July 21, 2018

Epic Moment in Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA) — Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh Saturday, the No. 10 Florida State softball team (47-10) scored four runs, including a three-run, walk-off home run from former Heard County Lady Brave Anna Shelnutt to earn a 5-4 victory over Pitt (33-18-1) to win the 2018 ACC Championship at Georgia Tech.

It was the kind of moment every little league baseball or softball player dreams about. Shelnutt also homered in a 7-4 win over Louisville during round one of the tourney on Thursday.

Her stats over the last two ACC Tournaments are remarkable with a batting average of .467, four home runs, 13 RBI’s, and a 1.267 slugging percentage.

Shelnutt says of course the game-winning blast is something she will never forget. (See video above)

“The moment I hit the walk-off homerun, the first thing I felt was relief. There were many emotions that overcame me, but relief was by far the biggest,”said Shelnutt. “I was in a game situation that every athlete dreams of — and I came through for my team when they needed me the most. That’s what it is all about.”

Cali Harrod (Photo: Seminoles.com)

Sydney Sherrill started the seventh-inning Noles’ championship rally with a leadoff single up the middle, and walks to Zoe Casas and Elizabeth Mason loaded the bases with one out in the inning.

Former Lady Brave star Cali Harrod from EPHESUS, GA made it a 4-2 game on an RBI ground-out, setting the stage for Shelnutt’s two-out, walk-off home run for the 5-4 win.

Harrod has four homers, a team high four triples, and 26 RBI’s this season and is 29/29 in stolen base attempts. The junior shortstop has started every game this season for the Noles.

The Seminoles trailed in every game of the 2018 ACC Softball Championship and increased their winning streak in the tournament to 15 consecutive games as Florida State clinched its 16th conference championship in program history and fifth in a row.

Sherrill, Shelnutt and Meghan King earned a spot on the 2018 ACC All-Tournament Team, with Sherrill being named Tournament MVP.

“Pitt has had a little swag with them all weekend,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “They had a come from behind win against Virginia Tech. They have had a great season. They scrap it out. We knew it would be a dogfight with them the whole time. We had many opportunities in the beginning and they shut us down. What a tremendous game. I’m really proud of our kids. This was a really good championship ball game.”

For the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years, the Seminoles are a top-eight national seed and No. 6 Florida State (47-10) will begin the 2018 NCAA Softball Championship at home this Friday, May 18 against Jacksonville State (33-23) at 2:30 p.m.

Auburn (40-15) and Kennesaw State (39-15) are the other two teams in the Tallahassee Regional and will begin the day with a game at 12:00 p.m. Every game of the regional will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

FSU Players shower Anna Shelnutt after her dramatic HR lifted the team to another ACC Championship Saturday (Photo: Sara Davis/FSU Softball)

The Seminoles have faced a total of 10 teams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament field, posting a combined record of 14-7, including wins over the top two national seeds – No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Florida.

“Getting a national seed goes back to our body of work,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We really tried to challenge ourselves with the schedule, so it is good to see that over time we’ve established a schedule that the committee is recognizing and obviously winning the ACC was a huge boost for us. Really excited about the opportunity against the teams coming in this weekend.”

The double elimination regional will conclude on May 20 and the winner of the 2018 NCAA Tallahassee Regional will match up with the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional in the NCAA Super Regional round on May 24-27. If Florida State wins its regional, it will host the Super Regionals.

It marks the 19th consecutive season that the Noles have reached the regional round and they are one of nine schools to make the NCAA tournament every year since 2000.

Tickets for the entire Tallahassee Regional will go on sale Monday morning, May 14. Tickets can be ordered either on Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE. The ticket office is located at Gate B on the west side of Doak Campbell Stadium and the office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.

(Partial content courtesy of FSU Softball/Seminoles.com)

Comments

  1. The Chemistry Teacher says:

    Attaboy Luther!

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