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Softball Hosts Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational

March 11, 1999

The Lady Seminoles will host the 16th annual Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invitational Friday, March 12-Sunday, March 14. This 24 team tournament will be played at the Seminole Softball Complex and Messer Fields beginning Friday morning at 11:00am. The Lady Seminoles will take on Western Illinois at 5:00pm followed by a game with Toledo at 7:00pm on Friday at the Seminole Softball Complex. FSU will then take on the Paladins of Furman on Saturday at Noon at Messer Field #7. Bracket play will begin at 3:00pm on Saturday and continue on Sunday.

The Lady Seminoles swept the Miami-Ohio Redhawks on Wednesday night 2-0 and 6-2. Becky Walace led the team going 2-3 from the plate in the first game as Jen WHite picked up her sixth win of the season, striking out 10 batters and allowing only 2 hits. FSU took an early lead in the second game, scoring six runs in the first inning off Redhawk errors and a single RBI by Danielle Cox. as Cox also added four steals on the night. Stacy Venable took the win to improve to 3-0 with four strikeouts.

FSU in the FSU Invitational

Florida State will host the Tallahassee Democrat/ FSU Invitational this weekend with games beginning on Friday. The Lady Seminoles will play the following schedule:

Friday, 3/12 vs Western Illinois 5:00pm
vs Toledo 7:00pm
Saturday, 3/13 vs Furman 12:00pm
Bracket Play will begin at 3:00pm on Saturday.


The Lady Seminoles went 8-0 and won the Tallahassee Democrat/ FSU Invitational last year including a win over then ranked #16 LSU. Jen White, who led the team with a 5-0 record on the mound and six RBI’s, was name the tournament MVP as Dana Bailey and Krsity Hull joined her on the All-Tournament Team. Their path to the championship was as follows:

3/13 Northern Iowa W 3-0
LSU W 4-2
Eastern Michigan W 4-2
3/14 Robert Morris W 4-1
Penn State W 3-0
Central Michigan W 11-4
3/15 Mississippi W 4-2
UMass W 1-0

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 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.

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 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.

    23-the number of wins to 1,000
    Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 977-273-6 career record and is only 23 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.

    1999 Softball Roster

    No. Name YR Position Hometown
    2 Danielle Cox SR OF Anniston, AL
    3 Felicia Williams JR OF Orlando, FL
    6 Dana Bailey SR OF Bossier City, LA
    7 Jesse McGregor SR SS Houston, TX
    8 Kimmy Carter FR C/OF W. Palm Beach, FL
    9 LaTanya Mitchell FR OF Ft. Myers, FL
    10 Andi Lyons JR C Oldsmar, FL
    12 Jennifer White SO P Tuttle, OK
    13 Christy Cerecedes SO 2B Hacienda Hgts, CA
    14 Teresa Edenfield JR SS Marianna, FL
    15 Corrie Williams SR 1B Bakersfield, CA
    16 Becky Brock FR SS Macclenny, FL
    17 Becky Wallace JR 1B Naples, FL
    20 Kelly Miller SO 1B Vallejo, CA
    21 Dana Vickery FR 2B/OF Clearwater, FL
    22 Stacy Venable SR P Choctaw, OK
    23 Leslie Malerich FR P Merrillville, IN
    24 Jackie Hirschfield FR 3B Tampa, FL
    25 Tami Post SR 3B Citrus Hgts, CA
    Head Coach: Dr. Joanne Graf
    Assistant Coaches: Michelle Bolster, Chandelle Schulte
    Volunteer Assistant Coach: Carrie Partlowe

    Date Opponent Time/result
    2/6 @ Georgia Southern L,1-3; W, 2-0
    2/9 @ Florida A&M L, 2-3

    2/12-14 Arizona State Classic
    2/12 Utah State W, 12-3
    Utah State L, 2-5
    2/13 Cal-Berkley L, 0-4
    Nebraska L, 1-4
    2/14 UNLV W, 9-6

    2/19 Mercer W, 9-0, W, 10-0
    2/20 Florida A&M moved to 4/14
    2/23 @ Auburn W, 4-2 (10); T, 0-0**

    2/26-28 NFCA Leadoff Classic
    2/26 Colorado State W, 3-2 (11)
    Nebraska L, 0-1
    2/27 Arizona State L, 0-2
    DePaul L, 3-5
    2/28 Colorado State L, 4-5

    3/1 Campbell W, 5-0, W, 2-0

    3/4-7 USF Speedline Invitational
    3/4 Mississippi State L, 1-2
    Hofstra W, 6-5
    3/5 Michigan L, 0-5
    Florida Atlantic L, 4-8
    3/6 Georgia W, 4-0
    South Florida L, 1-2

