April 12, 2002
From 1992 to 1996, Florida State and Georgia Tech played seven times in the ACC Tournament. Since then, the teams have never met in the postseason…the last time Tech traveled to Tallahassee for a conference doubleheader, the Yellow Jackets swept FSU (2-1 and 8-2). It was the first and only time Georgia Tech has swept the season series form FSU. The Seminoles have swept the series seven of the 10 times the teams have met in ACC play…Tech holds a 3-1 edge in the last four meetings between the two teams.
When senior Monique Marier and sophomore Beth Wade hit back-to-back home runs in the Tribe’s 9-0 win over UAB, the 2002 Seminoles tied the school record for the most home runs ever hit in a single season with 23. The Garnet and Gold will play at least 18 more games this season as they look to set a new all-time mark with just one more home run.
For the first time in 2002, the NCAA released national statistics April 8. The Seminoles, either individually or as a team, appear amongst the nation’s leaders in seven different NCAA categories. Leading the way for FSU is junior Brandi Stuart and senior Leslie Malerich. Stuart is fourth in the nation in steals per game at 0.85 and currently sits at No. 47 in the nation with a .404 batting average. Malerich is tied for fourth in the nation for victories with her 20 wins and she is just one of 10 pitchers in the country to already have 20 victories in 2002. Malerich also has the 33rd best ERA in the nation at 1.04. There are only six pitchers in the country who have as many wins as Malerich and a higher ERA. Malerich is joined in the top 50 for ERA by teammate Jessica van der Linden who is sitting at No. 50 with an 1.17 ERA. One of the biggest surprises is freshman Casey Hunter who has the fifth most saves in the country this year with four. After capturing the NCAA’s ERA title last season, the Seminoles are once again amongst the nation’s best staffs. Their 1.20 ERA ranks as the 11th-best ERA in the nation this season.
BLASTING THE BLAZERS
After its 18-run explosion versus FAMU last week, FSU’s bats picked up right where they left off against the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In two games, the Tribe hit .372, slugged .791, had six triples, two home runs. The Seminoles hit back-to-back triples on two occassions and also hit back-to-back home runs. Both Brandi Stuart and Jessica van der Linden had four at bats, two triples and slugged 1.750 in the two games.