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Stacy Venable is 11-1
on the season with
a 1.17 ERA and 63 strikeouts.

Softball Finishes Regular Season with South Florida

Head coach JoAnne Graf looking for 1,000 win.

May 5, 1999

The Florida State softball team will conclude their 1999 regular season with a doubleheader against South Florida on Thursday, May 6 beginning at 5:30pm at the Seminole Softball Complex. The seniors will be honored as Coach Graf goes for win #1,000. Danielle Cox will also try to break the single season stolen base and hits records.

The Lady Seminoles are coming off a two game sweep of UNC-Charlotte, winning the two games 10-2 and 12-5. Kimmy Carter went 4-8 with two triples and five RBI’s as Teresa Edenfield added three doubles and three RBI’s. Stacy Venable took the first win, improving to 11-1 and striking out five batters. Jen White took the second win, going to 14-16 after striking out one batter. Leslie Malerich relieved both pitchers, going five innings and striking out six batters. The Lady Seminoles are 35-25-1 as the South Florida Bulls are 42-24.

1999 Softball Roster

 #  Name                  YR Position Hometown
 2  Danielle Cox          SR    OF    Anniston, AL
 3  Felicia Williams      JR    OF    Orlando, FL
 6  Dana Bailey           SR    OF    Bossier City, LA
 7  Jesse McGregor        SR    SS    Houston, TX
 8  Kimmy Carter          FR  C/OF    W. Palm Beach, FL
 9  LaTanya Mitchell      FR    OF    Ft. Myers, FL
10  Andi Lyons            JR     C    Oldsmar, FL
12  Jennifer White        SO     P    Tuttle, OK
13  Christy Cerecedes     SO    2B    Hacienda Hgts, CA
14  Teresa Edenfield      JR    SS    Marianna, FL
15  Corrie Williams       SR    1B    Bakersfield, CA
16  Becky Brock           FR    SS    Macclenny, FL
17  Becky Wallace         JR    1B    Naples, FL
20  Kelly Miller          SO    1B    Vallejo, CA
21  Dana Vickery          FR 2B/OF    Clearwater, FL
22  Stacy Venable         SR     P    Choctaw, OK
23  Leslie Malerich       FR     P    Merrillville, IN
24  Jackie Hirschfield    FR    3B    Tampa, FL
25  Tami Post             SR    3B    Citrus Hgts, CA

Head Coach: Dr. Joanne Graf

Assistant Coaches: Michelle Bolster, Chandelle Schulte, Carrie Partlowe

get your notes here…

Not a single one!

Frehsman Leslie Malerich pitched her first no-hitter as a Seminole with her win over Toledo. The Merrillville, IN native struck-out nine batters, walked two and had no hits in the 9-1 win. Toledo scored on a sacrifice after a walk and an error.

And the hits keep on coming…

FSU has had double-digit hits in 19 games this year and it doesn’t stop there. The Lady Seminoles are averaging 7.32 hits per game, have 12 players with double digit hits for the season and had a season high 16 hits in the second game against Michigan State. Fourteen of the 19 games have been in the second half of the season.

Leading the way

Not only does Danielle Cox lead the Lady Seminoles in batting average (.427), runs (47), hits (91) and stolen bases (68) but she also is a leader in the ACC. The senior from Anniston, Alabama leads the ACC in stolen bases (66) and in batting average (.427). NOTE: The ACC stats are as of the May 4th release.

Carter steps it up

Kimmy Carter has stepped up — and not just to the plate. Carter, a freshman from West Plam Beach, Florida,has had multiple hits in seven games this season and was stellar from the plate against Forida, going 3-5 with a triple and an RBI. She is tied for the top spot in triples with five. Carter is also flawless from the field with no errors and a stolen base. She is one of four players with two doubles in a game and was perfect from the plate against Utah.

Oh no you don’t!
The Lady Seminoles caught their opponents stealing…bases that is. Thirty players from the FSU opponents have been caught trying to sneak to the next base. Andi Lyons leads the team as she has caught ten of those players and Leslie Malerich has caught seven.

no runs for you

The FSU pitching staff has held 15 teams scoreless in games. Jen White leads the effort with shut-outs over Campbell, Miami-Ohio, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Minnesota. Leslie Malerich recorded shut-outs against Georgia Southern and Troy State as Stacy Venable held the Bulldogs scoreless in the 5-0 win over Georgia.

