March 20, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
After playing almost 30 games in just two days but not being able to crown a champion due to weather, the organizing committee for the 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational announced a 16-member All-Tournament team Tuesday, March 20. Although the tournament wasn’t completed, the tournament organizers felt enough softball had been played to honor those players that had performances worthy of recognition. The tournaments top four seeds after pool play, the University of Nebraska, Florida State University, the University of Utah and the University of Massachusetts, led the way with 12 of the 16 selections while the other four representatives came from the two teams, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Maryland, that advanced to quarterfinal play. No MVP was chosen due to the tournament ending without a champion being crowned.
This year’s All-Tournament team consists of four pitchers, five outfielders and seven infielders and there are five seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and one freshman on the squad. The sixteen players selected were: Catherine Cashion (Florida Atlantic, Fr., right field), Nicole Myers (Florida Atlantic, Jr., pitcher), Serita Brooks (Florida State, Sr., center field), Brandi Stuart (Florida State, So., second base), Jen White-Stokes (Florida State, Sr., pitcher/DH), Shelly Burrell (Maryland, Sr., center field), Beth Radford (Maryland, Jr., catcher), Emily Robustelli (Massachusetts, So., shortstop), Teri Rooney (Massachusetts, Jr., center field), Cherra Wheeler (Massachusetts, Jr., first base), Jamie Fuentes (Nebraska, Sr., first base), Kim Ogee (Nebraska, So., outfield), Leigh Ann Walker (Nebraska, Jr., pitcher), Kristin Arbogast (Utah, Sr., pitcher), Niki Hayhurst (Utah, So., first base) and Lyndsey Trevis (Utah, Jr., third base).
Florida Atlantic’s Cashion hit .400 for the tournament with two home runs and six RBI. She had a two-run homer against Florida A&M and her grand slam against Bethune Cookman gave the Owls a 5-2 win. Nicole Myers had an awesome weekend for the Owls and she was dominant on the mound. In 11 innings of work, she struck out 17 batters, gave up just three hits, allowed just one earned run and posted a 2-1 record with an ERA of just 0.64. Against 18th-ranked Nebraska, Myers pitched a complete game, two-hitter, she allowed just one earned run and she struck out 10 Cornhuskers in a 2-1 loss. Myers then picked up two wins in relief against FAMU and BCC in which she allowed no earned runs in those appearances. Myers also hit a double and two home runs and knocked in five RBI.
Brooks, a senior All-American, hit .583 with a homerun and four RBI and slugged .833 for the weekend. She also led the team with an on-base percentage of .677 and was a perfect 8 for 8 in stolen base attempts. Stuart, a sophomore from Cerritos, CA, also hit .583 for the tourney and she had three doubles and three RBI. Her slugging percentage was .833 and she posted an on-base percentage of .615. Jen White-Stokes led the Seminoles on the mound and she was also one of the Noles top three hitters this weekend. White-Stokes posted a 2-0 record with a 0.58 ERA and pitched two complete games and a shutout. She walked just two batters in two outings and she held opposing batters to a .133 average. She also allowed just six hits in two games. At the plate, White-Stokes hit .545 with 2 RBI and a .583 slugging percentage. In the 3-2 win over Syracuse, she went 3 for 3 at the plate and knocked in the game-winning RBI to go along with her complete game. Overall, White-Stokes went 8 for 17 with two doubles and 10 total bases last week.
Maryland’s Burrell hit .333 for the weekend against the tournament’s toughest pool (UMass, Michigan and Troy State). She hit a home run and a double, recorded three RBI, scored three runs and stole a base as the Terrapins advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Catcher Radford hit .500 and knocked in three RBI for the Terps this weekend. She hit a double and scored a run as Maryland eliminated Syracuse and advanced to the quarterfinals.
UMass third baseman Robustelli hit .333 for the weekend and drove in a run as the Minutewomen advanced to the semi-finals of the Democrat Tournament. She also scored the winning run in UMass’ 1-0 upset of No. 21 Michigan. Center fielder Rooney hit .417, stole a base, slugged .417 and she scored two runs. She also recorded the game-winning RBI in the Minutewomen’s win over UConn. Wheeler led Massachusetts with a .455 average, four RBI, .545 slugging percentage and perfect fielding percentage of 1.000.
Cornhusker first baseman Fuentes had a great weekend at the plate. She hit .364 for the tournament with two home runs and four RBI. She also scored three runs and slugged an incredible .909 for the tournament and Fuentes led Nebraska with an on-base percentage of .462. Ogee also hit .364 for Nebraska this weekend and she scored five runs, hit a double and slugged .455 for the tourney. She was a perfect 5 for 5 in steals and was second on the team with a .364 on-base percentage. Walker was dominant for the Huskers this weekend. In 14 innings of work, the junior from Tucson, AZ gave up just one earned run, struck out an amazing 24 batters, allowed just two hits and posted an ERA of 0.50. She pitched two complete games, both victories, and gave up just five walks.
The No.1-seeded Utah Utes were led by pitcher Arbogast as she pitched 15 innings this weekend while posting an ERA of 0.00. She was 2-0 with one save and 14 strikeouts as Utah went 4-0 in the tournament. Hayhurst and Trevis drove a Utah offense that scored 27 runs in just four games. Third basemen Trevis hit .583 for the tourney with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.250. Her teammate at the opposite corner, first baseman Hayhurst, batted .538, hit two doubles and a home run, slugged .939 and knocked in four RBI for the tournament.
The All-Tournament team was originally supposed to include just 12 players but was expanded due to the amount of teams still in contention for the tournament title when play was suspended. No MVP was chosen since the six remaining teams all had fairly equal records and were still alive in single-elimination play.