Feb. 27, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 18th-ranked Seminole softball team makes the short trip across town Wednesday to face Florida A&M at 4:00 p.m. in the first of four games scheduled between the two teams this season. The game, originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m., was moved up due to the cold front moving through Tallahassee today. Florida State is coming off a first place tie in last weekend’s Troy Cox Classic at New Mexico State in which the team’s bats and pitching staff had their best collective weekend of the season.
“It was nice to see our bats really come alive this weekend,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “The pitching staff was also a real strength for us but we need to play soundly in all three phases of the game and that wasn’t the case. Our defense made too many errors and that really hurt us in a couple of close games.”
In six games at the Troy Cox Classic, FSU hit .311, which was 63 percentage points higher than their .248 team batting average coming into the tournament. The Seminoles posted a slugging percentage of .439 compared to .323 coming into the tournament and they recorded 72 total bases in the six games compared to 104 in the previous 13 games.
The pitching staff was even more impressive last weekend. Jessica van der Linden, Leslie Malerich and Casey Hunter combined to post an amazing 0.17 ERA. The staff allowed just one earned run in 42 1/3 innings and opponents hit just .122 against the Seminoles. With last weekend’s performance, the Seminole staff lowered its ERA from 1.65 to 1.17 for the season.
The Seminoles return to action this weekend when they host the Sunshine Classic Tournament featuring No. 22 Mississippi State, Texas and Kansas. There is no admission charge for regular season games played at the Seminole Softball Complex and Sunshine Classic games will be played all weekend. For more information on Seminole softball, please visit the official website of the Florida State Athletic Department at www.seminoles.com.