TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2016 Florida State softball team had an impressive season on the field, posting a 55-10 record, winning its third consecutive ACC Championship and reaching the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series. The Seminoles also were successful in the classroom as three student-athletes – Ellie Cooper, Meghan King and Morgan Klaevemann – were honored on the 2016 Softball All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the league on Thursday.
“One of FSU softball’s core values is Smart, and not just on the field but also in the classroom,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “I’m proud of each of them for what they have accomplished and know that several more on the team have really pushed themselves to improve in their studies this year. While we are trying develop excellent softball players, we also know that eventually their time on the field will come to an end and so we strive to develop quality women that will have the skills and confidence to excel in the workplace in the future.”
Cooper earned All-ACC First Team and NFCA Southeast All-Region Second Team honors in 2016 after finishing the season with a .353 batting average with nine doubles, five triples, five home runs, 47 RBI and 50 runs scored. The five triples led the ACC and were tied for No. 16 in the NCAA this season. Cooper led the team with a 16-game streak of reaching base from February 20 to March 19, including a 10-game hitting streak. As a Sport Management major, the Fenton, Mo., native has been named to the FSU Dean’s List four times in her academic career, including earning spot on the President’s List after a perfect 4.0 GPA for the Fall 2015 semester.
King had an outstanding freshman season in the circle for the Noles, posting a 25-5 record with four wins over top 25 teams, including a road win at No. 3 Auburn. The Parkland, Fla., native tossed FSU’s first perfect game since 2004, retiring all 18 batters she faced against Tulsa on March 12. The redshirt freshman pitcher earned All-ACC First Team honors and was also selected to the ACC All-Tournament Team after earning the win in all three games of the 2016 ACC Championship as the Seminoles won their 14th conference title and third in a row. A Family and Child Science major, King earned a spot on the FSU Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester.
Klaevemann was a catalyst for the Seminoles’ success this season, both on offense and defense. As a leadoff hitter, the Refugio, Texas, native batted .351 with 60 hits, 51 walks, 53 stolen bases and 69 runs scored. Klaevemann earned All-ACC First Team and NFCA Southeast All-Region Third Team honors as the sophomore outfielder led the team with five outfield assists, including four against ranked teams. A biology major, Klaevemann has been named to the Dean’s List twice in her academic career and earned a spot on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.
Overall, 35 ACC student-athletes were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, led by Louisville with 10 members, including ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Maryssa Becker. The Seminoles have placed at least three student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team in each of the 11 years that the league has awarded the academic honors.
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