Florida States Waldrop named 2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Florida State pitcher Lacey Waldrop (Chester, Va.) was selected as the 2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year. The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. This season, Waldrop helped lead the Florida State Seminoles to their eighth NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) appearance, their first since 2004. Florida State becomes the first team to have two different players select as USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year with Jessica Van der Linden taking the honor in 2004.
The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Conference Pitcher of the Year, Waldrop paces the country with 38 wins to just five losses and ranks third with a 1.01 Earned Run Average (ERA). In 257 innings in the circle this season, the Florida State junior has given up just five home runs and has held opposing batters to a .184 batting average. Waldrop, a two-time All-ACC selection, led her Seminoles to both regular season and conference tournament titles in 2014.
In just three seasons, Waldrop has compiled an 81-20 record with 680 strikeouts ranking her ninth all-time in Florida State history. Behind their pitching ace, the Seminoles climbed from a preseason No. 12 ranking to the No. 3 overall spot in the final regular season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll.
The other two finalists for the 2014 award were Michigan’s Big 10 Player of the Year Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif.), who ranks second in the nation with a .491 batting average, and Pac-12 Player of the Year Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) of UCLA who finished the season with a 1.90 ERA and .394 batting average.The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients. Other past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, three-time winner from Texas Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher, two-time winner Washington’s Danielle Lawrie, 2011 winner Ashley Hansen from Stanford and 2012 and 2013 back-to-back winner Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma.