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Florida State Seminoles softball

The Florida State Seminoles softball team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of softball. Florida State competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Florida State Seminoles softball
Florida State Seminoles baseball logo.svg
UniversityFlorida State University
Head coachLonni Alameda (11th season)
ConferenceACC
Atlantic Division
LocationTallahassee, FL
Home stadiumJoAnne Graf Field (Capacity: 1,000)
NicknameFlorida State Seminoles
ColorsGarnet and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament champions
2018
AIAW Tournament champions
1981, 1982
NCAA WCWS appearances
1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018
NCAA Super Regional appearances
2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference championships
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
ACC Atlantic
2018, 2019

In the forty year history of the Seminoles softball program, the team has won seventeen ACC titles, two AIAW national titles and one WCWS national title. Florida State has made thirty-two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Women's College World Series on ten occasions. Jessica van der Linden and Lacey Waldrop have won the USA National Softball Player of the Year Award while thirty-four Seminole players have been honored as All-Americans[2] and seven have been drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch League.

The Seminoles play their home games at JoAnne Graf Field on the university's Tallahassee, Florida campus, and are currently led by head coach Lonni Alameda, also the coach of the USSSA Pride.

Program historyEdit

FSU has been one of the most dominant softball programs in the history of collegiate softball. Only five teams in the history of the NCAA have been to more WCWS than Florida State and no school east of Arizona has been to more NCAA Tournaments than the Seminoles. Florida State has made a regional appearance every year since 2000. Florida State has never endured a losing season and the Seminoles have achieved 36 forty-win seasons; under head coach Lonni Alameda, the Seminoles have achieved 10 forty-win seasons, including eight straight from 2012-2019, and won six consecutive ACC titles from 2014-2019.[3]

2018 season

The 2018 season saw the Seminoles win the ACC regular season title for the sixth consecutive year[4] and the ACC tournament title for the fifth consecutive year, defeating Pittsburgh in the ACC championship game with a walk-off homerun.[5] securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament as the sixth overall seed. The Seminoles defeated Auburn[6] and Jacksonville State twice[7][8] to win the Tallahasser Regional and advance to the Tallahassee Super Regional, where they defeated LSU in a double header[9] after dropping the first game of the series[10], clinching a spot in the Women's College World Series.

In the World Series, the Seminoles dropped their opener to UCLA[11] after blowing a late lead; they went on to win their next four games: defeating Georgia[12], top-seed Oregon[13], and UCLA[14][15] twice in the semifinals to advance to the national championship for the first time to face Washington. Florida State went on to sweep the Huskies to win the national title[16][17], becoming the first team to lose their first game in the World Series and go on to win the title during the championship series era. The Seminoles also tied the record for most elimination game wins, going 6-0 over the course of the postseason.

VenueEdit

 
Florida State plays home games at JoAnne Graf Field.

The softball team plays at the Seminole Softball Complex; the field is named for JoAnne Graf, the winningest coach in softball history.[18]

Head coachesEdit

  • Records are through the 2019 season
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1979–2008 JoAnne Graf 30 1,483–487–6 .752
2009–present Lonni Alameda 11 538–160–1 .770

Current Coaching StaffEdit

Name Position coachedf Consecutive season at
Florida State in current position
Lonni Alameda Head coach 12th
Travis Wilson Assistant Coach 9th
Troy Cameron Assistant Coach 1st
Kristin Tubeck Director of Softball Operations
Reference:[19]

Records and resultsEdit

Year-by-year resultsEdit

National Champions Conference Champions

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, C = Conference

All-time record vs. ACC teamsEdit

Florida State softball maintains a winning percentage against all current ACC teams.

Opponent Won Lost Tie Percentage Streak First Meeting
Boston College 40 3 0 .930 Won 5 2001
Duke 3 0 0 1.000 Won 3 2019
Georgia Tech 62 26 0 .705 Won 16 1990
Louisville 14 6 0 .700 Lost 1 2002
North Carolina 72 26 0 .735 Won 1 1984
North Carolina State 38 11 0 .776 Won 10 2004
Notre Dame 19 7 0 .731 Won 2 1991
Pittsburgh 18 1 0 .947 Won 2 2002
Syracuse 21 2 0 .913 Won 17 2001
Virginia 85 18 0 .825 Won 12 1986
Virginia Tech 30 16 0 .652 Won 12 2005
Totals 403 116 0 .776

RivalriesEdit

Opponent Won Lost Tie Percentage Streak First Meeting
Florida 17 27 .386 Lost 1 1997
Clemson - - - 2020
Totals 17 27 0 .386

College World SeriesEdit

Florida State has made 10 trips to the Women's College World Series, with a 14-19 record, winning the title in 2018.

