May 7, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. – Florida State was honored with four All-ACC Team members and the ACC Pitcher of the Year award to cap off the most successful conference season in the program’s 17-years in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sophomore Sarah Hamilton was named to the first team with Kaleigh Rafter on top of picking up the yearly pitching accolade while juniors Terese Gober and Carly Wynn nabbed second team honors.
“I’m really proud of our girls making the All-ACC teams,” Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda said. “That paired with [Sarah] Hamilton earning the pitcher of the year honor really speaks well for our program. I’m so proud of the team’s hard work this season and we’re excited to get out there tomorrow.”
Hamilton, a Tallahassee native and first-time All-ACC Team recipient, led the league with an impressive 0.52 ERA in ACC games while giving up just seven runs, five of them earned, with 105 strikeouts in 67 innings. The righty also tops the Florida State staff with a career-high 0.89 ERA and 255 punch outs which ranks her tied for eighth on the FSU Single Season Top 10 list. The last time a Nole earned an individual yearly award was in 2004 when Jessica van der Linden was named the ACC Player of the Year.
Rafter, a fellow first-time All-ACC member for the Seminoles, has been a crucial asset to the squad this season starting all 54 games behind the plate. The redshirt senior has recorded a team-high 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBI with 57 total hits and 23 runs scored. In just one season in the Garnet and Gold, Rafter has left her mark in the Single Season Top 10 currently at No. 3 with 477 putouts, tied for fourth in home runs and just one double away from cracking that category.
Team captain 2008 All-ACC First Team member, Wynn has once again been a driving force on the Seminole squad this season. Starting all games in centerfield, the junior is batting .343 with 23 hits, two of which are doubles and three homers, eight RBI and 16 runs scored in ACC competition.
Rounding out the All-ACC honorees for Florida State is Gober, a first-time winner who leads the squad with a 24-8 overall record. In the circle against ACC opponents, the junior averages a 1.52 ERA while giving up just 23 runs, 16 earned, with 76 strikeouts.
With the best Atlantic Coast Conference record in program history, the No. 16/22 Seminoles (41-13/17-4) enter the fight for their first ACC title since 2004 as the No. 2 seed against No. 7-seeded Boston College at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8.