LOS ANGELES – After playing its last 11 games at home on JoAnne Graf Field, No. 12 Florida State (13-3) will hit the road for a 10-game road trip to the West Coast from March 4-13. The Noles will open up with the Stacy Winsberg Tournament hosted by UCLA and Cal State Northridge, playing the No. 13 Bruins (9-7) on March 4 at 8:00 pm ET, Cal State Northridge (8-7) at 12 pm ET and UC Davis (7-7) at 6 pm ET on March 5 and ending with another game against CSUN on Sunday, March 6 at 1:30 pm ET. The matchup between FSU and UCLA was originally scheduled for March 6, but was moved up due to concerns over weather that may come on Sunday.
“We’re swinging the bats pretty well now and I think, just as a team, we’re seeing ourselves grow,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “As individuals, as young as we are, we’re seeing progress in the circle, defensively and offensively so it gives us a confident approach to what we are going to do and face in California with the challenges we have ahead.”
The Seminoles have a combined record of 4-12 against the three schools it will face this weekend – Cal State Northridge (1-4) and UCLA (3-8). It will be the first meeting between Florida State and UC Davis.
Friday’s game at UCLA marks the first game in the all-time series to be played at either school’s home stadium. All previous 11 meetings have been contested on neutral sites, including three games at the Women’s College World Series – 1990, 1991 and 2002. The Noles have won each of the last three games in the series.
FSU enters the weekend with a streak of five consecutive shutouts and six consecutive run-rule victories, dating back to a 10-1 victory over Florida A&M on February 24. Redshirt juniors Alex Powers and Jessica Burroughs were each honored as ACC Performers of the week after Powers batted .647 on the week with three home runs and 11 RBI, while Burroughs fanned 23 batters in 16.0 shutout innings and tossed the second no-hitter of her career on February 27 against Bradley.
The Seminoles will be playing in multiple venues this weekend, opening at Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA on Friday, March 4. Both games on March 5 will be played at Cal State Northridge, while Sunday’s finale will be back at UCLA.
All games will be broadcast live via streaming radio on Seminoles.com and the Seminoles.com mobile app with Robin Ahrberg on the call. Live stats will also be available on Seminoles.com.
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