TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Taking its 16-game road winning streak to Gainesville, No. 1 Florida State (38-1-1) will head down to face No. 3 Florida (37-2) as the annual home-and-home series known as the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown begins on April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
“This is going to be a fun game, I love rivalry games,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We have a great rivalry with Florida and they are a great program. We have a tough schedule this year and played some top teams out in California, so this will be another layer for us to learn about ourselves in a great environment.”
Florida State and UF have played 37 previous times, with the Gators holding a 23-14 advantage in the series. The last victory for the Seminoles came on April 2, 2014 in a 3-2 win in eight innings in Gainesville.
Last year’s game at Florida was halted in the ninth inning, tied at 0-0, as rain forced the game to completed three weeks later in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles enter the week with the nation’s best batting average (.367) and on-base percentage (.469), but will face the best pitching staff in the country as Florida has a team ERA of 0.72 behind three impressive pitchers – Kelly Barnhill (15-0, 0.22 ERA), Delanie Gourley (13-2, 0.83 ERA) and Aleshia Ocasio (7-0, 0.84 ERA).
FSU’s Jessica Warren ranks second in the country with 55 RBI and a 1.019 slugging percentage, while pitcher Jessica Burroughs has a 20-1 record on the year with a 0.60 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 117.1 innings.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC Network, while a link for live stats, along with the FSU softball radio stream, will be available on Seminoles.com. Tickets can be purchased at floridagators.com.
On Tuesday, junior Jessica Warren received the first weekly national award of her career as she was selected as the National Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Louisville Slugger.
Warren was dominant at the plate in FSU’s three-game sweep at Syracuse last weekend. She had multiple hits, multiple runs scored and multiple RBIs in all three games as she batted .667 (6-for-9) with all six hits going for extra bases on two doubles and four home runs. The junior third baseman recorded nine RBI and scored eight runs of her own as she posted a slugging percentage of 2.222 for the week.
She drove in the first FSU run of all three games – an RBI double on Saturday and a two-run home run in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. Warren posted an on-base percentage of .750 for the week, drawing two walks without striking out. She now leads the team with a .458 batting average, 15 home runs, 55 RBI and a 1.019 slugging percentage.
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