April 2, 2009
The start time for the Sunday’s game has been moved up to 11:00 a.m. due to the threat of inclement weather in Tallahassee. The game will still be televised live on FSN-Florida.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Florida State softball will host its first Atlantic Coast Conference series at home on JoAnne Graf Field this weekend, April 4-5, as the Virginia Tech Hokies make their way to Tallahassee. The No. 21 Seminoles (25-11, 3-3) will also host Softball Alumni Weekend as well as the annual `Paint it Pink’ game benefitting breast cancer research and Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Saturday.
Also on tap this weekend are the first two regionally televised games for FSU with the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. broadcast on SunSports and the 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday will be shown on FSN.
Virginia Tech had the most successful season in the 13-year program last year which ended with the team’s first ever trip to the Women’s College World Series. This season, the ladies from Blacksburg enter the weekend struggling at 13-17 overall but are tied with the Noles at 3-3 in the ACC after taking the series win over Virginia last week.
Florida State comes off a tough weekend at Georgia Tech where the Seminoles dropped a doubleheader (3-8, 0-3) to the Yellow Jackets on March 28 before powering back to take a 5-4 eight-inning win on March 29.
Historically, the Hokies hold a slight 9-6 advantage over FSU since the first meeting in 2005 when the Noles swept the three-game series, something they hope to accomplish again four years later.
This weekend is also special as it is the inaugural Softball Alumni Weekend and Saturday is the second annual `Paint it Pink’ for breast cancer game. A handful of Seminole softball alumnae will gather at JoAnne Graf Field this weekend to take part in a few ceremonial first pitches and will wrap things up with a BBQ on Saturday night.
For `Paint it Pink,’ Florida State will show its support for breast cancer research by wearing pink t-shirts in place of regular jerseys which will be available for auction online at www.seminoles.com the week following the game.
Each fan in attendance will have the opportunity to make a small donation of $10.00 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and in turn receive a limited edition Florida State breast cancer awareness t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the North Florida Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate which is based in Jacksonville, Fla.
Last season FSU participated in the inaugural `Strike Out Cancer’ event and raised over $2,000 for the North Florida affiliate and this year the goal is set for $2,500.
First pitch on Saturday, April 4, is set for 3:05 p.m. on SunSports and live stats will be available on GameTracker by visiting www.seminoles.com.