January 26, 2011 - by
Softball Predicted Second

Jan. 26, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University softball team earned 41 points en route to a second-place prediction in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s annual predicted order of finish, announced today by the ACC.

“We are very excited for the ACC to get its season going and to see what we have to offer as a conference,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “I think it is going to be a very competitive year and we look forward to the challenge. As the conference gets stronger it makes all of us better candidates for the post season and we are all driving for that opportunity to be on the grand stage in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series.”

FSU has made consecutive appearances in the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech, which received seven first-place votes and 49 points overall for the top spot in the poll. The Seminoles return seven position starters and four pitchers from last year’s squad that finished 44-18 and punched its ticket to the school’s 23rd NCAA Championship berth.

Last season, the ACC matched a conference record with five teams (FSU, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia) making NCAA postseason appearances.

Finishing third behind the Seminoles was North Carolina, which received the other first-place vote as well as 34 points overall. Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Boston College rounded out the poll with their fourth to eighth-place predictions, respectively.

One of the Seminoles’ notable returnees is senior pitcher and Tallahassee native Sarah Hamilton. She finished the 2010 season with a 22-10 record, a 1.50 ERA, 326 strikeouts in 214.1 innings pitched and a .164 opponent batting average. The reigning all-region performer and previous All-American is tied for third place on the school’s career saves list and seventh in strikeouts.

FSU, which has ironically won 44 games in four of its last five seasons, begins its season on Friday, Feb. 11 with a doubleheader against UNC Greensboro (noon) and Hofstra as part of the Seminole Kickoff Classic at JoAnne Graf Field. Conference play begins on March 19 with a three-game set at North Carolina State.

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