May 21, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 3-ranked and No. 8-seeded Florida State Seminoles welcome No. 13 Michigan to Tallahassee for an NCAA Super Regional on May 22-23 at JoAnne Graf Field. Game one will take place at 7:00 p.m. on May 22 with game two scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on May 23. If a third game is necessary, it will take place on May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
“So excited for the opportunity to be at home in front of our fans and to display the goals we set out to accomplish,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Nevins was outstanding and USF had a great game on Sunday but that gives you a lot of confidence if you face one of the best pitchers and beat her. It gives us a lot of confidence going into this weekend.
Michigan (46-13) comes to Tallahassee as winners of the Tempe Regional after recording two thrilling wins over host school Arizona State on May 18. This marks the ninth Super Regional for Michigan since the NCAA moved to the format in 2005. The Wolverines have only missed one Super Regional round (2011).
The Wolverines are led by USA Softball Player of the Year Top 3 Finalist Sierra Romero who is batting .487 (77-for-158) with 18 home runs, 70 RBI and 61 walks. The U-M pitching staff has allowed an ERA of just 1.92 this season, led by Haylie Wagner and her 1.62 ERA to go along with a record of 24-4. Wagner, as well as Megan Betsa and Sara Driesenga have combined to throw 31 complete games and 18 shutouts in 2014.
Florida State (53-6) also has a Top 3 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year in junior pitcher Lacey Waldrop. Waldrop leads the nation with 36 wins and is second in the NCAA with an ERA of 0.90. In the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, she allowed just one run over 23.0 innings while recording 18 strikeouts.
The Seminoles are 3-19 all-time against Michigan with all three wins coming in Tallahassee. The two teams last met in 2009 when they split both meetings in the Seminole Classic. Florida State upset No. 4 Michigan, 6-5 in 11 innings, on Feb. 22 before dropping the next meeting, 1-0 in 13 innings, on Feb. 24.
Thursday’s game will air on ESPN while Friday’s 4:00 p.m. matchup will be shown on ESPNU. The third game, if necessary, will be shown on ESPN. Pam Ward and Michelle Smith will be the commentators for the series.
Single-day tickets for games on Thursday and Friday are on sale now and are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Tickets can be ordered either on Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE. The ticket office is located at Gate B on the west side of Doak Campbell Stadium and the office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. Tickets can also be purchased at JoAnne Graf Field on the day of the games.
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