March 17, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University softball team begins Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend when it travels to North Carolina State for a three-game set. Both teams square off on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., and end the series with a noon contest on Sunday.
The Seminoles (13-13) have defeated the Wolfpack (12-10) in each series dating back to the 2008 season. FSU swept N.C. State, 3-0, in 2008 and 2009 and took two of three last year. FSU leads the all-time series 14-8.
FSU is coming off a 6-0 victory over South Alabama on Wednesday, as senior pitcher Sarah Hamilton registered her second one-hitter of the season. The victory ended a five-game losing streak and is looked at as a possible springboard for the team as it enters another season of its own in conference play.
“ACC play is kind of different from the first 26 games you play. You have to make sure you learn everything you can regardless of the win-loss column and try to go into conference play and dominate. We have a great attitude and are ready for the challenge,” Lonni Alameda said.
Senior Jen Lapicki leads the Seminoles with a .389 batting average as well as a .556 slugging percentage. Fellow senior Robin Ahrberg has been consistent at the plate this season, showing a .355 average. Sophomore Tiffani Brown continues to be the sparkplug for FSU, hitting .352 as the team’s leadoff hitter while tying teammate Courtney Senas for the team lead with 13 stolen bases.
FSU is batting .293 as a unit while holding its opponents to a .268 average.
Alyssa Allbritten leads the Wolfpack with a .391 batting average, while Bethany Wells has produced four home runs and 16 RBIs. In the circle, N.C. State has a 3.51 team ERA, with Kayla Cox showing a team-best six wins this season.
Follow all of this weekend’s action through CBS GameTracker as well as in-game Twitter updates on FSU’s softball’s official twitter account – @FSU_softball.