May 3, 2000 - by
Seminoles Take Two From Virginia

May 3, 2000

Box Score

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Florida State softball team inched two wins
closer to an automatic bid to NCAA regionals with a 3-2, 6-2 sweep over
Virginia at The Park on the UVA campus, Wednesday afternoon. With its
fourth-straight win over the Cavaliers, FSU improved to 46-25 overall while
UVA ended their season with a 27-38 record. The Lady Seminoles will travel
to College Park, Md., on Thursday for a doubleheader with the Maryland
Terrapins. A sweep over the Terps will guarantee Florida State an automatic
bid to NCAA regionals.

The Tribe had players in scoring position in the first three innings of
game one, but could not get runs across the plate. The Cavaliers struck
first. In the UVA third, two straight doubles meant trouble for FSU. Jen
Krill led of with a double to left center, and Johanna Kaiser followed with
a two-base shot to left, scoring pinch-runner Katie Weinberg. FSU pitching
ace Leslie Malerich, who improved to 31-14 with the win, maintained her
composure with a fly out, a strike out and a caught stealing to end the
inning. The Lady Seminoles did all their scoring in the sixth with three
runs off of three hits. Brandi Stuart led off with a hit down the middle,
stole second and third and with one out, scored on an error as Becky Wallace
reached first base. Felicia Williams came in to run for Wallace and went to
second on a base hit by Andi Lyons. Teresa Edenfield hit her 11th double of
the year and drove in the two runners. Virginia cut the lead to 3-2 in the
bottom of the sixth. Ruby Rojas reached on an error and Kristen Dennis
walked. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice and Stephanie Calhoun singled
to center field, scoring pinch-runner Britt Gore. Malerich came up big with
two straight strikeouts to retire the side. Malerich fanned five players in
all and allowed just one earned run. Edenfield and Stuart each had two hits
for FSU while Edenfield also led the way with two rbi. UVA’s Stacey Zagol
fell to 9-12 with the loss.

FSU scored a run right off the bat in game two. With one out, Serita
Brooks singled to right field, stole second and advanced to third on a base
hit to left by Brandi Stuart. The left fielder misplayed the ball and
Brooks scored. The Tribe’s second run also scored on an error. Stuart
bunted to start things off in the fourth inning and was sacrificed to second
by Natalie Bennett. Stuart stole third and scored on a throwing error by
UVA catcher Stephanie Calhoun. The Cavaliers cut the lead to 2-1 in the
fifth. With two out, Jen Krill singled to short center and scored Corinne
Good, who had reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a pass
ball. The Lady Seminoles picked up an insurance run in the sixth as Stuart
again bunt-singled to lead off the inning. Bennett reached on a walk and
both she and Stuart advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Becky Wallace. Stuart
scored and Bennett advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by Andi Lyons. FSU
really broke it open in the seventh inning as the Lady Seminoles doubled
their runs. Pinch-hitter Stephanie Elowsky led off with her first double of
the year. Brandon and Stuart each had singles, while Kimmy Carter drove in
a run with a sacrifice fly and Brooks and Bennett also had rbis. Junior
pitcher Jenn White-Stokes earned the complete-game victory and improved to
12-8. The Tribe belted out 10 hits. Stuart led the way, going 4-for-4 with
two runs, while Brandon went 3-for-4 and scored a run. Virginia managed
just four hits off of White-Stokes. Chrissy Quinn fell to 12-13 with the loss.

“We put ourselves in real good position with today’s wins,” FSU Head Coach
Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “I am really proud of how the team came out and took
care of business. The players were focused and knew what they had to do to
win. Hopefully we will come out and do the same tomorrow at Maryland. If
we do, our reward will be a bid to regionals.”

With the win over UVA, the Lady Seminoles have now won 15 of their last 17

GAME ONE                   R   H   E
FSU         000  003  0    3   6   1
VIRGINIA    001  001  0    2   5   1

WP: Leslie Malerich (31-14) LP: Stacey Zagol (9-12)

GAME TWO                  R   H  E
FSU       100  101  3     6   10  0
VIRGINIA  001  010  1     2   4   3

WP: Jenn White-Stokes (12-8) LP: Chrissy Quinn (12-13)

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