TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With a dominating week in the circle against two of the top teams in the country (No. 14 Minnesota and No. 20 Michigan), redshirt senior pitcher Kylee Hanson made quite the Tallahassee debut as she won the first three home games of her FSU career and was named the Week 2 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week as well as NFCA National Pitcher of the Week, as announced by USA Softball and the NFCA, respectively, on Tuesday.
It is the second time that Hanson has been recognized by the NFCA, joining her Co-National Pitcher of the Week award on March 22, 2016. It is first time that Hanson has received USA Softball Player of the Week honors, and marks the fourth national weekly award of her career as she was named the ESPNW National Player of the Week on February 17, 2016.
“Extremely excited for Kylee. She’s worked really hard and I think the most impressive thing with her is being in graduate school and balancing her schoolwork and game preparation. What a cool honor for her and for this program so early in the season. We’ll look for her to continue to grow and are very excited for the rest of the season.”
“This team is electric, our dugout never gets down and everyone is all in,” said Hanson. “It’s FUN to pitch for this team. I am so proud of how my team played this weekend, we had a lot of grit, and took advantage of our opportunities. And of course, it is an honor to get this award. I just couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches.”
Hanson was nearly unhittable in the circle this week for the Seminoles, posting a trio of wins, including one each over No. 14 Minnesota and No. 20 Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to earn Most Valuable Pitcher honors at the Tallahassee site of the tournament.
The redshirt senior posted a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA for the week with 21 strikeouts over 15.2 innings. She only gave up one unearned run on the week and has not surrendered an earned run in her last 22.0 innings of work.
The Jupiter, Fla., native gave up just four walks and five hits as opponents were able to hit just .093 against her on the week. She did not allow a runner to reach second base in 13 of her 15.2 innings, including nine 1-2-3 innings.
Hanson and the Seminoles are in action tonight at 5:00 p.m. as Florida State hosts McNeese on JoAnne Graf Field. Admission is free and live stats links are available on Seminoles.com
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