January 27, 2010 - by
1st-Place Prediction For FSU

Jan. 27, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19/23 Florida State softball team is one of two squads being predicted to finish first in the league at the conclusion of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference season, conference officials announced Wednesday.

In a poll of the league’s head coaches, FSU and No. 13/14 Georgia Tech received 45 points apiece for the tie. The Yellow Jackets are the defending league champions and the Seminoles were last year’s runner-up.

The Seminoles received three first-place votes while Georgia Tech nabbed four.

“It’s a great honor to be predicted to finish so well,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “The ACC is a fantastic league and it’s going to be a challenge to finish the year on top. But we are up for that challenge and eager to get the new season started.”

North Carolina rounds out the top three with 39 points and Virginia Tech grabbed 27 points as the team predicted to finish fourth. N.C. State was given 26 points for fifth place, Maryland is predicted to finish sixth with 19 points, and Virginia has 13 points for a predicted seventh-place finish.

Boston College is predicted to finish eight with 10 points.

Also Wednesday, FSU junior pitcher Sara Hamilton was named to the Amateur Softball Association’s Top 50 “Watch List” for the 9th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Hamilton, the 2009 ACC Pitcher of the Year and third-team All-American, is one of just four ACC players to be placed on the list.

“Sarah has worked hard her whole career and continues to work harder and harder each day to become the best student-athlete she can be,” Alameda said. “She is dedicated to being a force in the circle and we are excited to see her follow up her breakout sophomore season this year.”

Hamilton and the Seminoles officially start their run towards that predicted first-place finish on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. against Southern Miss.

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