Florida State Seminoles softball

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Florida State Seminoles softball
UniversityFlorida State University
Head coachLonni Alameda (16th 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 Slow-pitch Tournament champions
1981, 1982
NCAA WCWS runner-up
2021, 2023
NCAA WCWS appearances
1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2023
AIAW Slow-pitch WCWS appearances
1981, 1982
NCAA Super Regional appearances
2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023
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, 2021, 2022, 2023
Conference Tournament championships
1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
Regular Season Conference championships
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2023

The Florida State Seminoles women's 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).

In the forty-seven year history of the Seminoles softball program, the team has won nineteen ACC championships (winning both the regular season and tournament titles on fourteen of those occasions), two AIAW slow-pitch national championships, and one NCAA championship. Florida State has made thirty-five appearances in the NCAA Tournament, appearing twenty-three consecutive times, and advancing to the Women's College World Series on twelve occasions, reaching the semifinals on five occasions and the championship series on three occasions. Jessica van der Linden and Lacey Waldrop have won the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award while thirty-six Seminole players have been honored as All-Americans[2] while seven have been drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch League and three have been drafted into the Women Professional Fastpitch League. Florida State coaches JoAnne Graf and Lonni Alameda have been inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame.[3]

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.

Program history[edit]

Florida State has been one of the most successful softball programs in the history of collegiate softball. As of the end of the 2023 season, only nine teams in the history of the NCAA have made more WCWS appearances than FSU, 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 39 forty-win seasons; under head coach Lonni Alameda, the Seminoles have achieved 13 forty-win seasons, including eight straight from 2012 to 2019, and won six consecutive ACC titles from 2014 to 2019.[4]

2018 season

The 2018 season saw the Seminoles win the ACC regular season title for the sixth consecutive year[5] and the ACC tournament title for the fifth consecutive year, defeating Pittsburgh in the ACC championship game with a walk-off homerun.[6] securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament as the sixth overall seed.

The Seminoles defeated Auburn[7] and Jacksonville State twice[8][9] to win the Tallahassee Regional and advance to the Tallahassee Super Regional, where they defeated LSU in a double header[10] after dropping the first game of the series,[11] clinching a spot in the Women's College World Series.

In the World Series, the Seminoles dropped their opener to UCLA[12] after blowing a late lead; they went on to win their next four games: defeating Georgia,[13] top-seed Oregon,[14] and UCLA[15][16] 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,[17][18] 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.

Venue[edit]

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 school history and the second-winningest coach in college softball history.[19]

Head coaches[edit]

  • Records are through the 2023 season
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1979–2008 JoAnne Graf 30 1,483–487–6 .752
2009–present Lonni Alameda 16 723–201–2 .782

Current Coaching Staff[edit]

Name Position coachedf Consecutive season at
Florida State in current position
Lonni Alameda Head coach 16th
Travis Wilson Assistant coach 13th
Troy Cameron Assistant coach 5th
Kaleigh Rafter Assistant coach 3rd
Kristin Tubeck Director of Softball Operations 4th
Reference:[20]

Records and results[edit]

Year-by-year results[edit]

National Champions Conference Champions

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

All-time record vs. ACC teams[edit]

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

Opponent Won Lost Tie Percentage Streak First Meeting
Boston College 46 4 0 .920 Won 1 2001
California1 0 1 0 .000 Lost 1 2015
Clemson 7 0 0 1.000 Won 7 2022
Duke 10 2 0 .833 Won 2 2019
Georgia Tech 71 26 0 .732 Won 25 1990
Louisville 19 7 1 .722 Won 4 2002
North Carolina 75 27 0 .735 Won 1 1984
North Carolina State 44 13 0 .772 Won 5 2004
Notre Dame 26 7 0 .788 Won 9 1991
Pittsburgh 22 3 0 .880 Lost 1 2002
Stanford1 2 1 0 .667 Won 2 2013
Syracuse 28 2 0 .933 Won 24 2001
Virginia 91 19 0 .827 Won 1 1986
Virginia Tech 36 20 0 .643 Won 4 2005
Totals 479 131 1 .785

*1beginning in the 2024-2025 season

Rivalries[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Tie Percentage Streak First Meeting
Florida 22 29 0 .431 Won 5 1997
Totals 22 29 0 .431

College World Series[edit]

Florida State has made 12 trips to the Women's College World Series, winning the title in 2018 and finishing as runner-up in 2021 and 2023; the Seminoles have advanced to the semifinals on five occasions, in 2002, 2016, 2018, 2021, and 2023.

