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Softball Takes on Cross-town Rival Florida A&M

March 31, 1999

The Florida State Lady Seminoles (24-19-1) take on the Florida A&M Rattlerettes on Thursday, April 1 at 6:00pm at FAMU. This will be the second game of a four game series. FAMU won the first game back in February, 3-2.

The Lady Seminoles hosted the Seminole Classic last weekend where they finished with a 2-2 record. Danielle Cox led the way for the Lady Seminoles, batting .500 with a double and five runs. She also added four stolen bases. Christy Cerecedes was also a leader this weekend, batting .429 and adding two RBI’s and a stolen base. Kimmy Carter was 6-9 from the plate on Sunday with three RBI’s. Carter also had a double and a triple against Michigan State.

Leslie Malerich had a 1-0 record this weekend, shutting out Troy State 7-0. She allowed only three hits and struckout five batters. Stacy Venable took the other win from Troy State 6-1, giving up five hits and striking out five batters to improve her record to 6-0.

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Not a single one!

Frehsman Leslie Malerich pitched her first no-hitter as a Seminole with her win over Toledo. The Merrillville, IN native struck-out nine batters, walked two and had 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 has had double-digit hits in nine games this year and it doesn’t stop there. The Lady Seminoles are averaging 6.86 hits per game, have 11 players with double digit hits for the season and had a season high 16 hits in the second game against Michigan State.

Leading the way

Not only does Danielle Cox lead the Lady Seminoles in batting average (.406), runs (35), hits (63) and stolen bases (47) but she also is a leader in the ACC. The senior from Anniston, Alabama leads the ACC in stolen bases (47) and is batting average. NOTE: The ACC stats are as of the March 31st release.

Carter steps it up

Kimmy Carter has stepped up — and not just to the plate. Carter, a freshman from West Plam Beach, Florida,has had multiple hits in five games this season and was stellar from the plate this weekend, going 6-9 on Sunday with a double and triple against Michigan State. Carter is also flawless from the field with no errors and a stolen base. 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. Twenty-four players from the FSU opponents have been caught trying to sneak to the next base. Andi Lyons leads the team as she has caught seven of those players and Leslie Malerich has caught six.

no runs for you

The FSU pitching staff has held 13 teams scoreless in games, including seven shut-outs for the squad. Jen White leads the effort with shut-outs over Campbell, Miami-Ohio, Maryland and MInnesota. Leslie Malerich recorded shut-outs against Georgia Southern and Troy State as Stacy Venable held the Bulldogs scoreless in the 5-0 win over Georgia.

What a Steal!

Danielle Cox and Dana Bailey are among FSU’s best in stolen bases as they hold the fourth and fifth spots in the career record book. Cox has 64 while Bailey has 53, respectively.

Now and then

The Lady Seminoles have made improvements after the first half of the season. In their first 22 games, FSU was 10-12-1 with 154 hits and 79 runs. After the second 22 games, FSU was 14-7-0 and had 148 hits, scoring 79 runs (compared to their opponents 33).

The pitching staff has stepped it up as well. From the beginning of the season through the FAU game at the Speedline Invitational, the pitchers had given up 139 hits, 62 runs and six homeruns while striking out 100 batters. Since then, they have struck out 128 batters and have only given up 33 runs off 98 hits. Only two of those hits have gone over the outfield wall.

The streak is alive

Two seniors,Danielle Cox and Jesse McGregor, are riding a six game hitting streak. The last hitting streak this season was Andi Lyons with her eight game streak starting with the game with Maryland in the FSU Invitational and ending against Minnesota on March 22.

Three Strikes…you’re out!

Each batter gets three stikes…and the Lady Seminoles have made sure they get out! Jen White leads the team with 127 strikeouts and has caught 30 of them looking. Her strikeouts have taken her to the top of the ACC as she is second in strikeouts per seven innings with a 18.14 average. Leslie Malerich is second on the team with 68 and is fifth in the conference with an average of 9.71, and has struckout 20 batters as they watched.

What an honor!

Senior Stacy Venable is 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.

She’s a hitter!

After only twelve games with a hit inthe first half of the season, Christy Cerecedes has turned it up a notch. A sophomore from Hacienda Heights, California, Cerecedes has had hits in 11 of the last 14 games, bringing in nine of her 24 RBI’s from the season. She is also second in the ACC with four triples.

FSU all-time vs FAMU

The Lady Seminoles lead the series with the Rattlerettes 57-3, including a 3-2 loss to FAMU early this season. This is the second game in a four game series. These two teams first played in 1978 with FSU winning the two games, 15-3 and 11-1. FAMU was the second team ever to play Florida State in softball. Lake City Community College was the first.

Team leaders as of March 31, 1999



Danielle Cox .406


Danielle Cox 63


Christy Cerecedes 7

Corrie Williams 7


Christy Cerecedes 4


Danielle Cox 1

Jen White 1

Becky Wallace 1

Corrie Williams 1


Christy Cerecedes 24


Danielle Cox 47



Jen White 152


Stacy Venable 0.38


Jennifer White 127


Stacy Venable 22


Stacy Venable 4

Mid-season report

The Lady Seminoles hit the half way mark of their season games against Western Illinois in the Florida State Invitational. At that point in the year, the Lady Seminoles were 13-14-1 with 93 runs, 179 hits and were batting .249. The pitchers had struckout 137 batters and had given up 70 runs. From the Western Illinois game to present, Florida State has wracked up a 11-5-0 record with 65 runs, 123 hits and 30 stolen bases. They have also held the opponents to 28 runs and are batting .280.

“I think when we started the season we felt a lot of pressure,” Head Coach JoAnne Graf commented. “We were not in sync; we were playing as individuals instead of as a team. Now we’ve come together and started playing like a team and are plyaing much better.”

The Lady Seminoles will finish the season with key games against conference and region opponents. They have already taken their conference record to 3-1and are 13-6-1 in the south region. FSU still has doubleheaders at Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and UNC-Charlotte and will host Florida A&M in a doubleheader as well as South Florida and Florida International. They will face UNC-Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU and Southern Miss in the Tar Heel Invitational.

“These games are the key for the post-season,” Graf said. “We have our conference schedule and region games to play, which are crucial in determining post-season status.”


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 fast pitch 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.

Pick of the Week…

Danielle Cox and Jen 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.

Cox was selected as the Player of the Week after batting .318 over the seven games. The senior from Anniston, Ala., added seven hits, two RBI’s, three runs and had six stolen bases. She was also named to the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

White, a sophomore from Tuttle, Okla., struck out 31 batters, allowed no earned runs and recorded two shutouts for the week. She also held the opponents to 11 hits and walked just six.

Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 987-278-6 career record and is only 13 wins away from the 1,000 mark. Dr. Graf has led the Lady Seminoles to five College World Series appearances, 13 NCAA Regional appearances, six ACC Championships and 12 seasons of 50+ wins, including two seasons of 60+ wins. Through her coaching, Dr. Graf has produced 11 All-Americans, including three first team selections.



overall 210-16-1
vs ranked opponents: 2-7
at home: 11-1
on the road 6-13-1
at a neutral site 4-10-0
in tournament play 8-13-0
in extra innings 3-1
games called by 8 run rule 3-0


vs ACC 2-0
vs Atlantic-10 1-1
vs Big 10 2-1
vs Big 12 0-2
vs Big West 1-0
vs Conference USA 0-2
vs ECAC 1-0
vs MAC 3-1
vs MEAC 0-1
vs MidContinent 0-1
vs Pac 10 0-2
vs SEC 2-1-1
vs Southern Conference 2-1
vs TAAC 4-1
vs WAC 2-2

FSU in the ACC

FSU is among the best in the ACC as they hold top spots in five catagories, including the top spot in stolen bases:



Danielle Cox 1st .406


Earned Run Average:

Jennifer White 2nd 1.43
Leslie Malerich 4th 2.16

Strikeouts per seven inning:

Jennifer White 2nd 18.14
Leslie Malerich 5th 9.71

Stolen Bases:

Danielle Cox 1st 1.07/game
Dana Bailey 3rd .409/game


Batting 4th .261
Pitching 1st 1.57 ERA
Fielding 2nd .961
Scoring 3rd 3.59

Did you know?

  • Dr. Joanne Graf is a Top 10 coach–literally. Coach Graf ranks 2nd among Division I Winningest Active Coaches by percentage,3rd by percentage among Division I all-time coaches, 6th by victories among winningest active coaches in Division I, and 7th by percentage and victories among all-time, all-division winningest coaches and by victories among Division I coaches. All of these rankings are for fast pitch only. Coach Graf is 2nd among all-time Division I coaches by victories (including slow and fast pitch.)

