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Softball Hits the Road for a Peach State Road Trip

April 2, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Lady Seminoles wil take a road trip this weekend, traveling to Georgia to take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday, April 3 in a double-header starting at 1:00pm. FSU will then will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens on Sunday, April 4 in a double-header starting at 1:00pm.

The Lady Seminoles are coming off a 2-1 win over FAMU on Thursday. Andi Lyons scored first for the team with her solo shot over the center field fence, earning her first homerun as a Seminole. Danielle Cox drove in the winning run with her sacrifice bunt which brought in Kimmy Carter in the fifth inning. Lyons was 1-3 from the plate as Dana Bailey and Christy Cerecedes added a stolen base. Jen White took the win and complete game, improving her record to 11-12, striking out seven batters and allowing only three hits.

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 ninegames this year and it doesn’t 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 (.399), runs (35), hits (63) and stolen bases (47) but she also is a leader in the ACC. The senior from Anniston, Alabama leads the ACC in stolen bases (47) 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 this weekend, going 6-9 on Sunday 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 don’t!

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

No runs for you

The FSU pitching staff has held 13 teams scoreless in games, including seven shut-outs for the squad. Jen White leads the effort with shut-outs over Campbell, Miami-Ohio, Maryland 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 FSU’s best in stolen bases as they hold the fourth and fifth spots in the career record book. Cox has 68 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. After the second 22 games, FSU was 14-7-0 and had 148 hits, scoring 79 runs (compared to their opponents 33).

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 33 runs off 98 hits. Only two of those hits have gone over the outfield wall.

The streak is alive

Two seniors,Danielle Cox and Jesse McGregor, are riding a six game hitting streak. The last hitting streak this season was Andi Lyons with her eight game streak starting with the game with Maryland in the FSU Invitational and ending against Minnesota on March 22.

Three Strikes…you’re out!

Each batter gets three stikes…and the Lady Seminoles have made sure they get out! Jen White leads the team with 127 strikeouts and has caught 30 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 12 of the last 15 games, bringing in nine of her 24 RBI’s 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.


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 nation’s finest women’s 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 Women’s National Team, that will compete in the 1999 Pan-American Games. She earned ASA All-American honors this summer and broke the Women’s 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 RBI’s, 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.

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 sync; we were playing as individuals instead of as a team. Now we’ve 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.”

Team leaders as of April 2, 1999

BATTING BATTING AVERAGE: Danielle Cox .399 HITS: Danielle Cox 63 DOUBLES: Christy Cerecedes 7 Corrie Williams 7 TRIPLES: Christy Cerecedes 4 HOMERUNS Danielle Cox 1 Jen White 1 Becky Wallace 1 Corrie Williams 1 Andi Lyons 1 RBI'S: Christy Cerecedes 24 STOLEN BASES: Danielle Cox 47

PITCHING INNINGS PITCHED: Jen White 159 ERA: Stacy Venable 0.38 STRIKEOUTS: Jennifer White 134 HITS: Stacy Venable 22 RUNS: Stacy Venable 4

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 women’s athletics and softball was third on the list! Over the past thirty years, the Lady Seminoles have made their mark on FSU women’s 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 Women’s 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.

    FSU This Season

    overall:                25-19-1
    vs ranked opponents:    2-7
    at home:                13-3
    on the road             7-13-1
    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

    AGAINST NON-ACC OPPONENTS vs ACC 3-1 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 2-1-1 vs Southern Conference 2-1 vs TAAC 6-1 vs WAC 2-2

    Lady Seminole Updates…

    2 Danielle Cox Sr.

    Leftfielder who has played and started all 45 games… leads the team with 47 stolen bases… batting a team-leading .399… has a team-leading 63 hits and 35 runs… hit her first career homerun (in the park) against Mercer… has eight 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 fifth in career stolen bases with 66.

    3 Felicia Williams Jr.

    Has appeared in 18 games primarily as a pinch runner… has four stolen bases and has scored eight runs.

    6 Dana Bailey Sr.

    Veteran centerfielder who has played and started all 45 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 RBI’s… was perfect from the plate against Toledo.

    7 Jesse McGregor Sr.

    A solid shortstop…has started 43 games… has ten RBIs on the season… leads the team with 15 sacrifices… had two RBIs against Colorado State… has four 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 28 games this season… recorded her first RBI against Utah… has seven RBI’s on the season… recorded two doubles against Furman… daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

    9 LaTanya Mitchell Fr.

    Has played in 13 games, mostly at the right field position… had an RBI against Colorado State.

    10 Andi Lyons Jr.

    Has played in 36 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 13 RBI’s on the season, is one of just four players with double figure RBIs… is fourth on the team with 27 hits.

    12 Jennifer White So.

    Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th… has a 11-12 pitching record and has appeared in 27 games… recorded her first shutout of the year against Campbell… has struck out 134 batters and pitched 159 innings… has one homerun … is batting .270.

    13 Christy Cerecedes So.

    Starter at second base… leads the team with 24 RBIs and is batting .299…has seven doubles and four triples on the season… ranks second on the team with 38 hits… has 11 stolen bases and has started all 45 games.

    14 Teresa Edenfield Jr.

    Has played in 20 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 252 putouts… has played in 42 games… with 15 RBIs, is just one of four players with double digit RBIs… had her first homerun of the season against Utah State… leads the team with 20 walks and seven doubles… had two RBI’s 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 five 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 29 games and is among the leaders in batting at .284… is third on the team with 14 RBIs off 19 hits… hit her first career homerun with a three run blast against UNLV.

    20 Kelly Miller So.

    Has played in 16 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 17 games…was perfect at the plate against Campbell.

    22 Stacy Venable Sr.

    Has pitched in nine games with a record of 6-0 and a 0.38 ERA… has struck out 33 batters and given up 22 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 8-7 pitching record with a 2.16 ERA… has two shutouts and has pitched 113.1 innings… has 68 strikeouts and has appeared in 23 games… had her first career no-hitter against Toledo.

    24 Jackie Hirschfeld Fr.

    Has seen action in ten games at third base… is 2-of-7 at the plate (.286)… was perfect from the plate against Campbell.

    25 Tami Post Sr.

    Has played and started in all 45 games this season at third base… has nine RBIs and has two triples and two doubles… had a stolen base against Nebraska and one against Minnesota.

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