RALEIGH, N.C. – After posting a 21-2 record in conference play and earning the ACC regular season championship for the fourth consecutive season, No. 6 Florida State is well represented on the 2016 All-ACC Teams as the Seminoles place a conference-record six student-athletes on the First Team and one on the Second Team, the league announced on Thursday.
The Noles also received three of the four individual conference awards with redshirt junior Alex Powers earning ACC Player of the Year, redshirt junior Jessica Burroughs being named ACC Pitcher of the Year and Lonni Alameda selected as the ACC Coach of the Year. Virginia Tech’s Lauren Duff was chosen to be the ACC Freshman of the Year.
Powers and Burroughs are joined on the All-ACC First Team by junior Ellie Cooper, sophomores Morgan Klaevemann and Jessica Warren and redshirt freshman Meghan King. Freshman Carsyn Gordon was selected to the All-ACC Second Team.
The seven All-ACC selections is the second most for Florida State all-time, trailing the 1995 season when eight Seminoles earned postseason conference recognition. There were only five teams in the conference in 1995, compared to the 11 teams participating in softball in 2016. The six First Team selections also sets a conference record as no ACC school had previously had more than four First Team selections in the same season since the league began naming multiple All-ACC Teams in 2005.
“This has been a great season so far for this team and this program and I’m proud of what they all have achieved and are being recognized for,” said Alameda. “While only a select group have their names listed on these awards, we know that it is a complete team effort, one through twenty-four, that has created our success. The way we push each other on the field, love being around each other off the field and are truly working for the goals of the team has been a lot of fun to watch and be a part of.”
Powers becomes the eighth Seminole to be named ACC Player of the Year, and the first since Maddie O’Brien in 2014. The Melbourne, Fla., native finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the league in 10 different categories, including ranking fifth with a .403 batting average, fourth with 55 runs scored and sixth with a .717 slugging percentage. She has added 13 home runs and 54 RBI and was named ACC Player of the Week twice this season.
“It is really an honor to be recognized for this, but it really goes to my teammates, because without them, there wouldn’t be runners on base and we wouldn’t have had all the success we’ve had with the games we’ve won and breaking the school’s scoring record of 401 runs,” said Powers. “It’s just awesome to be a part of and I feel really honored and it means a lot to me.”
“I think that anyone on this team, or anyone who knows Alex’s story, has to be a fan of hers,” said Alameda. “If anyone talks about injury, if you want a success story, follow what she has done. While that doesn’t define her, it gave her an opportunity to find out who she is and what this coaching staff knew she was capable of. She does it with such a passion and a class that you just have to be really proud of everything she’s worked for and is now being able to display through the game of softball.”
Burroughs is the fourth Florida State player, and third in a row, to be named ACC Pitcher of the Year, joining Sarah Hamilton in 2009 and Lacey Waldrop in 2014 and 2015. The Warner Robins, Ga., native finished second in the ACC with 24 wins, a 2.08 ERA and allowed opponents to hit just .173 against her. Burroughs has recorded 200 strikeouts on the year and tossed her second career no-hitter earlier this season against Bradley on February 27.
“This really shows how much of a team effort this season has been,” said Burroughs. “The whole team has put in so much time and really prepared for every moment. The defense has been there to back me up and playing for my best pitch. Learning to trust my pitches and play to my defense has been awesome, and the way our offense has been scoring and putting up so many runs has been huge this season. The success of this team this season hasn’t been on any one person, but the whole group. It’s been amazing.”
“I think that every year you talk about how every pitch in the circle is important for the team,” said Alameda. “And that’s something we try to talk about every day in the bullpen – being selfless. There is a part of you that needs to have an ego and trust that you can go after the hitter, but that you are doing it for the team. Lacey Waldrop was great with that and passed it down to Jessica who has been outstanding for us in that sense. I don’t think I could be more proud of her from her work ethic, beginning after our series at Tennessee to end last season to come in and be a leader in the circle and a leader for this team.”
