TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time in her Florida State career, junior catcher Sydney Broderick has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday. A transfer from BYU, Broderick had earned West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors five times in her two seasons as a Cougar in 2014 and 2015.
Broderick becomes the fourth Seminole this season to earn either ACC Player or Pitcher of the Week honors, joining Alex Powers, Jessica Burroughs and Meghan King. A Florida State player has earned a weekly award from the conference seven times this season.
“Sydney’s been so great for the team this season,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “She works so well with our pitching staff and is consistently pushing herself to get better, both on and off the field. Working with Coach Wilson and Coach Snider, she’s been implementing a plan at the plate and is beginning to trust the process. She’s made a smooth transition to Florida State and is one of 24 key pieces to our success this season.”
Broderick led the Seminoles to a perfect 4-0 week with both her bat and her glove as Florida State posted a sweep over NC State last weekend. The Ashburn, Va., native batted .545 with six RBI and posted a slugging percentage of .909 for the week. She tallied two hits, scored at least one run and drove in at least one RBI in each game of the three-game series with the Wolfpack, including RBIs in three different plate appearances on April 10.
The junior catcher started the game against NC State on April 9 with a two-run home run in her first plate appearance and used her skills behind the plate to help keep the game tied at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning, cleanly fielding a throw from Morgan Klaevemann in centerfield to retire Tyler Ross at the plate and allowing the Noles to win the game, 5-4, in the bottom of the inning.
Florida State heads to Gainesville this week for the first game of the annual home-and-home series with Florida. The No. 9 Seminoles and No. 2 Gators will face off at 7:00 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
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