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Softball Opens Conference Play This Week

March 29, 2000


ON TAP THIS WEEK…

The Lady Seminoles will open ACC play this weekend. FSU will host Georgia
Tech on Saturday, April 1st, in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. On
Sunday, April 2nd, the Lady Seminoles will host in-state foe Florida
International in a doubleheader beginning at Noon. The FIU series will be
televised live on Sunshine Network, Cable 23. Tom Block and Leah Secondo
will provide the talent.


DIAMOND DUST…

RECORD: 28-17

STREAK: won two


LAST OUTING:
The Lady Seminoles went 4-2 over the weekend and were crowned
champions of the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge. FSU defeated Wisconsin 6-5
and UTC 2-1 in the final day of action to earn the title.


VS. THIS WEEK’S FOES




Georgia TechFSU leads 23-1
Florida InternationalFSU leads 2-0


THE LADY SEMINOLES QUICKLY:











Batting Leader:Serita Brooks, .394
Hits Leader:Serita Brooks, 56 hits
Doubles Leader:Natalie Bennett, 9
Triples Leader:Kimmy Carter, 5
Home Runs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 3
Kelly Miller, 3
RBIs Leader:Teresa Edenfield, 28
Stolen Base Leader:Serita Brooks, 28
ERA Leader:Leslie Malerich, 0.81


(17-9 current record)


COACH’S CORNER

Dr. JoAnne Graf is in her 22nd season at the helm of the Lady Seminole
program. Her record stands at 1032-302-6. In 1999, Graf became the first
coach in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,000 Division I victories and
the first to reach that plateau at one university. She has guided FSU to
five College World Series, 12 NCAA Regional appearances, two slowpitch
National Championships and seven ACC Championships. Her coaching has
produced 17 All-Americans and numerous all-region and all-conference
selections.


ON TAP THIS WEEK…

The Lady Seminoles will open ACC play this weekend. FSU will host Georgia
Tech on Saturday, April 1st, in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. On
Sunday, April 2nd, the Lady Seminoles will host in-state foe Florida
International in a doubleheader beginning at Noon. The FIU series will be
televised live on Sunshine Network, Cable 23. Tom Block and Leah Seconda
will provide the talent.


YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

Sunday’s doubleheader with Florida International, beginning at Noon, will
be the first of two series that will be aired on Sunshine Network. The
other is the North Carolina series on April 16th. The ACC Softball
Tournament championship game on Monday, May 1st will also be aired on
Sunshine.


MALERICH EARNS ACC HONORS AGAIN

Malerich earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for the fourth time this
season on March 27. Malerich went 4-0 for the week, including two
shutouts, with a 0.54 ERA and one save. With a 3-0 record and a save in
the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge, she was named to the All-Tournament team
and earned MVP honors. Malerich held opponents to a .172 batting average,
allowing just two runs in 26 innings of work on the mound. She made five
appearances for the week, with four starts and three complete games. She
walked just six batters while striking out 21.


MORE ALL TOURNAMENT HONORS

The Lady Seminoles were well represented on the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge
All-Tournament Team. Joining Malerich, who also earned MVP honors, were
Becky Wallace, Brandi Stuart and Teresa Edenfield. Wallace batted .462
with two RBIs. Stuart batted .353 with three runs and three RBIs while
Edenfield batted .316 with four RBIs.


LAST YEAR VS. FIU

FSU and FIU have had just one series and it was a special day for the Lady
Seminoles! On April 17th, 1999, Florida State held the official
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Seminole Soccer/Softbal Complex and then
the Lady Seminoles swept FIU, 6-1 and 1-0.


COME-FROM-BEHIND

Florida State showed some real fight against Wisconsin in the final day of
the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge. Down 5-0 after two innings, the Tribe
scored two runs in the fourth and then exploded for four runs on five hits
in the seventh inning. After giving up five runs in the second inning,
Jenn White-Stokes allowed just three Badger hits the next four innings and
Leslie Malerich came into the game in the seventh to earn the save.


