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Softball Hosts Doubleheader with ACC Rival Virginia Thursday

March 17, 1999

The Florida State softbal team will take on ACC rival Virginia in a double-header in their first ACC home game of the season on Thursday, March 18. The first game will begin at 6:00pm and will be aired on the Sunshine Network with the second game following 20 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

The Lady Seminoles split a double header with the Massachusetts Minutewomen, losing the first game 2-1 but bouncing back and winning the second 6-0. Tami Post led the team, going 2-5 from the plate and adding two RBIs as elly Miller went 1-2 with a two run double. Jen White pitched six strikeouts in the 2-1 loss as Stacy Venable picked up her fifth win of the season, striking out two batters and giving up only four hits.

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.


Senior Danielle Cox has left her mark on FSU softball history as 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…

Daneille Cox and Jen White swept the ACC Player of the Week awards this week after leading the team to a 5-2 record last week, 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, Alabama added seven hits, two RBIs and three runs to her record and had six stolen bases. She was also named to the Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

White, a sophomore from Tuttle Oklahoma, struck out 31 batters last week and allowed no earned runs and recorded two shutouts. She also held the opponents to eleven hits and six walks.

What a Steal!

Dana Bailey holds the fifth spot in the career recod books for stolen bases with 51. She is second on the team with 15 steals this season (Danielle Cox holds the top spot with 32).

FSU all-time vs. Virginia

The Lady Seminoles are 32-12 against the Virginia Cavaliers. FSU lost to the Cavaliers in season play last year 4-1, and 3-0 but defeated UVA in the ACC Tournament 10-0 and 2-1.

The Virginia Cavaliers went 4-2 in the FSU Invitational, including an eight inning game with Fresno State. The Cavs are coming off a two game loss to Iowa State and are 12-13-0. This game will be their first in the ACC. FSU played their first ACC team in the FSU Invitational, beating Maryland 2-0.

Team leaders as of March 18, 1999



Jackie Hirschfeld .400


Danielle Cox 43


Christy Cerecedes 6

Becky Wallace 6


Tami Post 2

Dana Bailey 2

Christy Cerecedes 2


Jennifer White 2


Christy Cerecedes 18


Danielle Cox 33



Jen White 112


Stacy Venable 0.81


Jennifer White 98


Stacy Venable 14


Stacy Venable 4

19-the number of wins to 1,000

Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 981-276-6 career record and is only 19 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 17-16-1
vs ranked opponents: 2-7
at home: 8-0
on the road 6-13-1
at a neutral site 4-10-0
in tournament play 8-13-0
in extra innings 3-1
games called by 8 run rule 3-0


vs Southern Conference 2-1
vs MEAC 0-1
vs Big West 1-0
vs WAC 2-2
vs Pac 10 0-2
vs Big 12 0-2
vs TAAC 4-1
vs SEC 2-1-1
vs Conference USA 0-2
vs ECAC 1-0
vs Big 10 0-1
vs MAC 3-1
vs ACC 1-0
vs MidContinent 0-1
vs Atlantic-10 1-1

Did you know?

  • Freshman Kimmy Carter, who will vie for a spot in the outfield and back-up at catcher, is the daughter of major league baseball player Gary Carter, who played for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos during his career.

  • Five FSU softball players have gone on and played professionally. Laurie Shepard and Shannon Mitchem played for the Silver Bullets as Myssi Calkins, Renee Espinoza and Shama Wilson played for the Georgia Pride.

  • 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…

    No. 2 – Danielle Cox, Sr.

    Left-fielder who has played and started all 34 games…leads the team with 33 stolen bases… batting .364…hit her first homerun of the year against Mercer…has five RBIs and two doubles on the season…named ACC Player of the Week for March 16…was named to the Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

    No. 3 – Felicia Williams, Jr.

    Has appeared in 15 games this season…has four stolen bases.

    No. 6 – Dana Bailey, Sr.

    Centerfielder who has played and started all 34 games this season…broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base…has 15 steals and five RBIs.

    No. 7 – Jesse McGregor, Sr.

    A solid shortstop…has six RBIs on the season…had two RBIs against Colorado State…recorded a double against Mercer, Auburn and Campbell…had a triple against Hofstra…has four stolen bases.

    No. 8 – Kimmy Carter, Fr.

    Rightfielder who has played in 17 games this season…recorded her first RBI against Utah…has three RBIs on the season…recorded two doubles against Furman…daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

    No. 9 – LaTanya Mitchell, Fr.

    Has played in 11 games at the rightfield position…had an RBI against Colorado State.

    No. 10 – Andi Lyons, Jr.

    Has played in 25 games at the catcher position…had two RBIs and two doubles against Mercer…had a double and an RBI against Florida Atlantic.

    No. 12 – Jennifer White, So.

    Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th…has a 7-9 pitching record and has appeared in 20 games…recorded her first shut-out of the year against Mercer…has struck out 98 batters and pitched 112 innings…had a homerun against Utah State and UNLV…is batting .321.

    No. 13 – Christy Cerecedes, So.

    A strong second base player…leads the team with 18 RBIs and is batting .301…has six doubles and two triples on the season…has eight stolen bases and has started all 34 games.

    No. 14 – Teresa Edenfield, Jr.

    Has played in 18 games this season at the catcher position…has three RBIs…had a double against Colorado State…has caught four opponents stealing.

    No. 15 – Corrie Williams, Sr.

    Leads the team with 160 put-outs…has played in 31 games at first base…has eight RBIs…had her first homerun of the season against Utah State.

    No. 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.

    No. 17 – Becky Wallace, Jr.

    Splits time at first base and as a designated player…has played in 25 games…is batting .305 and has 13 RBIs…hit her first career homerun with a three run homer against UNLV.

    No. 20 – Kelly Miller, So.

    Has played in 13 games and has seven RBIs…had a two run double against Mercer.

    No. 21 – Dana Vickery , Fr.

    Leads the team batting .400…a second baseman who has seen action in 17 games

    No. 22 – Stacy Venable , Sr.

    Has pitched in seven games with a record of 5-0 and a .81 ERA…has struck out 25 batters and given up 14 hits…had her first shut-out of the season against Furman…one of 16 receipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgradaute Scholarship.

    No. 23 – Leslie Malerich, Fr.

    Has a 5-7 pitching record with a 2.08 ERA…has two shutouts and has pitched 90.1 innings…has 54 strikeouts and has appeared in 18 games…had her first no-hitter of her career against Toledo.

    No. 24 – Jackie Hirschfeld, Fr.

    Has seen action in eight games at third base…is batting .400…was perfect from the plate against Campbell.

    No. 25 – Tami Post , Sr.

    Has played and started in all 34 games this season at third base…has seven RBIs and has two triples…had a stolen base against Nebraska.

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