TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As 2019 comes to a close and the sport of softball looks back on the previous decade, Florida State has been recognized among the best in the NCAA by Softball America in a pair of categories announced this week.
The Seminoles were chosen as the overall No. 5 team of the decade, and FSU’s impressive run in 2018 as the “Cardiac Kids” to earn an ACC title and the NCAA National Championship gave Florida State the title of No. 1 postseason team of the decade.
“It has been so much fun to be part of this program and to continue the legacy that Coach Graf started,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “To be chosen as one of the top teams of the decade in college softball is such an honor and speaks to the consistency of the culture and those that have continued to build on the foundation year after year. We entered the 2011 ACC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and became the lowest seed to ever win a conference title. In 2012, we traveled to UCLA for NCAA Regionals and eliminated the Bruins from the tournament. In 2013, we had the Miracle in Mobile, coming back from a five-run deficit in the seventh inning to beat South Alabama to advance to the Super Regionals. From Courtney Senas’ home in in 2014 to send us to the World Series, being one of the final four teams at the 2016 WCWS and winning it all in 2018, there have been so many memorable moments both on and off the field for this program and the players that have been instrumental to our success. Can’t wait to see where we go in 2020 and beyond.”
From Softball America:
No. 5 Team of the Decade
When Florida State hoisted the championship trophy at the 2018 Women’s College World Series (WCWS), the Seminoles became the first-ever ACC team in NCAA Softball history to do so. In addition to cementing themselves in WCWS lore—especially after becoming just the third team to ever win the national title after losing the first game of the WCWS—the Seminoles had themselves quite a decade under the leadership of Lonni Alameda. And that’s exactly why FSU is Softball America’s fifth-best college softball team of the decade.
Alameda, who will enter her 12th season at the helm of Florida State’s program in 2020, led FSU to the NCAA Regionals in every year of the 2010 decade, as well as seven straight NCAA Super Regionals and three WCWS appearances. She has also helped the Seminoles to 10 forty-win seasons, including eight consecutive from 2012-2019.
To close out the 2010 decade, Florida State won its sixth consecutive ACC Championship in 2019, which marked the 17th ACC title in program history. During their ACC run of success, the Noles dominated the conference in the regular season, winning 36 consecutive ACC games from May 7, 2016 to April 6, 2018, which marked the fifth-longest conference winning streak in NCAA history.
Florida State also had the Collegiate National Player of the Year in 2014, who was Lacey Waldrop. Additionally, the Seminoles had the ACC Player of the Year four times during the 2010 decade (Maddie O’Brien in 2014, Alex Powers in 2016 and Jessie Warren in 2017 and 2018), two ACC Defensive Players of the Year (Jessie Warren in 2017 and Sydney Sherrill in 2019), the ACC Pitcher of the Year five times (Lacey Waldrop in 2014 and 2015, Jessica Burroughs in 2016 and 2017 and Kylee Hanson in 2018), two ACC Freshmen of the Year (Jessie Warren in 2015 and Sydney Sherrill in 2018) and five ACC Coach of the Year awards for Alameda (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017).
The 2010s – By The Numbers
FSU’s Record: 448-125-1
Super Regionals: 7
WCWS Appearances: 3
National Championships: 1
No. 1 Postseason Team of the Decade
The Seminoles walked off on Pitt in the ACC Championship, then lost their first game of the Super Regional to LSU before coming back in extra innings and taking Game 3. FSU then lost its first game of the WCWS to UCLA and battled out of the losers’ bracket to take down Georgia, Oregon and UCLA (twice) to make the championship series. The Seminoles only needed two games to make history with both the program’s and the ACC’s first national title.
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