May 22, 2012
2012 SEMINOLE SOFTBALL TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Florida State’s overall record of 47-16 in 2012 marks the program’s highest win total since finishing 62-12 in 2004.
FSU softball now has a total of 29 seasons with 40 or more victories in its illustrious history.
FSU’s selection to another NCAA Regional in 2012 marked its 13th consecutive season of reaching the NCAA postseason. Since the millennium in 2000, the Noles are one of just 11 Division I collegiate softball programs to make the NCAA Tournament in every season.
The Seminoles have now made 25 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, tied for fifth in the nation.
Florida State now has 50 victories in NCAA postseason play, including a 44-38 record in the NCAA Regionals.
In 2012, FSU finished 15-13 against NCAA Tournament opponents, which included competition against 16 postseason teams throughout the season.
FSU showed plenty of plate discipline in 2012, drawing 230 walks for the most in a single season since recording 252 in 2004. It was the fourth highest total in school history.
Drew an ACC Tournament record 13 walks in its 6-2 victory over N.C. State on May 10, 2012.
Four Seminoles in third baseman Briana Hamilton, second baseman Tiffani Brown and pitchers Monica Perry and Lacey Waldrop were named to the All-ACC Team. Brown, Hamilton and Perry were chosen to the conference’s first team, the most first-team selections of any ACC school and the highest amount at FSU since 2006.
In conference play, FSU won six of its seven series played for the first time since 2009. FSU’s 16-5 ACC record was the most wins in the conference and the second-most ACC wins in school history behind only the 2009 squad’s 17 victories in head coach Lonni Alameda’s first season.
The 2012 pitching staff set a single-season record for saves with 10.
FSU defeated four Top 25 squads in 2012, including 14th-ranked UCLA, 23rd-ranked North Carolina twice and 23rd-ranked LSU. Since head coach Lonni Alameda came to FSU in 2009, the Seminoles have defeated 14 Top 25 opponents.
The Seminoles finished 6-3 in 2012 in ESPN-programmed games, which include ESPN3 and ESPNU. FSU won both its ESPNU contests at home in wins against No. 23 North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Altogether, the Seminoles made 10 appearances this season on ESPN networks and regional sports networks.
Finished 26-4 at JoAnne Graf Field in 2012, which includes a perfect 19-0 record to begin the home season.
Tied for the sixth-fastest team in program history to 20 victories, needing just 23 games to accomplish the early-season feat.
Began the season with a 16-0 record, the second-best start in school history behind only the 1992 team’s 25-0 record.
FSU’s 16-game win streak to start the season ties for the 10th longest win streak in school history. In program history, the Seminoles have held 15 different 15-game win streaks, highlighted by a school record 32-game win streak during the 1985 season.
FSU’s near-12,000 foot batting facility earned enormous praise in the January 2012 edition of the Florida Engineering Society Journal, being lauded for its combination of external features, comfortable nature and multiple purposes within the sport.
Achieved three come-from-behind victories in 2012 when trailing in the seventh inning.
Team earned run average of 1.53 was the second-lowest since 2005.
FSU’s 98 walks allowed marked just the seventh time in school history that the Seminole pitching staff has surrendered less than triple-digit base-on-balls in one season. In Head Coach Lonni Alameda’s four seasons, she has now coached two teams that have given up less than 100 walks, including the 2009 team (93).
FSU’s pitching allowed opponents to hit at just a .192 clip, just the fifth time the Noles have held the opposition to a sub-.200 batting average since 2000.
The Seminoles, which remained in the upper echelon throughout the year in RPI, finished 31-11 in non-conference play.
Heading into the NCAA Regionals, FSU spent 13 consecutive weeks in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Poll, peaking at No. 19 during the weeks of May 1 and May 8. FSU spent 12 straight weeks in the USA TODAY/NFCA Poll.
The Seminoles finished first in the ACC in 12 different hitting, pitching and fielding categories, including triples (19), at-bats (1,596), walks (230), earned run average (1.53), opposing batting average (.192), innings pitched (425.2), wins (47), saves (10), runs allowed (127), earned runs allowed (93), home runs allowed (18) and putouts (1,277).
FSU finished 20-0 in 2012 when it scored in the first inning.
Held a 37-1 record when leading after six innings.
The Seminoles finished 9-2 in 2012 against Florida-based opponents.
Entered the NCAA Regionals with the 16th-ranked RPI, 20th-ranked strength of schedule and 17th-ranked non-conference RPI and non-conference strength of schedule. In the regular season and ACC postseason, the Seminoles defeated 35 teams in the Top 100 RPI, and added another quality RPI victory by defeating UCLA in Los Angeles, 2-1, in the NCAA postseason.
Headed into the NCAA postseason ranked in the Top 25 nationally in triples per game (10th), earned run average (11th) and win-loss percentage (16th).
Florida State touted several award winners in 2012:
o 1 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate (Shayla Jackson)
o 1 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week (Monica Perry)
o 1 ACC Player of the Week recipient (Briana Hamilton twice)
o 1 ACC All-Tournament Team member (Maddie O’Brien)
o 2 ACC Pitcher of the Week recipients (Monica Perry twice, Lacey Waldrop twice)
o 2 Capital One Academic District 4 softball team members (Jessica Nori and Kirstin Austin)
o 2 NFCA All-Southeast Region Second Team members (Tiffani Brown, Shayla Jackson)
o 4 All-ACC Team members (Briana Hamilton, Tiffani Brown, Lacey Waldrop, Monica Perry)
o 4 members of the Bank of Hawaii All-Tournament Team (Lacey Waldrop, Monica Perry, Erika Leonard and Courtney Senas)
Finished 3-1 versus the SEC (Ole Miss twice, LSU), 3-0 versus the Big Ten (Wisconsin twice, Northwestern) and 1-0 against the Pac 12 (UCLA).
Eliminated No. 12 national seed UCLA in the NCAA Regionals with a 2-1 victory, marking the first time FSU defeated a national seed in NCAA postseason play since knocking off No. 11 Georgia twice to win the 2006 Athens Regional.