May 27, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Sarah Hamilton became the first Seminole All-American since Veronica Wootson in 2007 as the NFCA announced the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans on its website on Wednesday, May 27. The right-handed pitcher earned third team honors and is the first All-American pitcher from Florida State since both Jessica van der Linden and Casey Hunter were awarded following the 2004 season.
“It’s a great honor for [Sarah] who has worked hard all season,” Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda said. “It wasn’t all about numbers but about doing the best for her team. Sarah has worked tremendously hard on her mechanics and her mental game. I’m really proud of her and I know the team is really proud of her, too.”
In 42 appearances this season, Hamilton emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the circle. With a 20-7 record, the Tallahassee native led the FSU staff with her 0.83 ERA, 10 shutouts, a pair of saves and a whopping 311 strikeouts.
Her accomplishments were rewarded prior to the post-season with the ACC Pitcher of the Year award, an All-ACC first team honor and a spot on the ACC All-Tournament team after leading the Noles to the championship game against Georgia Tech.
Hamilton becomes the 25th Seminole in program history to be named an All-American and it is the 35th overall honor for Florida State since its first All-Americans, Darby Cottle-Veazey and Jan Sikes, both earned the honor in 1981 and 1982.