What a Steal!

Danielle Cox and Dana Bailey are among FSU’s best in stolen bases as they hold the third and fifth spots in the career record book. Cox has 93 while Bailey has 60, respectively.

Now and then

The Lady Seminoles have made improvements after the first half of the season. In their first 32 games, FSU was 16-15-1 with 204 hits and 107 runs. Since then, FSU has gone19-10 and had 254 hits, scoring 130 runs (compared to their opponents 66).

The pitching staff has stepped it up as well. From the beginning of the season through the FSU Invitational, the pitchers had given up 174 hits, 73 runs and eight homeruns while striking out 166 batters. With two regular season games left, they have struck out 143 batters and have only given up 66 runs off 162 hits. Only foure of those hits have gone over the outfield wall.

Three Strikes…you’re out!

Each batter gets three stikes…and the Lady Seminoles have made sure they get out! Jen White leads the team with 155 strikeouts and has caught 43 of them looking. Leslie Malerich is second on the team with 91, 29 of them looking, and Stacy Venable has sent 63 batters back to the dugout.

What an honor!

Senior Stacy Venable is one of 16 students-athletes in the ACC to be awarded the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship. Each student receives $5,000 toward their postgraduate education. Venable was chosen based on her exceptional performance in the classroom, on the field and in the community. She will continue her education as a full time student after graduation.

She’s a hitter!

After only eighteen games with a hit in the first half of the season, Christy Cerecedes has turned it up a notch. A sophomore from Hacienda Heights, California, Cerecedes has had hits in 23 of the last 29 games, bringing in 16 of her RBI’s from the season. She is also tied for first in the ACC with fivetriples.

over the fence

Teresa Edenfield hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU with a three run shot over the left field wall. Andi Lyons also hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU as she drove one over the center field wall at the FAMU Softball Complex. Four other Florida State players have hit one over the wall this year: Danille Cox, Becky Wallace, Jennifer White and Corrie Williams.


Danielle Cox has gone nationwide with her stolen bases. Cox leads the country with 66 stolen bases and an average of 1.11. NOTE: Statistics as of May 4th release.

fsu all-time vs UNC-Charlotte 49ers

The Lady Seminoles are 35-12 against South Florida. These two teams met in the Speedline Invitational earlier in the year where USF won the game 2-1. The teams split the double header last year with FSU winning the first 2-1 and USF winning the second 3-2.

Mid-season report

The Lady Seminoles hit the half way mark of their season games against Western Illinois in the Florida State Invitational. At that point in the year, the Lady Seminoles were 13-14-1 with 93 runs, 179 hits and were batting .249. The pitchers had struckout 137 batters and had given up 70 runs. From the Western Illinois game to present, Florida State has wracked up a 20-11-0 record with 122 runs, 253 hits and 69 stolen bases. They have also held the opponents to 66 runs and are batting .300.

“I think when we started the season we felt a lot of pressure,” Head Coach JoAnne Graf commented. “We were not in synch; we were playing as individuals instead of as a team. Now we’ve come together and started playing like a team and are plyaing much better.”

The Lady Seminoles will finish the season with key games against conference and region opponents. They have already taken their conference record to 6-2 and are 24-12-1 in the south region after a sweep of UNC-Charlotte. FSU will host South Florida in their final match-up of the season.

“These games are the key for the post-season,” Graf said. “We have our conference schedule and region games to play, which are crucial in determining post-season status.”


Senior Danielle Cox left her mark on FSU softball history when she became the first Seminole softball player to be selected for the Coca-Cola USA Softball National Team Festival in Fresno, California. Cox is among 50 of the nation’s finest women’s fast pitch softball players, which also includes members of the 1998 World Championship team, chosen to participate in the Festival June 8-14. Cox will compete for one of the five remaining spots on the 1999 Softball Women’s National Team, that will compete in the 1999 Pan-American Games. She earned ASA All-American honors this summer and broke the Women’s Major ASA 22-year old batting record with her .688 average at the national tournament.

pick of the week…

Danielle Cox and Jen White swept the ACC weekly honors for March 16 after leading the team to a 5-2 record, including a 3-2 mark in the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational.

