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Softball Season Review

July 27, 1999

FSU vs TOP 25
The Lady Seminoles will face eight top 25 teams this season: #5 Michigan,#6 South Florida, #8 Nebraska, #10 Massachusetts, #11 DePaul,#20 Florida, #22 Minnesota and #23 Hostra. Other possible top 25 opponents include: #4 Washington, #9 LSU, #11 Oklahoma, #14 Stanford and #18 Arizona State at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, #7 Texas, #15 Oklahoma State, #16 Iowa, #19 Alabama and #24 Illinois-Chicago at the USF Speedline Invitational, and #1 Fresno State in the FSU Invitational



FSU CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF WOMEN’S ATHLETICS
While women’s athletics has held a rich tradition in Tallahassee since the early 1900,2 when Florida State was thr Florida State College for Women, the 1998-99 season marks the 30th anniversary for a continuous women’s athletics program at Florida State University. Through the years, a foundation of excellence, both athletically and academically has been planted upon which a winning tradition continues to grow.


Softball was one of the first sports established for women at FSU and has established a name in the record books, including the 1981 and 1982 AIAW National Championships. FSU Softball continues to excel and has moved into the state of the art Seminole Softball Complex including ticket and concession buidings, a spacious press box, and a team building which includes coaches offices, visiting, home and coaches locker rooms, a reception area, workroom and a training and equipment room.



Not a single one!
Freshman Leslie Malerich pitched her first no-hitter as a Seminole with her win over Toledo on March 12.. The Merrillville, Ind., native struck out nine batters, walked two and gave up 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 had double-digit hits in 18 games this year. The Lady Seminoles averaged 7.32 hits per game, had 12 players with double digit hits for the season and had a season high 16 hits in the second game against Michigan State. Thirteen of those 18 games were in the second half of the season.



Leading the way
Not only did Danielle Cox lead the Lady Seminoles in batting average (.432), runs (52), hits (98) and stolen bases (73) but she also led the ACC. The senior from Anniston, Ala., led the ACC in stolen bases (73) and in batting average (.432) this season.



Carter steps it up
Kimmy Carter stepped it up — and not just to the plate. The rookie from West Palm Beach, Fla., had multiple hits in 11 games this season and was named ACC and SAA Player of the Week for May 11th. She led the ACC in triples per game with five. Carter had only one error in her 49 games and had five stolen bases. 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. Thirty-six players from the FSU opponents were caught trying to sneak to the next base. Andi Lyons led the team catching 10 of those players and Leslie Malerich caught eight.



No runs for you
The FSU pitching staff held 18 teams scoreless this season. Jen White led the effort with seven shut outs as Leslie Malerich recorded four shut-outs as Stacy Venable added two, including a 3-0 shut out victory in the ACC Championship game.



What a Steal!

Danielle Cox and Dana Bailey are among FSU’s best in stolen bases as they hold the third and sixth spots in the career record book. Cox has 93 while Bailey has 60, respectively.


Nationwide

Danielle Cox led the team, ACC and the country in stolen bases with 93. She was also 18th in batting average (.432).



From FSU to the Majors…
Danielle Cox finished her college career on May 16th and two days later, was in Columbus, Ga., with the Georgia Pride, a professional softball team. Cox is the sixth Lady Seminole to join the professional ranks. Assistant Coach Carrie Partlowe joined the Pride coaching staff as well.


FSU vs the Top 25
Florida State played 14 teams in 23 games this season who were ranked in the Top 25 of the NFCA Coaches Poll, compiling a 9-14 record. FSU took wins from Hofstra, Maryland (2), Massachusetts, Minnesota (2), Florida and South Florida (2). The Lady Seminoles also faced four of the Softball College World Series participants: DePaul, Arizona State, California and Southern Mississippi.



Three Strikes…you’re out!
Each batter gets three strikes…and the Lady Seminoles made sure they get out! Jen White led the team with 164 strikeouts and caught 45 of them looking. Leslie Malerich was second on the team with 91, 29 of them looking, and Stacy Venable sent 63 batters back to the dugout.



What an honor!
Senior Stacy Venable was 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.



