TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second time in the last three seasons, JoAnne Graf Field will host an NCAA Super Regional as No. 7 Florida State (51-8) and No. 25 Utah (35-20) will face off in a best-of-three series on May 27-28 for a trip to the 2016 Women’s College World Series. The Noles and Utes will begin play on Friday at 5:00 p.m., followed by game two on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Seminoles have reached the Super Regional round for the fifth time in program history and the fourth season in a row. FSU is 3-7 all-time in the NCAA Super Regional round, including a trip to the 2014 Women’s College World Series. Utah will participate in its first NCAA Super Regional and advanced to Tallahassee after upsetting No. 9-seed Kentucky and winning the Lexington Regional on May 20-22.
“We’re really excited to be playing at home and it was one of our goals to be in this position at this time of year,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Utah is a tough team out of the Pac (12) and did a great job last weekend at Kentucky. We’re ready for a fun weekend of playing Florida State softball and looking forward to playing in front of our awesome fans.”
Florida State trails the all-time series with Utah, 8-3, dating back to 1986. The Noles won the most recent meeting between the two schools, earning a 7-3 win on March 6, 2011. FSU and Utah have only met three times since 1999.
The will be a reunion between the coaching staffs this weekend involving FSU’s head coach Lonni Alameda and Utah’s assistant coach Maggie Livreri. Livreri played for Alameda at UNLV from 2005-06, enabling the Rebels to reach the NCAA Regionals in 2005 and finishing with a 44-19 record.
Friday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU, while Saturday’s first game will air on ESPN2 with the “if necessary” game three shown on ESPN. Cara Capuano and Leah Amico will provide the television commentary for all three games, while Robin Ahrberg and Kaleigh Rafter will broadcast the games on Seminole Softball radio on Seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available on NCAA.com.
Single-session tickets are on sale for both days and are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Tickets can be ordered either on Seminoles.com, by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE or by walking up to the ticket office at the Seminole Softball Complex on Spirit Way.
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