TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the third time in the six weeks of the 2018 season, Kylee Hanson has been recognized as the conference’s top pitcher as the redshirt senior was named ACC Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday. She was also selected as one of the Top Performers of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Hanson and the No. 14 Seminoles (21-6) also get back in action this week as Florida State hosts Troy (17-10) in a doubleheader at JoAnne Graf Field on Wednesday, March 21, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
“Excited for Kylee and for what our entire pitching staff has done this year,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “She has worked so hard and is continuing to grow and it is fun to watch her out there in the circle. And we have another non-conference challenge this week with Troy, who have a pair of pitchers that have been shutting people down and a bunch of kids that can swing it. Looking forward to the competition and how we adjust and improve throughout the doubleheader.”
Hanson made an impressive ACC debut last weekend, earning a pair of wins over Virginia Tech and not allowing a run over 13.0 innings, with just seven total hits and three walks as VT batted .152 against her.
The Jupiter, Fla., native struck out 10 Hokies on both Friday night and Sunday afternoon, and has recorded double digit strikeouts in four of her last six appearances. Not only did she extend her scoreless inning streak to 30.1 innings over the weekend, she has not allowed a runner to even reach third base over that span, with just three total baserunners in her last six games reaching second base. She has lowered her ERA to 0.78 and leads the team with an 11-3 record.
The Seminoles are 27-12-1 all-time against the Trojans, but it has been a competitive series as of late, with FSU holding just a 4-3 advantage in the last seven games, dating back to 2012. Florida State won both games of a doubleheader at Troy in 2017, but the Trojans earned a 6-4 victory in the most recent game played in Tallahassee on March 18, 2015.
Wednesday’s doubleheader marks the fourth different member of the Sun Belt Conference that FSU has played this season. The Noles are 2-0 against Texas State, 1-0 versus Georgia State and split a doubleheader at South Alabama. Florida State will also host No. 21 Louisiana in a doubleheader on April 4.
Florida State has won nine games in a row, dating back to March 3. It is the longest winning streak of the season, and the longest since the Seminoles won 10 consecutive games from April 15-May 3, 2017.
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