning run in the 13th inning.
Orozco led off with a single and was driven in by a base hit by Van Ooyen.
The Tigers had three hits in the inning. Malerich got the loss and went to
22-13 while Jennifer Lofton improved to 12-12. The two teams combined for
30 hits in the 13-inning, three hour and 52 minute contest.
Florida State will host ACC-foe North Carolina in a doubleheader on Sunday,
beginning at 1 p.m. The series will be shown live on Sunshine Network.
GAME ONE R H E
AUBURN 000 000 0 0 3 2
FSU 000 412 x 7 13 0
WP - Leslie Malerich (22-12), LP - Jaime Rasmussen (9-5)
GAME TWO R H E
AUBURN 012 100 000 000 1 5 16 3
FSU 101 110 000 000 0 4 14 0
WP - Jennifer Lofton (12-12), LP - Leslie Malerich (22-13) -30-