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
2021 5 3 .625
2023 3 2 .600
Total: 22 24 .478

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

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 championships[edit]

Season Record Coach
1992 4–2 JoAnne Graf
1993 4–0 JoAnne Graf
1994 9–2 JoAnne Graf
1995 6–0 JoAnne Graf
1997 7–1 JoAnne Graf
1999 6–2 JoAnne Graf
2000 6–2 JoAnne Graf
2001 7–1 JoAnne Graf
2002 6–0 JoAnne Graf
2003 8–0 JoAnne Graf
2004 9–1 JoAnne Graf
2013 18–2 Lonni Alameda
2014 24–3 Lonni Alameda
2015 20–3 Lonni Alameda
2016 21–2 Lonni Alameda
2017 24–0 Lonni Alameda
2018 21–3 Lonni Alameda
2023 22–2 Lonni Alameda
Total Conference Titles 18

Division championships[edit]

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

Conference tournament championships[edit]

Florida State has made twenty-five appearances in the ACC Championship, with a 19–6 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
2022 Lonni Alameda
2023 Lonni Alameda
Total Conference Championships 19

Awards[edit]

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

USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year[edit]

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

Broderick Award[edit]

Broderick Award winner
Year Player
1982 Darby Cottle

Gold Glove Award[edit]

Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner
Year Player
2022 Sydney Sherrill

Honda Sports Award[edit]

Honda Sports Award (Softball) winner
Year Player
2004 Jessica van der Linden

All-Americans[edit]

  • 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
  • Makenna Reed
  • Toni Robinette
  • Kathryn Sandercock
  • Sydney Sherrill
  • Jan Sikes
  • Brandi Stuart
  • Jessica van der Linden
  • Elisa Vasquez
  • Lacey Waldrop
  • Jessie Warren
  • Shamalene Wilson
  • Veronica Wootson

Conference awards[edit]

  • 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, 2021, 2022)
  • ACC Pitcher of the Year – Sarah Hamilton (2009), Lacey Waldrop (2014, 2015), Jessica Burroughs (2016, 2017), Kylee Hanson (2018), Kathryn Sandercock (2023)
  • 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, 2023)

Retired jerseys[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Florida State University Athletics Brand Guide" (PDF). Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Softball Head Coach Lonni Alameda to be Inducted into NFCA Hall of Fame on Friday".
  4. ^ "Softball Earns 40th Win With 7-0 Victory Over BC".
  5. ^ "Florida State Wins 2018 ACC Regular Season Championship".
  6. ^ "Anna Shelnutt Hits Walk-Off HR As Seminoles Earn 2018 ACC Championship".
  7. ^ "Carsyn Gordon's Inside-The-Park, Walk-Off HR Carries Noles Over Auburn".
  8. ^ "Kylee Hanson Fans 13 In Five-Inning No-Hitter Against JSU".
  9. ^ "Kylee Hanson Tosses Gem As FSU Wins NCAA Tallahassee Regional".
  10. ^ "Back To OKC! Florida State Takes Two Over LSU To Advance To WCWS!".
  11. ^ "Seventh-Inning Rally Comes Up Short As Noles Fall To LSU, 6-5".
  12. ^ "No. 6 Seminoles Fall, 7-4, to No. 3 UCLA In Game One Of 2018 WCWS".
  13. ^ "Seminoles Top Georgia To Advance In 2018 WCWS".
  14. ^ "FSU Advances To NCAA Semifinals With 4-1 Win Over No. 1 Oregon".
  15. ^ "Seminoles Top UCLA, 3-1, To Force Decisive WCWS Game".
  16. ^ "Florida State Advances To WCWS Championship Series!".
  17. ^ "One Win Away! The Seminoles Shutout Washington To Open WCWS Championship Series!".
  18. ^ "National Champions!".
  19. ^ "JoAnne Graff". Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  20. ^ "Florida State Seminoles Softball Coaches". Seminoles.com. Florida State University Athletics. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

External links[edit]

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