April 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The annual `Paint it Pink’ weekend highlights Florida State softball’s upcoming series at home against Boston College slated for Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles (28-13, 7-2) play a doubleheader against the Eagles (9-18, 1-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with both games being on ESPN3.com. The two teams finish the three-game set on Sunday at noon.
Fans attending this weekend’s series, which has an ideal forecast of sunshine and no rain, are encouraged to don their pink attire in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink T-shirts will be available at the marketing table on the concourse level with all the proceeds benefiting the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
Florida State will once again wear pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness.
“I love this weekend. Every year it is such an honor to wear our pink jerseys and let everyone know that we support the fight against breast cancer,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “The weather looks fantastic for this weekend and with the initiative of raising breast cancer awareness, it should be an excellent weekend for our fans to come out, watch some great softball and support a worthy cause.”
Midway through the ACC schedule, Florida State is at the top of the standings with a 7-2 conference record. The Noles swept NC State on the road, defeated league favorite North Carolina in two of three games at home and went on the road last weekend to beat Maryland in two of three games.
For the second straight season, Florida State has won its first three ACC series. Last season, the Seminoles won six of seven conference series.
The Seminoles have defeated Boston College 14 consecutive times dating back to the 2008 season. It is tied for the third-longest active win streak FSU has against an opponent, only trailing Mercer (29 straight wins), Florida A&M (15 straight wins) and tying with Connecticut (14 straight wins).
Sophomore Bailey Schinella is beginning to prove that she is more than just a pitcher for the Noles. The Valrico, Fla. native has batted 7-for-9 over the last four games with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored. Against LSU on Wednesday evening, Schinella finished 2-for-3 against one of the top pitchers in the SEC in Rachele Fico.
Through 41 games, Florida State continues to lead the conference in 15 offensive categories, most recently taking over the lead with its .305 batting average and 12 sacrifice flies. Junior Courtney Senas sits at 16th nationally and is tied for second in the ACC with 12 home runs.
Boston College’s Tory Speer is having a standout season, leading the team with a .388 batting average, nine home runs and 20 RBIs. The junior is also slugging at an .825 clip and has a .515 on-base percentage.
Freshman outfielder Megan Cooley is second on the team with a .318 batting average and leads the Eagles with 27 runs scored.
Boston College shows a 6.27 team ERA and is led by Chelsea Dimon, a sophomore from Florence, N.J. She is 7-8 with a 5.59 ERA and has thrown five complete games.
Fans who cannot attend this weekend’s series can follow along on Twitter at @FSU_Softball, or watch via live statistics on CBS GameTracker.