THE LADY SEMINOLES IN ACC STATS


  • Serita Brooks ranks second in the ACC in batting with a .394 BA

  • Leslie Malerich’s 0.81 ERA is tops in the ACC.

  • Leslie Malerich is averaging 6.61 strikeouts per game which is third-best in the ACC.

  • Heading into the week, Teresa Edenfield’s team-leading 28 RBIs ranks fourth in the ACC.

  • Kimmy Carter leads FSU and the ACC with five triples.

  • Serita Brooks leads FSU and the ACC with 28 stolen bases.

  • Leslie Malerich leads the ACC with two saves and is third in winning percentage at .654.



STRONG WEEK

As a team last week, FSU batted .304, outhitting its opponents 62 to 44.
Of those 62 hits, 15 were for extra-bases, including 10 doubles, four
triples and one home run.THE


BATS WOKE UP!

Florida State belted a season-high 13 hits in the first game of the
doubleheader vs. Ohio. It marked the seventh time this season that the
Lady Seminoles have recorded double digit hits in a game and the Tribe is
7-0 in those games. On the flip side, FSU pitching has not allowed an
opponent to record double-digit hits this season.


INSIDE THE PARK

Junior Serita Brooks used her speed to round the bases for her second home
run of the season vs. Ohio, but first in-the-park home run. It is the
second in-the-park home run for the Lady Seminoles this season as Jen
White-Stokes recorded one vs. FAMU on February 12th.


MULTI-BROOKS

Serita Brooks leads the team with 17 multi-hit games this season. The
junior also has four multi-RBI games on the year. She also put together a
hitting streak of 10 games between Feb. 16-27th.


ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS

Juniors Staci Brandon and Serita Brooks were named to the 2000 Tallahassee
Democrat Florida State Invitational All-Tournament team over the weekend.
Brandon led all FSU players with a .750 batting average on 9-of-12 at the
plate with two RBIs and three runs scored. Brooks hit .529 on 9-of-17,
including a double and a triple, and scored two runs and drove in three
others.


EDENFIELD CAME BACK STRONG

Senior Teresa Edenfield missed the majority of the FSU Invitational with a
sprained left knee. She saw one at bat in the five games and it was a hit
against Northern Iowa. Edenfield returned to action on Wednesday, March
22nd and played in all eight of FSU’s games last week and what a week she
had! Playing in all eight games, she batted .346 with nine hits, including
two doubles, and a team-leading seven RBIs.


HOME RUN CLUB

The Lady Seminoles already have 12 home runs this season while FSU pitching
has allowed just five. The Tribe had a total of seven last season. Kelly
Miller and Teresa Edenfield lead the team with three apiece while Kimmy
Carter and Serita Brooks each have two, and Brandi Stuart and Jenn
White-Stokes each have one.


PERFECTION!

Sophomore Leslie Malerich faced 21 batters and threw five strikeouts
against Princeton for her first career perfect game as a Lady Seminole! It
was also her sixth shut out of the season.


PITCHER OF THE WEEK … AGAIN!

Leslie Malerich earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday, March 20th
after recording her first career perfect game and earning two victories the
past week It is the third time this season that Malerich has been
recognized by the league.


BROOKS HONORED

Junior Serita Brooks was named to the Fresno State Hallowell Chevrolet
All-Tournament team after batting .474 with two RBI’s and going a perfect
4-4 in stolen bases.


TEAM LEADER

Serita Brooks, a transfer from North Florida CC, has quickly made a name
for herself. The Cottondale, Ala., native leads the team in batting at
.394, hits with 56 and stolen bases with 28. She has also earned ACC
Player of the Week honors once this season.


KEY HITS

While Drake University transfer Natalie Bennett has just 26 hits on the
season, they have been key ones because the shortstop ranks second on the
team with 21 RBIs off those hits!


ON THE BASEPATHS

The Lady Seminoles have some speed in the line up. Serita Brooks leads the
team with 28 stolen bases, while Brandi Stuart has 20. As a team, FSU has
recorded 70 stolen bases to its opponents’ 23.


TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

The Lady Seminoles are 28-17 heading into this weekend’s action. Nine of
the Tribe’s 17 losses have been by just one run and four of those games
went extra innings before being decided.


COMPLEX RECORDS

Two records were tied or broken during the Seminole Classic, February
11-13. The Cal-Berkeley Bears tied the record for team RBI’s with 10 and
set a new record for runs by one team in a game with 14 against FAMU on Feb
12.


EXTRA INNINGS

The Lady Seminoles are 2-4 in extra inning games this season.


TWICE AS NICE

Sophomore Leslie Malerich won her second consecutive ACC pitcher of the
week award for the week of February 21st. For the week, she compiled a 5-0
record while not allowing a run in 21 1/3 innings of work. She has not went
28 1/3 consecutive innings before allowing a run and has 96 strikeouts in
97 innings pitched.


STREAKY SEMINOLES

The Lady Seminoles won eight straight games during a 10-day stretch from
Feb. 16-26th. The Tribe also lost eight straight during a seven-day
stretch from March 4-11th.


SHUTTING ‘EM OUT!

Florida State pitching has produced 15 shutouts this season, including a
no-hitter against Florida A&M and a perfect game against Princeton. Leslie
Malerich leads the unit with eight solo and two combined shutouts.


FSU PLAYER NOTES

#1 Staci Brandon

Jr. * LF * Peoria, AZ



On the Season:

Has played in 31 games with 21 starts, mostly at left field… ranks second
on the team with a .359 batting average… had a seven-game hitting
streak… has recorded six multi-hit games, including a perfect 3-for-3 vs.
Miami of Ohio on March 17th… was named to the Florida State Invitational
All-Tournament team after batting .750, with two RBIs and three runs
scored… is 4-for-4 in stolen bases.


#2 Becky Brock

So. * 3B * Macclenny, FL



On the Season:

Sees a lot of action at third base… has played in 36 games… is third on
the team at .316, but has just 19 At Bats… has one multi-hit and
multi-RBI game… is solid defensively… is also used occasionally as a
pinch-runner.


#3 Felicia Williams

Sr. * OF * Orlando, FL



On the Season:

Has played in 37 games… is third on the team with seven stolen bases…
has one multi-hit game… has one multi-steal game with two vs.
Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19.


#8 Kimmy Carter

So. * RF * Palm Beach Gardens, FL



On the Season:

Starter at right field… is hitting .272… is among the team-leaders with
two home runs… has started in all 45 games… leads the team with five
triples… has two, three-RBI games… had a six-game hitting streak… has
eight multi-hit… is third on the team with 31 hits… is first on the
team with 15 walks.


#10 Andi Lyons

Sr. * C/OF * Oldsmar, FL



On the Season:

Primary starter at catcher… has played in 39 games this season… started
the year with a four-game hitting streak… has one multi-hit game and one
multi-RBI game.


#12 Jenn White-Stokes

Jr. * P * Tuttle, OK



On the Season:

Strong hitting pitcher… is 10-7 with a 2.35 ERA and 11 complete games…
is batting .245… hit an inside-the-park home run vs. FAMU on Feb. 12…
has four shutouts… has held opponents to a .234 batting average… threw
a one-hitter with nine strikeouts against Miami of Ohio on March 17… has
three multi-hit games and one three-RBI game… started the season with a
three-game hitting streak.


#14 Teresa Edenfield

Sr. * C/OF * Marianna, FL



On the Season:

Has started in 40 games, mostly at left field… leads the team with 28
RBIs… has had four, three-RBI games this season, the latest against
Harvard on March 3… tied for the team lead with three home runs and is
second on the squad with eight doubles… was named to the UTC Frost
Cutlery All-Tournament Team… is fourth on the team with 30 hits… had a
season-high 10 putouts against Florida Atlantic in the Lady Seminole
Classic.. has had eight multi-hit games… was injured and had just one at
bat, for a hit, at the Florida State Invitational… has already surpassed
season-high of 16 RBIs in 1998.


