March 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off of a 5-0 road trip where they swept North Florida and Boston College, the No. 9/11 Florida State Seminoles (30-4) come back home to face Florida A&M on March 26 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be held on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex.
“We love playing FAMU. We have done it every year that I have been here,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Coach [Wiggins] does a great job over there. They always have a very athletic team. It is a friendly rivalry and I look forward to a great game. ”
Winners of nine straight and 12 of their last 13, the Seminoles are playing some impressive softball as of late, noted by juniors Bailey Schinella and Lacey Waldrop being named the most recent ACC Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Schinella is currently on a five game hitting streak and is batting .545 during that stretch. Waldrop lowered her season ERA to 0.57 by allowing only one earned run over her last 16.0 innings.
Maddie O’Brien continues to build one of greatest offensive seasons and careers in FSU history. She already has 57 RBI in 2014 which is the most ever for an FSU player in a single season. Her 30 career home runs is also an FSU all-time record. O’Brien leads the NCAA in RBI and is fourth in the country in both slugging percentage (.929) and home runs (12) in 2014.
Florida State as a team is in the top ten in the NCAA in three statistical categories including having the second-lowest ERA at 0.91. Individually, six players are in the top ten in nine categories, including Waldrop leading the country with 18 victories and is second in ERA (0.57)
The Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Rattlers, 103-7, and have won the last 15 matchups dating back to 2006. Florida State defeated Florida A&M, 4-0, at JoAnne Graf Field in 2013.
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