March 28, 2016 - by
Florida State Heads To UCF; Powers Named ACC POTW

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the middle of a stretch of seven consecutive games on the road, No. 11 Florida State (26-3) will play in-state foe UCF (23-13) on March 29 in Orlando, Fla. The Seminoles lead the all-time series with the Knights, 15-5, winning the last five matchups and last faced UCF in the 2015 NCAA Tallahassee Regional. “UCF is going to be a tough challenge tomorrow night,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda.

“They have played one of the toughest schedules in the country thus far this season and have proven themselves against the best. It was a dogfight last year in the regional and we’ll need to take that same next-pitch mentality to be successful tomorrow. We’ve played well on the road this year and we’ll need to play a complete game to get the victory.”

The Noles enter the week on a 21-game winning streak, tied with South Florida for the longest streak in the country and tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history. FSU is a perfect 7-0 on the road this season, including a 3-0 victory at No. 13 UCLA on March 4.

Florida State is one of three teams in the nation that are ranked in the top 10 nationally in both scoring (sixth – 8.10 runs per game) and ERA (seventh – 1.72). The Noles are among the top 15 in the NCAA in six other statistical categories, including winning percentage (fourth – .897).

Tuesday night’s first pitch will be at 5:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on UCF’s premium All-Access service along with a free radio stream with Robin Ahrberg and Ryann Day and live stats on Seminoles.com. Ticket information is available on UCFKnights.com.

Alex Powers – ACC Player of the Week
Redshirt junior Alex Powers was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time in 2016, as announced by the league on Monday. It is the third weekly conference accolade of Powers’ career.

Powers excelled at the plate and in the field as the Seminoles swept North Carolina in Chapel Hill on March 25-26. She batted .667 on the weekend with a home run, six RBI and five runs scored as Florida State extended its NCAA-leading winning streak to 21 games. The Melbourne, Fla., native posted a .917 slugging percentage and added two walks and two stolen bases without recording a strikeout.

Powers had multiple hits in all three games, including three hits in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. She was also perfect in the field, committing zero errors in 26 defensive chances at first base.

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