TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After hitting her first career home run in the first inning of the game at Florida A&M on February 10, it seemed like redshirt sophomore Alex Powers would never stop hitting. She added two more this week. On Monday, Powers was named ACC Player of the Week. This is the first weekly conference award of her career..
“Alex has been working so hard for us and I am excited and proud to see her have this kind of success,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Even though she is a redshirt sophomore, this is basically her first full season as she has had to battle through two knee surgeries. She has put in a lot of hard work in the training room and the weight room to get to where she is at now, along with working in the cages. What a great honor for her and this team.”
Powers was a key part of the Florida State offense as the Seminoles secured four wins, including two ranked wins over No. 20 Nebraska. She finished the week with five hits – all for extra bases – with two doubles, three home runs, four walks, nine RBI and a .941 slugging percentage.
The Melbourne, Fla., native hit the first home run of her career, as well as her first multiple home run game, at Florida A&M on February 10. Powers hit a two-run homeruns in both the first and seventh inning.
In two games against the nationally-ranked Huskers, Powers batted .600 with two doubles, one home run and five RBI. Her first-inning two-run double on February 13 gave FSU a quick 2-0 lead as it went on to win by a score of 4-1. On February 15, Powers hit a three-run home run in the first inning against the Huskers which would be all the runs the Seminoles needed in the 3-2 victory.
“It is a great honor and accomplishment to be named player of the week,” said Powers. “I am so thankful to be a part of this team. We have been working hard each day at practice as we start the season with such a challenging schedule.
“We are young and still working to figure ourselves out. We have learned a lot from our three tough losses and it will only help us get to where we want to be in June. I think we’re moving in the right direction, improving with each pitch at the plate and in the field.”
Florida State starts its first road trip of the season this week. The Seminoles play five games from February 19-21 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. FSU will take on No. 14 Tennessee (3:30 p.m.) and South Carolina (6:00 p.m.) on Thursday, Oklahoma State (11:00 p.m.) on Friday and No. 23 Cal (3:00 p.m.) and No. 10 UCLA (6:00 p.m.) on Saturday.