  • The 1998-99 school year marks the 30th anniversary of FSU women’s athletics and softball was third on the list! Over the past thirty years, the Lady Seminoles have made their mark on FSU women’s athletics history in many regards. Head Coach JoAnne Graf led the 1981 and 1982 squads to back to back AIAW National Championships and Darby Cottle, a two time All-American, was named the slowpitch National Player of the Year in 1982. The 1986 team earned the first bid for FSU to the NCAA tournament for fast pitch and in 1987, the Lady Seminoles advanced to the Women’s College World Series. Since then, FSU has won six ACC titles, has advanced to regionals and Coach Graf became the second coach in NCAA Division I history to win 900 games. The Lady Seminoles will play in a new complex this year as the Seminole Soccer/Softball complex nears completion.

    2 Danielle Cox Sr.
    Leftfielder who has played and started all 44 games… leads the team with 47 stolen bases… batting a team-leading .406… has a team-leading 63 hits and 35 runs… hit her first career homerun (in the park) against Mercer… has seven 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 fifth in career stolen bases with 66.

    3 Felicia Williams Jr.

    Has appeared in 18 games primarily as a pinch runner… has four stolen bases and has scored eight runs.

    6 Dana Bailey Sr.

    Veteran centerfielder who has played and started all 44 games this season… broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base… has 18 steals and seven RBI’s… was perfect from the plate against Toledo.

    7 Jesse McGregor Sr.

    A solid shortstop… is on a six game hitting streakhas started 42 games… has ten RBIs on the season… leads the team with 15 sacrifices… had two RBIs against Colorado State… has four doubles… had a triple against Hofstra… has four stolen bases… was perfect at the plate against Virginia.

    8 Kimmy Carter Fr.

    Rightfielder who has played in 27 games this season… recorded her first RBI against Utah… has seven RBI’s on the season… recorded two doubles against Furman… daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

    9 LaTanya Mitchell Fr.

    Has played in 13 games, mostly at the right field position… had an RBI against Colorado State.

    10 Andi Lyons Jr.

    Has played in 35 games between the catcher and DH positions… 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 12 RBI’s on the season, is one of just four players with double figure RBIs… is fourth on the team with 26 hits.

    12 Jennifer White So.

    Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th… has a 10-12 pitching record and has appeared in 26 games… recorded her first shutout of the year against Campbell… has struck out 122 batters and pitched 152 innings… has one homerun … is batting .282.

    13 Christy Cerecedes So.

    Starter at second base… leads the team with 24 RBIs and is batting .298…has seven doubles and four triples on the season… ranks second on the team with 37 hits… has ten stolen bases and has started all 44 games.

    14 Teresa Edenfield Jr.

    Has played in 20 games this season at the catcher position… has three RBIs… had a double against Colorado State… has caught four players stealing.

    15 Corrie Williams Sr.

    Starter at first base… leads the team with 243 putouts… has played in 41 games… with 15 RBIs, is just one of four players with double digit RBIs… had her first homerun of the season against Utah State… leads the team with 19 walks and seven doubles… had two RBI’s against Virginia and had a steal against Mercer.

    16 Becky Brock Fr.

    An intelligent player who has seen action at the shortstop position… has played in five games…has one RBI on the season.

    17 Becky Wallace Jr.

    Sees most time at designated player, but is a backup at first base… has played in 29 games and is among the leaders in batting at .284… is third on the team with 14 RBIs off 19 hits… hit her first career homerun with a three run blast against UNLV.

    20 Kelly Miller So.

    Has played in 15 games and has seven RBIs… hit a two-run double against Mercer and had two RBIs against UMass.

    21 Dana Vickery Fr.

    Batting .375… plays second base and has seen action in 17 games…was perfect at the plate against Campbell.

    22 Stacy Venable Sr.

    Has pitched in nine games with a record of 6-0 and a 0.38 ERA… has struck out 33 batters and given up 22 hits… had her first shutout of the season against Furman… is one of 16 recipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.

    23 Leslie Malerich Fr.

    Has a 8-7 pitching record with a 2.16 ERA… has two shutouts and has pitched 113.1 innings… has 68 strikeouts and has appeared in 23 games… had her first career no-hitter against Toledo.

    24 Jackie Hirschfeld Fr.

    Has seen action in ten games at third base… is 2-of-7 at the plate (.286)… was perfect from the plate against Campbell.

    25 Tami Post Sr.

    Has played and started in all 44 games this season at third base… has nine RBIs and has two triples and two doubles… had a stolen base against Nebraska and one against Minnesota.

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