No. 4 Florida State outlasts No. 20 Notre Dame to take ACC crown
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Florida State outlasted No. 20 Notre Dame (39-11) and defeated the Irish 3-1 to earn its 12th ACC championship in program history .
"I couldn't be happier for this team," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "This is something they have been working for ever since the season ended in Texas last year. Everyone has been putting in the work needed to be successful and have really come together as a family.
"Individual stats and accolades are nothing when it comes to what this team wants to accomplish as one unit. While we accomplished one goal today, we will stay focused on our NCAA postseason goals."
Maddie O'Brien got things going right away in the bottom of the first as she drove her 23rd home run of the season over the wall in center. The solo shot tied an ACC tournament record with three home runs in a single tournament.
Lacey Waldrop was perfect through the first 3.2 innings of the game before Notre Dame was finally able to get a base runner on a double by Emilee Koerner. Koerner would come in to score a batter later on a single to center by Katey Haus to tie the game at 1-1.
Those would be the only two hits Waldrop would allow until the top of the seventh when Koerner would knock a single up the middle to start off the inning. She retired the next three batters and closed out the ACC championship with a strikeout to Laura Winter.