OKLAHOMA CITY – As the Florida State softball program prepares for the 2016 Women’s College World Series, a trio of Seminoles have been recognized among the best in the country as redshirt juniors Alex Powers and Jessica Burroughs, as well as sophomore Jessica Warren earned NFCA All-American honors, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Powers was selected to the Second Team as a first baseman, while Burroughs was on the Third Team as a pitcher. Warren was chosen to the Third Team as an at-large honoree. It is the first All-American honor for all three student-athletes and brings FSU’s total to 30 different players that have been named an NFCA All-American.
The three NFCA All-Americans for Florida State is the most since 2004 when Jessica van der Linden (First Team), Veronica Wootson (Second Team) and Casey Hunter (Second Team) were recognized by the NFCA. It is the sixth time in Seminole history that FSU earned three All-American selections.
“This has been a really special season and I’m really proud of these girls for being recognized nationally for what they mean to this team and program,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Obviously, they couldn’t have any success without the rest of the team and family to hold each other accountable and bring out the best in each of them. They are a great representation of the culture of our softball program and also the university. Very excited for all of them to receive these awards and excited to play some softball with them this week.”
Powers was named the 2016 ACC Player of the Year and enters the WCWS with a .383 batting average, 14 home runs and 59 RBI. She ranks in the top 10 of the ACC in numerous categories, including ranking second with 14 doubles and fourth with 59 runs scored. She earned a pair of ACC Player of the Week honors during the season and led the team in ACC play with a .431 batting average and a .819 slugging percentage.
Burroughs has posted an impressive junior campaign with a 27-5 record, 1.93 ERA and 227 strikeouts on her way to being named the 2016 ACC Pitcher of the Year. The Warner Robins, Ga., native recorded two no-hitters this season – vs. Bradley on February 27 and vs. Florida A&M on May 20. She also has 13 other appearances this season where she has allowed either zero or one hit. She has allowed teams to bat just .170 against her on the season with 112 base hits in 184.2 innings pitched.
Warren has been an offensive catalyst for FSU, as her 18 home runs and 74 RBI leads the team and she has also scored 67 runs. The 74 RBI ranks fourth in the country this season and sits second all-time in FSU history, trailing only Maddie O’Brien’s total of 83 from the 2014 season. Warren has been a force in the 2016 postseason, as she is batting .500 (6-for-12) with a 1.083 slugging percentage and six runs scored. She hit at least one double in all three games of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, and hit a two-run home run in FSU’s Super Regional clinching win over Utah on May 28.
The No. 7-ranked Seminoles will open the 2016 Women’s College World Series on Thursday, June 2 at 12 p.m. ET against No. 15-ranked Georgia. The game will be broadcast on ESPN with Adam Amin and Amanda Scarborough on the call, while a live Seminole Softball radio broadcast will be available on Seminoles.com.
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