May 8, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles placed six players on the 2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Teams that were announced today by the conference office, as voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches. It is the most all-conference selections for FSU since placing six on the All-ACC team in 2004.
Senior Courtney Senas joined O’Brien and Waldrop on the All-ACC First Team and redshirt freshman Jessica Burroughs was selected to the All-ACC Second Team. Florida State placed two members on the All-ACC Third Team – sophomore Victoria East and senior Briana Hamilton.
“I am so proud of this program. We as a team have worked very hard for the big picture of this program and the honors along the way are a sign of what the team has done together,” said Alameda. “Lacey has been driven from the final game in Texas last year to be the best she can be and has such a passion to compete for her school every opportunity she gets. The team loves playing behind her and she leads by example in everything she does on and off the field.
“Maddie is coming into her own as a leader on the field and what she has done as a hitter for us has taken the offensive side of our program to new heights. She is a tremendous person that has her team in mind in everything she does. All of the players that received All-ACC recognition are just a reflection of the work every single player on this team has put in.”
O’Brien finished the regular season second in the league in batting average (.440) and topped the charts in slugging percentage (.953), on-base percentage (.556), home runs (20) and RBI (74). The Palm Harbor, Fla., native earned her first All-ACC honor and becomes the sixth Seminole to win the ACC Player of the Year award, joining Toni Gutierrez (1992), Cindy Lawton (1995), Shamalene Wilson (1996), Leslie Malerich (2001) and Jessica van der Linden (2003, 2004).
“It is a huge honor, said O’Brien. “I could not have done it without the rest of the team and to me, this is a team award. It is really exciting and I am really happy for Lacey as well as we continue our season and pursue our goal of making it to OKC.”
Waldrop posted a 31-4 record to lead the NCAA in victories and her 0.86 ERA is second-lowest in the country. The Chester, Va., native held opponents to a .171 batting average and recorded 243 strikeouts over 204.1 innings of work this season. She is the second Seminole to win ACC Pitcher of the Year, joining Sarah Hamilton in 2009. This marks Waldrop’s third conference honor after being named to the All-ACC Second Team in 2012 and First Team in 2013.
“It definitely feels great to get an award like this,” said Waldrop. “It is another thing we talk about as a team. They made this achievable for me because they play good defense behind me and do a great job of making me feel comfortable by scoring runs so I can go out there and focus on my pitches. It feels really awesome and shows what you can do if your whole team is working around you.”
Senas leads the conference in runs scored (57) and triples (4). She is also 15th in the NCAA in runs per game (1.08) and 27th in the nation in both walks per game (.74) and triples. Senas was also named to the All-ACC First Team in 2013.
Burroughs is 16-1 on the season with a 1.95 ERA and 109 strikeouts. She has allowed the fewest runs in the ACC (32) and is second in the ACC in ERA, earned runs (28) and opposing batting average (.190).
East has played excellent for the Noles this season earning her second All-ACC award after being named to the first team in 2013. The sophomore finished the regular season with 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 29 RBI.
Hamilton has had an impressive redshirt senior season after losing 2013 to injury. She finished the regular season batting .313 (41-for-131) with eight doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI. The Woodruff, S.C., native was a foundation of the Seminole defense at third base, making amazing plays all season long. The two-time All-ACC honoree was named to the first team in 2012.
Alameda earned ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season after leading the Seminoles to the top spot in the 2014 ACC regular season standings. Florida State set a new ACC record with 24 conference wins in a single season, breaking the record of 19 set by Georgia Tech in 2010.
“The Coach of the Year award, in my opinion, is a Staff of the Year award,” added Alameda. “The support staff is so big for our players and it is awesome. From our strength coach CQ, athletic trainer Eunice, SID Scott, director of operations Antonio, our student managers eLGAP, academic advisor Cathy, equipment Robin to two of the best assistant coaches in Travis and Craig, they are all in! It takes more than one person to make a program a success. This team is a family and that is from top to bottom. We work well together and truly love what we do and who we do it for – FSU!”
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year – Maddie O’Brien, Florida State
Pitcher of the Year -Lacey Waldrop, Florida State
Freshman of the Year – Karley Wester, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year – Lonni Alameda, Florida State
All-ACC First Team
Lacey Waldrop Jr. P Florida State
Maddie O’Brien Jr. SS Florida State
Karley Wester Fr. OF Notre Dame
Micaela Arizmendi So. 1B Notre Dame
Courtney Senas Sr. OF Florida State
Kristen Brown So. SS North Carolina
Emily Weiman Jr. P NC State
Laura Winter Sr. P Notre Dame
Sydney O’Hara Fr. P Syracuse
Maddie Lionberger So. 2B Georgia Tech
All-ACC Second Team
Ashley Thomas Sr. SS Georgia Tech
Jessica Burroughs Fr. P Florida State
Emilee Koerner Jr. OF Notre Dame
Renada Davis Jr. SS NC State
Candice Beards Sr. 1B Maryland
Jenna Kelly So. 1B North Carolina
Lauren Gaskill Jr. SS Virginia Tech
Aquilla Mateen So. OF North Carolina
Tory Speer Sr. C Boston College
Carly Thea Jr. OF Pitt
All-ACC Third Team
Jasmine Watson Sr. 1B Syracuse
Victoria East So. 1B Florida State
Cassidy Whidden Jr. C Notre Dame
Shirley Daniels Sr. OF Syracuse
Tori Nirschl So. OF Pitt
Kylie McGoldrick Jr. 2B Virginia Tech
Nicole D’Argento Sr. P Boston College
Megan Cooley So. OF Boston College
Briana Hamilton Sr. 3B Florida State
Katey Smith So. C Virginia Tech