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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Heading down the homestretch of the 2018 regular season, No. 11 Florida State (41-10, 18-3 ACC) will play in its final series before the ACC/NCAA postseason with a three-game series at NC State (23-28, 5-15 ACC) on May 4-6. First pitch on Friday will be at 5:00 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 2:00 p.m., and the series finale on Sunday will start at 12:00 p.m.
FSU enters the week ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Softball RPI for April 30 and continue to have the No. 1-ranked non-conference strength of schedule in the country.
The Seminoles have already clinched the 2018 ACC regular season championship and will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Softball Championship on the campus of Georgia Tech on May 9-12.
“Finishing strong is going to be huge for us,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Not only softball-wise, but with finals week and having it all come together. Big thing for us is getting our minds right, as we are going on a 10-day road trip. So not only finishing strong at NC State, but taking that to the ACC Tournament as well.”
FSU leads the season series with NC State, 32-11, and have won nine out of the last 10 games in the matchup. Overall, the Noles are 12-5 on the road at Dail Stadium.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last 48 conference series, posting a 44-0-4 mark against ACC foes, including 35 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 are 125-13 in their last 138 ACC regular season games (.906%) and last lost a conference series at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.
Jessie Warren enters the weekend with a 12-game hitting streak and leads the team with 13 home runs and 50 RBI. Carsyn Gordon has reached base safely in 30 consecutive games and has drawn a team-high 37 walks.
Kylee Hanson (1.00 – ninth) and Meghan King (1.36 – 31st), both rank among the best in the nation in ERA, and lead the Seminole pitching staff that has allowed just 80 runs this season, 61 fewer than the next closest team in the conference (Syracuse – 141).
Tickets are available at www.gopack.com and all three games of the series will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Links for video, FSU Softball Radio and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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