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Softball Returns Home After Hallowell Classic

March 14, 2000

Florida State softball (15-9) returns home to take on the Princeton Tigers
and Iowa State Cyclones. The Lady Seminoles will face Princeton on
Wednesday, March 15 in a doubleheader beginning at 5:00pm. FSU and Iowa
State match-up in a single game beginning at 5:00pm.


The Lady Seminoles are coming off a 2-4 finish at the Hallowell Chevrolet
Classic, hosted by Fresno State. FSU broke an eight game losing streak on
Sunday, shutting out Illinois State 1-0 (the Redbirds had defeated defending
National Champion UCLA the night before) and topped Texas Tech 3-0. Junior
Rita Brooks led the team with a .474 batting average, including two RBI’s
and four stolen bases. Sophomore Kimmy Carter added two doubles as junior
pitcher Jen White-Stokes added a triple. For the pitching squad, sophomore
Leslie Malerich went 1-2 with a 1.02 ERA with a shutout and 18 strikeouts.


Despite a 3-9 record during Spring Break, the Lady Seminoles hit some
bright spots along the way. From Georgia to California to Utah back home,
the Florida State softball team got to see parts of the country many of them
had never seen before.

After a weekend in Georgia, the Lady Seminoles took to the sky and headed
west for a week in California. Under overcast skies the softball team took
over San Francisco, hiking up straight hills, hitting the Hard Rock, Coiting
Hill, Pier 39 and the Fishermen’s Wharf. They took trolley rides, heard the
sea lions, took pictures of Alcatraz and hit the shopping. Once they left
San Francisco, the team headed to Fresno where they broke an eight game
losing streak in back-to-back shutouts over Illinois State and Texas Tech
while playing close games against #7 Fresno State and #3 UCLA.

The return trip to the east coast took the Lady Seminoles from Sacramento
to Salt Lake City, Utah where they saw the white capped mountains and the
Great Salt Lake, even if is was from the windows of the airport or a plane.
Over Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and to Atlanta to catch
the last leg of a 12 hour day, the Lady Seminoles headed back to Tallahassee
with souvenirs, shopping bags, and a new love for being at home.

Brooks Makes All-Tournament Team

Junior Rita Brooks as named to the Hallowell Chevrolet All-Tournament team
after batting .474 with two RBI’s and a perfect 4-4 stolen bases.

Speed on the Basepath

The Florida State Lady Seminoles go into this week with 54 stolen bases.
That is an average of 1.80 steals a game. Leading the team with 22 steals
is Rita Brooks, who averages .73 per game.

Homerun Club

Over the left, right or center field wall, the Lady Seminoles have put them
out this season! Teresa Edenfield leads the team with three homers with
Kelly Miller on her tail with two. Jen White-Stokes had an in the park
homerun at Lady Seminole field with Kimmy Carter hitting her first as a Lady
Seminole against Florida A&M. The last member of the club is junior college
transfer Rita Brooks, who hit a two-run homer against Florida Atlantic last
weekend to give FSU the 2-0 win. This was also her first collegiate homerun.

Inside the Park

Junior Jennifer White-Stokes hit an inside the park home run on Saturday,
Feb 12 against FAMU. The ball got caught in the sun in the fifth inning and
by the time it was retrieved, White-Stokes had crossed the plate safely to
give the Lady Noles a 7-5 lead over FAMU in the Seminole Classic.

Records at the complex

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

Extra Time

The Lady Seminoles are 2-1 in extra innings this season. Their lone loss was
in eight innings against Villanova where they lost 3-2.

RBI Machine

Edenfield leads the team and the ACC with 21 RBI’s on the season. She has
already surpassed her total of 13 from last year and her single season
record from 1998. She had seven RBI’s in six games, each doubleheaders
against Stetson, Bethune-Cookman and Mercer.


The Lady Seminoles are averaging 3.53 runs a game so far this season on 106
runs scored in the 30 games that they have played. On the other side of the
ball, the Lady Noles have given up only 59 runs on the year, averaging 1.97
runs per game.

Twice is 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.

Winning Streak

The Lady Seminoles won eight straight games before losing a close one to
Villanova, 3-2 in eight innings, at the FAU Worth Tournament.

Brooks Streak Ends, still leader

Junior college transfer Rita Brooks continues to lead the starters in
hitting with a .405 average. She ended her hitting streak at 10 games and
has hit safely in 26 of 30 games this season.

On the Basepath

Freshman Brandi Stuart is a 15-for-16 in stealing bases this season as
Felicia Williams has gone 7-9. The team leader, Rita Brooks, has 18 out of
21 attempts.

Shutting ’em out!

The Florida State pitchers have shutout nine opponents this season,
including a no-hitter against Florida A&M February 9th. Leslie Malerich
leads the squad with four solo and two combined shutouts.

In the ACC?

When it comes to the ACC standings, FSU is written everywhere. As a team
FSU holds third in batting, second pitching wise, and first in fielding.
Aside from team standings FSU also shines while seven players hold standings
of their own.

Welcome Back, Louie!

Coach Graf made a coaching change this year and brought back a familiar
face. Assistant Coach Louie Berndt returns to FSU after coaching for six
seasons at Marshall. A graduate of Western Michigan, Berndt coached the 1989
Lady Seminole pitchers and outfielders, helping the team to a Top 20 ranking
and second-place finish in the Southwest Regional.

A New Face

Pitching Coach Heather Compton is one of the newest additions to FSU
Softball. In her four years at UCLA, Compton was a member of the 1990 and
1992 national champion teams as well as an All-American and All-College
World Series team member. Compton came to FSU after playing with the Tampa
Bay Firestix of the Women’s Professional Softball League.

The Drought Ends!

The Lady Seminoles matched their win streak this past week…just on the
other end. FSU was on an eight game losing streak until Sunday when they
shutout Illinois State (1-0) and Texas Tech (3-0) to end the drought.

Batting Average:

Rita Brooks- 1st


Leslie Malerich- 1st

Robin Gauger- 7th

Jen White-Stokes-10th

Strikeouts per game:

Robin Gauger- 1st

Leslie Malerich- 2nd

Home Runs:

Teresa Edenfield- 5th


Teresa Edenfield- 3rd


Teresa Edenfield- 5th


Kimmy Carter- 1st

Rita Brooks-4th

Stolen Bases:

Rita Brooks- 1st

Brandi Stuart-2nd

Feleicia Williams-5th

Winning Percentage:

Leslie Malerich-5th

FSU will host the Tallahassee Democrat Lady Seminole Invitational Friday,
March 17-Sunday, March 19 with games at the Seminole Softball Complex and
Messer Fields. The Lady Seminoles will begin on Friday, taking on Troy State
at Noon at Messer Field #10 with Miami-Ohio at 4:00pm and Kansas at 6:00pm
at the Seminole Softball Complex. Bracket play will begin on Saturday.


Overall Record          17-13
Conference Record 0-0
Home 3-0
Away 7-1
Neutral 7-12
Tournament Play 8-13
vs ranked opponents 0-6
Day Games 15-11
Night Games 2-2
One run games 3-8
Two run games 3-1
Five run games 7-1
Extra innings 2-3
Shutouts 11-6
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