March 18, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State softball team went to 22-15
on the season with a split in Saturday’s action at the Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State Invitational at the Seminole Softball Complex. In
back-to-back games, the Lady Seminoles defeated Northern Iowa 6-2, but fell
6-1 to 14-th ranked Michigan in the tourney’s semifinal.
The Lady Seminoles rattled off 11 hits in the Northern Iowa game
with three players recording two hits apiece. Left fielder Staci Brandon
led the charge, going 2-for-2, scoring two runs and driving in another.
Rita Brooks and Becky Brock also had two hits. A three hit, two run second
inning started the scoring for the Tribe. Teresa Edenfield led off with a
single, followed by a bunt single by Brandon. With two out, Becky Wallace
hit a deep single to left field, driving in two runs. With the score 3-2
in the fifth inning, the Lady Seminoles broke open the game. Brock led off
with a single. Felecia Williams reached base on an error and advanced all
the way to third base while Brock scored. Brandon singled and she and
Williams were brought home by a double to left field by Natalie Bennett.
Jennifer White-Stokes got the win and improved to 8-5 on the year. Leslie
Malerich pitched three innings of relief and struck out four.
FSU and Michigan were in a 1-1 tie until the seventh inning when
the Wolverines scored five runs, including a grand slam home run. FSU
struck first in the contest. In the bottom of the third with one out,
Brock, Andi Lyons and Kimmy Carter all singled to load the bases. Brooks
struck out swinging while Brandi Stuart drew a walk to score a run. The
Wolverines responded in the fifth with a two out double by Kelsey Kollen.
Kollen adanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Melissa
Taylor. An FSU error allowed a run to score in the seventh, but with two
out and the bases loaded, Marissa Young belted a home run over the left
field fence to give Michigan the five-run advantage. Malerich struck out
five but recorded the loss and went to 13-9 overall. The Lady Seminoles
had just five base hits, led by Carter’s two.
“We played well against Northern Iowa,” fSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne
Graf said. “Jen (White-Stokes) threw well and we hit better against them.
We got ahead on Michigan, but let them back into it. We fell apart in the
seventh inning and couldn’t catch up, but I feel like we played well
“Overall in the tournament, we played some really good games,
especially in the tight games and came from behind. We were right in there
against both Kansas and Michigan, but had one inning where our opponent
just played better.”
Florida State will host Ohio University in a doubleheader on
Wednesday, March 22nd, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Seminole Softball
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