TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Wrapping up the tournament portion of the 2016 season with a 20-3 record, the No. 10 Seminoles will begin their trek to a fourth consecutive ACC regular season championship as they host Syracuse (12-11) in a three-game series at JoAnne Graf Field on March 19-20. They will be the only games FSU plays at home during the month of March.
Due to rain in the forecast for the weekend, both games of Saturday’s doubleheader were moved to earlier in the day. The games will be played at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., instead of the originally scheduled 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday’s single game is currently still scheduled for a 12 p.m. first pitch.
Florida State is 62-8 in its last 70 ACC games and have not dropped an ACC series since 2012. The Noles are 22-0-3 in their last 25 conference series and own the single-season record for conference wins in a season after posting a 24-3 record in 2014.
“It is great to be back home and getting the next phase of the season started,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Also, we’re celebrating Alumni Weekend this weekend, so it great to see some of the awesome players and coaches that have set the standard for Florida State softball and helped build the foundation of the program.”
Florida State holds a 9-2 advantage in the all-time series with Syracuse, dating back to 2001. The Noles have won five straight, including three in a row since the Orange joined the conference for the 2014 season.
The Seminoles are one of two teams in the NCAA that are ranked in the top 10 nationally in both scoring (ninth – 8.17 runs per game) and ERA (fifth – 1.48).
FSU has six players batting over .400 on the season, led by Alex Powers with a .424 average. Jessica Warren leads the team with six home runs, 27 RBI and 28 runs scored. Sophomore Morgan Klaevemann is batting .400 on the year and already has 17 stolen bases on the young season.
In the circle, Meghan King and Jessica Burroughs has been shutting down opponents all year long. Burroughs leads the staff with an 11-2 record and a 1.38 ERA, but King is not far behind, posting a 9-1 mark with a 1.52 ERA. Last weekend, King and Burroughs combined to retire 95% of the batters they faced, only allowing two of 41 batters to get on base for the entire Louisville Slugger Classic at Stanford.
All three games this weekend will be broadcast with live video on Seminoles.com through a premium subscription to NolesTV. For $3.99 a month, Seminole fans can receive premium video content and live video of many athletic contests.
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