March 7, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9-ranked Florida State softball team (18-2, 0-0 ACC) begins a six-game road trip to Charlottesville, Va., and Ft. Myers, Fla., as the Seminoles open up their ACC season at Virginia (2-14, 0-3 ACC) before heading back to Florida to face Virginia Tech (8-7, 1-2 ACC) and Florida Gulf Coast (12-8-1).
“We are entering into the second part of our season with conference play,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, especially in a three-game series. They can make adjustments, we can make adjustments, like a chess match. We have been solid through the lineup. Certain people at different times have been coming through for us and we are really excited to get this next part of our season going.”
The Seminoles come off a road trip to the state of Alabama where they went 5-1 with road ranked wins at No. 25 Auburn, 5-4, and at No. 11 Alabama, 5-1, as part of the Easton Crimson Classic. Jessica Nori and Lacey Waldrop pitched phenomenally in Tuscaloosa and were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Nori was an anchor out of the bullpen for Florida State as she made four appearances and pitched 10.1 innings and allowed nine hits, one run, one walk and struck out six. She recorded three saves on the weekend for the Seminoles, which brought her career total up to nine and set a new FSU all-time record.
Waldrop posted a 2-1 record over the weekend with 15.0 innings and allow¬ing two runs, one earned, two walks and recording 21 strikeouts. Adding in her 7.0-inning, eight-strikeout performance against Auburn earned her not only ACC Pitcher of the Week honors, but also Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week honors. Overall on the season, Waldrop has an ACC-leading 10-2 record with a 0.59 ERA and 89 strikeouts.
At the plate, Maddie O’Brien leads the team and ACC in several categories, including home runs (8) and RBI (31). Courtney Senas loves to crush the ball as evidenced by her three home runs and 21 RBI yet she also leads the conference in walks (17), while Tiffani Brown always finds a way to get on and around the bases with her ACC-leading 25 hits and 14 stolen bases.
The Seminoles as a team lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in 21 statistical categories including on base percentage (.435), RBI (109), walks (102), ERA (0.77) and opponent strikeouts (132).
The `Noles will play a doubleheader at Virginia on Sat., March 8 starting at 1:00 p.m. and a single game on March 9 at 11:00 a.m. All three games will be played in Charlottesville, Va. Florida State will then travel to Ft. Myers for a doubleheader against Virginia Tech on March 11 hosted by Florida Gulf Coast starting at 5:00 p.m. The Seminoles will then play one game against the FGCU Eagles on March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
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