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Top Five College Teams Of The Decade: No. 5 Florida State

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When Florida State hoisted the championship trophy at the 2018 Women's College World Series (WCWS), the Seminoles became the first-ever ACC team in NCAA Softball history to do so. In addition to cementing themselves in WCWS lore—especially after becoming just the third team to ever win the national title after losing the first game of the WCWS—the Seminoles had themselves quite a decade under the leadership of Lonni Alameda. And that's exactly why FSU is Softball America's fifth-best college softball team of the decade.

Alameda, who will enter her 12th season at the helm of Florida State's program in 2020, led FSU to the NCAA Regionals in every year of the 2010 decade, as well as seven straight NCAA Super Regionals and three WCWS appearances. She has also helped the Seminoles to 10 forty-win seasons, including eight consecutive from 2012-2019.

To close out the 2010 decade, Florida State won its sixth consecutive ACC Championship in 2019, which marked the 17th ACC title in program history. During their ACC run of success, the Noles dominated the conference in the regular season, winning 36 consecutive ACC games from May 7, 2016 to April 6, 2018, which marked the fifth-longest conference winning streak in NCAA history.

Florida State also had the Collegiate National Player of the Year in 2014, who was Lacey Waldrop. Additionally, the Seminoles had the ACC Player of the Year four times during the 2010 decade (Maddie O'Brien in 2014, Alex Powers in 2016 and Jessica Warren in 2017 and 2018), two ACC Defensive Players of the Year (Jessica Warren in 2017 and Sydney Sherrill in 2019), the ACC Pitcher of the Year five times (Lacey Waldrop in 2014 and 2015, Jessica Burroughs in 2016 and 2017 and Kylee Hanson in 2018), two ACC Freshmen of the Year (Jessica Warren in 2015 and Sydney Sherrill in 2018) and five ACC Coach of the Year awards for Alameda (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

The 2010s - By The Numbers

FSU's Record: 448-125-1
All-Americans: 17
Super Regionals: 7
WCWS Appearances: 3
National Championships: 1

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