April 30, 2000
Virginia 4, Florida State 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 4 seeded Virginia Cavaliers advanced to the
possible championship game with a 4-2 win over the third-seeded Florida
State Lady Seminoles Sunday afternoon at the FSU Softball Complex. The
Cavaliers, who improve to 27-34 on the season, advanced to game 8 Monday at
1:00 pm as FSU (41-25) will play the winner of game 6 between North Carolina
and Maryland Monday at 11:00am.
The two teams remained scoreless until the fourth inning when the Cavaliers
scored twice. FSU pitcher Leslie Malerich walked in sophomore Kristen
Dennis, who reached on a fielder’s choice before senior Karen Breshears came
home on a single to left field from sophomore Kelly McCabe to give Virginia
the 2-0 lead. The Cavaliers added two more in the fifth, scoring of a double
to right field from freshman Ruby Rojas and a single to right field from
senior Corinne Good.
The Lady Seminoles put two runs on the board in the sixth inning to cut the
lead in half. Sophomore Becky Brock led off the inning getting on base off a
Cavalier error before junior Staci Brandon knocked Brock in off a single to
center field. Junior Serita Brooks drove a single to left field and was
sacrificed over by sophomore Kimmy Carter before scoring off a Cavalier
error. FSU held the Cavaliers in the top of the seventh and had runners on
second and third but no one crossed the plate, giving UVA the 4-2 win.
“It was a huge advantage to win this game,” UVA Head Coach Cheryl Sprangel
said. “We were in this spot the last two years and we knew how important
today’s game was. We have six seniors who have been here the past two years
and they want it really bad.”
Rojas led the Cavaliers, going 2-3 from the plate with an RBI and a double.
Good added two RBI’s and was 1-2 from the plate with McCabe adding an RBI.
Breshears, Stephanie Calhoun, Johanna Kaiser and Amy Peay all added hits
with Kaiser hitting her fifth double of the season. On the mound for
Virginia, Chrissy Quinn got the complete game win, giving up only two
unearned runs and striking out eight Lady Seminoles.
Brooks led the Lady Seminoles with a 2-3 showing from the plate including a
double, her fourth of the season. Brandon had the lone RBI for FSU as Becky
Wallace and Andi Lyons both added hits. Malerich, who made her 48th
appearance of the season, went five innings, giving up four earned runs and
striking out six batters. Jen White-Stokes completed the game, going two
innings and throwing one strikeout.
“(UVA pitcher) Quinn was mixing up speeds well which got us thinking too
much at the plate,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “By the time we
started hitting her, it was too late. We expect a long day tomorrow. If we
play well and start off strong, we’ll be okay.”
GAME FIVE 123 456 7 R H E Virginia 000 220 0 4 8 2 Florida State 000 002 0 2 5 2
WP: Chrissy Quinn (12-11)
LP: Leslie Malerich (27-14)