Feb. 12, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team finished 1-1 on the
second day of the Seminole Classic at the FSU Softball Complex. FSU dropped
one to Florida Atlantic 3-2 and topped Florida A&M 8-7 in extra innings.
“We looked a little sloppy out there and both teams scored a lot of runs,”
Head Coach JoAnne Graf said. “It was a fun game for the fans. We made too
many mental mistakes, our pitchers need more confidence and they fell behind
on too many batters. We can’t afford to do that.”
Teresa Edenfield led the Lady Seminoles, scoring the first run of the game
with a single to bring in Rita Brooks. Florida Atlantic’s Jaime Melton
scored the first runs for the Lady Owls in the bottom of the second inning
on a double followed by an RBI from Heather Wright to give FAU the 3-1 lead.
Edenfield knocked in the second run for the Lady Seminoles in the sixth
inning off a single to centerfield. FSU held the Lady Owls scoreless after
the second inning but fell to FAU 3-2. Pitcher Leslie Malerich gave up three
runs off three hits, while striking out 11 and walking two.
In game two of the afternoon, the Lady Seminoles started the scoring in the
first inning with a double from Natalie Bennett, bringing in Brandi Stuart
and Rita Brooks. Pitcher Jen White-Stokes added an RBI with a single to
bring in Bennett to give the Lady Seminoles a 3-0 lead. FAMU scored in the
bottom of the first off a sacrifice from Kim Browning as Brooks scored for
FSU in the second inning to set the score at 4-1. The Rattlerettes scored
four runs in the third inning off a two run double from Browning, single
from Tiffany Randolph and a Lady Seminole error, giving FAMU a 5-4 lead. FSU
answered in the fourth inning as Stuart flied out to score Felicia Williams,
tying the game at five a piece. White-Stokes knocked in an in-the-park
homerun to centerfield, bringing in Bennett and giving the Seminoles a 7-5
lead. Sisters Cherrae and Raven Rushton has a pair of RBI’s to tie the game
at 7-7 in the fifth inning. The game went into extra innings where Brooks
knocked in Kimmy Carter on a single, giving FSU the 8-7 win in the eighth
inning. White-Stokes went 2-3 from the plate with three RBI’s, pitching four
innings, giving up seven runs and striking out five. Relief pitcher Leslie
Malerich struck out three and walked only one. Bennett also went 2-3 with
“This is the best I’ve felt all year,” White-Stokes said. “I don’t know what
happened. I felt fine when I came out, games against FAMU are always
competitive. Leslie (Malerich) came in and did a really good job.”
Florida State improves to 4-2 on the season. The Lady Seminoles will
continue on Sunday in bracket play, with games beginning at 10:00am.
In the late games, Cal-Berkeley topped FAU 4-3 and FAMU
In game five, The Florida Atlantic Owls got out to an early start off an RBI
single from Jackie Catanese in the first inning. The Golden Bears answered
in the second inning with a two run shot over the left field wall from
Courtney Scott followed by a sacrifice fly from Candice Harper in the third
inning to give Cal the 3-1 lead. Florida Atlantic’s Ninya Ybarra tied up the
game in the sixth inning with a two-run single when Mikella Pedritti drove
in Courtney Scott to give Cal the 4-3 win.
In the second game of the night, Cal started the scoring in the second
inning with a single RBI from Lisa Iancin and one from Pauline Duenas to
give Cal the 2-0 lead. Cal added to the lead in the fourth and fifth inning
with Jennifer Deering’s two double RBI’s and Iancin’s single RBI to give Cal
a 6-0 win over the FAMU Rattlerettes. Cal-Berkeley improves to 7-0 as FAMU
falls to 1-5.
Cal-Berkeley will face FAMU at 10:00am followed by Florida Atlantic and
Florida State at Noon. The championship game will be at 2:00pm.
FSU 100 001 0 2 5 1 FAU 030 000 x 3 3 0 W- Sutcliffe L- Malerich
FSU 310 120 01 8 11 2 FAMU 104 020 00 7 9 3 W- White-Stokes L-Tasby HR- White-Stokes
FAU 100 002 0 3 6 0 Cal-Berkeley 021 000 1 4 5 2 W-DiSalvio L-Myers Save: Forest HR-Scott
Cal-Berkeley 002 103 0 7 10 2 FAMU 000 000 0 0 3 2 W-Deering L-Alford NOTE: Cal-Berkeley Head Coach Diane Ninemire gets career win 500.