Over the fence
Danielle Cox hit her second home run as a Lady Seminole during the ACC Championships, leading the team in the category this year. Teresa Edenfield hit her first home run as a Seminole against FAMU with a three-run shot over the left field wall. Andi Lyons also hit her first home run as a Seminole against FAMU as she drove one over the center field wall at the FAMU Softball Complex. Three other Florida State players have hit one over the wall this year: Becky Wallace, Jennifer White and Corrie Williams.


For the record Books
Single Season Broken Records:
Hits- Danielle Cox: 98
Stolen Bases- Danielle Cox: 73
Batting Average- Danielle Cox: .432
Career Broken Records:
Batting Average- Danielle Cox: .366 (tied)
Career Record Book:
Stolen Bases- Danielle Cox: 3rd (94)



FSU ends 1999 season on a high note


The Lady Seminoles finished the season on a high note. Despite not being invited to the NCAA Tournament, Florida State won their fifth consecutive ACC Tournament title, shared the Southern Atlantic Alliance and ACC regular season title with Maryland and posted the ninth consecutive season with 40+ wins.


Florida State also garnered five postseason honors. Danielle Cox became the 17th Lady Seminole to be named an All-American (fourth 1st Team All-American) and was also named to the 1st team All-Southeast Region team. Christy Cerecedes was named to the 2nd team All-Southeast Region team. Cox and Stacy Venable were named to the All-ACC Team.



Danielle Cox hit her second homerun as a Lady Seminole during the ACC Championships, leading the team in the catagory this year. Teresa Edenfield hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU with a three run shot over the left field wall. Andi Lyons also hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU as she drove one over the center field wall at the FAMU Softball Complex. Three other Florida State players have hit one over the wall this year: Becky Wallace, Jennifer White and Corrie Williams.



Dr. JoAnne Graf’s Milestone Victories

No.       Date                   Score/Opponent
1000      May 6, 1999            2-1 vs  South Florida
 900      April 10, 1997         6-0 vs. North Carolina
 800      April 7, 1995         15-0 vs. North Carolina
 700      April 17, 1993         4-2 vs. Virginia
 600      February 23, 1992      2-0 vs. West Florida
 500      March 13, 1990         5-0 vs. Virginia
 400      April 26, 1987         2-0 vs. Oklahoma State
 300      April 5, 1985         10-1 vs. NE Louisiana
 200      March 26, 1983         3-2 vs. Florida
 100      April 10, 1981         3-2 vs. NC State
   1      February 26, 1979      3-1 vs. Chipola College

Graf’s Current Career Record: 1,004-285-6



Not too many people can say they are the second to do anything in history, let alone the first. But Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf has become one of the few.


Dr. Graf became the first coach in Division I history to win 1,000 Division I games and the first to win 1,000 at a single university with the 2-1 win over South Florida on May 6. These wins include slow and fast pitch.


In her 21 years at the helm of the Florida State program, Coach Graf has led the Lady Seminoles to five College World Series, 12 NCAA Regional appearances and two slowpitch National Championships. Under Graf’s direction, the Lady Seminoles have practically owned every Atlantic Coast Conference title since the league adopted softball as a sport in 1992. Her coaching has produced 16 All-Americans, including four first team selections, numerous all-conference and all-region players and five players who took the step to the professional league. She has watched the program grow from playing on an intramural field to having a home in a state-of-the-art facility and has watched many of her players become high school and college coaches, taking their experience and knowledge as a player under Coach Graf and making a career of it.



1999 Team Leaders



BATTING

BATTING AVERAGE:
Danielle Cox      .432
HITS:
Danielle Cox        98
DOUBLES:
Christy Cerecedes   12
TRIPLES:
Christy Cerecedes    5
Kimmy Carter         5
HOMERUNS
Danielle Cox         2
RBI'S:
Christy Cerecedes   33
STOLEN BASES: 
Danielle Cox        73

PITCHING

INNINGS PITCHED:
Jen White        214.2
ERA:
Stacy Venable     1.04
STRIKEOUTS:
Jennifer White     164
HITS:
Stacy Venable       59
RUNS:
Stacy Venable       19
WINS:
Stacy Venable     13-1

COX MAKES FSU HISTORY
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 fastpitch 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.



picks of the week…
Kimmy Carter, Stacy Venable, Danielle Cox and Jen White each earned ACC and SAA Player or Pitcher of the Week honors in 1999.


