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No. 21 Lady Seminoles Compete in NFCA Leadoff Classic

February 25, 1999

The #21 Florida State Lady Seminole Softball team (6-5-1) will travel to Columbus, Georgia this weekend to compete in the NFCA Leadoff Classic. FSU will take on Colorado State and #8 Nebraska on Friday, February 26 and #11t DePaul on Saturday, February 27. Bracket play begins on Sunday, February 28.

The Lady Seminoles traveled to Auburn on Tuesday to take on the Tigers in a double-header. The first game went to 10 innings where Christy Cerecedes hit a sacrifice fly to bring in LaTanya Mitchell to score the winning run. Jen White drove in Danielle Cox for the insurance run and the Lady Seminoles went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning to clinch the win. The second game was scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning when it was called due to darkness.

30 – The Number of Wins to 1,000

Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 970-265-6 career record and is only 30 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.

FSU and the NFCA Leadoff Classic


The Lady Seminoles will take on two top 10 ten and could face five others in bracket play:

2/26 Colorado State 2:30pm
#8 Nebraska 5:30pm
2/27 #11t DePaul 12:30pm
2/28 Bracket Play* TBA

* FSU could face #4 Washington, #9 LSU, #11t Oklahoma, #14 Stanford and #18 Arizona State

Team leaders as of February 24, 1999:


Danielle Cox    .405
Danielle Cox      17
Jesse McGregor     2
Tami Post          2
Jennifer White     2
Christy Cerecedes  8
Danielle Cox      13


Leslie Malerich 38.1
Leslie Malerich 1.46
Jennifer White 22
Stacy Venable 0
Stacy Venable 0

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.

FSU vs s TOP 25

The Lady Seminoles will face eight top 25 teams this season: #5 Michigan,#6 South Florida, #8 Nebraska, #10 Massachusetts, #11 DePaul,#20 Florida, #22 Minnesota and #23 Hostra. Other possible top 25 opponents include#4 Washington, #9 LSU, #11 Oklahoma, #14 Stanford and #18 Arizona State at the NFCA Leadoff Classic; #7 Texas, #15 Oklahoma State, #16 Iowa, #19 Alabama and #24 Illinois-Chicago at the USF Speedline Invitational; and #1 Fresno State in the FSU Invitational

What a Steal!

Dana Bailey holds the sixth spot in the career recod books for stolen bases with 44. She is second on the team with eight steals this season (Danielle Cox holds the top spot with 12).


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.


The Lady Seminoles won a tough game with the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday, taking the game to 10 innings but winning it 4-2. The second game was scoreless when it was called due to darkness. Jen White picthed the entire first game, giving up eight hits but stiking out five Tigers. In the second game, Jesse McGregor had a double and Leslie Malerich pitched the game, giving up only two hits.

Did you know?

  • Freshman Kimmy Carter, who will vie for a spot in the outfield and back-up at catcher, is the daughter of major league baseball player Gary Carter, who played for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos during his career.
  • Five FSU softball players have gone on and played professionally. Laurie Shepard and Shannon Mitchem played for the Silver Bullets as Myssi Calkins, Renee Espinoza and Shama Wilson played for the Georgia Pride.
  • 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.

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