March 15, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State sophomore Leslie Malerich
recorded her first career perfect game with a 2-0 victory over Princeton in
game two of the doubleheader between the Lady Seminoles and Tigers at the
Seminole Softball Complex Wednesday night. Florida State held on for a 4-3
win in game one. FSU improves to 19-13 on the season while Princeton falls
to 3-8 on the year.
Junior Kelly Miller belted her third home run of the season in the
fourth inning of game one, breaking a 1-1 tie. The Lady Seminoles went on
to score another run in the inning to go up 3-1. Sophomore Kimmy Carter
got things started for the Tribe in the fifth with a leadoff double. She
would score on a sacrfice fly by Miller, who led the team with two RBI.
Princeton threatened in the sixth inning, scoring two runs off two doubles
to pull within a run at 4-3. FSU pitcher Jennifer White-Stokes earned the
victory, striking out four and walking no one in 6.1 innings of work. She
was also valuable at the plate, leading the squad with two hits while
driving in one run. Malerich relieved White-Stokes with one out in the
seventh and earned her first save of the year. Princeton right fielder
Vicki Siesta led the squad with two RBI as seven different Tigers recorded
With two out in the second inning of game two, FSU senior Becky
Wallace drilled a triple to right field and scored on a throwing error to
give the Tribe a 1-0 advantage. The Lady Seminoles put another run on the
board in the fifth as junior Natalie Bennet led off with a double, was
sacrificed to third by Wallace and scored on a wild pitch. On the mound,
Malerich (12-7) recorded five strikeouts in her perfect game performance.
“It’s really good to be home,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said.
“Offensively, we still aren’t where we should be, but we’ll take two or
three runs when we can get them.
“Our pitching was a lot better. Jen (White-Stokes) got in six good
innings and Leslie’s (Malerich) perfect game was a real boost for all of
us. Again, it’s just really good to be home.”
The Lady Seminoles will host Iowa State in a single game on
Thursday, March 16th at 5 p.m. before hosting 16 teams in the 17th annual
Tallahassee Democratt Florida State Invitational this weekend.
|GAME ONE:||PRINCETON||010||002||0||– 3 7 2|
|FSU||010||210||X||– 4 8 1|
|GAME TWO:||PRINCETON||000 000||0||– 0 0 2|
|FSU||010 010||X||– 2 3 0|