FSU's Waldrop Named 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year

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Becomes third player in league history to earn nation’s top individual honor

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Seminoles.com & theACC.com) – Florida State pitcher Lacey Waldrop has been named the 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year.

A junior from Chester, Virginia, Waldrop becomes the third player in ACC history – and second from Florida State – to earn the award, joining Jessica van der Linden (2004) and Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher (2008).

“This is an incredible and deserving honor for Lacey and a big achievement for our program,” said FSU coach Lonni Alameda. “Her competitive drive is incredible, and after last season, she really set out to try and be one of the nation’s best pitchers. She has been our leader in the circle all year, and more than just being a great player, she is a great person. She’s extremely coachable and is always trying to get better, which sums up our entire team. I’m so proud of Lacey for receiving the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year – it’s a product of her hard work and dedication.” 

Waldrop, who helped lead Florida State to an ACC championship and an appearance in this week’s College World Series, owns a national-best 38 wins, a 1.01 ERA and 282 strikeouts in 257.1 innings pitched. Waldrop has allowed opponents to hit just .184 against her this season, has picked up 27 complete games and four shutouts, and has not allowed a triple.

Florida State begins its national championship quest on Thursday, as it battles No. 1 seed Oregon at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.