June 21, 1999 - by
Softball Heads to Gainesville, April 7

April 6, 1999

The Florida State softball team will take on the University of Florida on Wednesday, April 7th in the Gainesville in a double-header beginning at 4:00pm. The first game will be live on Sunshine. FSU takes a 28-20-1 record into the game as the Gators stand at 16-19.

The Lady Seminoles are coming off a Georgia road trip where they swept ACC rival Georgia Tech (7-0 and 8-5) and split the doubleheader with Georgia (0-5 and 6-0). Christy Cerecedes led the weekend, batting .700 (7-10 from the plate) with two doubles and three RBIs. Danielle Cox batted .533 and added three stolen bases. Leslie Malerich led the pitching with a 1-0 record including a shutout and five strikeouts. Jen White went 1-1 on the weekend wth a shutout and three strikeouts as Stacy Venable went 1-0 with three strikeouts.

Not a single one!

Frehsman Leslie Malerich pitched her first no-hitter as a Seminole with her win over Toledo. TheMerrillville, IN native struck-out nine batters, walked two and had no hits in the 9-1 win. Toledo scored on a sacrifice after a walk and an error.

And the hits keep on coming…

FSU has had double-digit hits in 12 games this year and it doesnt stop there. The Lady Seminoles are averaging 6.86 hits per game, have 11 players with double digit hits for the season and had a season high 16 hits in the second game against Michigan State.

Leading the way

Not only does Danielle Cox lead the Lady Seminoles in batting average (.410), runs (39), hits (71) and stolen bases (53) but she also is a leader in the ACC. The senior from Anniston, Alabama leads the ACC in stolen bases (53) and is batting average. NOTE: The ACC stats are as of the March 31st release.

Carter steps it up

Kimmy Carter has stepped up — and not just to the plate. Carter, a freshman from West Plam Beach, Florida,has had multiple hits in five games this season and was stellar from the plate, going 6-9 on Sunday of the Seminole Classic with a double and triple against Michigan State. Carter is also flawless from the field with no errors and a stolen base. She is one of four players with two doubles in a game and was perfect from the plate against Utah.

Oh no you dont!

The Lady Seminoles caught their opponents stealing…bases that is. Twenty-six players from the FSU opponents have been caught trying to sneak to the next base. Andi Lyons leads the team as she has caught eight of those players and Leslie Malerich has caught seven.

No runs for you

The FSU pitching staff has held 15 teams scoreless in games. Jen White leads the effort with shut-outs over Campbell, Miami-Ohio, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Minnesota. Leslie Malerich recorded shut-outs against Georgia Southern and Troy State as Stacy Venable held the Bulldogs scoreless in the 5-0 win over Georgia.

What a Steal!

Danielle Cox and Dana Bailey are among FSUs best in stolen bases as they hold the third and fifth spots in the career record book. Cox has 73 while Bailey has 55, respectively.

Now and then

The Lady Seminoles have made improvements after the first half of the season. In their first 22 games, FSU was 10-12-1 with 154 hits and 79 runs. Since then, FSU has gone18-9 and had 204 hits, scoring 106 runs (compared to their opponents 52).

The pitching staff has stepped it up as well. From the beginning of the season through the FAU game at the Speedline Invitational, the pitchers had given up 139 hits, 62 runs and six homeruns while striking out 100 batters. Since then, they have struck out 128 batters and have only given up 52 runs off 139 hits. Only three of those hits have gone over the outfield wall.

Three Strikes…youre out!
Each batter gets three stikes…and the Lady Seminoles have made sure they get out! Jen White leads the team with 137 strikeouts and has caught 33 of them looking. Her strikeouts have taken her to the top of the ACC as she is second in strikeouts per seven innings with a 18.14 average. Leslie Malerich is second on the team with 68 and is fifth in the conference with an average of 9.71, and has struckout 20 batters as they watched.

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.

She’s a hitter!
After only twelve games with a hit in the first half of the season, Christy Cerecedes has turned it up a notch. A sophomore from Hacienda Heights, California, Cerecedes has had hits in 16 of the last 19 games, bringing in 12 of her 27 RBIs from the season. She is also second in the ACC with four triples.

Over the fence
Andi Lyons hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU this week as she drove one over the center field wall at the FAMU Softball Complex.. Four other Florida State players have hit one over the wall this year: Danille Cox, Becky Wallace, Jennifer White and Corrie Williams.

