March 2, 2017 - by

No. 1 Noles Open ACC Play With Georgia Tech

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Entering the second month of the season, No. 1 Florida State (14-1-1) begins its ACC title defense this weekend, as Georgia Tech (6-10) comes to Tallahassee on March 3-5 to open conference play for the 2017 season.

The Noles have won the ACC regular season title in each of the last four seasons, and hold the three highest ACC win totals in conference history – 24 in 2014, 21 in 2016 and 20 in 2015.

It is the first year that the ACC is playing its conference series with single games over three days, instead of a doubleheader/single game over two days. FSU and GT will have games on Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

“We’re really excited about opening conference play,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “With our early season tournaments and going out to the Mary Nutter, we’ve had a lot of opportunities to learn about ourselves and now it is time to let that settle in and get after conference play and Georgia Tech this weekend.

“Also, it will be great to celebrate our alumni and especially Jessica van der Linden this weekend as we will retire her jersey on Sunday. There are so many former players and staff members that have helped build this program throughout the decades into what it is now and we want to honor and celebrate that tradition of excellence here at Florida State.”

FSU leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 55-26, dating back to 1990, winning each of the last nine games in the series.

The Seminoles are 83-10 in their last 93 ACC regular season games (.892%) and last lost a conference series at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.

Florida State is unbeaten in its last 33 conference series, posting a 29-0-4 mark against ACC foes, including 23 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).

There will be a free streaming radio broadcast of all three games against Georgia Tech, along with live stats, available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season games at JoAnne Graf Field.

This weekend also continues the FSU softball tradition of celebrating our alumni on the first weekend of ACC play. Prior to Saturday’s game, any softball alumni in attendance are encouraged to register at the marketing table and throw out a first pitch.

On Sunday, we will be celebrating the career of Jessica van der Linden with a jersey retirement ceremony approximately 30 minutes before the game. The two-time First Team All-American and 2004 USA Softball National Player of the Year was elected into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. Her No. 99 jersey will join Darby Cottle’s No. 15 as the only two jerseys retired in FSU softball history.

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