TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida State softball team (10-0) looks to continue its hot start and will wrap up its 11-game, season-opening homestand on Tuesday, February 21 as South Alabama (9-1) comes to JoAnne Graf Field for a game that will start at 6:00 p.m.
“South Alabama is a quality team out of the Sun Belt and I’m excited to play them, especially so soon after a long weekend,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Their pitching is always tough and they have quite a few kids who can swing it. It will be a good challenge for us as we play our 11th game in 11 days.”
The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game as the NCAA leader in earned run average with a 0.22 ERA, as the FSU pitching staff has combined to give up just two earned runs – both on solo home runs – over the first 65.0 innings of the season. Freshman Cassidy Davis ranks second in the country in hits allowed per seven innings (1.91), while redshirt senior Jessica Burroughs comes in at No. 16 with a 2.82 average. Redshirt sophomore Meghan King has yet to allow an earned run in her 24.2 innings of work this year and has posted 22 strikeouts to just three walks.
Offensively, Florida State is led by redshirt senior Alex Powers who is batting .552 (16-for-29) with nine doubles, six RBI and 11 runs scored. Jessica Warren leads the team with four home runs and 11 RBI, while eight of Cali Harrod’s nine hits have gone for extra bases this year, as she ranks eighth in the nation in triples.
The 2017 South Alabama softball team is led by a strong pitching duo in Destin Vicknair (5-0, 0.80 ERA) and Devin Brown (4-1, 0.57 ERA). At the plate, three Jaguar hitters have an average over .400 – MC Nichols (.458), Kristian Foster (.423), Kaleigh Todd (.400) – while Amanda Minahan leads USA with two home runs and 10 RBI.
The Seminoles are 5-3 all-time against the Jaguars, with all eight games occurring between 2009-2013. Tuesday’s game marks the first game between the Noles and the Jaguars since the 2013 “Miracle In Mobile”, where FSU came back from a five-run deficit in the seventh inning to force extras and win it in the eighth inning to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
A livestream of FSU Softball Radio, along with live stats, will be available on Seminoles.com for Tuesday’s game.
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