April 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Tallahassee Community College standout pitcher Emily Smethurst will join the Florida State University softball team beginning in the 2013 season.
The two-year junior college starting pitcher possesses a hard work ethic and carries plenty of success in the circle. The Brighton East, VIC Australia native has produced two tremendous years at TCC, finishing her freshman year with a 15-9 overall record and a 1.96 ERA in 157.1 innings pitched. Smethurst struck out 125 batters en route to First Team All-Panhandle Conference honors.
In 2011, Smethurst led the Eagles to a third-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association championship, and was named to all-tournaments teams by the Florida College System Activities Association and the Gulf District.
“We are extremely excited about the addition of Emily Smethurst to our program,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We have had some success in the circle and look to keep building on great pitching in taking this program to the next level. Emily is going to come into our program and work very hard and get better and better. It is also nice to have a TCC player join our program as they have a very competitive team and produce many great players for the next level.”
Smethurst has followed up her freshman campaign with a strong second season. She is 10-3 on the season with a 1.24 ERA and has held the opposition to a .188 batting average. She has allowed just seven extra base hits this year while leading TCC to a Top-6 national ranking so far. She has already been named to the First-Team All-Panhandle Conference for the second year in a row.
The Eagles will enter the Gulf District Championships April 27-29 as the No. 2 seed with a berth to the NJCAA World Series on the line.
“Emily came in and made an immediate impact in the circle for the TCC Softball program,” TCC head coach Patti Townsend said. “She comes from a strong background of playing internationally and against some of the best softball players in the World. She has developed into a fierce competitor and leader on the mound after playing in the ultra-competitive Panhandle Conference, one of the strongest in Junior College softball.
“Add in her passion for the sport of softball and teammates that love to play behind her, and you’ve got an excellent addition to the pitching staff and softball family at FSU. She will leave TCC as one of the top pitchers to ever wear an Eagle uniform and will be sorely missed.”
Smethurst will join an incoming class that includes a highly-talented group, featuring pitcher Jessica Burroughs (Houston County, Ga./Houston County HS), outfielder Stephanie Hartness (Niceville, Fla./Niceville HS), utility player Alex Powers (Melbourne, Fla./Eau Gallie HS), outfielder Alex Kossoff (Redondo Beach, Calif./South HS) and infielder Kaitlin Allen (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks HS).