Oct. 4, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Although the regular season does not officially begin for another four months, the Florida State University softball team has a chance to face some outside competition this fall as it works for yet another Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
The Seminoles have eight games scheduled for this fall, including four at JoAnne Graf Field. In those contests, FSU will face Tallahassee Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m., as well as University of West Florida on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m.
The final home date is tentatively set for Sunday, Nov. 13, with a noon slot against Chipola Junior College and a 4 p.m. matchup versus Santa Fe Junior College.
Should any games change in date or time, follow the FSU softball team on Twitter at @FSU_Softball or check out Seminoles.com for updated times.
“Our team is extremely excited to get back to work as a unit and play some other teams this fall,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We’ve got a great group of student-athletes who have worked hard this off-season and our coaching staff is eager to see our team perform in game-like situations.”
As always, any FSU exhibition or regular-season games are free to the public.
FSU, which returns a wealth of experience, begins its fall slate this weekend as it travels to Pensacola State College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup against South Alabama. The Seminoles then face PSC at 4 p.m.
This Sunday, FSU returns to the field with a noon matchup at Northwest Florida State College. Following the exhibition, both teams will conduct a skills clinic for teenager Amber Howard, who is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. All proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Howard family, and a camp registration form can be found on the softball page of Seminoles.com.
On the campus of Florida A&M, FSU will take on Gulf Coast Junior College on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in its fifth exhibition of the season.
The defending and 11-time ACC champions are prepared for another strong season, as they return three of their top hitters from a season ago in senior outfielder Shayla Jackson, junior infielder Tiffani Brown and junior outfielder/pitcher Morgan Bullock. Altogether, the Seminoles return six position starters which also include sophomore centerfielder Courtney Senas, versatile utility player Briana Hamilton and sophomore catcher Celeste Gomez.
Redshirt senior Mallory Borden also started the first 15 games last season before suffering a season-ending leg injury against San Diego State.
Although FSU returns plenty of offense while mixing in some tremendous potential at the plate, it also returns a very strong pitching core. Forced to redshirt last season because of NCAA transfer rules, redshirt junior pitcher Monica Perry will make her Seminole debut this season after having two outstanding seasons at Illinois in 2009 and 2010. In both those years combined, Perry went 49-22 with 394 strikeouts and 10 shutouts.
Redshirt sophomore pitcher Jessica Nori is coming off a very encouraging year in which she finished 8-5 with a 2.84 ERA. The Weston, Fla., native showed tremendous poise by earning wins in both of FSU’s NCAA postseason victories in 2011, defeating Georgia State and UAB.
Two of the nation’s best pitchers in the 2011 recruiting class include freshmen Lacey Waldrop (Colonial Heights, Va.) and Bailey Schinella (Valrico, Fla.). Both hurlers will have opportunities to earn significant time in the circle this season.
FSU’s regular-season schedule is set to be released within the next month. Check back with Seminoles.com for a full slate of games for the 2012 season.