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FSU Softball Tops Maryland, 3-0

May. 1, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State pitcher Leslie Malerich recorded her 14th
shutout of the year as the Lady Seminoles defeated Maryland, 3-0, in Game
Seven of the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championships, Monday
afternoon at the Seminole Softball Complex. With the loss, Maryland fell to
28-25 and was eliminated from the tournament while FSU, now 42-25, advanced
to the championship game vs. Virginia.

Most of the game’s offensive production came from the Lady Seminoles.
FSU’s Natalie Bennett led off the second inning with a triple to deep center
field and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Becky Wallace. The Lady
Seminoles threatened in the fourth as Kimmy Carter led off with a walk and
advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brandi Stuart, however,
Bennett flied out to shallow center and Wallace lined out to the shortstop
to end the inning. With one out in the fifth, Maryland’s Cortney Madea
reached on an error by FSU’s Brandi Stuart and went to second on a pass
ball, but Malerich struck out the side. The Tribe picked up a couple of
insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Andi Lyons starting things off
by reaching on an error by Maryland shortstop Jennifer Potzman. Felicia
Williams came in to pinch run and scored on a triple down the right field
line by Staci Brandon. Serita Brooks laid down a perfect bunt to drive in
Brandon. Malerich had a no-hitter going with two out in the sixth inning
when the Terrapins put together a run. Sarah Putnam singled to left center
and Potzman followed with a double to center, but Maryland failed to score
as Beth Radford flied out to end the inning. The Terps had one hit in the
seventh.

Malerich allowed just three hits, struck out seven and walked just one
batter and improved to 28-14 while Maryland pitcher Danielle Carpenter, who
gave up just one earned run of the three, fell to 5-7.

GAME SEVEN1234567R H E
Maryland00000000 3 1
Florida State010020x3 5 1


WP – Leslie Malerich (28-14), LP – Danielle Carpenter (5-7)

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