Carter, a freshman from West Palm Beach, Florida, went 6-15 and added two triples and five RBI’s. The right fielder leads the team and ACC in triples with five and is third on the team with 19 RBI’s. She has appeared in 46 games and is on a five game hitting streak.


The senior pitcher from Choctaw, OK, Venable nabbed the Pitcher of the Week honors after a 2-0 record last week, including a 2-1 win and complete game over South Florida. She had five strikeouts and gave up only one earned run. Venable leads the team with a 1.15 ERA and has struck out 63 batters.


Cox and 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.

BROKEN RECORDS
Danielle Cox has once again made history. With stolenbase #70 in game one against South Florida on May 6,, Cox broke the record for the most stolen bases in a single season and set the record at 73. But she wasn’t done. Cox then broke the single season hits record with #93 in game two against South Florida, setting the record at 98. JUST A NOTE: Coach Graf stopped the game and presented Cox with the actual base she stole, third base.



Back in the swing of things
Danielle Cox and Kimmy Carter got back in the swing of things. Cox tied Dana Bailey with a 10 game hitting streak, ending at the ACC Championships. Carter, who led the ACC in triples, started her five game hitting streak against Florida International. Dana Bailey also had a 10 game hitting streak from March 27-April 9.



Ripping it up
Three Lady Seminoles really ripped it up at the plate at the end of the season. In the last 28 games, Danielle Cox had hits in 25 games as Christy Cerecedes had hits in 20 of those games, with Dana Bailey adding 20. Bailey and Cox tied this season for the longest hitting streak at 10 games.



In the clutch
Florida State had many clutch victories this season. Jen White took the first one for the Lady Seminoles with her two-run homer in the seventh inning to clinch the win over UNLV. In a tight match with Auburn, Christy Cerecedes took a sacrifice fly to right field to score the winning run in the 10th inning. Jackie Hirschfeld answered the call as she pinch hit in the bottom of the eigth inning and drove in the winning run against Florida International. Kimmy Carter also made the play in the ACC Tournament with a sacfrice fly to bring in Danielle Cox for the 2-1 win in the 10th inning against North Carolina.


A bit of trivia
Freshman outfielder Kimmy Carter is the daughter of major league baseball player Gary Carter, who played for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos during his career.


Six FSU softball players have gone on to play professionally. Laurie Shepard and Shannon Mitchem played for the Silver Bullets as Myssi Calkins, Renee Espinoza and Shama Wilson played for the Georgia Pride. Danielle Cox joined the Pride in May.


1999 Honors and Awards



Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I

All-American

1st Team: Danielle Cox


Louisville Slugger All-Southeast Region

1st Team: Danielle Cox

2nd Team: Christy Cerecedes


GTE Academic All-District III

Stacy Venable


All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team

Danielle Cox

Stacy Venable


ACC All-Tournament Team
Teresa Edenfield

Tami Post
Stacy Venable


ACC Tournament MVP
Danielle Cox


SAA/ACC Player/Pitchers of the Week

March 16: Danielle Cox- player

Jen White- Pitcher

May 4: Kimmy Carter-player

Stacy Venable-pitcher



Tallahassee Democrat/FSU Invite All-Tourney Team
Danielle Cox


ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan
Postgraduate Scholarship

Stacy Venable



2 Danielle Cox Sr.

1st Team All-American…named to the All-ACC and All-Southeast Region teams…left fielder who played and started all 66 games… broke the FSU single season record for stolen bases (73) and hits (98) …led the country, ACC and team with 73 stolen bases… batted a team-leading .432 and led the ACC in batting average… had a team-leading 98 hits and 52 runs… hit her first career home run (in the park) against Mercer… had 14 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 third in career stolen bases with 94.


3 Felicia Williams Jr.
Appeared in 30 games primarily as a pinch runner…played in right field against FAMU… had four stolen bases and scored 11 runs.


6 Dana Bailey Sr.
Veteran centerfielder who played and started all 66 games this season… broke into the FSU career record book with 60 career stolen bases…had 24 steals and seven RBI’s this season… was third in the conference in steals… was perfect from the plate against Toledo…tied with Danielle Cox for the longest hitting streak this season at 10 games.


