June 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Another season has come and gone and that means it’s time to reflect on the year that was for the 2010 Florida State softball team.
*The Seminole Soccer/Softball Complex received a face-lift in July of 2009 with the completion of the renovation and expansion project of the Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith team building. The building, which overlooks both the soccer and softball fields, received an expansion of the second floor which included additional office space for coaches, meeting rooms, a “Tradition Room,” a 598 square-foot classroom furnished with transferable desks, dry erase boards, projection screen and the latest in electronic equipment complete with HD capabilities and surround sound. The building also includes player lounges for both the Seminole soccer and softball teams equipped with HD-television screens, computer monitors with wireless capabilities and surround sound. The softball program will also benefit from another renovation this summer. The existing batting cages next to the field will be upgraded into a two-story set of covered cages.
“As a coaching staff we are very fortunate to have everything at our field,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “It is a ‘one-stop softball shop’ so to speak. With the addition of the indoor cages the players will not have to leave the building for anything but a team lift that is just steps away from our facility. The facilities that we have are quite a luxury.”
*Florida State finished the year with a 44-18 overall record, including marks of 18-10 at home, 12-4 on the road and 14-4 in neutral-site games. FSU posted a record of 12-9 in Atlantic Coast Conference games.
“We were excited to reach the goal of a 40-win season,” Alameda said. “But we will continue to push for the opportunity to be in the final eight in the NCAA Tournament – that is the goal every year as we push towards the WCWS.”
*FSU earned a spot in the field of 64 and made its 11th-straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The Seminoles hit the road for their regional and played in Athens, Ga. before falling to Georgia and Radford.
*Before traveling to the Peach State, FSU was on the campus of Virginia Tech for the 2010 ACC Softball Championship. While in Blacksburg, Va., the ’Noles beat Maryland and the host Hokies before losing to Georgia Tech in the title game. The game’s outcome marked the second year in a row that the Yellow Jackets had to beat the Seminoles for the ACC crown. FSU’s championship-game appearance marked the 14th time in school history it had the chance to play for a title – a total number that is more than any other school in the conference.
*As a team, the 2010 Seminoles accomplished a lot of statistical feats. Not only did FSU get off to its best start since 1993 by starting this year 20-2, but the team capped off the year with high marks in a bevy of categories. The Seminoles’ .297 batting average was the best since 2003 and the team’s 212 total walks were the most since the 2004 season, just to name a few. The ’Noles also posted just a 226 strikeouts; the fewest since the 1998 campaign.
*Individually, several FSU student-athletes earned recognition for their hard work on the field and in the classroom. Carly Wynn was named an All-ACC First Team selection and Terese Gober, Sarah Hamilton and Ashley Stager were each placed on the All-ACC Second Team. Robin Ahrberg, Tiffani Brown and Hamilton each got the nod on the ACC’s All-Tournament team, too. Wynn and Hamilton also captured Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Southeast Region Second Team honors. Wynn was even named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team.
*Speaking of Wynn, FSU’s super-talented centerfielder capped off her Seminoles career by etching her name all over the program’s record book. Wynn’s .354 career batting average now ranks seventh all-time and her 165 total runs are good enough for sixth. She posted 247 total hits, which ranks eighth at FSU. Wynn’s 45 doubles ranks second all-time and her 20 homeruns are fifth. Another senior, Gober, finished her career third in appearances as a pitcher with 141 and 10th in innings pitched with 648.1.
*As for season records, Wynn’s 42 walks tied Jessica van der Linden’s third-best mark in 2004. Stager and Tory Haddad earned 35 walks apiece to rank seventh. Wynn’s 18 doubles was just one shy of tying the all-time mark of 19 and her eight triples were good enough for seventh best in one year. Haddad belted seven homeruns to tie for 10th in a season. Kristie McConn also registered 12 doubles, which ranks tied for ninth. In the circle, Hamilton’s 45 appearances ranks sixth in a single season at FSU and Gober’s 44 ranks seventh. Hamilton’s 326 strikeouts is third-most in a year. Jen Lapicki accrued 489 putouts to rank third all-time.
“We all get excited about the amazing young women that step on this field,” Alameda said. “However, we sometimes tend to overlook the main reason they are here and that is to be the best student-athlete they can be. Carly was a perfect example of that as she worked to be the best in the classroom and on the field and she led by example every day. Individual awards are an awesome recognition of what a team sets out to accomplish. We are proud of all the hard work that was put in and paid off for many of the players.”
*So, what about next year? Florida State will lose Gober, Haddad, Monica Montez, Courtney Rosen and Wynn to graduation and juniors Allison Collins and Brittany Joseph will not return in 2011. Taking their place will be an infusion of super-talented incoming freshmen as Celeste Gomez, Ashlyn Masters, Maddie O’Brien, Kelly Hensley, Evelyn Morgado and Courtney Senas will all join the FSU softball team in time for the 2010-11 season.
“We want to thank the senior class for the legacy they have left with the underclassmen,” Alameda said. “Every player leaves a mark and what is given to a team is always appreciated. I know they will be back to help future ’Noles understand what it means to play at Florida State and will continue to make us proud as they step out in the real world. As for Allison and Brittany, they have worked hard for this program and we thank them and wish them luck in their future endeavors. The rookies that will hit the ground running this fall have closed the book on their high school careers and will have a chance to reflect this summer on what they want their freshman season to reveal as a class. They have worked hard and will be expected to make an impact.
“The close of one season maybe the end to an amazing class of seniors but it is the opening of an opportunity for a new group of Seminoles.”