TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Joining Lacey Waldrop (109) and Leslie Malerich (107), Meghan King became the third pitcher in Florida State history to reach the 100-win mark, as the redshirt senior tossed a complete game for No. 6 Florida State (42-8) in a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night against Troy (34-16).
King improved to 22-5 on the season and allowed just one run on three hits over 7.0 innings with zero walks and seven strikeouts. For her career, King has a record of 100-19 over 161 appearances and 119 starts. She has tallied 623 strikeouts in 731.1 innings and opponents are batting just .213 against her in her career.
“Good game today, and I loved the way that we came out and fought,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Really proud of Meghan King and the career that she has had here. She did another great job today and battled through some situations and we got a few big swings from our offense. It was a good process day for us.”
Troy opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Madeline Porter hit a leadoff double off the top of the wall in center and later scored on an RBI single by Bailey Taylor.
The Seminoles took the lead back in the bottom of the third inning on solo home runs by Cassidy Davis and Carsyn Gordon. It marked the 15th career home run for Davis and four of them have come against Troy, along with one in 2017 and two in 2018.
The Trojans opened the top of the fourth inning with the first two batters reaching on a hit-by-pitch and an FSU error. King got out of the inning by retiring the next three batters on a pop out and a pair of strikeouts.
A single by Gordon and a walk by Sydney Sherrill allowed Elizabeth Mason to extend the FSU lead to 4-1 with a two-run double to left in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Troy brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning as a pair of runners reached on a catcher’s interference and an FSU error, but King ended the game with a line out and a groundout.
Florida State will play its final home games of the 2019 regular season on April 26-28 as the Noles host Duke (25-27, 11-10 ACC). All three games will air on ACC Network Extra and links for tickets, the broadcast and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
Meghan King and Sydney Sherrill Named USA Softball Top 25 Finalists
On Wednesday, Meghan King and Sydney Sherrill were selected as two of the Top 25 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
Florida State was one of seven schools to have multiple Top 25 Finalists, joining Florida, Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Alabama and UCLA.
The group of finalists will be narrowed to 10 on May 8 before the Top 3 Finalists will be announced on May 22. The 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed on May 28 at the Women’s College World Series banquet.
Florida State was the first school to have multiple players named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year as Jessica van der Linden (2004) and Lacey Waldrop (2014) each were honored as the top player in the sport.
Fans can listen to the FSU softball coaching staff, head coach Lonni Alameda and assistant coaches Travis Wilson and Craig Snider, on their weekly podcast: Coaches and Coffee – The FSU Softball Podcast. Each week, the coaches talk about the current state of the Seminole softball team, chat about NCAA softball from around the country, and have a lot of fun along the way. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or directly at our website – fsusoftballpodcast.wordpress.com.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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2019 USA Softball Player Of the Year Top 25 Finalists
Kelly Barnhill, Sr., P, Florida
Sis Bates, Jr., INF, Washington
Abbey Cheek, Sr., INF, Kentucky
Georgina Corrick, So., P, USF
Mia Davidson, So., C, Mississippi State
Alyssa DiCarlo, Sr., INF, Georgia
Summer Ellyson, Jr., P, Louisiana
Amber Fiser, Jr., P, Minnesota
Montana Fouts, Fr., P, Alabama
Rachel Garcia, RJr., P, UCLA
Kelli Godin, Fr., UT, UCLA
Megan Good, RSr., P, James Madison
Jessie Harper, Jr., INF, Arizona
Bailey Hemphill, Jr., UT, Alabama
Giselle Juarez, Jr., P, Oklahoma
Meghan King, RSr., P, Florida State
Kayla Konwent, Jr., INF, Wisconsin
Amanda Lorenz, Sr., OF, Florida
Taylor McQuillin, Sr., P, Arizona
Deja Mulipola, Jr., C, Arizona
Nicole Newman, Sr., P, Drake
Gabbie Plain, So., P, Washington
Sydney Romero, Sr., INF, Oklahoma
Amanda Sanchez, Sr., INF, LSU
Sydney Sherrill, So., INF, Florida State
Danielle Williams, Fr., P, Northwestern