Feb. 27, 2009
As of 7:00 p.m. on Friday: All games on Friday night have been CANCELLED and will not be made up. Weather permitting, Saturday’s games will go on as scheduled. Please check seminoles.com in the morning for more updates.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the seventh consecutive season the Florida State softball team will head north to Columbus, Ga., for the 14th annual NFCA Leadoff Classic hosted by the Columbus Sports Council and the South Commons Stadium & Complex beginning Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1.
Florida State, which cracked the rankings last week at No. 25 on the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, will face an assembly of ranked teams this weekend including No. 20/23 LSU, No. 24/20 Ohio State and No. t16/19 Louisiana. The Noles are 15-10 since 2003 at the Leadoff, posting the best finish in 2004 after going 5-1 and falling in the championship game to LSU.
The first opponent for FSU will be Houston at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. This is the first meeting between the teams and the Cougars enter the weekend at 7-7 overall. Immediately following is a rematch between the Noles and Hofstra at 6:30 p.m. Florida State defeated the Pride, 1-0, at the same tournament last year and lead the series against them, 9-1.
A pair of top teams is on the schedule for Saturday, beginning with LSU at 1:30 p.m. followed by Ohio State at 4:00 p.m. The Tigers (11-4) have taken two of the last three meetings with the Seminoles while the Buckeyes trail the 13-game series with FSU dominating, 10-3.
Closing out the event on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. is a team that appeared in the 2008 Women’s College World Series, Louisiana. The series between the Ragin’ Cajuns and Florida State is tied at 9-9, but ULL comes in on a seven-game winning streak against the Noles.
The Leadoff Classic has established itself as one of college softball’s premier tournaments, sending seven of its 13 previous champions to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series.
Fans can follow the Seminoles over the weekend through GameTracker live stats by visiting Seminoles.com.