Oct. 29, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head softball coach Lonni Alameda announced the 2009 Seminole schedule on Wednesday, October 29. The Noles will face tough competition during three road and three home tournaments before diving into conference play.
Florida State opens the season at the Texas Invitational in Austin on February 6 with games against Iowa, Texas and Stephen F. Austin before hosting its first of three tournaments, the Sunshine Classic on February 13. Making the trip to Tallahassee for the classic will be Appalachian State, Miami of Ohio, Purdue and Mississippi State.
With just a week in-between, FSU will host its second tournament, the Seminole Classic, beginning February 21 and featuring East Carolina, Indiana, UC Riverside and Michigan.
The 2009 season marks the Seminoles’ sixth consecutive trip to the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., beginning February 27. This year FSU will take on Houston, LSU, Ohio State, ULL and Hofstra, who the Noles shutout 1-0 at last season’s classic.
The FSU Invitational beginning March 5 will close out the home tournaments with the Seminoles facing Bethune-Cookman, Troy, Liberty and Middle Tennessee State before taking on their first ACC opponent, North Carolina, in Chapel Hill on March 9 and 10.
The final tournament for FSU will once again be the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., March 12-15. The Seminoles will meet with Texas for the second time this season as well as Oklahoma, Fresno State and Bowling Green. FSU will also play Washington at the California tournament, which the Noles lost a heartbreaking 4-3 decision in extra innings at last year’s classic.
With one ACC match-up under its belt, FSU will enter the remaining conference schedule on March 28 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. The Seminoles will host Virginia Tech, Maryland and Virginia while traveling to NC State and Boston College this year.
Scattered throughout the months of March and April will be double-headers against Jacksonville, Troy and 2008 Women’s College World Series participant Florida. The Seminoles will travel to Gainesville this season to battle with the rival Gators.
The 2009 ACC Softball Championship will be May 8-10 at NC State in Raleigh, N.C. and is a single-elimination event this year.
The complete schedule can be found on Seminoles.com by visiting the softball page and clicking on the schedule link.