May 29, 2017

Former Lady Braves claim ACC Championship

Anna Shelnutt celebrates a huge homer during a 16-0 rout of Virginia last week (Photo: Sara Davis/The ACC.com)

Anna Shelnutt celebrates a huge homer during a 16-0 rout of Virginia last week (Photo: Sara Davis/The ACC.com)

(Tallahassee, FL) — The Florida State Seminoles softball team completed an undefeated season against ACC teams over the weekend, earning their fourth straight ACC Championship, 15th of all time, and fifth overall under head coach Lonni Alameda.

Two former Lady Braves, sophomore Cali Harrod and freshman Anna Shelnutt, started all three tournament games for the Seminoles and shined on the big stage as the Seminoles knocked off Virginia, Notre Dame, and North Carolina to claim the crown.

Shelnutt was named to the all-tournament team catapulted by a huge offensive day in game one of the tournament Thursday.

The Seminoles erupted for an ACC Tournament single-inning record 12 runs in the bottom of the third inning of the 16-0 win over Virginia that was highlighted by a pair of home runs from Shelnutt.

Shelnutt’s three-run bomb extended the Florida State lead to 7-0, and then later in the frame her grand slam with two outs put the game out of reach at 15-0.

Shelnutt has seen more and more playing time as the season has worn on and the two homers were her second and third of the season to go along with 13 RBI’s.

Shortstop Cali Harrod has started all 58 games this season for Alamada and the Noles and has played consistently well all season to follow up her breakout freshman year that culminated with a big performance at the College World Series last year. Harrod is batting .296 on the season with nine long balls and 40 runs batted in.

As she was throughout her high school career, Harrod has also been a threat on the base paths stealing 20 bases in just 22 attempts and is tied for the team lead in triples with five.

The Seminoles are the No. 4 seed and a legitimate national title contender as the 64 team National Championship Tournament gets underway this weekend. The Seminoles will host a regional that also features the University of Georgia, Jacksonville State, and Princeton.

ACC Softball Champions Anna Shelnutt (L) and Cali Harrod (R) (Photo: Noah Shelnutt)

ACC Softball Champions Anna Shelnutt (L) and Cali Harrod (R) (Photo: Noah Shelnutt)

It is the highest national seed for Florida State and marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Seminoles have secured a Top 8 national seed.

The Noles take on Princeton in the first round of the double-elimination regional on Friday in Tallahassee at 7:00 PM. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The four team regional will conclude on May 21 and the winner of the 2017 NCAA Tallahassee Regional will match up with the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional in the NCAA Super Regional round on May 25-28.

If Florida State wins its regional, it will host the Super Regionals.

The Baton Rouge regional consists of LSU, Fairfield, McNeese, and Louisiana.

The super regional will be a head-to-head best of three series with the winner earning one of eight slots at the Women’s College World Series June 1-7.  The WCWS takes place at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Prices for the full session regional passes are $20 for adults and $15 for youth and seniors. Single-game tickets for Friday’s games will go on sale Friday morning and will be $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.

Tickets can be ordered either on Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE.

 

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