For the remainder of the All-ACC First Team selections, Cooper batted .388 in the regular season with eight doubles, five triples, four home runs and 45 RBI as the second baseman scored 46 runs and added eight stolen bases. Klaevemann hit .365 on the season and led the conference with 59 runs scored, 41 walks and 43 stolen bases and also added five outfield from her centerfield position.
Warren batted .373 on the season and led the team with 16 home runs, 64 RBI and a .739 slugging percentage. She also finished second in the conference with 58 runs scored and added six stolen bases. King was outstanding in the circle in her first season of collegiate softball, posting a 20-3 record, including complete game victories over No. 20 Minnesota and on the road at No. 3 Auburn. King ended the regular season with a 2.34 ERA and 95 strikeouts and recorded the first perfect game for Florida State since 2004 on March 12 against Tulsa.
Carsyn Gordon saw action in 47 games for the Seminoles both in the outfield and at third base and batted .342 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 33 RBI and 33 runs scored. Three of her four home runs have been grand slams, which places her in a tie for 11th in NCAA single season history.
Coach Alameda earned the ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season after leading the Noles to a 21-2 record in conference play and a 45-8 mark overall. Florida State has won at least 20 conference games in three consecutive seasons and is the only school to ever have 20+ ACC wins, including a conference-record 24 ACC victories in 2014.
“It is an honor and we have some amazing coaches in our conference, and we are all trying to push softball to higher levels and represent the ACC well,” said Alameda. “I’m really proud of this team. We talked about being a young squad in the beginning, but due to the leadership of our upperclassmen and their ability to keep the freshmen’s heads above water, it has put us in a great position postseason-wise. As a coaching staff, it’s been awesome to see the light bulbs continue to go off when we see them believe and trust in the process. And this is definitely a coaching staff award and a coaching staff program award. We’re really honored to represent the ACC.”
The Seminoles will begin their quest for the 2016 ACC Championship later today at 11:00 a.m. against No. 8-seed Pitt at Dail Stadium on the campus of NC State. The game will be broadcast on RSN and ESPN3, with a live radio broadcast on Seminoles.com.
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2016 All-ACC Teams
Tatiana Cortez, So., C, Boston College
Jessie Daulton, Sr., SS, Boston College
Jessica Burroughs, Jr., P, Florida State
Ellie Cooper, Jr., 2B, Florida State
Meghan King, Fr., P, Florida State
Morgan Klaevemann, So., OF Florida State
Alex Powers, Jr., 1B, Florida State
Jessica Warren, So., 3B, Florida State
Maryssa Becker, Jr., P, Louisville
Kristen Brown, Sr., SS, North Carolina
Kendra Lynch, Jr., P, North Carolina
Micaela Arizmendi, Sr., 1B, Notre Dame
Erin Hershman, So., OF, Pittsburgh
Lauren Duff, Fr., C, Virginia Tech
Maggie Tyler, Sr., P, Virginia Tech
Jessica Dreswick, So., P, Boston College
Annie Murphy, So., OF, Boston College
Carsyn Gordon, Fr., OF, Florida State
Courtney Ziese, Sr., DH, Georgia Tech
Megan Hensley, Fr., DP, Louisville
Jordan McNary, Jr., OF, Louisville
Hailey Smith, Sr., 3B, Louisville
Taylor Wike, So., 2B, North Carolina
Molly Hutchison, Jr., C, NC State
Morgan Reed, So., SS, Notre Dame
Karley Wester, Jr., OF, Notre Dame
Ali Wester, Fr., 2B, Notre Dame
Jenna Modic, Sr., DP, Pittsburgh
Maggie Sevilla, Sr., 2B, Pittsburgh
Allison Davis, So, OF, Virginia
Player of the Year: Alex Powers, Jr., 1B, Florida State
Pitcher of the Year: Jessica Burroughs, Jr., P, Florida State
Freshman of the Year: Lauren Duff, C, Virginia Tech
Coach of the Year: Lonni Alameda, Florida State