May 7, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (47-6, 24-3 ACC) posted the best regular season record in the ACC for the second straight season and are the top seed in the ACC Championships hosted by Maryland on May 8-10 in College Park, Md. The Seminoles will play No. 8-seed Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. on May 8 at Maryland Softball Stadium. The game will be shown on Fox Sports Florida and also streamed on ESPN3.
"We know a lot about our opponents, but the most important thing is to play Florida State Softball and being really good at that," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "Having confidence in what we did in the regular season to go and execute the game plan for the postseason. A single-elimination tournament will be a good challenge for us and competing well this weekend is one of the goals we set for ourselves and will hopefully give us momentum moving into the NCAA tournament."
Florida State ended the regular season with 47 wins, which matches their entire season output from 2012 and is the most wins since going 62-12 in 2004, which is the last time the Seminoles made the Women's College World Series.
FSU is 51-19-1 all-time in the ACC Championships with a 26-8-1 mark as the No. 1 seed including six conference championships. Florida State has 11 overall ACC titles including a co-championship in 1997. The Seminoles would not face a conference opponent that has defeated them in 2014 (Notre Dame or Virginia Tech) until the ACC Championship Game.
The Seminoles have shut down opposing offenses recently, allowing only three runs over their last six games. Florida State has thrown two consecutive shutouts and has not allowed a base runner to reach third base in its last 17.0 consecutive innings.
Juniors Maddie O'Brien and Lacey Waldrop continue to lead this team in many ways. O'Brien has carried the offense and is in the top five of the NCAA in four categories, including leading the country with a .953 slugging percentage. Waldrop is in the top 30 nationally in five categories and has the most wins in the country (31) and is second in the NCAA with a 0.86 ERA. Both of them were named as top 10 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year on May 7.
Seniors Kelly Hensley and Celeste Gomez have played great recently. In their last five games, Hensley is batting .417 with four doubles and five RBI while Gomez has led the team with six RBI in that span with a double, home run and four walks.
Freshman pitcher Jessica Burroughs has not allowed a run in her last 20.1 innings over five games, including 7.0-inning complete game shutouts of Syracuse on April 19 and Georgia Tech on April 26. She is 16-1 with a 1.95 ERA this season and leads the ACC with only 32 runs allowed this season. Burroughs is also second in the conference in ERA, earned runs allowed and opposing batting average, trailing only her teammate Waldrop.
The winner of Florida State-Georgia Tech will advance to the semifinal round and take on the winner of North Carolina-NC State at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9.
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