TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Redshirt senior Kylee Hanson has been named as a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award for softball, as announced by Premier Sports Management on April 5. Fans are able to vote for Hanson daily at www.seniorclassaward.com until May 14. Florida State has had two previous winners of the national award, Lacey Waldrop (2015) and Alex Powers (2017).
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced earlier this month, which included FSU’s Morgan Klaevemann. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 14. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipient for softball will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series® in Oklahoma City, May 31 through June 6.
Hanson is joined by Kaylee Carlson (Auburn), Ivie Drake (Georgia State), Meghan Gregg (Tennessee), Kayli Kvistad (Florida), Paige Parker (Oklahoma), Kylee Perez (UCLA), Randi Rupp (Texas State), Vanessa Shippy (Oklahoma State) and Allie Walljasper (LSU) as 2018 finalists.
ACC Division Leaders Face Off This Weekend
For the second weekend in a row, No. 13 Florida State (31-6, 9-0 ACC) will be challenged by the top team in the ACC Coastal Division as Pitt (19-13-1, 8-3 ACC) comes to Tallahassee for a three-game series on April 6-8.
The Seminoles are on a 35-game winning streak in ACC play, dating back to a 4-0 loss against Louisville on May 7, 2016. It is tied for the fifth-longest conference winning streak in NCAA history, matching the 35 consecutive games that Fresno State won in the WAC in 1999-2000.
Overall, Florida State has won 19 games in a row, and have not lost since a 5-0 defeat to No. 6 Oregon on March 2. The Noles have posted six run-rule victories over that span and have outscored their opponents, 139-29. During the streak, Hanson has an 11-0 record, a 0.48 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 58.0 innings. Sydney Sherrill leads the offense with a .429 batting average in the last 19 games, including 10 doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Florida State undefeated in the all-time series against Pitt, posting a 15-0 record. The Seminoles are 11-0 against the Panthers since they joined the ACC in 2014.
Friday’s game will be our annual “Paint It Pink” game, and will start at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will begin at 1:00 p.m., with first pitch for Sunday’s finale scheduled for 12:00 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and links for video, FSU softball radio and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
Admission is free for all regular season home games at JoAnne Graf Field, with reserved premium seating behind home plate available through the Seminole Boosters. For more information on the premium seating, contact Alex Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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