May 4, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State softball team earned an automatic bid
to NCAA Regionals with a 10-3, 3-2 sweep over the Maryland Terrapins
Thursday afternoon at the North Softball Complex on the Maryland campus.
The Tribe earned the automatic bid by finishing first in the Southern
Atlantic Softball Alliance. FSU improved to 48-25 while the Terps fell to
28-27 on the year.
The Lady Seminoles came out swinging in game one with 10 runs off of 14
hits. Staci Brandon led off the first game with a triple to left field.
Felicia Williams came in to pinch-run and Serita Brooks drove her in with a
sacrifice fly to right field and just like that, FSU had a 1-0 lead. The
lead was short-lived though as the Terrapins took a 3-1 lead in the bottom
of the inning on a three-run home run by Beth Radford. The three runs,
however, would be the only scoring Maryland would do in the first game. The
Tribe tied the game in the third when with one out, FSU put together a
string of four straight hits. Brandon, who went 3-for-5 with two rbi,
recorded her second straight hit with a single to right. Serita Brooks
folllowed with an infield single.
Kimmy Carter was next with an rbi-single
to center and then with two out as Brooks was caught stealing, Brandi Stuart
drove Carter in with a double. Florida State took a 5-3 lead in the sixth
on a two-run homer to left center by Teresa Edefield. The two-run lead was
not enough for FSU as the Tribe scored five more runs off of five hits in
the seventh. The Noles batted through the line up. Becky Wallace drove in
two runs with a double to left field while Edenfield picked up another rbi
with a base hit to left and Brandon hit a two-base shot to right to score
Leslie Malerich improved to 32-14 with her fifth win of the week.
She allowed just five hits and struck out five. Maryland’s Amanda Bettker,
who pitched 5.1 innings, fell to 14-13.
The second game was a nail-biter. FSU again had to come-from-behind for the
victory. Everytime the Terrapins scored, the Lady Seminoles responded.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Annmarie Browne singled to
left field, went to second on a ground out and scored on a single by
Michelle Burrell. The Tribe tied the game with a run in the fourth. Kimmy
Carter led off with a double to right field, advanced to third on a
sacrifice bunt by Brandi Stuart and scored on a single to right by Natalie
Bennett. Maryland went back on top in the fifth on a home run by Holly
FSU tied the game again in the sixth as Stuart singled, stole
second and scored on another rbi by Bennett. The Terps failed to score in
the bottom of the sixth and FSU took the lead for good in the seventh.
Teresa Edenfield reached on an error, went to second on a sacrifice by Becky
Brock, went to third on a ground out and scored on a clutch single to right
field by Serita Brooks. Maryland went down in order in the bottom of the
seventh with the last out coming on a diving catch in left field by
Edenfield. Jenn White-Stokes improved to 13-8 with the complete-game win.
Maryland’s Danielle Carpenter fell to 5-8 with the loss. Bennett led FSU
offensively, going 2-for-3 with two rbi.
FSU has now won 19 of its last 21 games. NCAA Regional bids will be
announced on Sunday, May 14th.
“I can’t say enough about the heart of this team,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne
Graf said. “To win the ACC Tournament with three victories on Monday and
then sweep both Virginia and Maryland on the road says a lot about their
character. It’s been quite an exciting week. I am very proud of these
GAME ONE R H E FSU 102 002 5 10 14 2 MD 000 000 0 3 5 2
WP: Leslie Malerich (32-14) LP: Amanda Bettker (14-13)
GAME TWO R H E FSU 000 101 1 3 6 0 MD 001 010 0 2 7 3
WP: Jenn White-Stokes (13-8) LP: Danielle Carpenter (5-8)