The FSU Softball Team started off the 2012 season over the weekend, and they came out strong. The Noles started 5-0 over the weekend with Friday victories over Stephen F. Austin (I attended) & Ole Miss. Saturday featured two victories over Tennessee Tech (the late game by mercy rule). Sunday's championship game featured not only an 8-0, 5 inning mercy rule, but also a 5 inning no-hitter by true freshman Lacey Waldrop.
Personal notes after the jump >>>------|>
I was only able to check out the Stephen F. Austin game on Friday.
A) It was FSU's worst game of the weekend based on the summaries / box scores of the other games. I'm sorry that I missed out on the bigger fun the rest of the weekend.
2) I spoke too soon about having a nice day for the game. Cool weather, wind and a little traditional opening day drizzle started late in the SFA game and continued into the Ole Miss game.
D) Ole Miss is a bunch of loud mouthed smack talkers, but Stephen F. Austin won the individual Waste Management, Inc. Trash Talker award for #22 and her "Wasssssssuppp!!!??" after being called safe on an RBI bunt.
IV) I had a couple Tennessee Tech players behind me that struck up a conversation about the Sand Volleyball courts. They had no idea that it had become a varsity sport and thought that it was really cool that FSU offered it.
Last year's team was disappointing until the ACC Tournament when they pulled it together at the perfect time and won the championship. I was worried about this year's squad with Monica Perry anchoring the staff and two true freshman along with Jessica Nori. It turns out the freshmen had a great opening weekend and Nori continued to be a pleasant surprise. I didn't get to see Waldrop in person, but Bailey Schinella kept batters off balance with a change up first, sneak it by you fast ball strategy. I haven't seen that before and it seems to work well in relief of Monica Perry that was solid through 5-ish innings.
The lineup is solid and it appears to be more powerful than any lineup I can remember since Yurubi Alicart was playing SS. Briana Hamilton, Maddie O'Brien and Erika Leonard look to be consistent long ball threats. There's plenty of speed as usual with Tiffani Brown, Courtney Senas and Morgan Bullock. The offensive outlook continues to be on the upswing, as it has been each year since Lonnie Alameda took over the program.
We'll know more after the Noles travel to #20 LSU on Wednesday and after next weekend's Seminole Classic #2 at JoAnne Graf Field. If the pitching holds up and the bats don't completely die, that bodes well for the rest of the season.
Season FSU Softball Statistics (take them for what they're worth, which isn't always much).
A No-No For Waldrop (Seminoles.com)