TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Making a tour of the Sunshine State this week, No. 15 Florida State (15-6) will head down to Clearwater to play a neutral site game with Penn (0-5) on March 8, before heading to Jacksonville on March 10 for a doubleheader at North Florida (12-9).
The Seminoles and Quakers will be playing on Field 6 of the Eddie C. Moore Complex at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday’s doubleheader at the UNF Softball Complex will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Florida State enters the fifth week of the 2018 season ranked No. 15 by both USA Softball and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Seminoles have been ranked in 75 consecutive polls by USA Softball, and have been in the top 15 of the NFCA poll for 70 straight weeks.
Thursday’s game will be the first time that Penn and Florida State has played fastpitch softball. However, there is a connection between the coaching staffs, as FSU assistant coach Travis Wilson and Penn head coach Leslie King are both from New Zealand and each were voted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame in 2017.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series with North Florida, 13-1, including 10 consecutive wins. FSU is 6-1 in games on the road in Jacksonville, with the Ospreys earning a 5-3 win on March 23, 2009.
Continuing with the season’s theme of FSU facing strong pitching, North Florida is led by a pair of pitchers with an ERA under 2.00 – Sydney Matzko (0.92) and Amanda Blanchard. The Osprey pitching coach is Shelby Turnier, who was an NFCA First Team All-American at UCF from 2013-16.
Admission is free for all three games this week, and links for live stats and FSU softball radio will be available on Seminoles.com.
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