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Lady Seminoles Host ACC Rival Maryland in Doubleheader

March 23, 1999

The Florida State softball team takes on the Maryland Terrapins in an ACC double-header on Wednesday, March 24th beginning at 5:30pm at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Lady Seminoles are 21-16-1 as the Terrapins are 19-14. These two teams met in the FSU Invitational where Florida State won the game 2-0 to advance to the semi-final of the Gold Division.

Florida State is coming off a sweep of #18 Minnesota 5-0 and 5-2. Danielle Cox led the team going 3-4 in the first game and adding three stolen bases. Corrie Williams also went 2-3 in the second game and had a double. Jen White struck out seven batters in game one, giving up only two hits and recording another shutout, her fourth of the year. Leslie Malerich improved her record to 7-7, clinching the win with seven strikeouts.

 #   Name                 YR   Pos.   Hometown
 2   Danielle Cox         SR    OF    Anniston, AL
 3   Felicia Williams     JR    OF    Orlando, FL
 6   Dana Bailey          SR    OF    Bossier City, LA
 7   Jesse McGregor       SR    SS    Houston, TX
 8   Kimmy Carter         FR  C/OF    W. Palm Beach, FL
 9   LaTanya Mitchell     FR    OF    Ft. Myers, FL
10   Andi Lyons           JR     C    Oldsmar, FL
12   Jennifer White       SO     P    Tuttle, OK
13   Christy Cerecedes    SO    2B    Hacienda Hgts, CA
14   Teresa Edenfield     JR    SS    Marianna, FL
15   Corrie Williams      SR    1B    Bakersfield, CA
16   Becky Brock          FR    SS    Macclenny, FL
17   Becky Wallace        JR    1B    Naples, FL
20   Kelly Miller         SO    1B    Vallejo, CA
21   Dana Vickery         FR 2B/OF    Clearwater, FL
22   Stacy Venable        SR     P    Choctaw, OK
23   Leslie Malerich      FR     P    Merrillville, IN
24   Jackie Hirschfield   FR    3B    Tampa, FL
25   Tami Post            SR    3B    Citrus Hgts, CA

Head Coach: Dr. Joanne Graf

Assistant Coaches: Michelle Bolster, Chandelle Schulte

Volunteer Assistant Coach: Carrie Partlowe

Date      Opponent                        Time  
2/6       @ Georgia Southern              L,1-3; W, 2-0
2/9       @ Florida A&M                   L, 2-3

2/12-14 Arizona State Classic 2/12 Utah State W, 12-3 Utah State L, 2-5 2/13 Cal-Berkley L, 0-4 Nebraska L, 1-4 2/14 UNLV W, 9-6 2/19 Mercer W, 9-0, W, 10-0 2/20 Florida A&M moved to 4/14 2/23 @ Auburn W, 4-2 (10); T, 0-0**

2/26-28 NFCA Leadoff Classic 2/26 Colorado State W, 3-2 (11) Nebraska L, 0-1 2/27 Arizona State L, 0-2 DePaul L, 3-5 2/28 Colorado State L, 4-5 3/1 Campbell W, 5-0, W, 2-0

3/4-7 USF Speedline Invitational 3/4 Mississippi State L, 1-2 Hofstra W, 6-5 3/5 Michigan L, 0-5 Florida Atlantic L, 4-8 3/6 Georgia W, 4-0 South Florida L, 1-2

3/10 Miami of Ohio W, 2-0, W, 6-2

3/12-14 Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invite 3/12 Western Illinois L, 0-1 Toledo W, 9-1 3/13 Furman W, 2-0 Maryland W, 2-0 3/14 Central Michigan L, 1-5

3/16 Massachusetts L, 1-2, W, 6-0 3/18 Virginia* W, 8-2, W, 2-1 3/22 Minnesota W, 5-0, W, 5-2 3/24 Maryland* 5:30 & 7:00 pm 3/27-28 Seminole Classic All Day (with Mich St., Troy St.) 4/1 @ Florida A&M 6:00 pm 4/3 @ Georgia Tech* 1:00 & 3:00 pm 4/4 @ Georgia 1:00 & 3:00 pm 4/7 @ Florida 4:00 & 6:00 pm 4/9 @ North Carolina* 2:00 & 4:00 pm 4/10-11 @ UNC Tar Heel Invite All Day 4/14 Florida A&M (DH) TBA 4/17 Florida International 1:00 & 3:00 pm 5/4 @ UNC-Charlotte 3:00 & 4:30 pm 5/6 South Florida 5:30 & 7:00 pm 5/14-16 ACC Tournament All Day 5/21-22 @ NCAA Regionals All Day 5/27-31 @ NCAA College All Day World Series; Oklahoma City All Game Times are Eastern Standard Time All home games are in bold and will be played at the Seminole Softball Complex * denotes Atlantic Coast Conference opponent ** called in five innings due to darkness denotes TV games

What an honor!

