Feb. 16, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State softball is out to a commanding start this season at 8-2 and the hits keep coming as two Seminoles earned weekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference as announced by the league office on Monday, February 16. Sarah Hamilton was named the ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week alongside Danielle Spaulding of North Carolina and Ashley Stager earned ACC Player of the Week accolades.
The pair of sophomores were instrumental for Florida State as the Noles finished week two at 4-1 with wins over Florida A&M, Appalachian State, Miami (Ohio) University and Purdue.
Hamilton picked up wins in each of her three appearances last week, including the 8-0 shutout at the Sunshine Classic on Sunday against the Boilermakers who entered the weekend ranked No. 23 in the ESPN.com/USA Today Weekly Poll. The righty from Tallahassee gave up just one run in 16 innings of work, giving up 11 hits and striking out 27 batters. She is now leading the pitching staff with a 1.54 ERA and 42 strikeouts so far this year.
Stager becomes the second Seminole to be named ACC Player of the Week after going 8-for-14 to hit .571 last week. The shortstop recorded a hit in all five games, scored five runs and drove in three while committing no errors on defense. This is the second honor of its kind for Stager who won the weekly award following the first week of competition last season.
The Seminoles will host South Alabama for a single game on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. before hosting its second of three home tournaments, the Seminole Classic, beginning with East Carolina at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fan can watch Wednesday’s game live on ACCSelect.com and all games this weekend will be available through GameTracker live stats.