TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball program has earned the regular season title in the Atlantic Coast Conference in each of the last four seasons, have secured ACC Tournament titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and are predicted to continue their success as the No. 3 Seminoles were voted to finish first in the conference in 2017 by the league’s head coaches.
Florida State has not lost a conference series since 2012, posting a 29-0-4 mark in the last 33 series against ACC teams, with 23 sweeps, six 2-1 series records and four 1-1 series ties. The Noles are 83-10 in their last 93 regular season games against ACC opponents (.892) and last lost a conference series at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.
“Winning the ACC is one of our goals each season,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “The conference continues to improve every year and now with the change to a three-day weekend series, it is going to be more of a challenge as teams are able to adjust and have a deeper pitching staff. While it is good to start out here, the only thing that matters is where we are at the end of the season. So we’ll trust the preparation we put in during the fall and since coming back from break and now we finally are able to get after it on Friday and see where this season takes us.”
The Noles received 100 points and all 10 of the eligible first-place votes, as teams could not vote for themselves. Louisville came in second and received 86 points and one first-place vote, while No. 22 Notre Dame placed third with 84 points. North Carolina came in fourth with 67 points, while Virginia Tech (58) and Boston College (57) finished in a tight race for fifth and sixth, respectively. Syracuse’s 48 points placed them in seventh, followed by Pitt with 44 and NC State with 30. Georgia Tech (17) and Virginia (14) rounded out the preseason conference rankings.
The 2017 ACC schedule will have Florida State facing eight conference opponents during the regular season. The Noles will have four home series at JoAnne Graf Field – Georgia Tech (March 3-5), Notre Dame (March 17-19), Pitt (March 31-April 2) and North Carolina (April 28-30).
On the road, FSU will take on Virginia Tech (March 10-12), Virginia (March 24-26), Syracuse (April 7-9) and Louisville (April 22-24). The Seminoles will not face Boston College or NC State during the 2017 regular season.
The 2017 ACC Championships will be held in Chapel Hill, N.C., from May 11-13 on the campus of North Carolina.
The Noles will open the 2017 season on February 10 as FSU hosts the annual Unconquered Invitational. Lipscomb, Furman and Marshall come to Tallahassee for a round-robin/bracketed tournament where each team will play five games in three days. The first game for the Seminoles will come on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Lipscomb, followed by a 4 p.m. matchup against Furman.
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2017 ACC Softball Predicted Order of Finish
1. Florida State- 100 (10 first-place votes)
2. Louisville – 86 (one first-place vote)
3. Notre Dame – 84
4. North Carolina – 67
5. Virginia Tech – 58
6. Boston College – 57
7. Syracuse – 48
8. Pittsburgh – 44
9. NC State – 30
10. Georgia Tech – 17
11. Virginia – 14