Feb. 27, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 18th-ranked FSU softball team took advantage of nine Rattlerette walks, two wild pitches that scored runs and two runs forced home when Seminole batters were hit by a pitch to down cross-town rival Florida A&M (4-9) 7-3. Although the Seminoles (14-6) committed as many errors as they had hits (four), Leslie Malerich didn’t allow an earned run and improved her record to 6-5 on the season in the win. This marked the sixth game in a row that FSU pitchers haven’t allowed an earned run.
Florida State seemed to be on a roll in the first when FAMU starter Javetta Dryer retired just one batter, threw a wild pitch, walked four Seminoles and allowed three runs as the Seminoles broke on top 3-0 without even getting a hit. The Rattlerettes jumped right back into the game in the bottom of the first when two infield singles and a walk loaded the bases. After a walk forced home a run and Monique Mattingly was hit by a pitch, FAMU only trailed the Seminoles 3-2.
The Rattlerettes remained within a run until the bottom of the third when another FSU error and hit batter once again loaded the bases. After a fielder’s choice and a Malerich strikeout, FSU’s fourth error of the game allowed Florida A&M to even the game at 3-3.
Florida State and Malerich took control of the game after that and broke on top in the fifth. After two walks and an error loaded the bases, FAMU reliever Tenyse Tasby hit Kimmy Carter to drive in the Tribe’s fourth run of the game. Monique Marier then recorded the Seminoles first hit of the game when she singled up the middle bringing home two runs and extending FSU’s lead to 6-3. The RBIs were Marier’s 11th and 12th of the year and moved her into a tie for second on the team.
Florida State finished FAMU off in the sixth when Tasby hit another batter, allowed a couple of singles and then walked Jessica van der Linden to force in Becky Brock and put FSU up 7-3. Malerich then closed the game out in recording her team-leading eighth complete game and her eight K’s moved her into the team lead with 67 strikeouts. After FAMU tied the game at 3-3, Malerich allowed just four hits the rest of the way as she shutout the Rattlerettes the rest of the way.
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.
TIME CHANGES: There has been a time change for the first two games of this weekend’s Sunshine Classic. Florida State will open the tournament versus Kansas at 3:00 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled time of 6:00 p.m. Texas will face off with Mississippi State immediately following the Seminole game. Please check Seminoles.com for the latest news or schedule changes for Seminole softball.