March 21, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Winners of six in a row, the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (27-4, 6-2 ACC) hit the road for a three-game ACC series on March 22-23 against Boston College (14-7, 2-1 ACC) that will be held at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
“Everyone is playing so well right now,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “The pitchers are hitting their spots and throwing hard, the fielders are covering their position and making plays behind them and the batters are getting solid at bats and driving in runs. We are competing together as a family and it is great to be a part of.
Boston College is a scrappy team that will compete to the final out and we need to excel in all aspects of the game if we are going to be successful this weekend.”
The Seminoles have won 18 straight against the Eagles and lead the series with a 25-2 record. Florida State has never lost to Boston College outside of Tallahassee.
Florida State is led by its amazing pitching staff in the circle. The Seminoles lead the NCAA with a 0.93 ERA and starting pitchers Jessica Burroughs (.157) and Lacey Waldrop (.164) have allowed the lowest batting averages in the ACC.
Waldrop has the third-lowest ERA in the country (0.59) and has allowed only seven earned runs over her last 18 appearances and 103.0 innings. Her 136 strikeouts this year give her 534 for her career which is 10th most all-time in Florida State history.
Maddie O’Brien is off to one of the best offensive seasons in Florida State history. With a batting average of .457 (42-for-92), 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 55 RBI and 31 runs scored. Her 11 home runs are tied for sixth-most in an FSU single season, and her 55 RBI are just one away from the single-season record of 56 set by Yuruby Alicart in 2007.
Courtney Senas is batting .356 (32-for-90) with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs, 33 runs scored and 33 RBI. She is tied for the ACC lead in triples and sacrifice flies and would be leading the conference in three other categories if not for the amazing season O’Brien is putting together.
This weekend’s games will be played at Conaty Park on the campus of Bryant University. There will be a doubleheader on Sat., March 22 starting at 1:00 p.m., with a single game on Sun., March 23 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
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