Feb. 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 2010 softball season officially gets underway Thursday at 5 p.m. when Florida State hosts Southern Miss in the first game of the five-team Sunshine State Classic at JoAnne Graf Field.
Under the direction of second-year head coach Lonni Alameda, the Seminoles are looking to build off an impressive 2009 season that saw the team set the record for most conference wins, reach the ACC title game and host a regional in the NCAA Tournament.
With a new campaign set to begin and expectations that much higher, Alameda and company are eager to get things going.
“Every coach, player and fan around the country is excited about opening day,” Alameda said. “The sights, sounds and smells of the ballpark are all something that we look forward to. We have worked hard on all aspects of our game since September and finally get the opportunity to get out there and make it count as a team.
“It’s a very exciting time of year.”
Florida State’s 2010 squad is heavy on upperclassmen as the Seminoles return five seniors and nine juniors. Included in those numbers are star pitchers Terese Gober and Sarah Hamilton, three-time team captain Carly Wynn and infield staples Ashley Stager and Kristie McConn. Ohio State transfer Tory Haddad and Tennessee transfer Jen Lapicki also now call themselves Seminoles.
All the action gets started on Thursday at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday. Other teams competing in the Sunshine State Classic include Bowling Green, Iona and Mercer.
As always, admission is free and fans are encouraged to come out and support the Seminoles. As will be the case all year long, patrons can enjoy $1 Dog Days every Sunday.