January 22, 2004 - by
Brave Journalists Stare Down Fastballs At Softball Media Game

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Jan. 22, 2004

Tallahassee, FL –
It takes a brave person to stand 43 feet away from a fastball traveling at over 60 MPH especially when those pitches are being fired by two of the nation’s best hurlers. That didn’t stop a few brave members of the media from coming out to the Seminole Softball Complex for the first-ever media softball game. Journalists from CBS affiliate WCTV and Jacksonville’s Florida Times Union came out Thursday and faced the nation’s fourth best pitching staff in a scrimmage that Seminole head coach JoAnne Graf hopes will become an annual preseason tradition.

“This was a lot of fun and I hope it is something they will want to continue to do in the future,” said Graf. “It was very nice of them to take the time to come out and scrimmage with the girls a little and see what it is like to stand in against a NCAA Division I softball pitcher. They deserve a lot of credit.”

The Tribe, ranked 20th in the first poll of the season, ate lunch with the media and then spent a few innings scrimmaging those brave enough to come out. The game may have only been about 45 minutes long but it was a great chance for the players and media to spend some time together in a fun setting.

The Tribe is now just 15 days away from opening the season versus Minnesota and Florida A&M on the first day of the 2004 Seminole Classic. For more information on the 2004 Seminole softball team, or any of Florida State’s athletic teams, please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.

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