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Feb. 7, 2008

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    Tallahassee, Fla. – The 2008 Seminole softball season jump starts on Friday, Feb. 8, as they host the Early Bird Tournament on JoAnne Graf Field. Traveling to Tallahassee this weekend for the two-day event is Louisville, Southern Miss and Troy.

    Florida State faced both Southern Miss and Troy last season, sweeping both double headers at home. The last meeting with Louisville came in the 2006 season at the Early Bird Tournament with the Seminoles losing 3-12 in six innings to the Cardinals. FSU continues to lead the series with all three teams.

    The start of the season also brings a milestone in Coach Graf’s career as it is her 30th at the helm of the Seminole program. The first win this weekend will move Graf to the 1,400 career wins plateau as she continues to be the winningest coach in college softball history.

    Joining Graf in the Seminole line-up are a few fresh faces this season with the middle infield controlled by freshmen Kristie McConn at second and Ashley Stager at short stop; two positions left vacant by alumni Yuruby Alicart and All-American Veronica Wootson.

    The pitching staff adds a new face with Tallahassee native and Chiles High School graduate Sarah Hamilton who, at five-foot-nine, brings a tough and competitive attitude to the mound.

    Starters Tiffany McDonald, Brittany Osmon and Whitney Buckmon return for their senior season in 2008 with hopes of making it to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series in May.

    The road to Oklahoma City is long in 2008 with Florida State facing one of its toughest schedules in 30 years.

    “It’s a very tough schedule this season,” Graf said. “The games we are playing are against some phenomenal opponents, some of which are nationally ranked in the preseason.

    “We have created one of the most challenging schedules I think we have had in my thirty years at Florida State.”

    The Early Bird Tournament begins Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:00 a.m. with Florida State’s first game at 2:30 p.m. against the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Watch the Seminoles live on ACC Select by visiting www.ACCSelect.com and as always, check Seminoles.com for updates from the weekend.

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