TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It is hard to be better than perfect and Florida State’s Meghan King was chosen as one of the country’s best on Tuesday as the redshirt freshman pitcher was selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Co-Pitcher of the Week. After tossing a perfect game on March 12, it marks the first national honor of King’s career and the first NFCA national accolade for Florida State since Lacey Waldrop earned the award on March 4, 2014.
King shared the weekly national honor with Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen, who also recorded a perfect game this week against Florida Atlantic on March 12.
“What an honor for our program,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Our team has worked really hard and our pitching staff takes pride in being the best for their team and this is a great honor for our program. Meghan has put in the time and work to be the best person in the circle for this team and we’re looking forward to many more great appearances as the season continues.”
King recorded the first perfect game at Florida State since 2004 in an 8-0 win over Tulsa on March 12 at the Louisville Slugger Classic. The redshirt freshman pitcher retired all 18 batters she faced against the Golden Hurricane, tossing five strikeouts in the six-inning victory. She allowed only one ball to leave the infield on a fly out to centerfield in the sixth and faced only one three-ball count in the entire game. Tulsa had entered the weekend receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Softball poll.
For the week, King posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA, adding a win at Cal State Fullerton on March 8, giving up a total of two hits in 11.0 innings with six strikeouts. She has retired 25 of the last 26 batters she has faced and now is 9-1 on the season with a 1.52 ERA.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as Co-National Pitcher of the Week,” said King. “It was a huge accomplishment for our team to have a perfect game. Throughout the countless reps in practice and game experience, I have learned to have the utmost trust in my defense. There were a few plays that were key to the game and it’s awesome that my teammates give 100 percent on every single play. The entire pitching staff has great chemistry and it is amazing to work with them every single day. I can’t wait to see what else we can accomplish as a team this season.”
The Seminoles open up ACC play this weekend as they host Syracuse in a three-game series on March 19-20. There will be a doubleheader with the Orange at 1 pm and 3pm on Saturday, with a single game on Sunday at 12 pm at JoAnne Graf Field.
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