7 Jesse McGregor Sr.
A solid shortstop…started 63 games… has 18 RBIs on the season… led the team with 23 sacrifices… had two RBIs against Colorado State… had six doubles and two triples… had a triple against Hofstra… had six stolen bases… was perfect at the plate against Virginia…was one of 12 players
with double digit hits.


8 Kimmy Carter Fr.
Right fielder who played in 49 games this season… was named ACC and SAA Player of the Week for May 11th…recorded her first RBI against Utah… had 21 RBIs on the season… recorded two doubles against Furman…hit two triples against UNC-Charlotte and had five RBI’s in the last week of the regular season…tied for first in the ACC with five triples …daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.


9 LaTanya Mitchell Fr.
Played in 19 games, mostly at the right field position… had an RBI against Colorado State.



10 Andi Lyons Jr.

Played in 49 games between the catcher and DH positions…hit her first home run 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 16 RBI’s on the season, was one of just eight players with double figure RBIs… was seventh on the team with 34 hits…was a perfect 5-5 in stolen bases.


12 Jennifer White So.

Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th…compiled a 16-16 pitching record and appeared in 37 games… recorded her first shutout of the year against Campbell…led the pitching squad with seven shutouts and 24 complete games…third in the conference in ERA… struck out 164 batters and pitched 214.2 innings… had one home run while batting .253.


13 Christy Cerecedes So.

Named to the All-Southeast Region 2nd team…starter at second base… led the team with 33 RBIs and batted .337…had 12 doubles and five triples on the season… ranked second on the team with 60 hits… had 14 stolen bases and started 63 games…tied for the top spot in the conference with five triples.


14 Teresa Edenfield Jr.

Named to the ACC All-Tournament Team…hit her first career homerun with a three run shot over the left field wall against FAMU…played in 37 games this season at the catcher position… had 13 RBIs…had two doubles against UNC-Charlotte… caught six players stealing and has five stolen bases.


15 Corrie Williams Sr.
Starter at first base… led the team with 375 putouts…played in 60 games…with 23 RBIs, was just one of nine players with double digit RBIs… had her first home run of the season against Utah State… led the team with 24 walks and had 10 doubles… had two RBIs against Virginia and had three stolen bases.


16 Becky Brock Fr.

An intelligent player who saw action at the shortstop position…played in 11 games…had one RBI and one double on the season…batting average was a .273.


17 Becky Wallace Jr.
Saw most time at designated player, but was a backup at first base… played in 45 games with a .240 batting average… was fourth on the team with 19 RBIs off 25 hits… hit her first career home run with a three run blast against UNLV…had eight doubles.


20 Kelly Miller So.
Played in 28 games between first base and the DH position…hit a two-run double against Mercer and had two RBIs against UMass…had three doubles and 10 RBIs on the season.


21 Dana Vickery Fr.

Finsihed the season batting .300.. played second base and saw action in 23 games…was perfect at the plate against Campbell.


22 Stacy Venable Sr.

A GTE Academic All-District III team selection…an All-ACC selection…garnered ACC All-Tournament Team honors…pitched a shutout for the ACC Championship…named ACC and SAA Pitcher of the Week for May 11th…pitched in 22 games with a record of 13-1 and a 1.04 ERA…struck out 75 batters and gave up 59 hits… had her first shutout of the season against Georgia…led the conference in win percentage (.923) and ERA… is one of 16 recipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.


23 Leslie Malerich Fr.

Finished the season with an 11-8 record and a 2.03 ERA… had four shutouts and pitched 145 innings… struck out 93 batters and appeared in 32 games… had her first career no-hitter against Toledo.


24 Jackie Hirschfeld Fr.

Saw action in 15 games at third base… was 3-of-9 at the plate (.333)… was perfect at the plate against Campbell…drove in the winning run against Florida International.



25 Tami Post Sr.

An All-ACC Tournament selection…played and started in all 66 games this season at third base… had 13 RBIs, two triples and seven doubles… was a perfect 4-4 in stolen bases and had nine sacrifices…was one of 12 players to hit double digit hits this season.