Taking on the ACC

The Lady Seminoles are 5-1 in the ACC, including a sweep of Virginia and Georgia Tech. FSU split the double-header with Maryland for their lone loss in ACC action.

FSU all-time vs the Florida Gators

Floirda State and Florida are tied at 2-2 for the all-time leader in the series. The last time the teams met was in 1998 during the regular season where they split with the Gators winning the first game 8-3 but the Lady Seminoles took the second game 5-3.

The Lady Gators are coming off a weekend series with Tennessee where the Volunteers took three games, 8-0, 18-1 and 7-0. Florida won game three 8-2 and are 16-19 on the seson.

Team leaders as of April 8, 1999


Danielle Cox       .410

HITS: Danielle Cox 71

DOUBLES: Christy Cerecedes 9

TRIPLES: Christy Cerecedes 4

HOMERUNS Danielle Cox 1 Jen White 1 Becky Wallace 1 Corrie Williams 1 Andi Lyons 1

RBIS: Christy Cerecedes 27

STOLEN BASES: Danielle Cox 53


Jen White          172
Stacy Venable      1.18
Jennifer White     137
Stacy Venable       29
Stacy Venable        9

Mid-season report
The Lady Seminoles hit the half way mark of their season games against Western Illinois in the Florida State Invitational. At that point in the year, the Lady Seminoles were 13-14-1 with 93 runs, 179 hits and were batting .249. The pitchers had struckout 137 batters and had given up 70 runs. From the Western Illinois game to present, Florida State has wracked up a 11-5-0 record with 65 runs, 123 hits and 30 stolen bases. They have also held the opponents to 28 runs and are batting .280.

I think when we started the season we felt a lot of pressure, Head Coach JoAnne Graf commented. We were not in synch; we were playing as individuals instead of as a team. Now weve come together and started playing like a team and are plyaing much better.

The Lady Seminoles will finish the season with key games against conference and region opponents. They have already taken their conference record to 3-1and are 13-6-1 in the south region. FSU still has doubleheaders at Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and UNC-Charlotte and will host Florida A&M in a doubleheader as well as South Florida and Florida International. They will face UNC-Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU and Southern Miss in the Tar Heel Invitational.

These games are the key for the post-season, Graf said. We have our conference schedule and region games to play, which are crucial in determining post-season status.

Cox Makes FSU History
Senior Danielle Cox left her mark on FSU softball history when 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 nations finest womens 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 Womens National Team, that will compete in the 1999 Pan-American Games. She earned ASA All-American honors this summer and broke the Womens Major ASA 22-year old batting record with her .688 average at the national tournament.

Pick Of The Week...
Danielle Cox and Jen White swept the ACC weekly honors for March 16 after leading the team to a 5-2 record, including a 3-2 mark in the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational.

Cox was selected as the Player of the Week after batting .318 over the seven games. The senior from Anniston, Ala., added seven hits, two RBIs, three runs and had six stolen bases. She was also named to the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

White, a sophomore from Tuttle, Okla., struck out 31 batters, allowed no earned runs and recorded two shutouts for the week. She also held the opponents to 11 hits and walked just six.

8- the number of wins to 1,000
Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 992-278-6 career record and is only 8 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.



overall                    28-20-1
vs ranked opponents:        2-7
at home:                   13-3
on the road                10-14-1
at a neutral site           8-12-0
in tournament play          8-13-0
in extra innings            4-1
games called by 8 run rule  3-0


vs ACC              5-1
vs Atlantic-10 1-1
vs Big 10 2-3
vs Big 12 0-2
vs Big West 1-0
vs Conference USA 0-2
vs ECAC 1-0
vs MAC 3-1
vs MEAC 1-1
vs MidContinent 0-1
vs Pac 10 0-2
vs SEC 3-2-1
vs So. Conference 2-1
vs TAAC 6-1
vs WAC 2-2

FSU in the ACC
FSU is among the best in the ACC as they hold top spots in five catagories, including the top spot in stolen bases:

Danielle Cox 1st .406

Earned Run Average:
Jennifer White 2nd 1.43
Leslie Malerich 4th 2.16

Strikeouts per seven inning:
Jennifer White 2nd 18.14
Leslie Malerich 5th 9.71

Stolen Bases:
Danielle Cox 1st 1.07/game
Dana Bailey 3rd .409/game

Batting 4th .261
Pitching 1st 1.57 ERA
Fielding 2nd .961
Scoring 3rd 3.59

Did you know?
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 womens athletics and softball was third on the list! Over the past thirty years, the Lady Seminoles have made their mark on FSU womens 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 Womens 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.