Cox was selected as the Player of the Week after batting .318 over the seven games. The senior from Anniston, Ala., added seven hits, two RBI’s, three runs and had six stolen bases. She was also named to the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

White, a sophomore from Tuttle, Okla., struck out 31 batters, allowed no earned runs and recorded two shutouts for the week. She also held the opponents to 11 hits and walked just six.

Follow the Leader
Team leaders as of May 5, 1999



Danielle Cox        .427


Danielle Cox          91


Christy Cerecedes     12


Christy Cerecedes      5
Kimmy Carter           5


Danielle Cox           1
Jen White              1
Becky Wallace          1
Corrie Williams        1
Andi Lyons             1
Teresa Edenfield       1


Christy Cerecedes     33 


Danielle Cox          68



Jen White          200.2


Stacy Venable       1.17


Jennifer White       155


Stacy Venable         49


Stacy Venable         17

Back in the swing of things

Teresa Edenfield and Danielle Cox are back in the swing of things as they are both on a six game hitting streak. Edenfield began her streak with a three run homer against FAMU on April 14 and Cox, whose longest streak this season is nine, started with a single in the FAMU game. Dana Bailey holds the longest streak this season with ten games (from March 27-April 9).

ripping it up

Three Lady Seminoles have been ripping it up at the plate lately. In the last 23 games, Christy Cerecedes and Dana Bailey have had hits in 19 of those games, including a ten game hitting streak for Bailey. Danielle Cox, who is TWO hits from breaking the single season hits record, has had hits in the last 21 games.

In the clutch

Florida State has had three clutch victories this season. Jen White took the first one for the Lady Seminoles with her two run homer in the seventh inning to clinch the win over UNLV. In a tight match with Auburn, Christy Cerecedes took a sacrifice fly to right field to score the winning run inthe 10th inning. Jackie Hirschfeld answered the call as she pinch hit in the bottom of the eigth inning and drove in the winning run against Florida International.

For the record
For the recordDanielle Cox is headed for the record books. With her 68 stolen bases this year, Cox is two away from breaking the single season record of 69, set by Shamalene Wilson in 1996. Cox is also two hits away from the hits record, also held by Wilson from 1996.

Head to head in the SAA
For the recordFlorida State is in a head to head race for the SAA bid to the NCAA tournament. FSU and Maryland are tied in the South Atlantic Alliance and are head to head going into the end of the regular season. FSU and Maryland are joined by the other ACC teams: Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina, with North Carolina Charlotte, and South Florida rounding out the seven team alliance.

A bit of trivia

  • Freshman Kimmy Carter, who will vie for a spot in the outfield and back-up at catcher, is the daughter of major league baseball player Gary Carter, who played for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos during his career.

  • Five FSU softball players have gone on and played professionally. Laurie Shepard and Shannon Mitchem played for the Silver Bullets as Myssi Calkins, Renee Espinoza and Shama Wilson played for the Georgia Pride.

    Atlantic coast conference 1999 championships

    The 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championships will begin May 14, 1999 and conclude on Sunday, May 16. Florida State will serve as the host school and all games will be played at the Seminole Softball Complex.

    Florida State enters the tournament as the #2 seed for the third time in ACC history. FSU was tied for the top seed with Maryland and after all possible options were exhausted, the blind draw produced the top two seeds. The third and fourth seeds were also a blind draw, leaving North Carolina as the third seed and Virginia as the fourth with Georgia Tech rounding out the seedings.

    The 1999 championships marks the eigth tournament for ACC softball.


    YEAR SEED Record Finish
    1992  #1    3-0  Champion
    1993  #1    4-1  Champion
    1994  #1    3-2  Runner-Up
    1995  #1    3-1  Champion
    1996  #2    3-0  Champion
    1997  #1    2-1  Co-Champion
    1998  #2    3-0  Champion 

