May 13, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State softball team celebrated its season through the ACC Tournament with the annual year-end banquet held on Sunday evening at the University Center Club on the FSU campus.
Several award winners were honored for a season that takes its most important turn with the NCAA Championship approaching. With several offensive records falling in 2013 as well as the continued success in the circle, many award winners were honored for their extraordinary performances throughout the season.
Headlining the winners was All-ACC First Team selection Lacey Waldrop, who is 22-8 with a 1.47 ERA heading into this week's NCAA Regional in South Alabama. The Chester, Va. native leads the team in wins, complete games (15), strikeouts (222) and opposing batting average (.183).
She ended the evening winning the Circle Award for being the top pitcher and also won the team's version of the ESPY award for the top performance of the season, which was her 18-strikeout performance at Southeastern Conference champion Florida.
Junior Kelly Hensley also left with multiple awards, winning the Ah-Tah-Ti-Ki Award for outstanding academics as well as the Most Improved Award. The Niceville, Fla. native has achieved a tremendous 3.93 GPA as an exercise science major, and has climbed her numbers to a .325 average, 12 home runs, 26 extra base hits and 50 RBIs.
The team MVP Award went to junior third baseman Courtney Senas, who has produced one of the finest all-around seasons in school history. The Wahiawa, Hawaii native is tied for the single-season home run record with 14 and leads Florida State with 57 runs scored, five triples, 121 total bases and a .691 slugging percentage.
The team batting title heading into the NCAA postseason belongs to senior Morgan Bullock, who has a nine-point lead over Senas with a .358 average. The Dacula, Ga. native has enjoyed her most consistent year as a Seminole, recently ending a 14-game hitting streak and 20 straight games reaching base safely.
The Rookie of the Year award was given to freshman Victoria East, who went from possible redshirt to impact player. The first baseman from Pensacola, Fla. leads the Seminoles with 15 doubles, tied for fifth in school history, and also has a .342 average with a team-best 64 base hits.
Freshman catcher Macey Cheatham was given the Coaches' Award for being the student-athlete who represents the team best both on and off the field. Cheatham was praised for her high character and personable nature that shines as a positive reflection on the FSU softball program.
The Seminole Warrior Award was given to freshman pitcher Jessica Burroughs, who is redshirting in her first season. The Warner Robins, Ga. native showed a strong commitment to bettering herself from a physical perspective and put forth her maximum effort in the weight room.
Sharing the Ah-Tah-Ti-Ki Award with Hensley was redshirt junior Jessica Nori. The Weston, Fla. native is a double major in entrepreneurship and professional sales and boasts a 3.70 cumulative GPA. Nori and Hensley were recently honored with Capital One Academic All-District selections.