March 22, 2000 - by
Softball Sweeps Ohio

March 22, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team improved to
24-15 with a 8-1, 6-1 sweep of the Ohio Bobcats, Wednesday evening at the
Seminole Softball Complex. The Lady Seminoles outhit the Bobcats, who fall
to 3-10 on the season, 20-8 in the two games.

Game one went scoreless until the fourth inning when the Bobcats’
Sara Kraus scored on a two-out error. The Lady Seminoles responded in the
fifth when Teresa Edenfield doubled, scoring Kimmy Carter who had reached
on an error. A seven-run sixth inning broke things open for the Tribe.
FSU scored the go-ahead run on a two-out triple by Carter which scored two
runs. But the Lady Seminoles didn’t stop there. Florida State strung
together four more hits in the inning, including a two-run double by Brandi
Stuart and a two-run triple by Natalie Bennett. Ohio went down in order in
the seventh. The Bobcats’ Kelli Bankert had two of Ohio’s four hits. For
FSU, both Bennett and Stuart recorded three hits and two RBIs. Edenfield
and Carter also drove in two runs apiece. As a team, the Tribe tallied a
season-high 13 hits. Jennifer White-Stokes struck out six and walked just
two in the complete-game victory.

Ohio struck first again in the second game, picking up a run on two
hits, including a RBI double by Bankert. But that would be the only
offensive production for the Bobcats until the seventh inning when they
picked up two more hits. Florida State got on the board in the third as
Serita Brooks scored on an RBI double by Edenfield. It was Brooks that
gave FSU the lead for good in the fourth inning with a two-out, in-the-park
home run. It was her second blast of the year. The Tribe picked up two
more runs in the fifth. Leslie Malerich pitched four innings, gave up two
hits and struck out four to improve to 14-9 on the season. Robyn Gauger
pitched three innings in relief and allowed just two hits and earned her
first save of the season.

“The bats woke up tonight,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said.
“The team is becoming more competitive with each game which is a good sign
as we get closer to our conference season.”

FSU will head to Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday to participate in
the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge, March 24-26.


OHIO  000 100 0 1  4 2
FSU   000 017 X 8 13 1
WP - Jen White Stokes (9-5), LP - Kasey Dowd (1-5)


OHIO  100 000 0 1  4  3
FSU   001 320 X 6  7  2
WP - Leslie Malerich (14-9), LP - Heather Hagen (2-4), SAVE - Robyn Gauger (1)
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