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FSU Softball Splits In First Day Of Tri-Header

April 8, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State softball team goes to 31-22 on the
year, losing 9-0 to #10 Southern Mississippi and defeating Florida A&M 3-0
in FSU Tri-Header action at the Seminole Softball Complex. Southern Miss
topped FAMU 2-1 in extra innings. USM improved to 37-10 while FAMU’s record
goes to 26-25 after today’s games.

In the tournament’s first game, Southern Miss jumped out to a 2-0 first
inning lead and never looked back. The Lady Eagles scored nine runs through
the first three innings and run-ruled the Lady Seminoles 9-0 in five
innings. FSU managed just two hits for the game with singles from Teresa
Edenfield and Andi Lyons. USM leadoff hitter went 2-for-2 with two runs
scored and a team-high three RBIs. Left fielder Chrystal Stevens led the
way with three hits and also drove in two runs. Southern Miss ace Courtney
Blades struck out nine batters and improved her record to 28-5. FSU’s Robyn
Gauger fell to 2-3 on the season.

It took extra innings to decide game two between Southern Miss and Florida
A&M. The Rattlerettes scored in the first inning when with one out, both
Meyla Hooker and Kim Browning reached on errors and designated hitter
Cherrae Rushton’s base hit scored Hooker. Southern Miss tied the game in
the bottom of the sixth inning as Jennifer Collins led off with a single,
stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on an error. The
Rattlerettes had three hits in the seventh and eighth innings, but stranded
three runners. In the USM eighth, Kristie Martin got hit by a pinch to lead
things off and Amy Berman tripled to right field to bring home the winning
run. Blades earned the victory after coming in relief in the first inning.
FAMU’s Amber Ashford fell to 13-8.

It was a pitcher’s duel between FAMU and Florida State in game three of
the day. The game went scoreless through five innings and there were just
six hits combined. In the top of the sixth, the Lady Seminoles rallied for
three runs off of three hits. Kelly Miller started the rally with a single,
scoring Serita Brooks who reached on an error to lead off the inning.
Teresa Edenfield and Kimmy Carter followed with RBI singles. FSU’s Leslie
Malerich, who retired the Rattlerettes in order the final two innings,
earned the win and improved 19-11 while FAMU’s Tenyse Tasby fell to 13-17.

Action continues on Sunday, April 9th at the Seminole Softball Complex.
USM will face FAMU at 1 p.m., and Florida State at 3 p.m. FSU and FAMU will
cap off the tourney with a 5 p.m. meeting.

FSU 000 00 0 2 3
USM 234 0x 9 9 1
WP – Courtney Blades (28-5), LP — Robyn Gauger (2-3)

FAMU 100 000 00 1 5 2
USM 000 001 01 2 6 2
WP – Courtney Blades (29-5), LP – Amber Alford (13-8)

FSU 000 003 0 3 6 0
FAMU 000 000 0 0 3 4
WP – Leslie Malerich (19-11), LP — Tenyse Tasby (13-17)

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