After a 3 - 1 win over College of Central Florida on Thursday, April 13, The Seminole State College of Florida softball team clinched the No. 1 spot in the Division I Mid-Florida Conference (MFC), for the team’s first-ever regular season conference title.
The Raiders (46-7, 19-5 MFC) have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with both defensively and offensively. They are currently ranked No. 6 in the nation overall, with 566 hits and are ranked No.5 in the nation in shutouts with 15 perfectly pitched games.
Seminole State’s historic regular season run was bolstered by the leadership and skillful production of players like sophomore outfielder Jordan Davis, of Winter Springs, who missed only one game this season and has a batting average of .525 – the sixth best batting average in the country. Sophomore pitcher Melanie Murphy, of Melbourne, also helped underwrite the team’s triumph from the defensive end, with accolades such as being ranked third in the country in wins and seventh in shutouts and completed games.
“This team has been consistent all year long,” says Head Coach Courtney Miller. “That has been the biggest key for us. Solid defense and pitching have kept us in most of the games, and that has been the biggest factor in our success. … I am so proud that they won the first conference championship for our program and for Seminole State.”
With four of the remaining six games left in the season being played away, the Raiders are preparing to go on the road, leading up to their season finale at home on “Faculty Friday,” April 21, at 1.p.m. All Seminole State faculty, staff and their families will be honored and receive free admission. The Raiders will host the fourth-ranked Florida Southwestern State College Buccaneers in a doubleheader. Seminole State is 15-5 on the road and 28-2 at home.
“We wanted to thank the faculty and staff here at Seminole State,” says Athletic Director Kurt Esser. “They are a tremendous resource for our teams and all of our student-athletes. So to thank them, we are letting all of their family in for free as well. As for the success of softball, it is a testament to Coach Miller. She has always won in the classroom and in the community – not to mention her winning over 900 games. The team she has assembled is full of great young ladies who are exactly the kinds of students and athletes every college wants.”
As one of six teams from the state of Florida ranked in the Top 20 and among two other MFC teams also represented in the rankings, Seminole State is gearing up to dominate the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Tournament on April 28-30 in Vero Beach.
“Every year the tournament comes down to which team is hitting over that three-day period,” says Miller. “Our sticks need to come alive that weekend, because everyone has good pitching and defense.”
All Raiders home events are free for Seminole State students, faculty and staff with a valid Seminole State ID. Admission is also available to the general public for a small fee. For more information, and to view the Raiders' complete season schedule and results, visit seminolestateraiders.com
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