March 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The 21st-ranked Florida State University softball team takes to the road again as it travels to Clearwater and Tampa, Fla., for five games at the USF Tournament taking place this weekend at both the Eddie C. Moore Complex and at USF Softball Stadium.
The Seminoles (21-3, 3-0) begin the weekend with an exhibition versus the Dutch National Team on Friday at 6:45 p.m. at USF Softball Stadium in Tampa, Fla. On Saturday, FSU begins tournament play with matchups against Northwestern (11:15 a.m.) and Fairfield (1:45 p.m.) at Field No. 4 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater.
FSU wraps up the tournament on Sunday as it battles Rutgers at the USF Softball Stadium at 11:15 a.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. contest against No. 23 USF that also takes place at its home facility in Tampa.
“We’re excited for the competition that we will be facing this weekend. I think our team has prepared well and we’ll have to give the maximum effort to come away satisfied,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We’re looking to continue what has been set for us this season with Monica (Perry), Lacey (Waldrop), Bailey (Schinella) and Jessica (Nori) in the circle, and hopefully our offense continues to make strides.”
Based on the latest NCAA statistics released Tuesday, the Seminoles are eighth nationally with a 1.00 earned run average. Redshirt junior pitcher Monica Perry came off another strong outing in FSU’s 1-0 win over Chattanooga on Tuesday, throwing her second shutout of the season. Perry is on a streak of 34.1 innings pitched without allowing an earned run.
Sophomore centerfielder Courtney Senas leads FSU with a .338 batting average, showing four doubles, 10 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Redshirt senior Mallory Borden has been consistent at the plate, hitting .300 with one home run, 12 RBIs, two triples and five doubles.
Alameda is looking to reach 300 career victories this weekend, as she shows a 298-223 career record that includes five seasons as the head coach at UNLV. She is also seeking her 11th victory over a nationally-ranked opponent while coaching FSU, having defeating 10 Top-25 clubs since joining the Garnet and Gold in 2009.
Tournament host and nationally-ranked USF has not faced FSU since the 1999 season. The Seminoles lead the all-time series, 38-12, with both teams splitting their last four meetings.
Bulls (20-4) pitcher Sarah Nevins was honored as this week’s Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week, an award won by Perry two weeks ago. Nevin threw consecutive no-hitters last week, including a perfect game against Toledo, and is currently on a streak of 33.1 consecutive shutout innings pitched.
FSU leads Northwestern by a 6-2 margin in the all-time series, but fell to the Wildcats (7-11) last season in Palm Springs, Calif. The Seminoles face another BIG EAST opponent in Rutgers, owning a 7-0 record all-time record versus the Scarlet Knights (7-11).
The matchup between FSU and Fairfield will be the first meeting between both schools.
With exception to the exhibition contest on Friday, fans can follow the action this weekend on CBS GameTracker, as well as through FSU Softball’s official Twitter handle – @FSU_Softball.