TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Closing out the regular season this weekend, No. 5 Florida State (43-7, 19-1 ACC) will host Louisville (33-12, 14-6 ACC) for a three-game series on May 7-8 at JoAnne Graf Field. Prior to Sunday’s game, the Seminoles will honor their three graduating seniors – Alex Kossoff, Victoria East and Macey Cheatham. The trio of Seminoles have amassed a cumulative record of 191-49, including a mark of 81-9 in ACC play.
FSU has won the ACC regular season championship in each of the four seasons they have played, including ACC Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015 as the Noles pursue their 14th overall championship in 2016. In 2014, they helped FSU reach the Women’s College World Series for the eighth time in school history, as well as a ranking of No. 3 in the country.
“Anytime you get to senior weekend, it is a bittersweet moment,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “It is definitely nice to know that we have more softball to play after this weekend with the ACC tournament and postseason, but you are able to look back over the years and reflect on all the great times. Having the banquet tonight is an awesome time to mingle, not only with the seniors, but also with their families, as that is a big part of recruiting and getting to know them.
“It is so exciting, these three seniors have been the glue of this team and have been through so much in their four years of building this program. We’re going to be sad to see them go, but so excited because they are ready for the real world and have things ready for them when the season ends.”
Louisville enters the weekend in second place in the ACC standings with a 14-6 mark in conference play. The Cardinals lead the conference in ERA and runs allowed and are among the top four in the ACC in eight different offensive categories.
The Cardinals are led by a pair of two-way players, Maryssa Becker and Megan Hensley. Becker leads the team offensively with a .412 batting average, 13 doubles and 32 walks. She also leads the pitching staff with a 19-8 record and a 2.40 ERA with 150 strikeouts.
Hensley is second on the team with a .367 batting average and leads the Cardinals with 13 home runs and a .691 slugging percentage. She has also seen 24 appearances as a pitcher and is 14-4 on the year with a 2.40 ERA and 74 strikeouts.
The Noles enter the weekend with seven starters batting over .300, led by Alex Powers and her .411 batting average. Jessica Warren already sits in the top three in FSU single-season history in two offensive categories with 15 home runs (third) and 61 RBI (second). Morgan Klaevemann is knocking on the door of the FSU Top 10 with 41 stolen bases and ranks No. 10 in a season with 41 walks through the first 50 games of the season.
Jessica Burroughs has a 23-4 record on the season, with a 10-0 mark in ACC play. She has limited her opponents to a .161 batting average and has recorded 192 strikeouts in 155.0 innings on the season.
Saturday’s doubleheader between the Noles and the Cardinals will begin at 4:00 p.m., while Sunday’s finale will begin at 12:00 p.m. All three games of the series will be broadcast on ESPN3 and live stats will be available on Seminoles.com.
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