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The Seminoles’ Maddie O’Brien and Lacey Waldrop receive recognition
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – In the opening weekend of play in the 2014 softball season, Florida State’s Maddie O’Brien and Lacey Waldrop turned in performances that merited recognition from the Atlantic Coast Conference for Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively.
O’Brien, a shortstop from Palm Harbor, Fla., batted .500 (8-for-16), hit four home runs, drove in 12 RBI and scored six runs in the five game tournament. She hit two home runs in the same game for the second time in her career against Saint Mary’s, including a grand slam in the sixth to end the game. In the two games against No. 9 Nebraska, O’Brien went 3-for-5 (.600) with a home run, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored. The Seminoles split the series with the Huskers, and it marked the first time that Florida State has defeated a top-10 opponent since taking down No. 6 Georgia Tech on April 24, 2010.
Waldrop faced No. 9 Nebraska twice and turned in two solid outings. Waldrop was in line for the win with two outs in the seventh on Feb. 7, when an error by the left fielder allowed two runs to score and gave Nebraska a 4-3 win. Against UTEP, the junior pitcher from Chester, Va., threw 4.0 shutout innings and allowed two hits. In her rematch against the Cornhuskers on Sunday, Waldrop was dominant. After surrendering the Huskers’ lone run, Waldrop allowed only one hit over the final 4.1 innings, while only two Nebraska base runners reached third base through the entire game. Waldrop finished the complete game victory with three strikeouts, allowing four hits, one walk and one unearned run. Waldrop has not allowed an earned run in her last 15.1 innings and has lowered her season ERA to 0.78.