1999 Florida State Softball- Final Stats
Overall Statistics for Florida State (as of May 17, 1999)
(All games Sorted by Batting avg)


Record: 40-25-1 Home 18-4-0 Away: 11-7-1 Neutral: 11-14-0


Name AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-SBA PO A E FLD%


Danielle Cox…….. .432 66-66 227 52 98 4 2 2 14 112 .493 19 2 18 1 .480 0 7 73-82 82 6 1 .989
Christy Cerecedes… .337 63-63 178 30 60 12 5 0 33 82 .461 24 2 16 1 .420 1 12 14-17 148 93 10 .960
Dana Vickery…….. .300 23-15 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 .300 0 0 3 0 .300 0 2 0-0 6 7 5 .722
Jackie Hirschfeld… .300 15-0 10 0 3 0 0 0 1 3 .300 3 0 2 0 .462 0 0 0-0 1 1 0 1.000
Kimmy Carter…….. .294 49-46 126 19 37 4 5 0 21 51 .405 10 2 27 1 .355 0 11 5-6 45 7 1 .981
Dana Bailey……… .277 66-66 184 25 51 1 2 0 7 56 .304 15 2 26 0 .338 0 16 24-31 67 4 2 .973
Becky Brock……… .273 11-3 11 4 3 1 0 0 0 4 .364 2 1 2 0 .429 0 0 0-0 6 15 0 1.000
Jennifer White…… .255 39-34 94 10 24 4 1 1 8 33 .351 6 1 17 0 .307 0 3 1-1 7 50 3 .950
Andi Lyons………. .245 49-45 139 22 34 5 0 1 16 42 .302 9 1 24 0 .295 0 4 5-5 207 22 6 .974
Teresa Edenfield…. .243 37-33 103 7 25 6 0 1 13 34 .330 3 0 18 0 .264 0 4 5-6 171 14 5 .974
Becky Wallace……. .240 45-33 104 6 25 8 0 1 19 36 .346 3 4 19 2 .288 0 4 1-1 38 7 2 .957
Corrie Williams….. .233 60-56 150 16 35 10 0 1 23 48 .320 24 1 21 1 .341 1 10 3-5 375 20 6 .985
Jesse McGregor…… .220 63-63 164 24 36 6 2 0 19 46 .280 12 1 17 0 .277 0 23 6-6 102 123 19 .922
Kelly Miller…….. .216 28-13 51 0 11 3 0 0 10 14 .275 2 0 9 0 .245 0 4 0-0 38 5 0 1.000
Tami Post……….. .209 66-66 158 20 33 7 2 0 13 44 .278 12 3 20 0 .277 0 9 4-4 51 144 9 .956
LaTanya Mitchell…. .167 19-11 36 3 6 0 0 0 1 6 .167 1 0 7 0 .189 0 2 2-2 12 1 1 .929
Leslie Malerich….. .000 31-18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0-0 5 40 3 .938
Felicia Williams…. .000 30-0 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0 .333 0 0 4-6 0 0 0 .000


Totals………….. .276 66-66 1751 250 484 71 19 7 198 614 .351 146 20 247 6 .339 2 112 147-172 1363 572 76 .962
Opponents……….. .212 66-66 1662 145 353 51 3 13 117 449 .270 120 10 332 6 .269 6 60 48-67 1345 625 108 .948


LOB – Team (444), Opp (358). DPs turned – Team (12), Opp (12). IBB – Team (8), C. Cerecedes 6, D. Cox 2, Opp (8). Picked off
– C. Williams 3, A. Lyons 1.


(All games Sorted by Earned run avg)


Name ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA


Stacy Venable……. 1.04 13-1 22 19 7 2/5 0 94.2 59 19 14 35 75 10 1 3 383 .174 3 3 0 1 4
Jennifer White…… 1.53 16-16 37 28 24 7/2 0 214.2 177 61 47 51 164 22 1 8 879 .226 6 4 0 3 37
Leslie Malerich….. 2.03 11-8 32 19 12 4/3 0 145.0 117 62 42 34 93 19 1 2 596 .217 10 3 0 2 19


Totals………….. 1.59 40-25 66 66 43 18/5 0 454.1 353 142 103 120 332 51 3 13 1858 .212 19 10 0 6 60
Opponents……….. 2.45 25-40 66 66 45 12/0 0 448.1 484 247 157 146 247 71 19 7 2031 .276 16 20 2 2 112


PB – Team (13), A. Lyons 8, T. Edenfield 5, Opp (27). SB/SBA – A. Lyons (29-39), J. White (27-34), T. Edenfield (19-26), L.
Malerich (11-19), S. Venable (10-14).


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