    Overall ACC Championships Record: 20-5



    1992: Toni Gutierrez

    1995: Cindy Lawton

    1996: Shamalene Wilson


    1992: JoAnne Graf

    1993: JoAnne Graf

    1997: JoAnne Graf


    1993: Shamalene Wilson

    1995: Kristy Hull


    1993: Susan Battery

    1994: Lisa Davidsin

    1995: Cindy Lawton

    1996: Shamalene Wilson

    1997: Kristy Fuentes

    1998: Stacy Venable

    The Countdown

    1- the number of wins to 1,000

    Dr. JoAnne Graf enters her 21st season as the Head Coach at FSU and holds a 999-285-6 career record and is only 3 wins away from the 1,000 mark. Dr. Graf has led the Lady Seminoles to five College World Series appearances, 13 NCAA Regional appearances, six ACC Championships and 12 seasons of 50+ wins, including two seasons of 60+ wins. Through her coaching, Dr. Graf has produced 11 All-Americans, including three first team selections.



    overall                     35-25-1
    vs ranked opponents:            2-7
    at home:                       16-4
    on the road                 14-18-1
    at a neutral site            8-12-0
    in tournament play           9-14-0
    in extra innings                5-1
    games called by 8 run rule      4-0

    vs ACC 6-2 vs SAA 8-2


    vs Atlantic-10                  1-1
    vs Big 10                       2-3
    vs Big 12                       0-2
    vs Big West                     1-0
    vs Conference USA               0-3
    vs ECAC                         1-0
    vs MAC                          4-2
    vs MEAC                         1-1
    vs MidContinent                 0-1
    vs Pac 10                       0-2
    vs SEC                        4-3-1
    vs Southern Conference          2-1
    vs Sun Belt                     2-0
    vs TAAC                         6-2
    vs WAC                          2-2

    FSU in the acc

    FSU is among the best in the ACC as they hold top spots in six catagories, including the top spot in stolen bases, batting, and pitching win/loss: (as of May 3, 1999)

    CATAGORY                     INDIVIDUAL        RANK   AVG 
    Batting:                     Danielle Cox       1st  .424
    Triples:                     Christy Cerecedes  2nd     5
                                 Kimmy Carter       3rd     3

    Pitching: Earned Run Average: Stacy Venable 2nd 1.23 Jennifer White 3rd 1.53 Leslie Malerich 6th 2.13 Strikeouts per seven inning: Stacy Venable 3rd 5.94 Wins-Losses: Stacy Venable 1st 10-1/.909 Stolen Bases: Danielle Cox 1st 1.11/game (66 total) Dana Bailey 3rd .39/game (23 total)


    Batting    3rd  .277
    Pitching   2nd  1.68 ERA
    Fielding   2nd  .962

    Did you know?

  • Dr. Joanne Graf is a Top 10 coach–literally. Coach Graf ranks 2nd among Division I Winningest Active Coaches by percentage,3rd by percentage among Division I all-time coaches, 6th by victories among winningest active coaches in Division I, and 7th by percentage and victories among all-time, all-division winningest coaches and by victories among Division I coaches. All of these rankings are for fast pitch only. Coach Graf is 2nd among all-time Division I coaches by victories (including slow and fast pitch.)

  • The 1998-99 school year marks the 30th anniversary of FSU women’s athletics and softball was third on the list! Over the past thirty years, the Lady Seminoles have made their mark on FSU women’s athletics history in many regards. Head Coach JoAnne Graf led the 1981 and 1982 squads to back to back AIAW National Championships and Darby Cottle, a two time All-American, was named the slowpitch National Player of the Year in 1982. The 1986 team earned the first bid for FSU to the NCAA tournament for fast pitch and in 1987, the Lady Seminoles advanced to the Women’s College World Series. Since then, FSU has won six ACC titles, has advanced to regionals and Coach Graf became the second coach in NCAA Division I history to win 900 games. The Lady Seminoles will play in a new complex this year as the Seminole Soccer/Softball complex nears completion.

    Lady Seminole Updates…

    2 Danielle Cox Sr.

    Leftfielder who has played and started all 61 games… leads the country, ACC and team with 68 stolen bases… batting a team-leading .427 and leads the ACC in batting average… has a team-leading 91 hits and 47 runs… hit her first career homerun (in the park) against Mercer… has 13 RBIs and four doubles on the season… named ACC Player of the Week for March 16… was named to the Tallahassee Democrat FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team… is third in career stolen bases with 93.

