TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Renewing their annual rivalry, No. 8 Florida State (31-4) and No. 1 Florida (38-3) prepare to face each other at 7:00 p.m. on April 13 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Wednesday’s game marks the first game of the annual home-and-home series between the Noles and the Gators. FSU and UF will meet in Tallahassee in three weeks on May 4.
“The FSU-UF rivalry is always exciting,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “They’ve established themselves as one of the best teams in the country and we are going to have to stick to our plan and play our game to be successful. They have a strong lineup and outstanding pitching, so we’ll need to be able to quickly make adjustments. We’re a young team, but we’ve been tested and I’m excited about the opportunity to go play tomorrow night.”
The Seminoles have scored a run in each of their last 49 games and have not been shutout since April 22, 2015 at Florida in a 5-0 loss to the Gators.
That game also marks the last time Florida State has played the No. 1 team in the country, as ranked by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. FSU is 2-6 all-time against No. 1 teams, with wins over UCLA (2-1) in the 2002 Women’s College World Series and Arizona State (3-2) at the 2008 Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
Florida leads the all-time series with Florida State, 21-14, dating back to 1997. The Noles have earned seven victories in Gainesville, most recently in 2014 with a 3-2 win in eight innings over the No. 6 Gators.
The Noles are one of two teams in the country, along with Winthrop, to have started five freshmen in a game this season, along with having three freshmen on its pitching staff. Zoe Casas, Cali Harrod, Carsyn Gordon, Jasmine Palmer and Meghan King each started the game against Syracuse on March 19, and King, along with Tessa Daniels and Abby Evans are three freshmen on the current Seminole pitching staff.
FSU is among the top 10 in the nation in seven different statistical categories as a team, including ranking second in on-base percentage (.456). Individually, eight different Noles rank among the top 100, as Morgan Klaevemann (1.32 runs/game – fifth; .97 SB/game – sixth), Jessica Warren and Zoe Casas are sixth in the nation with four sacrifice flies and Jessica Burroughs (18 wins – sixth) are in the top 10.
Wednesday’s game will air on the SEC Network with Tiffany Greene and Danielle Lawrie on the call. A free radio stream (@FSUsbRADIO) will also be provided, along with live stats, on Seminoles.com.
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