March 12, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sixteenth-ranked Florida State is set to return home for a three-game set against North Carolina Saturday in what is the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both squads.
Winners of 10 straight, the Seminoles (21-2) have not played a home game on JoAnne Graf Field since February 21. In that span of time, FSU has played in tournaments in Columbus, Ga. and Boca Raton, Fla. as well as a single game at Jacksonville University.
The ‘Noles enter Saturday’s game against the Tar Heels looking to build upon an impressive overall record in conference openers. Since joining the ACC, Florida State is 15-3 in its first conference game of the year.
In order to move to 16-3, FSU must defeat a Carolina team it fell to in the 2009 ACC opener, 1-0. In that game, the Tar Heels benefitted from a game-winning late-inning home run on their home field.
At 21-2 overall this season, the Seminoles are off to the best start to a year since the 1993 squad jumped out to a 27-2 mark. In its run of 21 victories to begin the year, head coach Lonni Alameda’s team has run-ruled five opponents and shut out its foe on 12 different occasions.
In last week’s FAU Miken Classic, Florida State earned victories in all six games it played in. As for North Carolina, the Tar Heels are even hotter at the moment. UNC travels south to Tallahassee boasting an impressive 14-game winning streak that has it at 15/3 overall on the season.
Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. and the two face off one more time at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
All three games can be viewed online at Seminoles.com as part of Seminoles.com All-Access.