TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State softball team was hard at work this fall they seek to improve on an impressive 2014 season where the Seminoles earned their 12th ACC Championship and reached the Women’s College World Series for the eighth time in program history.
The Noles played in seven exhibition games against collegiate teams Pensacola State (W, 9-0), Chipola (W, 9-1), College of Central Florida (W, 14-0), Georgia (W, 6-5), Louisiana (W, 9-5/L, 6-0) and Tallahassee Community College (W, 18-2).
FSU also played a game against the USSSA Pride, a professional team from the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Seminoles defeated the Pride 4-1, in a game where former Seminoles Briana Hamilton and Courtney Senas suited up for the Pride and faced their previous teammates.
Florida State outscored their opponents by a combined score of 69-20. The Noles were very successful with two outs, tallying 36 runs in their eight games with two away in the inning. They scored at least one two-out run in every game except versus Louisiana, and had big two-out rallies against Central Florida (eight runs in the third inning), TCC (seven runs in the fourth), Georgia (five runs in the fifth) and Louisiana (four runs in the fourth).
“This was a very productive fall for us,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Getting back on the field with our returning players and seeing what the newcomers are able to bring to the table was excellent.”
Senior Bailey Schinella was a reliable force with a bat in her hand as she led the team with a .458 average at the plate, driving in seven RBI on 11 hits, including two doubles and a home run. She did not disappoint as a pitcher in the circle either, posting a 1.55 ERA in 9.0 innings of work as she earned two wins while surrendering just two runs, six hits, six walks and recording seven strikeouts.
Schinella was also second on the team in walks with six behind fellow senior Maddie O’Brien who received 10 free passes in her eight games played. O’Brien batted .318 in the fall with one home run, five RBI and five runs scored.
Sophomore Victoria Daddis had an explosive fall at the plate, leading or tying for the team lead in hits, doubles, home runs and RBI. She recorded a batting average of .423 with 11 hits, three doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI and eight runs scored. She hit home runs against Chipola, Louisiana and blasted two against TCC.
Freshman infielder Jessica Warren was very impressive in her first batch of competition against collegiate pitching. The Tampa, Fla., native had 11 hits with seven for extra bases – three doubles, two triples and two home runs. She also drove in 10 RBIs and scored 11 runs. Her two-run home run against the USSSA Pride came off former Florida Gator, and four-time All-American, Hannah Rogers.
The rest of the freshman class, consisting of Katie Baker, Morgan Klaevemann, Korina Rosario, Megan McReynolds, Savannah McCormack and Sienna Surber scored a total of 10 runs on three hits, four walks and had three stolen bases.
Junior Alex Kossoff batted .381 this fall scoring five runs on eight hits. Her leadoff single in the ninth inning against Louisiana sparked a five-run rally to help lead the Seminoles to a 9-5 win over the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Victoria East produced 10 hits at the plate as the junior batted .357 with a double, a triple, five RBI and three runs scored. Junior catchers Macey Cheatham and Amy Szymanowski also played well, combining for four hits, six walks, and five runs scored.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Powers was back to full action after seeing limited time in 2014 following multiple knee injuries. Powers had seven hits, two doubles and drove in eight runs to go along with four walks during the fall.
Sophomore Ellie Cooper was a true utility player this fall, producing in multiple ways to help the team be successful. She had six hits, one double, five walks, five RBI, eight runs scored and three stolen bases.
Bella D’Errico continued to be a great asset on the base paths for the Seminoles as the sophomore stole four bases and scored seven runs this fall.
Redshirt freshman Rylan Harvey, having missed the 2014 season due to injury, had great success in limited action this fall. She was 2-for-5 from the plate with a walk, and her triple against Chipola College helped bring the final run of the 9-1 victory.
In the circle, Jessica Burroughs and Lacey Waldrop displayed the talent and competitiveness that earned All-ACC honors for each of them in 2014.
Waldrop posted a 1-1 record with a 1.52 ERA, allowing just seven runs, five earned in 23.0 innings with 11 walks and 28 strikeouts. The senior from Chester, Va., recorded seven strikeouts against Pensacola State and eight against both the College of Central Florida and Louisiana.
Burroughs earned a perfect 4-0 record on the fall with a 1.69 ERA. She gave up 14 hits, 11 runs, seven earned with nine walks and 37 strikeouts in 29.0 innings. The redshirt sophomore dominated against Chipola, recording 12 strikeouts in 5.0 innings, and also against TCC where she struck out eight of the 10 batters she faced.
“I love the fight of this team,” added Alameda. “They fight to get better in the cages, in the circle, in the weight room, in the classroom. We know that championships aren’t won in May and June without the work you put in during October and November and throughout the year. We have some things we need to work on before the season starts, but I like where we are right now.”
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