June 27, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - A 2014 season that was marked with numerous honors, awards and accolades continues for the Florida State softball team as Jessica Nori, Kelly Hensley, Bailey Schinella and Lacey Waldrop were named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Softball team, as announced Friday by Commissioner John Swofford.
Nori, along with Georgia Tech's Alysha Rudnik and Tory Speer of Boston College, was named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth time. Hensley and Schinella were recognized for the third time, while Waldrop earned her first career All-ACC Academic Team accolade.
"Being successful on the field is just a small part of what this program is about. We are also working to create great students and amazing people who will be successful in life after their time here," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "I am very proud of these ladies for the hard work they put in not only to get us back to the World Series this season, but also to earn this great academic honor."
Nori closed out an outstanding career for the Seminoles in 2014. The Weston, Fla., native made 19 appearances as a pitcher and posted 20 strikeouts in 37.0 innings with a 2.84 ERA. She helped toss five shutouts and recorded four saves on the season to tie the FSU single-season record and gave her nine saves for her career, which sits as the most in program history.
Hensley battled back from a finger injury sustained in the first game of the season against Nebraska and posted a solid final campaign for the Garnet and Gold. Playing in just 38 games, the Niceville, Fla., native recorded a .290 batting average (29-for-100) with eight doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI. Despite playing a shortened season, Hensley finished sixth on the team with 23 walks.
Schinella was a mainstay in the Florida State lineup for most of the season, often earning starts in the outfield or as the designated player. She also pitched in four games and did not allow a run over 3.2 innings. Schinella combined with Waldrop to throw a no-hitter against North Dakota State on February 15 and was also named ACC Player of the Week on March 24. At the plate, the Valrico, Fla., native batted .282 (37-for-131) with eight doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI and 37 walks.
Waldrop put together one of the best seasons in Florida State history as the pitcher earned USA Softball National Player of the Year honors. The Chester, Va., native led the country with 38 wins which set a new FSU single-season record. Waldrop was also named an NFCA First Team All-American, ACC Pitcher of the Year and earned ACC Player of the Week seven times in 2014 to set a new conference record. She ended the season with a 1.13 ERA, eight shutouts and recorded 287 strikeouts over 266.1 innings. Waldrop also participated in the Team USA Selection Camp from June 8-22.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.