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Softball Splits at Seminole Classic

March 27, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles went to 23-18-1 overall
with a split this afternoon in action at the 1999 Seminole Classic, being
played at the FSU Softball Complex. FSU fell 3-0 to Michigan State but
came back for a 6-1 win over Troy State.

Michigan State did its damage in the first inning of game one, scoring
three runs off of four hits. The first four batters recorded hits for
Spartans, with a triple, two doubles and a single. Seminole pitcher
Jennifer White, who fell to 10-11 on the season with the 3-0 loss, settled
down to retire the next three batters. White allowed just two more
Michigan State hits and walked just one the rest of the game as the
Spartans had just four baserunners over the final six innings. The
Seminoles managed just four base hits for the game and White had two of
them. FSU threatened to score in the third inning when with one out
Danielle Cox hit a single and advanced to third with two stolen bases. She
was left stranded.

“We just weren’t ready in the first game,” FSU Head Coach Dr. Joanne Graf
said. “Jen (White) had a rough first inning, but settled down and pitched
a good game. Unfortunately, Michigan State took advantage of that and
scored early.”

The Seminoles got their bats going as they belted 11 hits against Troy
State in game two of the Classic. Florida State pitcher Stacy Venable got
the complete game 6-1 victory and improved her season record to a perfect
6-0. The Tribe, the visiting team, got things started in the first inning
as Danielle Cox led off the game with a double. With one out Christy
Cerecedes joined Cox on the bases and both were driven in on a single by
Corrie Williams. Williams had a game-high three RBIs for the game, while
Cerecedes went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in two runs. Cox also
went 3-for-4 for FSU while Tami Post also recorded multiple hits with two.
The Trojans scored their lone run in the first inning as Peggy Swift led
off with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Venable held Troy
State to just five singles for the game and struck out five batters.

“In game two, we came out and scored right away, putting the pressure on
Troy State,” Graf said. “Our defense was solid and Stacy was able to pitch
the entire game which was a key for us.”

In the final game of the day, Michigan State (20-11) topped Troy State
(26-12), 3-2. The three teams will continue action tomorrow as the
Spartans and Lady Trojans will face off again at 11 a.m. followed by
Florida State and Michigan State at 1 p.m. The Classic will conclude with
a 3 p.m. contest between FSU and Troy State.


MICHIGAN ST. 300 000 0 – 3 6 0
FSU 000 000 0 – 0 4 0

WP – Strutz (13-7)
LP – White (10-11)
2B – (MSU) Hugan, Dunavan
3B – (MSU) Fry


FSU 201 030 0 – 6 11 0
TROY STATE 100 000 0 – 1 5 1

WP – Venable (6-0)
LP – Linderman (6-4)
2B – (FSU) Cox, McGregor


TROY STATE 000 101 0 – 2 10 0
MICHIGAN ST. 000 000 3 – 3 10 0

WP – Strutz (14-7)
LP – Unkenholz (8-2)

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