March 9, 2017 - by
No. 1 Noles Head Out For Six-Game Road Trip

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Making its first ACC road trip of the season, No. 1 Florida State (19-1-1, 3-0 ACC) will travel up to Blacksburg, Va., for a three-game series with Virginia Tech (10-8, 2-1 ACC). Due to weather in the forecast for the weekend, including ice/snow, the Noles and Hokies will attempt to play a doubleheader on Friday, March 10 beginning at 1:00 p.m., and close out the series on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.

FSU will remain on the road and fly down for three games on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast on March 14-15. The Noles will play the host Eagles (13-9) at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and will play Canisius (6-7) at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday before ending with another game against FGCU at 4:30 p.m.

“We’re starting to get into the dog days of the schedule where we have a lot of games and travel, and the girls are also balancing school as it is time for a lot of midterms and tests,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “On top of that, we’re going to handle some weather situations this weekend, but these are the types of adversity that we want to encourage and take head on. The marathon of the season is never easy, and when we can learn to see them as opportunities to grow and learn, it will serve us well as we get later into the season.”

FSU has shown recent success at Tech Softball Park, winning eight straight road games against Virginia Tech since 2012, as well as all three games of the ACC Championship hosted by VT in 2015.

The Seminoles lead the all-time series with the Hokies, 24-16, dating back to 2005. Florida State has won 12 of the last 13 games in the matchup, falling to VT by a score of 5-4 in 2014 in a neutral site game at Florida Gulf Coast.

Next week’s games will be the first against FGCU since that tournament in 2014 where FSU posted a 5-0 victory on March 12. The Noles are 3-0 all-time against the Eagles, also earning a win in both games of a doubleheader on March 29, 2012.

It will be the first meeting between Canisius and Florida State. FSU is 4-0 all-time against the other schools in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), having played Rider (twice in 1984), Iona (2010) and Fairfield (2012) previously.

Due to the new schedule for the Virginia Tech series, it is unknown whether any of the games will still be able to be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. Originally, the games on Saturday and Sunday were planned to be broadcasted, but now that game days and times are being moved around, that may no longer be the case.

However, FSU softball radio will still be available, as well as live stats for all games of the road trip, on Seminoles.com.

Admission is free for all games at Tech Softball Park.  Tickets are available for the games against FGCU and Canisius at www.fgcuathletics.com, or they can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the games.

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