May 30, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State softball pitcher Lacey Waldrop earned a special recognition this week when she was honored as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Third-Team All-American, announced by the NFCA.
A native of Chester, Va., Waldrop becomes the first All-American at Florida State since 2009 and the 26th in the program’s illustrious history. Prior to Waldrop’s honor, the last Seminole to be named an All-American was former pitcher Sarah Hamilton.
“This is an incredible and deserving honor for Lacey. It is a testament to how hard she works and how much love she has for the game,” head coach Lonni Alameda said of her second All-American at FSU. “Lacey came into the season with the mindset of being even better than she was as a freshman, and I think she reached that goal. We’ve got two more years of her in the circle for us and I cannot wait to see what she can accomplish next.”
Boasting a tremendous freshman season in 2012, Waldrop gained even more ground this season as she was instrumental in leading Florida State to its first NCAA Super Regional appearance since 2006. She finished 24-10 in 2013 with a 1.53 ERA and 259 strikeouts in 219.1 innings pitched. Waldrop’s 24 victories are the most by a pitcher at Florida State since former player Terese Gober recorded the same amount in 2009.
Adding to Waldrop’s impressive season numbers were her 17 complete games, five shutouts, two saves and just six home runs allowed. The deceptive pitcher also recorded seven double-digit strikeout performances this season, and induced nearly three times as many groundouts as flyouts.
Waldrop was named ACC Pitcher of the Week three times this season and earned a spot on the All-ACC First Team. She was the only player from the conference to be named to one of three NFCA All-America teams, and led the ACC in earned run average and opposing batting average.
One of the crowning moments of Waldrop’s season came on March 27 when she baffled rival Florida on the road to the tune of 18 strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched. That performance included striking out Florida’s top four hitters in the order a combined 10 times.
Waldrop also earned NFCA Southeast Region Second Team honors this season. She is now the 10th Seminole pitcher to earn All-America accolades, joining Susan Painter (1982), Christy Larsen (1991), Toni Gutierrez (1992), Renee Espinoza (1996), Kristy Fuentes (1997), Leslie Malerich (2000, 2001), Jessica van der Linden (2003, 2004), Casey Hunter (2004) and Sarah Hamilton (2009).
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