Year W L Percent
1987 0 2 .000
1990 1 2 .333
1991 0 2 .000
1992 0 2 .000
1993 2 2 .500
2002 2 2 .500
2004 1 2 .333
2014 0 2 .000
2016 2 2 .500
2018 6 1 .857
Total: 14 19 .424

ChampionshipsEdit

National championshipsEdit

Season Type Coach
1981 AIAW slow-pitch JoAnne Graf
1982 AIAW slow-pitch JoAnne Graf
2018 NCAA fast-pitch Lonni Alameda
Total National Championships 3

Conference regular season championshipsEdit

Season Coach
1992 JoAnne Graf
1993 JoAnne Graf
1994 JoAnne Graf
1995 JoAnne Graf
1997 JoAnne Graf
1999 JoAnne Graf
2000 JoAnne Graf
2001 JoAnne Graf
2002 JoAnne Graf
2003 JoAnne Graf
2004 JoAnne Graf
2013 Lonni Alameda
2014 Lonni Alameda
2015 Lonni Alameda
2016 Lonni Alameda
2017 Lonni Alameda
2018 Lonni Alameda
Total Conference Titles 17

Division championshipsEdit

Season Division Coach
2018 Atlantic Lonni Alameda
2019 Atlantic Lonni Alameda
Total Division Titles 2

Conference tournament championshipsEdit

Florida State has made nineteen appearances in the ACC Championship, with a 19-2 record.

Season Coach
1992 JoAnne Graf
1993 JoAnne Graf
1995 JoAnne Graf
1996 JoAnne Graf
1997 JoAnne Graf
1998 JoAnne Graf
1999 JoAnne Graf
2000 JoAnne Graf
2003 JoAnne Graf
2004 JoAnne Graf
2011 Lonni Alameda
2014 Lonni Alameda
2015 Lonni Alameda
2016 Lonni Alameda
2017 Lonni Alameda
2018 Lonni Alameda
2019 Lonni Alameda
Total Conference Championships 17

AwardsEdit

 
Lacey Waldrop received several honors during her time as a Seminole.

USA National Softball Player of the YearEdit

National Softball Player of the Year winners
Year Player
2004 Jessica van der Linden
2014 Lacey Waldrop

Broderick AwardEdit

Broderick Award winner
Year Player
1982 Darby Cottle

All-AmericansEdit

  • Serita Brooks
  • Jessica Burroughs
  • Susan Buttery
  • Myssi Calkins
  • Darby Cottle
  • Danielle Cox
  • Lisa Davidson
  • Natalie Drouin
  • Renee Espinoza
  • Kristy Fuentes
  • Toni Gutierrez
  • Kylee Hanson
  • Casey Hunter
  • Meghan King
  • Morgan Klaeveman
  • Christy Larsen
  • Cindy Lawton
  • Marla Looper
  • Leslie Malerich
  • Susan Painter
  • Alex Powers
  • Toni Robinette
  • Sydney Sherrill
  • Jan Sikes
  • Brandi Stuart
  • Jessica van der Linden
  • Elisa Vasquez
  • Lacey Waldrop
  • Jessie Warren
  • Shamalene Wilson
  • Veronica Wootson

Conference awardsEdit

  • ACC Player of the Year – Toni Gutierrez (1992), Cindy Lawton (1995), Shamalene Wilson (1996), Jessica van der Linden (2003, 2004), Maddie O'Brien (2014), Alex Powers (2016), Jessica Warren (2017, 2018)
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year – Jessica Warren (2017), Sydney Sherrill (2019)
  • ACC Pitcher of the Year – Sarah Hamilton (2009), Lacey Waldrop (2014, 2015), Jessica Burroughs (2016, 2017), Kylee Hanson (2018)
  • ACC Freshman of the Year - Shamalene Wilson (1993), Kristy Hull (1995), Jessica van der Linden (2001), Veronica Wootson (2004), Tiffany McDonald (2005), Monica Montez (2007), Jessica Warren (2015), Sydney Sherrill (2018)
  • ACC Coach of the Year – JoAnne Graf (1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004), Lonni Alameda (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Retired jerseysEdit

Retired jersey numbers
Name Position Career Number
Darby Cottle SS 1979–82 15
Jessica van der Linden P 2001-04 99

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors – University Communications". October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.seminoles.com/fls/32900//SB/2015-FSU-Softball-Almanac.pdf?ATCLID=209589633&SPSID=917058&SPID=157119&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=32900
  3. ^ "Softball Earns 40th Win With 7-0 Victory Over BC".
  4. ^ "Florida State Wins 2018 ACC Regular Season Championship".
  5. ^ "Anna Shelnutt Hits Walk-Off HR As Seminoles Earn 2018 ACC Championship".
  6. ^ "Carsyn Gordon's Inside-The-Park, Walk-Off HR Carries Noles Over Auburn".
  7. ^ "Kylee Hanson Fans 13 In Five-Inning No-Hitter Against JSU".
  8. ^ "Kylee Hanson Tosses Gem As FSU Wins NCAA Tallahassee Regional".
  9. ^ "Back To OKC! Florida State Takes Two Over LSU To Advance To WCWS!".
  10. ^ "Seventh-Inning Rally Comes Up Short As Noles Fall To LSU, 6-5".
  11. ^ "No. 6 Seminoles Fall, 7-4, to No. 3 UCLA In Game One Of 2018 WCWS".
  12. ^ "Seminoles Top Georgia To Advance In 2018 WCWS".
  13. ^ "FSU Advances To NCAA Semifinals With 4-1 Win Over No. 1 Oregon".
  14. ^ "Seminoles Top UCLA, 3-1, To Force Decisive WCWS Game".
  15. ^ "Florida State Advances To WCWS Championship Series!".
  16. ^ "One Win Away! The Seminoles Shutout Washington To Open WCWS Championship Series!".
  17. ^ "National Champions!".
  18. ^ "JoAnne Graff". Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  19. ^ "Florida State Seminoles Softball Coaches". Seminoles.com. Florida State University Athletics. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Seminoles.com – Official website of the Florida State Seminoles softball team.