    3/10 Miami of Ohio W, 2-0, W, 6-2
    3/12-14 Tallahassee Democrat All Day
    Florida State Invitational
    3/16 Massachusetts 5:30 & 7:00 pm
    3/18 Virginia* 6:00 & 7:30pm
    3/22 Minnesota 5:30 & 7:00 pm
    3/24 Maryland* 5:30 & 7:00 pm
    3/27-28 Seminole Classic All Day
    (with FSU, Michigan St., Troy St.)
    4/1 @ Florida A&M 6:00 pm
    4/3 @ Georgia Tech* 1:00 & 3:00 pm
    4/4 @ Georgia 1:00 & 3:00 pm
    4/7 @ Florida 4:00 & 6:00 pm
    4/9 @ North Carolina* 2:00 & 4:00 pm
    4/10-11 @ UNC Tar Heel Invite All Day
    4/14 Florida A&M (DH) TBA
    4/17 Florida International 1:00 & 3:00 pm
    5/4 @ UNC-Charlotte 3:00 & 4:30 pm
    5/6 South Florida 5:30 & 7:00 pm
    5/14-16 ACC Tournament All Day
    5/21-22 @ NCAA Regionals All Day
    5/27-31 @ NCAA College All Day
    World Series; Oklahoma City
    All Game Times are Eastern Standard Time
    All home games are in bold and will be played at the Seminole Softball Complex
    * denotes Atlantic Coast Conference opponent
    ** called in five innings due to darkness
    denotes TV games

    FSU all-time vs invitational opponents

    Western Illinois 7-2
    Toledo 7-1
    Furman First Meeting


    Central Michigan 5-1
    Florida A&M 57-3 (includes game on 2/9)
    Florida Atlantic 2-2 (includes game on 3/5)
    Fresno State 1-1
    Georgia 2-0 (includes game on 3/6)
    Georgia State 8-1
    Georgia Southern 7-1 (includes games on 2/6)
    Iowa State 2-0
    Kansas 5-3
    Marshall 2-0
    Maryland 9-2
    Massachusetts 10-2
    Miami-Ohio 10-6
    Ole Miss 1-0
    Northern Iowa 6-1
    Penn State 3-0
    Princeton 6-0
    Robert-Morris 4-1
    Virginia 32-12
    Virginia Tech would be first meeting

    Team leaders as of March 10, 1999


    Dana Vickery .500

    Danielle Cox 36

    Christy Cerecedes 6

    Tami Post 2

    Jennifer White 2

    Christy Cerecedes 15

    Danielle Cox 30


    Jen White 88.1

    Stacy Venable 0.40

    Jennifer White 71

    Stacy Venable 8

    Stacy Venable 2



    overall 13-13-1
    vs ranked opponents: 1-5
    at home: 6-0
    on the road 6-13-1
    at a neutral site 4-10-0
    in tournament play 5-11-0
    in extra innings 3-1
    games called by 8 run rule 3-0


    vs Southern Conference 1-1
    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 2-0

    Lady Seminole Updates…

    2 &middot Danielle Cox &middot Sr.

    Left-fielder who has played and started all 25 games…leads the team with 30 stolen bases… batting .383…hit her first homerun of the year against Mercer…has four RBI’s and two doubles on the season.

    3 &middot Felicia Williams &middot Jr.

    Has appeared in 12 games in the outfield this season…has three stolen bases.

    6 &middot Dana Bailey &middot Sr.

    Centerfielder who has played and started all 27 games this season…broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base…has 14 steals and three RBI’s.

    7 &middot Jesse McGregor &middot Sr.

    A solid shortstop…had two RBI’s against Colorado State…recorded a double against Mercer, Auburn and Campbell…had a triple against Hofstra…has four stolen bases.

    8 &middot Kimmy Carter &middot Fr.

    Rightfielder who has played in 12 games this season…recorded her first RBI against Utah…daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

    9 &middot LaTanya Mitchell &middot Fr.

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

    10 &middot Andi Lyons &middot Jr.

    Has played in 20 games at the catcher position…had two RBI’s and two doubles against Mercer…had a double and an RBI against Florida Atlantic.

    12 &middot Jennifer White &middot So.

    Has a 6-7 pitching record and has appeared in 15 games…recorded her first shut-out of the year against Mercer…has struck out 71 batters and pitched 88.1 innings…had a homerun against Utah State and UNLV…is batting .390.

    13 &middot Christy Cerecedes &middot So.

    A strong second base player…leads the team with 15 RBI’s and is batting .278…has six doubles and one triple on the season…has five stolen bases and has started all 25 games.

    14 &middot Teresa Edenfield &middot Jr.

    Has played in 16 games this season at the catcher position…has two RBI’s…had a double against Colorado State…has caught four opponents stealing.

    15 &middot Corrie Williams &middot Sr.

    Leads the team with 129 put-outs…has played in 42 games at first base…has six RBI’s…had her first homerun of the season against Utah State.

    16 &middot Becky Brock &middot Fr.

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

    17 &middot Becky Wallace &middot Jr.

    Splits time at first base and as a designated player…has played in 19 games…is batting .341 and has 13 RBI’s…hit her first career homerun with a three run homer against UNLV.

    20 &middot Kelly Miller &middot So.

    Has played in 11 games and has 5 RBIs…had a two run double against Mercer.

    21 &middot Dana Vickery &middot Fr.

    Leads the team batting .500…a second baseman who has seen action in 14 games

    22 &middot Stacy Venable &middot Sr.

    Has pitched in five games with a record of 3-0 and a .40 ERA…has struck out 18 batters and given up only eight hits…one of 16 receipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgradaute Scholarship.

    23 &middot Leslie Malerich &middot Fr.

    Has a 4-6 pitching record with a 2.14 ERA…has two shutouts and has pitched 75.1 innings…has 43 strikeoutes and has appeared in 15 games.

    24 &middot Jackie Hirschfeld &middot Fr.

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

    25 &middot Tami Post &middot Sr.

    Has played and started in all 27 games this season at third base…has four RBI’s and leads the team with two triples…had a stolen base against Nebraska.

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