Sept. 5, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The dominance of Florida State softball in the ACC was never as clear as when the conference released their list of the 50 greatest players to ever play Atlantic Coast Conference softball Thursday afternoon. Twenty-four of the 52 athletes, three were tied for the 50th spot on the list, wore Garnet and Gold during their playing days. The only school to place as many players on any list was North Carolina women’s soccer, which put 24 players on the ACC’s Golden Anniversary team and has won 18 National Championships. North Carolina and Virginia placed the second-most players on the list with 10 honorees each.
“I am very excited and it shows the strength of FSU softball in the ACC since its inception,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “We are very proud and honored by the representation of Florida State on the Golden Anniversary Team.”
Thirteen of FSU’s 24 Golden Anniversary selections have been named an All-American at least once during their career. Jessica van der Linden and Brandi Stuart are the only two current Seminoles to make the list. Considering the players were chosen based on their accomplishments before the 2002 season, when FSU made a run to the semifinals of the World Series, the selections of van der Linden and Stuart were based on just one and two years of ACC play respectively.
Overall, four of the Golden Anniversary honorees played on the 2002 College World Series team that finished third in the nation. Kimmy Carter, Leslie Malerich, Stuart and van der Linden were each a part of the Tribe’s magical run in Oklahoma City, OK in 2002.
“It is such an honor to be selected,” said Carter. “So many good things have happened to this team and program in the last six months and this is just the icing on the cake. It is a wonderful honor.
“There has been so much talent to come through Tallahassee since we joined the ACC. I may have only been around for four years but I all the players know the tradition of this program. We have seen so many records set and all 23 of those players deserve their selection. Being able to be a teammate of theirs has been a joy. It has been wonderful and I can add this to the list of all the great things that have happened since I began my playing career at Florida State.”
FLORIDA STATE’S 50th ANNIVERSARY TEAM MEMBERS
Rebecca Aase, Florida State (1991-1994)
All-Region second-team in 1994 & All-ACC (1992 and 1993) & holds four different NCAA records including the record for the most consecutive victories in a career (50) & went 28-0 as a sophomore and is tied with Lisa Fernandez (UCLA) for the All-Time NCAA single season winning percentage record (1.000) & All-ACC Tournament team (1992).
Dana Bailey, Florida State (1996-1999)
Garnered first-team All-Southeast Region (1998) & earned ACC All-Tournament team honors & was as All-ACC selection (1998) and was runner-up Player of the Year & stole 60 bases in her career which ranks seventh all-time for FSU & ranked fourth in the ACC in batting and second in steals per game average (0.40).
Leslie Barton, Florida State (1990-1993)
All-College World Series Team (1990) & All-Region second-team (1993) & All-Region Honorable Mention (1992) & All-ACC selection (1993) & ACC All-Tournament team (1992 & 1993) & All-Tournament team at the Seminole Invitational & UNC Invitational in 1993 & All-Tournament team at the Seminole Invitational (1992) & still ranks in four different FSU career-leaders categories.
Serita Brooks, Florida State (2000-2001)
Second-team NFCA All-American (2000) & second-team All-Southeast Region (2000 and 2001) & back-to-back NCAA All-Regional honors & All-ACC and All ACC Tournament team (2000 and 2001) & led the ACC with a .401 batting average (2000) … holds three different NCAA stolen base records including second-most consecutive steals in NCAA history and most stolen bases in a single game (5).
Susan Buttery, Florida State (1990-1993)
Second-team All-American 1993 & All-Region first-team (1992) & All-ACC selection in 1992 and 1993 & first-ever ACC Championships MVP in 1992 and ACC All-Tournament team in 1993 & Seminole Invitational All-Tournament team (1993) & still appears in four of FSU s All-time career categories including the third-most at bats in a career (767) and the second-most runs scored (170).
Myssi Calkins, Florida State (1994-1997)
Second-team NFCA All-American (1993) & two-time All-Region selection (1996 and 1997) & holds six different NCAA records including the third-most steals in a career (185) and the eighth-most stolen bases in a season & All-ACC honors (1996 and 1997) … All-ACC Tournament team (1997) & was second on the team with 48 runs scored and third with 69 hits.
Kimmy Carter, Florida State (1999-2001)
Has started 181 games in a row at FSU & All-Region second-team selection in 2000 & on the verge of setting seven all-time FSU records including records for hits, doubles, triples and RBIs & had four hits and two RBIs in the Seminoles run to the finals of the 2001 NCAA Tallahassee Regional & two-time ACC Player of the Week.
Danielle Cox, Florida State (1998-1999)
First-team NFCA All-American (1999) & first-team All-Region selection (1999) & earned first-team ASA All-America honors (1998) & All-ACC Tournament team & MVP honors (1999) & All-ACC selection (1999) & holds four NCAA records including second-most stolen bases in a season (73) and NCAA stolen base champion (1999) & broke Women s Major ASA 22-year batting average record in the summer of 1998 (.688).
Lisa Davidson, Florida State (1991-1994)
Named first-team All-American after the 1993 season & All-Region first-team (1993) and second-team All-Region (1994) & named to the All-ACC team in 1993 and 1994 & 1993 ACC Tournament MVP & All-Tournament team at the 1993 Tar Heel and South Florida Invitational & still ranks amongst FSU s all-time leaders in doubles, triples and home runs and is first in all-time walks.
Renee Espinoza, Florida State (1995-1996)
Second-team NFCA All-American (1996) & earned All-South Region first team selection (1995 and 1996) & earned All-ACC honors (1995 and 1996) & named to the All-ACC Tournament team in 1995 and the tournament MVP in
1996 & went 30-8 with a 0.83 ERA as a senior & All-Tournament team at Tar Heel Invitational, Gladstone/USF Classic and USF/Speedline.
