May 18, 2000
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Lady Seminole sophomore Kimmy Carter’s two-run
double in the sixth inning was enough to give No. 24 Florida State a 2-0
victory over No. 20 Long Beach State on Thursday in NCAA regional action at
Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA. The win improved FSU’s record to
49-25 while the 49ers fell to 39-22.
Both pitchers had no-hitters going until the top of the fourth inning when
FSU leadoff-hitter Staci Brandon led off with a single to left field.
Brandi Stuart hit the ball sharply for an infield hit and the Tribe had two
on with two out, but with a full count, Teresa Edenfield struck out looking.
Long Beach State had base runners in the first and third innings, off of two
walks and an FSU error, but failed to score. With one out in the 49ers
fourth, Jennifer Spigner ripped a single down the right field baseline for
Long Beach State’s first hit of the game, but she was later called out for
running outside the basepaths on an infield double play ground ball. The
49ers threatened again in the fifth as pitcher Krista Fox reached base on a
base hit to short left field. She advanced to second on a ground out and to
third base on a wild pitch, but was stranded.
Florida State scored two runs off of two hits in the top of the sixth
inning. Brandon picked up her second hit of the day with a single to left
field to lead things off. Serita Brooks attempted to sacrifice Brandon to
second and reached base on a throwing error by the first baseman. Brandon
went to third on the play, while Brooks advanced to second. Carter came up
to bat and hit a blast to center field, scoring both Brandon and Brooks.
Leslie Malerich had another strong outing on the mound for the Tribe, giving
up just three hits while striking out three batters. She improved to 33-14.
Long Beach pitcher Kristi Fox fell to 24-9 with the loss.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game because Long Beach is a very good
team,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “I was a little concerned since
we hadn’t played in two weeks and it took us a little while to get our bats
going. We finally started hitting and got a couple of runs and with Leslie
(Malerich) on the mound, we felt pretty confident.
The Lady Seminoles will face the #2 seeded Iowa Hawkeyes, who are 45-13 and
ranked No. 15 nationally, on Friday at 6 p.m. (EST). Iowa defeated
Bethune-Cookman, 9-1 in five innings, in the Game 1 of the regional,
“We have another tough game tomorrow with Iowa,” Graf said. “They won the
Big Ten and are a very strong ball club.”
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WP: Leslie Malerich (33-14) LP: Kristi Fox (24-9)