TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Entering the weekend undefeated in conference play, No. 1 Florida State (25-1-1, 6-0 ACC) will play its third ACC opponent of the year, welcoming Notre Dame (12-10, 1-2 ACC) to Tallahassee for a three-game series on March 17-19.
Florida State is ranked No. 1 by the NFCA and No. 2 by USA Softball for the week of March 14. The Noles received 23 first-place votes by the NFCA and four from USA Softball. The Seminoles have been ranked in 60 consecutive polls by USA Softball.
“Every time we play Notre Dame, it is always a dogfight,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “They’ve been such a great addition to the conference and will battle you for all seven innings. It will be nice to play them at home, as we’ve cancelled some game due to snow and cold up there recently, and hopefully we won’t have those issues in Tallahassee this weekend. They’ve got some quality wins over top ranked teams this year and we’ll need to execute in the circle and at the plate to be successful. It should be a fun weekend.”
The Noles have won eight consecutive conference games, tied for the eighth-longest streak in FSU history. Overall the Seminoles have won 20 of their last 21 conference games, and 89 of their last 99 ACC games, dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last 35 conference series, posting a 31-0-4 mark against ACC foes, including 25 sweeps. Over that span, FSU posted a 1-1 series split versus Virginia Tech (2014), at Notre Dame (2014), at Louisville (2015) and at Notre Dame (2016).
The Seminoles lead the all-time series with Notre Dame, 9-5, and have won six of the last eight games. The Noles and Irish have met in the ACC Championship Game in 2014 and 2016 with FSU earning victories by scores of 3-1 and 7-3, respectively.
FSU has started the season with a 25-1-1 record, which is the fourth-best start in program history, trailing only the 26-1 starts from the 1993, 1992 and 1986 teams.
All three games against the Irish will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, with live stats and a radio broadcast available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all regular season home games at JoAnne Graf Field.
There will be several road closures on the Florida State campus throughout the weekend on Chieftan Way and Champions Way. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the Seminole Softball Complex from the west on Stadium Drive and Spirit Way.
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