TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Hosting a NCAA Super Regional for the third consecutive year, No. 6 Florida State (50-10) welcomes No. 11 LSU (44-15) to JoAnne Graf Field this weekend for the 2018 NCAA Super Regional on May 25-27. The best two-out-of-three series will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, with game two at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and game three (if necessary) on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
It is the second year in a row that the Seminoles and Tigers are meeting with a spot for the Women’s College World Series on the line. FSU hosted LSU in 2017 and the Noles earned a 3-1 win in game one, before falling 1-0 and 6-4 in games two and three as the Tigers made their fourth consecutive trip to the WCWS.
“We are really excited about this opportunity this weekend,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “LSU is a great ball club, and we have recent memory with them so it’s kind of fun that we are matching up with them again. I’m really proud of the team and how we’ve come together. It’s been a very consistent program all season long and I’m excited that I can see the belief and trust in their abilities. From the get go, they have been the same the whole time. There is a lot of trust in the process and what they have been doing. We are ready for this opportunity this weekend and we are really excited about getting it going.”
The NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional will have two of the top 10 pitching staffs in the country as No. 8 Florida State and its 1.40 team ERA is trailed narrowly by No. 9 LSU’s 1.41 ERA.
Individually, there will be four pitchers that rank in the top 25 of the NCAA in ERA in the circle at JoAnne Graf Field this weekend – Florida State’s Kylee Hanson (1.00 – 10th) and Meghan King (1.24 – 18th), along with LSU’s Allie Walljasper (0.94 – seventh) and Carley Hoover (1.39 – 24th).
The Seminoles have faced 16 pitchers this year that currently rank in the top 100 of the NCAA in ERA and are a combined 13-5 in those games, including wins against Oregon’s Megan Kleist (0.92 – fifth), Florida’s Aleshia Ocasio (1.14 – 14th) and Texas State’s Randi Rupp (1.26 – 19th).
As a team, the Noles have played against 13 different schools with a Top 50 team ERA in the NCAA rankings, with a combined 21-5 record against those schools, including wins against No. 1 Oregon, No. 5 Florida, No. 10 Michigan and two wins versus No. 13 Texas State.
All three games of the NCAA Super Regional will be broadcast by the ESPN family of networks, with Friday’s game airing nationally on ESPNU and Saturday’s game shown on ESPN2. Sunday’s if necessary game is initially scheduled to be shown on ESPNU. Links for TV and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
Reserved tickets for this weekend have already sold out for the NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional, but tickets do remain for berm and standing-room-only areas at $15 for the entire weekend. Tickets can be ordered either on Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE. The ticket office is located at Gate B on the west side of Doak Campbell Stadium and the office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
The FSU Clear Bag policy will be in effect for all NCAA postseason events at JoAnne Graf Field. Fans are allowed items that can fit in one 12”x12” clear tote bag or a small 4.5”x6.5” clutch or purse. Items that are not allowed include camera or binocular cases, backpacks, printed pattern bags or any size tote or mesh bags.
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