April 18, 2001
Gainesville, FL –
Florida State head softball coach Dr. JoAnne Graf reached two career milestones in the Seminoles 3-1 win over in-state rival Florida Wednesday evening. The win marked FSU’s first-ever season sweep of the Gators and it was also the 1,100th win of Graf’s tremendous career. Graf has spent her entire career at Florida State and her 1,100th win is the last milestone one her way to becoming the winningest coach in NCAA DI history. Graf is now just 25 wins away from breaking the record held by Cal State Fullerton’s Judi Garman. The victory also raised the Seminoles record to 45-7 on the season while Florida fell to 31-21.
“These were important games for us and it had nothing to do with me getting 1,100 wins,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “Whenever Florida and Florida State play, it is a big game. This is such an even series and we are just thrilled to get our first-ever sweep against a great Gator team.”
The Seminoles and Gators played to a scoreless tie through the first four innings after putting up seven runs in the first three innings of Wednesday’s opener. FSU starter Jen White-Stokes and UF starter Amanda Moore combined to allow just four hits through four innings of work. Florida threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth when shortstop Jackie Marchetta singled and stole second. Designated player Bree Berger then launched a shot to deep center but she was robbed of extra bases when senior All-American Serita Brooks made a one-handed grab for the second out of the inning.
Florida State scored the game’s first run in the top of the fifth when White-Stokes helped her own cause by singling to open the inning. After Monique Marier sacrificed her to third, Natalie Bennett singled to right field advancing White-Stokes to third. She scored on the next play on a wild pitch by UF’s Moore. Skyla Cox, pinch running for Bennett, ended up on third as a result of the wild pitch. After a Staci Brandon walk, Serita Brooks then reached on a fielder’s choice when the Gators unsuccessfully attempted to tag Cox out at home. The error on Florida catcher Emily Marino allowed Cox to score and also allowed Brandon to advance to third and Brooks to second. Brandon would come around to score and put the Seminoles up 3-0 when Kimmy Carter recorded her 25th RBI of the year on a single to right field.
Florida narrowed the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth but White-Stokes was in control most of the game and limited Florida to just four hits in seven innings and allowed just one earned run. She is now 16-2 on the season and Wednesday’ s win was White-Stokes 16th complete game of the year and she leads FSU with a 0.57 ERA. Moore took the loss for the Gators and now stands at 11-7 on the season.
Florida State returns home Saturday, April 21 to continue SASA play when they welcome East Carolina to the Seminole Softball Complex. Game times are 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and all games are free to the public. Visit www.seminoles.com for more information on Seminole softball.