Feb. 20, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team is out to a commanding start at 9-2 early this season as it gears up to host the second of three home tournaments, the Seminole Classic, beginning with No. 4 Michigan vs. East Carolina at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Seminoles’ first match-up of the weekend is also against the ECU Pirates at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
FSU was 3-1 at the Sunshine Classic last weekend, picking up a big win over No. 23 Purdue (ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25) but dropping the final game of the tournament to Mississippi State on Sunday. The Garnet and Gold followed the weekend with a 6-1 mid-week victory over South Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
In 22 meetings with the Pirates, Florida State has dropped just one game back in 1994 with the last match-up in 2001 ending in a 9-0 Seminole shutout. East Carolina is 4-4 after going 1-3 at the Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend.
At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Noles will face Indiana which has not taken a win over FSU in the nine-game series since the first meeting back in 1990. The Hoosiers are off to a rough 0-7 start with a pair of shutouts to Oklahoma State and a 3-2 loss to NC State of the ACC last weekend at the Marriott Houston Classic.
First pitch between FSU and UC Riverside is Sunday at 3:45 p.m. and is just the second game between the east and west coast teams. The Highlanders, 2-5 on the early season, fell in an 8-0 shutout to Florida State back in 2001 at the San Diego State Tournament. UCR went 2-2 over the weekend its own aTen Construction Tournament, picking up two wins over San Diego and falling to Colorado State and Tulsa.
The toughest competition for the Garnet and Gold will be the Michigan Wolverines who enter the weekend ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll and lead the all-time series with FSU, 18-2. Michigan has a trio of players on the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year watch list and come in with an 8-2 record after going 4-1 at the Louisville Slugger Dessert Classic with the only loss coming at the hands of No. 16 DePaul.
Saturday, February 21st
10:00 am East Carolina vs. Michigan
12:15 p.m. UC Riverside vs. Michigan
2:30 p.m. East Carolina vs. Florida State
4:45 p.m. Indiana vs. UC Riverside
7:00 p.m. Indiana vs. Florida State
Sunday, February 22nd
9:00 a.m. East Carolina vs. Indiana
11:15 a.m. Michigan vs. Indiana
1:30 p.m. UC Riverside vs. East Carolina
3:45 p.m. UC Riverside vs. Florida State
6:00 p.m. Michigan vs. Florida State