TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the ninth time this season, a Florida State student-athlete has been recognized by the Atlantic Coast Conference in its weekly awards as Meghan King and Jessica Warren were named the ACC Co-Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league on Monday. It is King’s second ACC weekly accolade of the season and the first ACC Player of the Week honor in Warren’s career.
In all, five different Seminoles have been recognized by the league in 2016, as King and Warren join Jessica Burroughs, Alex Powers and Sydney Broderick.
“Really excited for these two, but like with most things, these are basically team awards,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “If players like Morgan and Ellie aren’t getting on base, Jessica wouldn’t be able to drive them in. If our defense isn’t selling out for our best pitch, Meghan wouldn’t be able to have the success she has had in the circle. It is fun seeing everyone work together for the team goals and not worry about who is getting the credit or recognition.”
King was a perfect 2-0 in the circle for the Seminoles this week, including a complete-game victory on the road at No. 3 Auburn on April 20. The redshirt freshman pitcher limited the NCAA’s best offense to just three runs in the non-conference victory, as the Tigers entered the game averaging more than nine runs per game. King battled out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning against Auburn, striking out Jade Rhodes, the then-reigning SEC Player of the Week, to end the inning.
The Parkland, Fla., native added another complete-game win on April 23 in a 3-1 victory over Virginia Tech. King allowed only allowed five base runners for the entire game, scattering three hits and surrendering just one run.
Warren carried the Seminole offense to a 4-1 week, including a road win at No. 3 Auburn on April 20. For the week, Warren batted .455 with a .727 slugging percentage and was on base at a .562 clip. She drove in eight RBIs for the week and scored three of her own.
The Tampa, Fla., native had a base hit in four of the five games on the week, including a 1-for-1 performance with a home run, sacrifice fly and two RBIs at No. 3 Auburn. On April 24, she drove in five runs and batted 2-for-2 from the plate as the Noles completed a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech with a 13-1 win on Sunday.
No. 8 Florida State (38-5) will play a midweek contest on April 26 against RV UCF (31-16) on Joanne Graf Field at 6:00 p.m. The game was rescheduled from March 29 after rain canceled the originally schedule game in Orlando. UCF enters the game receiving votes in the NFCA poll for April 19.
FSU is 15-5 all-time against UCF, including five consecutive victories against the Knights. FSU and UCF last met in the 2015 NCAA Tallahassee Regional with the Noles earning a 2-1 walk-off win in the first meeting and a regional-clinching 5-0 victory to end the weekend.
UCF is led by pitcher Shelby Turnier, who just earned her fourth American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honor of 2016 on April 25. Turnier is 15-13 on the season with a 2.28 ERA and 204 strikeouts in 184.0 innings.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on Seminole Softball Radio, a free live streaming service through Seminoles.com. Robin Ahrberg and Maddie O’Brien will be on the call, while live stats can also be found online at Seminoles.com.
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