    3 Felicia Williams Jr.

    Has appeared in 27 games primarily as a pinch runner…played in right field against FAMU… has four stolen bases and has scored 11 runs.

    6 Dana Bailey Sr.

    Veteran centerfielder who has played and started all 61 games this season… broke into the FSU career record book against Mercer as she recorded her 42nd career stolen base… has 24 steals and seven RBI’s…is third in the conference in steals… was perfect from the plate against Toledo.

    7 Jesse McGregor Sr.

    A solid shortstop…has started 58 games… has 18 RBIs on the season… leads the team with 20 sacrifices… had two RBIs against Colorado State… has six doubles and two triples… had a triple against Hofstra… has four stolen bases… was perfect at the plate against Virginia.

    8 Kimmy Carter Fr.

    Rightfielder who has played in 44 games this season… recorded her first RBI against Utah… has 19 RBI’s on the season… recorded two doubles against Furman and two triples against UNC-Charlotte… is third in the ACC with five triples …daughter of former professional baseball player Gary Carter.

    9 LaTanya Mitchell Fr.

    Has played in 17 games, mostly at the right field position… had an RBI against Colorado State.

    10 Andi Lyons Jr.

    Has played in 48 games between the catcher and DH positions…hit her first homerun as a Seminole against FAMU… had two RBIs and two doubles against Mercer… had a double and an RBI against Florida Atlantic… had two RBIs in the series with Virginia… with 16 RBI’s on the season, is one of just eight players with double figure RBIs… is fifth on the team with 34 hits.

    12 Jennifer White So.

    Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for March 16th… has a 14-16 pitching record and has appeared in 35 games… recorded her first shutout of the year against Campbell…is third in the conference in ERA… has struck out 155 batters and pitched 200.2 innings… has one homerun … is batting .239.

    13 Christy Cerecedes So.

    Starter at second base… leads the team with 33 RBIs and is batting .337…has 12 doubles and five triples on the season… ranks second on the team with 59 hits… has 13 stolen bases and has started all 61 games…is tied for the top spot in the conference with five triples.

    14 Teresa Edenfield Jr.

    Hit her first career homerun with a three run shot over the left field wall against FAMU…has played in 32 games this season at the catcher position… has 11 RBIs… had a double against Colorado State… has caught five players stealing and has four stolen bases.

    15 Corrie Williams Sr.

    Starter at first base… leads the team with 332 putouts… has played in 55 games…with 23 RBIs, is just one of nine players with double digit RBIs… had her first homerun of the season against Utah State… leads the team with 22 walks and has nine doubles… had two RBI’s against Virginia and has three stolen bases.

    16 Becky Brock Fr.

    An intelligent player who has seen action at the shortstop position… has played in nine games…has one RBI and one double on the season…is batting .300.

    17 Becky Wallace Jr.

    Sees most time at designated player, but is a backup at first base… has played in 40 games and is batting .252… is third on the team with 18 RBIs off 24 hits… hit her first career homerun with a three run blast against UNLV.

    20 Kelly Miller So.

    Has played in 26 games between first base and the DH position…has ten RBIs… hit a two-run double against Mercer and had two RBIs against UMass…has three doubles and ten RBI’s on the season.

    21 Dana Vickery Fr.

    Batting .333.. plays second base and has seen action in 20 games…was perfect at the plate against Campbell.

    22 Stacy Venable Sr.

    Has pitched in 17 games with a record of 11-1 and a 1.17 ERA… has struck out 63 batters and given up 49 hits… had her first shutout of the season against Georgia…leads the conference in win percentage (.909) and is second in ERA… is one of 16 recipients in the ACC of the 1999 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.

    23 Leslie Malerich Fr.

    Has a 10-8 pitching record with a 2.05 ERA… has four shutouts and has pitched 143.1 innings… has 91 strikeouts and has appeared in 31 games… had her first career no-hitter against Toledo.

    24 Jackie Hirschfeld Fr.

    Has seen action in 15 games at third base… is 3-of-9 at the plate (.333)… was perfect from the plate against Campbell…drove in the winning run against Florida International.

    25 Tami Post Sr.

    Has played and started in all 61 games this season at third base… has 13 RBIs and has two triples and seven doubles… has four stolen bases and nine sacrifices…is one of eleven players to hit double digit hits this season.

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