March 24, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State junior utility player/pitcher Bailey Schinella and junior pitcher Lacey Waldrop were named Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office on Monday. It is Schinella's first ACC weekly honor of her career while Waldrop has been named pitcher of the week for the 10th time in her career, including five times in 2014.
"Bailey has been an important piece for us all year and it is great for her to be honored for her hard work and Lacey is putting together an amazing season, but this team is more than any group of individuals," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "It is about 23 players coming together as a family and competing pitch-by-pitch and game-by-game. I am so proud of how they are all playing for each other and not worrying about individual accolades but only what can help the team succeed."
Schinella was excellent in any role that she was called to perform over the past week against North Florida and a sweep of ACC opponent Boston College. At the plate, the junior from Valrico, Fla., batted .545 (6-for-11) with one home run, four runs scored, four RBI and five walks. Schinella posted a slugging percentage of .818 and reached base in .688 percent of her plate appearances in the five Seminole victories.
Her solo home run in game two of a doubleheader against the BC Eagles was the first run of the game as FSU went on to a 5-1 victory. She is currently on a five-game hitting streak and has drawn at least one walk in each of her last five games. In the circle, Schinella was brought in to pitch the final 0.2 innings against North Florida on March 19 and recorded two strikeouts as the Seminoles won 8-0.
Waldrop continued to be the ace of the Seminole pitching staff by recording three impressive wins last week, including two over ACC foe Boston College. She allowed only one run in 16.0 innings of work and surrendered just one hit in two of her three appearances.
The Chester, Va., native finished the week with 16.0 innings pitched with a 0.44 ERA, allowing seven hits, one run, seven walks while striking out 20. She tossed two complete games in the BC series as the `Noles swept an ACC opponent for the second straight weekend. Waldrop improved to 18-2 on the season and now has the ACC's lowest ERA (0.57) and batting average allowed (.162) in 2014.
The No. 10 Seminoles are back in Tallahassee to face Florida A&M on March 26 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be held on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex and is part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation night as we celebrate FSU employees who have helped teach our student-athletes off the field.
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