Lady Seminole Updates...

2 Danielle Cox Sr.

Leftfielder who has played and started all 49 games... leads the team with 53 stolen bases... batting a team-leading .410... has a team-leading 71 hits and 39 runs... hit her first career homerun (in the park) against Mercer... has nine RBIs and four doubles on the season... named ACC Player of the Week for March 16... was named to the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team... is third in career stolen bases with 73.

3 Felicia Williams Jr.

Has appeared in 20 games primarily as a pinch runner... has four stolen bases and has scored nine runs.

6 Dana Bailey Sr.

Veteran centerfielder who has played and started all 49 games this season... broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base... has 19 steals and seven RBIs... was perfect from the plate against Toledo.

7 Jesse McGregor Sr.

A solid shortstop...has started 47 games... has 12 RBIs on the season... leads the team with 17 sacrifices... had two RBIs against Colorado State... has five doubles... had a triple against Hofstra... has four stolen bases... was perfect at the plate against Virginia.

8 Kimmy Carter Fr.

Rightfielder who has played in 32 games this season... recorded her first RBI against Utah... has nine RBIs on the season... recorded two doubles against Furman... daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

9 LaTanya Mitchell Fr.

Has played in 14 games, mostly at the right field position... had an RBI against Colorado State.

10 Andi Lyons Jr.

Has played in 40 games between the catcher and DH positions...hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU... had two RBIs and two doubles against Mercer... had a double and an RBI against Florida Atlantic... had two RBIs in the series with Virginia... with 14 RBIs on the season, is one of just six players with double figure RBIs... is fourth on the team with 30 hits.

12 Jennifer White So.

Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th... has a 12-13 pitching record and has appeared in 29 games... recorded her first shutout of the year against Campbell... has struck out 140 batters and pitched 171 innings... has one homerun ... is batting .259.

13 Christy Cerecedes So.

Starter at second base... leads the team with 27 RBIs and is batting .228...has nine doubles and four triples on the season... ranks second on the team with 45 hits... has 11 stolen bases and has started all 49 games.

14 Teresa Edenfield Jr.

Has played in 21 games this season at the catcher position... has three RBIs... had a double against Colorado State... has caught four players stealing.

15 Corrie Williams Sr.

Starter at first base... leads the team with 282 putouts... has played in 46 games... with 20 RBIs, is just one of six players with double digit RBIs... had her first homerun of the season against Utah State... leads the team with 21 walks and eight doubles... had two RBIs against Virginia and had a steal against Mercer.

16 Becky Brock Fr.

An intelligent player who has seen action at the shortstop position... has played in seven games...has one RBI on the season.

17 Becky Wallace Jr.

Sees most time at designated player, but is a backup at first base... has played in 33 games and is among the leaders in batting at .278... is third on the team with 18 RBIs off 22 hits... hit her first career homerun with a three run blast against UNLV.

20 Kelly Miller So.
Has played in 18 games and has seven RBIs... hit a two-run double against Mercer and had two RBIs against UMass.

21 Dana Vickery Fr.
Batting .375... plays second base and has seen action in 18 games...was perfect at the plate against Campbell.

22 Stacy Venable Sr.
Has pitched in ten games with a record of 7-0 and a 1.18 ERA... has struck out 36 batters and given up 29 hits... had her first shutout of the season against Furman... is one of 16 recipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.

23 Leslie Malerich Fr.
Has a 9-7 pitching record with a 2.00 ERA... has four shutouts and has pitched 122.2 innings... has 73 strikeouts and has appeared in 25 games... had her first career no-hitter against Toledo.

24 Jackie Hirschfeld Fr.
Has seen action in 12 games at third base... is 2-of-8 at the plate (.250)... was perfect from the plate against Campbell.

25 Tami Post Sr.
Has played and started in all 49 games this season at third base... has ten RBIs and has two triples and three doubles... has three stolen bases and five sacrifices...is one of six players to hit double digit hits this season.

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