#15 Serita Brooks

Jr. * CF * Cottondale, AL



On the Season:

Starter in center field… junior college transfer who is quickly making a
name for herself… leads the team and is second in the ACC with a .394
batting average… also the team leader in hits with 56 and stolen bases
with 28… is fourth on the team with 16 RBIs… was named to the
All-Tournament Teams at both the Fresno State Tournament and the
Tallahassee Democrat Florida State Invitational… batted .529 in the
Invitational with a double, triple, two runs scored and three Rbis… had
hits in the first seven games of the season… longest hitting streak has
been 10 games… is the team-leader with 17 multi-hit games… has two home
runs, vs. Villanova and an inside-the-park blast vs. Ohio… has recorded
three steals in a game, three times this season… earned ACC Player of the
Week honors on February 28th.


#17 Becky Wallace

Sr. * 1B * Naples, FL



On the Season:

Has played in 33 games at designated hitter or at first base… leads the
team with 245 putouts… is batting .212… went 3-for-3 against
Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19… has three multi-hit games… has one
multi-RBI game vs. Northern Iowa on March 18… had a hitting streak of
three games at the start of the season… earned UTC Frost Cutlery
Challenge All-Tournament Team honors.


#23 Leslie Malerich

So. * P * Merrillville, IN



On the Season:

FSU’s ace on the mound… is the team leader with a 17-9 record and a 0.81
ERA… leads the FSU pitching staff with 146 strikeouts and eight
shutouts… has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week four times… was
named to the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All-Tournament Team and also
earned MVP honors after notching three wins, including two shutouts, and a
save… recorded her first career perfect game against Princeton on March
15… also had a no-hitter vs. FAMU… has 17 complete games… struck out
season-high 11 batters vs. FAMU on Feb. 12… had a stretch where she
didn’t give up an earned run in 46 consecutive innings… has held the
opposition to a .170 batting average… is averaging 4.7 strikeouts per
game.


#24 Jackie Hirschfeld

So. * 3B * Tampa, FL



On the Season:

Has played in 12 games with three starts… recorded lone-hit vs. Mercer on
Feb. 16th.


#25 Robyn Gauger

Jr. * P/UT * St. Mark’s, FL



On the Season:

Has made nine appearances and is 1-1 with one shutout and one save… is
second on the pitching staff with a 1.72 ERA…. struck out a season-high
seven batters in her season debut vs. Mercer on February 16… also has 19
At Bats and has one hit and one run scored.


#29 Brandi Stuart

Fr. * 2B * Cerritos, CA



On the Season:

Starter at second base… is fourth on the team with a .305 batting
average… is second on the team with 20 stolen bases, 40 hits and 131 At
Bats… has 12 multi-hit games… is one of five Lady Seminoles with double
digit RBIs with 17… is second on the team with 13 walks… is third on
the team with 18 runs… has four multi-steal games… went 3-for-4,
including a triple, with two RBIs vs. Ohio on March 22… was named to the
UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All Tournament Team… is one of just four
player to start every game.


#32 Stephanie Elowsky

Jr. * SS * Pensacola, FL



On the Season:

Has played in 17 games with four starts… has RBIs against Bethune-Cookman
and Texas.


#43 Natalie Bennett

Jr. * SS * Belleville, IL



On the Season:

Starter at shortstop… is a transfer from Drake University… is second on
the team with 21 RBIs off of 26 hits… is hitting .220… has had four
multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games… is first on the team with nine
doubles… is one of just four Lady Seminoles to start all 45 games…
leads the team with 16 sacrifice hits… had three hits, including a
double, and two Rbis in 8-1 win over Ohio.


#48 Kelly Miller

Jr. * 1B/3B * Vallejo, CA



On the Season:

Plays both first and third base… has played in 41 games… is tied for
the team lead with three home runs… has three multi-hit games and one
multi-RBI game… season-high hitting streak is three games is third on the
team with 10 walks… is second on team with 12 sacrifices.

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