Kristy Fuentes, Florida State (1994-1997)
Third-team NFCA All-American (1997) & first-team All-Region (1997) & All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament team honors (1995 and 1997) & also named 1997 ACC-Tournament MVP & pitched second-most games in FSU history (125) and has fourth-most strikeouts (501) & 32-10 with team-leading 1.15 ERA as a senior & one of five players in FSU history with 30 or more wins in a single season.
Toni Gutierrez, Florida State (1990-1993)
Named a second-team All-American after the 1992 season & first-team All-Region in 1992 and second-team All-Region in 1993 & 1992 ACC Player of the Year & All-ACC selection in 1993 & back-to-back ACC Championship All-Tournament team selection & still appears in every career pitching category at FSU & among the NCAA s All-Time leaders for shutouts in a season and career ERA (0.47).
Kristy Hull, Florida State (1995-1998)
Louisville Slugger All-Region first-team in 1995 and second-team in 1996 and 1998 & All-ACC honors in 1997 and 1998 & All-ACC Tournament team all four years at FSU & All-Tournament team at Seminole Invitational (1995, 1996 and 1998) & over her career, she collected 275 hits, 114 RBIs and a .335 batting average.
Cindy Lawton, Florida State (1994-1995)
Named third-team All-American (1995) & selected All-Region second-team (1994) & 1995 ACC Player of the Year & All-ACC selection … ACC Championships MVP & still holds the third-highest batting average in FSU softball history (.358) & is fourth all-time with 25 doubles.
Marla Looper, Florida State (1993-1994)
Named third-team All-American in 1994 & first-team All-South Region selection (1993 and 1994) & All-ACC selection (1993 and 1994) & ACC All-Tournament team in 1993 and 1994 & has the fifth-best ERA in FSU history (0.78) & Seminole Invitational All-Tournament team in 1993 & picked up an NCAA Regional Tournament win after pitching 15 innings in a four and a half hour game versus Iowa.
Leslie Malerich, Florida State (1999-2001)
Second-team All-American (2001) and third-team (2000) & ACC Player of the Year (2001) & first-team All-Region (2001) and second-team (2000) & 2001 NCAA All-Regional Team & ACC Championships MVP (2000) & All-ACC Tournament team (2000 and 2001) & among FSU s career leaders in appearances, innings pitched, wins, strikeouts and shutouts & member of the 2001 FSU pitching staff that ranked first in the nation in ERA and posted the nation s tenth-best ERA.
Shannon Mitchem, Florida State (1989-1992)
Named to the 1992 ACC Championship All-Tournament team as Florida State won the 1992 ACC Championship & Florida State played in the College World Series and was ranked seventh in the final national poll that season & FSU played in the College World Series three times during her career & established the school record (which she still holds) for sacrifice hits in 1992 with 25 & ranks seventh in school history with 258 career games played.
Misty Molin, Florida State (1995-1998)
Led the team with four triples and 38 RBI in 1997 & career leader at FSU with 25 doubles and 97 RBI in four seasons & started 223 of 238 games during her FSU career & hit .370 her junior year en route to being named an NFCA first-team All-Region selection, garnering All-ACC honors and ACC Player of the Week honors & named to the All-ACC team her freshman season and garnered All-Tournament honors at the Seminole and Tar Heel Invitational Tournaments & went to the NCAA Tournament three of her four years as a Seminole and won four ACC Titles.
Penny Siqueiros, Florida State (1989-1992)
First-team All-Region 1990 & ACC Championships All-Tournament team (1992) & named Seminole Invitational Co-MVP in 1991 & led FSU in batting average for three straight seasons, in hits for two consecutive seasons and RBIs for three straight seasons.
Brandi Stuart, Florida State (2000-2001)
Second-team All-American (2001) and third-team (2000) & two-time All-ACC selection & Verizon Academic All-District team (2000) & second FSU player ever named NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division I Player of the Week & 2001 All-ACC Tournament team & led FSU in seven offensive categories and was second in six others in 2000 & already among FSU s All-Time leaders in six categories after two seasons.
Jessica van der Linden, Florida State (2001)
Named ACC Rookie of the Year and to the All-ACC team her freshman year in 2001 & posted a miniscule 0.84 ERA as a freshman as she was part of a Seminoles staff that won the NCAA ERA title in 2001 & first player in Florida State history to throw three no-hitters in one season & led the entire staff as she held opposing batters to a .111 average & hit .310 with the second-most doubles in a single season at FSU (14) & among FSU s offensive leaders in 14 of 17 categories & had 18 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI outings.
Stacy Venable, Florida State (1997-1999)
All-ACC Team (1998 and 1999) & MVP honors at 1998 ACC Championships after leading team to the title with a 3-0 record and 0.37 ERA & 1999 All-ACC Tournament team & ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate scholarship winner & went 13-1 with a 1.04 ERA as a senior & twice named ACC Pitcher of the Week.
Jen White-Stokes, Florida State (1998-2001)
First-team All-Region (2001) and second-team All-Region (1998) & member of the 2001 FSU pitching staff that ranked first in the nation in ERA and posted the nation s sixth-best ERA & posted nation s sixth-best ERA (0.63) & All-NCAA Regional team (2001) & garnered NFCA Outstanding Player honors … ACC and SASA Pitcher of the Week honors twice and ACC/SASA Player of the Week honors twice in April of 2001.
Shamalene Wilson, Florida State (1993-1995)
First-team All-American (1996), second-team (1995) and third-team (1994) & three-time All-Region first-team selection & ACC Player of the Year in 1996 and a three-time All-ACC selection & ACC All-Tournament team (1994 and 1996) & ACC Rookie of the Year 1993 & holds six different NCAA including the third-most steals in a season and won the 1996 NCAA stolen base crown.