Senior Stacy Venable is one of 16 students-athletes in the ACC to be awarded the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship. Each student receives $5,000 toward their postgraduate education. Venable was chosen based on her exceptional performance in the classroom, on the field and in the community. She will continue her education as a full time student after graduation.


Senior Danielle Cox has left her mark on FSU softball history as she became the first Seminole softball player to be selected for the Coca-Cola USA Softball National Team Festival in Fresno, California. Cox is among 50 of the nation’s finest women’s fast pitch softball players, which also includes members of the 1998 World Championship team, chosen to participate in the festival June 8-14. Cox will compete for one of the five remaining spots on the 1999 Softball Women’s National Team, that will compete in the 1999 Pan-American Games. She earned ASA All-American honors this summer and broke the Women’s Major ASA 22-year old batting record with her .688 average at the national tournament.

Pick of the Week…
Daneille Cox and Jen White swept the ACC Player of the Week awards this week after leading the team to a 5-2 record last week, including a 3-2 mark in the Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational.
Cox was selected as the Player of the Week after batting .318 over the seven games. The senior from Anniston, Alabama added seven hits, two RBI’s and three runs to her record and had six stolen bases. She was also named to the Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

White, a sophomore from Tuttle Oklahoma, struck out 31 batters last week and allowed no earned runs and recorded two shutouts. She also held the opponents to eleven hits and six walks.

What a Steal!
Danielle Cox and Dana Bailey are among the best in stealing bases as they hold the fourth and fifth spots in the career recod books for stolen bases with 62 and 53 respectively.

FSU all-time vs Maryland
The Lady Seminoles lead the series 10-2 with the Terrapins. The last time these two teams met was in the FSU Invitational this year with Florida State taking the game 2-0 to advance to the semi-final game of the Gold Division.

Maryland is coming off a sweep of Long Island after competing in the FSU Invitational. The Terrapins were 3-2 in the tournament and open their ACC schedule against the Lady Seminoles.

Team leaders as of March 18, 1999


Jackie Hirschfeld    .400


Danielle Cox           51


Christy Cerecedes       7


Tami Post               2
Dana Bailey             2
Christy Cerecedes       2


Daniele Cox             1
Jen White               1
Becky Wallace           1
Corrie Williams         1


Christy Cerecedes      19


Danielle Cox           41


Jen White             126


Stacy Venable        0.23


Jennifer White        111


Stacy Venable          17


Stacy Venable           3

15- the number of wins to 1,000

Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 985-276-6 career record and is only 15 wins away from the 1,000 mark. Dr. Graf has led the Lady Seminoles to five College World Series appearances, 13 NCAA Regional appearances, six ACC Championships and 12 seasons of 50+ wins, including two seasons of 60+ wins. Through her coaching, Dr. Graf has produced 11 All-Americans, including three first team selections.



overall                    210-16-1
vs ranked opponents:            2-7
at home:                       11-1
on the road                  6-13-1
at a neutral site            4-10-0
in tournament play           8-13-0
in extra innings                3-1
games called by 8 run rule      3-0


vs ACC                          2-0
vs Atlantic-10                  1-1
vs Big 10                       2-1
vs Big 12                       0-2
vs Big West                     1-0
vs Conference USA               0-2
vs ECAC                         1-0
vs MAC                          3-1
vs MEAC                         0-1
vs MidContinent                 0-1
vs Pac 10                       0-2
vs SEC                        2-1-1
vs TAAC                         4-1
vs WAC                          2-2

FSU in the ACC
FSU is among the best in the ACC as they hold top spots in five catagories, including the top spot in stolen bases:


Danielle Cox     2nd   .375

Pitching: Earned Run Average: Jennifer White 2nd 1.33 Leslie Malerich 4th 2.16

Strikeouts per seven inning: Jennifer White 2nd 13.14 Leslie Malerich 5th 7.57

Stolen Bases: Danielle Cox 1st 1.00 Dana Bailey 3rd .469


Batting          3rd   .250
Pitching         1st   1.57 ERA
Fielding         2nd   .957
Scoring          4th   3.38

Did you know?

  • Dr. Joanne Graf is a Top 10 coach–literally. Coach Graf ranks 2nd among Division I Winningest Active Coaches by percentage,3rd by percentage among Division I all-time coaches, 6th by victories among winningest active coaches in Division I, and 7th by percentage and victories among all-time, all-division winningest coaches and by victories among Division I coaches. All of these rankings are for fast pitch only. Coach Graf is 2nd among all-time Division I coaches by victories (including slow and fast pitch.)

