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16th-Ranked Seminoles Face Tough Tests Out West And At Home This Week

March 8, 2001

San Diego, CA

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The Seminoles wwill enter one of the most important stretches of the season over the next two weeks when they face their toughest non-conference opponents of the year. It all begins in San Diego this weekend when Florida State meets San DIego State, the University of California Riverside (twice) and the 10th-ranked Titans of Cal State Fullerton. The Noles have only faced two teams tat have appeared in the top 25 this season (Florida Atlantic and Florida International) and FSU has a 2-2 record against those opponents.


FSU 3 Central Michigan 1 Senior Serita Brooks showed why she is an All-American and Jennifer White-Stokes (5-2) pitched her seventh complete game of the season as the 19th-ranked Seminole softball team (18-3) used a two-run seventh inning to break open a tie game and give FSU it’s fifth straight win. Serita Brooks played a part in all three of the Seminole’s runs and the Seminoles downed Central Michigan (1-5) 3-1 in the opening game of the 2001 Seminole Challenge Tournament Friday night.

FSU 2 Northwestern 1 Riding the strong arm of junior pitcher Leslie Malerich (9-1) and the timely hitting of Kimmy Carter and Monique Marier, the No. 19 Seminole softball team (19-3) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (6-5) by the count of 2-1 and put themselves in position to be the first seed on the final day of competition at the 2001 Seminole Challenge Tournament. FSU had to come from behind to notch its 19th victory of the 2001 season and
have now won six straight games.

FSU 1 Ball State 0 In Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ball State (2-2), freshman Jessica van der Linden (6-0) proved once again why she is the leading candidate for ACC rookie of the year. The freshman from Cerritos, CA pitched a complete game two-hit shutout, lowered her season ERA to 0.59, hit a triple and knocked in the game winning run as FSU improved to 20-3 and wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the final day of the Seminole Challenge Tournament.

FSU 8 Northwestern 2 The 19th-ranked Seminole softball team (21-3) scored six runs in their first three wins of the 2001 Seminole Challenge and won those games by a total of four runs. In Sunday’s first game, Florida State scored more runs and won by a larger margin then they did in the previous three games combined. The Noles 8-2 win over Northwestern (6-7) marked FSU’s eighth straight win and advanced the team to a tournament championship game for the fourth straight time this season.

FSU 2 Central Michigan 0 The Florida State Seminole softball team (22-3) captured their fourth straight tournament title and won their ninth straight game as they downed 2nd-seeded Central Michigan (4-6) 2-0. Florida State ran the table in the Seminole Challenge posting a 5-0 record and has won every tournament it has entered in the 2001 season.

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