May 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Four members of the 19th-ranked Florida State University softball team were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday as it released its selections to the All-ACC Softball Team.
Junior third baseman Briana Hamilton, junior second baseman Tiffani Brown and redshirt junior pitcher Monica Perry highlighted the Seminoles chosen on the All-ACC First Team. Freshman pitcher Lacey Waldrop was an All-ACC Second Team selection.
“I’m very proud of our four student-athletes who earned All-ACC recognition,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Each did a fantastic job of putting themselves in the position to earn individual awards by working so hard at their game. Having four selected to the All-ACC Team is a tribute to a gratifying regular season that we hope gets even better into postseason.”
Despite being the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament because of winning percentage, the Seminoles finished the regular season with a 45-13 record and led the conference with 16 ACC victories. FSU’s three All-ACC First Team picks were the most of any school, and tie the 2006 squad for the most first-team selections in school history since the format was changed to two teams following conference expansion in 2005.
Hamilton (Woodruff, S.C.) found ways to step up for the Seminoles in the regular season, producing 11 home runs, 38 RBIs and a .529 slugging percentage. Hamilton’s 11 round-trippers are tied for third in the conference as well as third on FSU’s single-season list.
The athletic third baseman gained recognition not only for her power at the plate, but for her impressive fielding at the hot corner. Hamilton has made several outstanding, diving plays that require tremendous reaction time. She is sixth in the league in RBIs, tied for third with three triples, and tied for seventh with 38 runs scored. She was also named ACC Player of the Week twice.
Brown (Tallahassee, Fla.) compiled a strong regular season that includes a team-leading batting average of .312 while also leading FSU with 43 runs scored, 63 base hits and 42 stolen bases. Brown’s 42 stolen bags equal an average of 0.72 stolen bases per game, an average that is sixth-best in the nation. Her four triples are 25th nationally.
Brown assured herself of being the fastest player in the conference, swiping 11 more steals than the next-best performer in the ACC. Brown also leads the conference in runs scored, total plate appearances and at-bats. As a result of her fine regular season, Brown’s 42 stolen bases are tied for eighth on FSU’s single-season list and are the most since former player and All-American Brandi Stuart had 54 in 2002.
Perry earns her second all-conference honor after garnering an All-Big Ten Second Team selection in 2010. The Whitesburg, Ga., native is a key figure in forming one of the nation’s top pitching staffs that shows the ninth-best earned run average at 1.48.
This season, Perry leads FSU with a 20-5 record, 12 complete games, 169.2 innings pitched and 185 strikeouts. She has recorded four double-digit strikeout performances, including a season-high 13 at No. 13 Hawaii. Perry is third in the ACC in ERA (1.69), fourth with a .196 opposing batting average, fifth in wins and sixth in strikeouts.
She was twice named ACC Pitcher of the Week, and became the first Seminole since Jessica van der Linden in 2004 to be named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on Feb. 28. Perry also held a streak of 46.1 innings pitched without allowing an earned run earlier this season, and all three of FSU’s Top 25 victories over UNC and LSU were won with Perry in the circle.
Waldrop becomes just the third freshman pitcher in school history to be named to the All-ACC Team, joining Niki Zenger (1995) and van der Linden (2001). The Chester, Va., native is also just the eighth freshman at FSU to earn a spot on the All-ACC Team.
Waldrop’s first campaign has been an outstanding one, sitting first in the ACC in ERA (1.20), second in opposing batting average (.175), fourth in saves (2) and sixth in wins (19). Her 1.20 ERA is 11th nationally, while her 4.45 hits allowed per seven innings is 21st in the nation.
The freshman was named ACC Pitcher of the Week twice, and tossed FSU’s lone no-hitter this season in a win over Ole Miss. She also held streaks of 25 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, 13 straight hitless innings and 28 consecutive frames without allowing an earned run.
Georgia Tech’s Kelsi Weseman earned ACC Player of the Year, while North Carolina’s Lori Spingola was named conference pitcher of the year. N.C. State’s Renada Davis was tabbed as freshman of the year and UNC’s Donna Papa was named ACC Coach of the Year.