  • The 1998-99 school year marks the 30th anniversary of FSU women’s athletics and softball was third on the list! Over the past thirty years, the Lady Seminoles have made their mark on FSU women’s athletics history in many regards. Head Coach JoAnne Graf led the 1981 and 1982 squads to back to back AIAW National Championships and Darby Cottle, a two time All-American, was named the slowpitch National Player of the Year in 1982. The 1986 team earned the first bid for FSU to the NCAA tournament for fast pitch and in 1987, the Lady Seminoles advanced to the Women’s College World Series. Since then, FSU has won six ACC titles, has advanced to regionals and Coach Graf became the second coach in NCAA Division I history to win 900 games. The Lady Seminoles will play in a new complex this year as the Seminole Soccer/Softball complex nears completion.

    Lady Seminole Updates…

    2 Danielle Cox – Sr.

    Left-fielder who has played and started all 38 games…leads the team with 41 stolen bases… batting .386…hit her first homerun of the year against Mercer…has six RBI’s and three doubles on the season…named ACC Player of the Week for March 16…was named to the Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team…is fifth in career stolen bases with 63.

    3 Felicia Williams – Jr.

    Has appeared in 16 games this season…has four stolen bases and has scored six runs.

    6 Dana Bailey – Sr.

    Centerfielder who has played and started all 38 games this season…broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base…has 17 steals and five RBI’s…was perfect from the plate against Toledo.

    7 Jesse McGregor – Sr.

    A solid shortstop…has seven RBI’s on the season…had two RBI’s against Colorado State…recorded a double against Mercer, Auburn and Campbell…had a triple against Hofstra…has four stolen bases…was perfect from the plate against Virginia.

    8 Kimmy Carter – Fr.

    Rightfielder who has played in 21 games this season…recorded her first RBI against Utah…has four RBI’s on the season…recorded two doubles against Furman…daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

    9 LaTanya Mitchell – Fr.

    Has played in 11 games at the rightfield position…had an RBI against Colorado State.

    10 Andi Lyons – Jr.

    Has played in 29 games between the catcher and DH positions…had two RBI’s and two doubles against Mercer…had a double and an RBI against Florida Atlantic…had two RBI’s in the series with Virginia…has 10 RBI’s on the season.

    12 Jennifer White – So.

    Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th…has a 9-9 pitching record and has appeared in 22 games…recorded her first shut-out of the year against Campbell…has struck out 111 batters and pitched 126 innings…had a homerun against Utah State and UNLV…is batting .271.

    13 Christy Cerecedes – So.

    A strong second base player…leads the team with 19 RBI’s and is batting .269…has seven doubles and two triples on the season…has eight stolen bases and has started all 38 games.

    14 Teresa Edenfield – Jr.

    Has played in 19 games this season at the catcher position…has three RBI’s…had a double against Colorado State…has caught four opponents stealing.

    15 Corrie Williams – Sr.

    Leads the team with 206 put-outs…has played in 35 games at first base…has nine RBI’s…had her first homerun of the season against Utah State…had two RBI’s against Virginia and had a steal against Mercer.

    16 Becky Brock – Fr.

    An intelligent player who has seen action at the shortstop position…has played in five games…has one RBI on the season.

    17 Becky Wallace – Jr.

    Splits time at first base and as a designated player…has played in 26 games…is batting .300 and has 13 RBI’s…hit her first career homerun with a three run homer against UNLV.

    20 Kelly Miller – So.

    Has played in 14 games and has seven RBIs…had a two run double against Mercer and had two RBI’s against Massachusetts.

    21 Dana Vickery – Fr.

    Batting .375…a second baseman who has seen action in 17 games…was perfect from the pate against Campbell.

    22 Stacy Venable – Sr.

    Has pitched in eight games with a record of 5-0 and a .23 ERA…has struck out 28 batters and given up 17 hits…had her first shut-out of the season against Furman…one of 16 receipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgradaute Scholarship.

    23 Leslie Malerich – Fr.

    Has a 7-7 pitching record with a 2.08 ERA…has two shutouts and has pitched 101 innings…has 59 strikeouts and has appeared in 20 games…had her first no-hitter of her career against Toledo.

    24 Jackie Hirschfeld – Fr.

    Has seen action in eight games at third base…leads the team in batting at .400…was perfect from the plate against Campbell.

    25 Tami Post – Sr.

    Has played and started in all 38 games this season at third base…has nine RBI’s and has two triples…had a stolen base against Nebraska and one against Minnesota..

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