April 9, 2000 - by
Softball Goes 1-1 In Second Day Action Of FSU Tri-Header

April 9, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Like in the first day of the FSU Tri-Header, the
Florida State softball team fell to #10 Southern Miss, but recovered for a
victory over cross-town rival FAMU. The final day of action saw Southern
Miss top FAMU and FSU by a score of 4-1 and in the finale, the Lady
Seminoles defeated FAMU 9-1 in five innings. With a 4-0 Tri-Header record,
Southern Miss was crowned the tourney champion. After today’s action, FSU’s
record goes to 32-23 while USM improved to 39-10 and FAMU fell to 26-27 on
the year.

Southern Miss took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one vs. FAMU when
Crystal Stevens reached and scored on an error. The Lady Eagles put
together two hits in both the fourth and fifth innings and scored three more
runs to take a 4-0 advantage off of five hits. In the bottom of the seventh
with two out, FAMU’s Theresia Taylor reached on an error, stole second and
scored on a single by Cherrae Rushton. USM pitcher Felicia Gonzales gave up
just four hits and one unearned run while the Rattlerette defense committed
four errors. Gonzales improved to 8-4 while FAMU pitcher Tenyse Tasby fell
to 13-18.

In game two between Southern Miss and FSU, the Lady Eagles got things
started early, loading the bases in the first inning on two hits and a hit
by pitch. With two out, Jennifer Ford ripped a triple to deep right field,
clearing the bases for three runs. USM scored another run in the third off
of two more hits. Erin Johnson’s double to right field scored Jennifer
Collins who led off the inning with a base hit. Florida State got on the
board in the fifth as Natalie Bennett recorded an RBI triple to center field
scoring pinch-runner Felicia Williams. FSU managed just two hits for the
game. Southern Miss’s Courtney Blades picked up her third win of the
tournament and improved to 30-5 while FSU’s Leslie Malerich fell to 19-12.

In the tourney finale between FSU and FAMU, the Rattlerettes scored first
with a run in the second inning as Cherrae Rushton and Raven Rushton each
had hits and Cherrae scored on a ground out by Kendra Washington. But the
Lady Seminoles responded with three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Staci Brandon’s double to left field scored three runs while Kelly Miller
and Natalie Bennett also had hits in the inning. Florida State broke
things open in the fourth inning with six runs off of six hits. Brandi
Stuart led the way, driving in two runs, while Teresa Edenfield, Miller and
Serita Brooks each had RBI singles. The Rattlerettes had a hit in the fifth
inning, but did not score and the game was called due to the eight-run rule.
As a team, FSU belted 12 hits while FAMU was held to just four hits for the
game. Malerich earned her 20th victory of the season (20-12) while Amber
Ashford fell to 13-9.

Florida State and FAMU will meet again on Wednesday, April 12th at 6 p.m.
at Rattlerette Complex.


USM 100 210 0 4 6 1 FAMU 000 000 1 1 4 4 WP - Felicia Gonzales (8-4), LP - Tenyse Tasby (13-18)


USM 301 000 0 4 6 1 FSU 000 010 0 1 2 2 WP - Courtney Blades (30-5), LP - Leslie Malerich (19-12)


FAMU 010 00 1 4 1 FSU 030 6x 9 12 0 WP - Leslie Malerich (10-12), LP - Amber Alford (13-9)

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