TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Holding a two-game lead in the ACC standings, No. 9 Florida State (28-4, 7-1 ACC) continues conference play with a three-game series with NC State (17-21, 3-6 ACC) at JoAnne Graf Field on April 8-10. The series will cover three days due to ESPNU broadcasting the games on Saturday and Sunday. “NC State is a tough, scrappy team that gets after it,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda.
“They take aggressive swings and make you work as a pitching staff to locate your pitches. At the plate for us, it will be important to take advantage of our opportunities and learn as the game goes along to be successful. It will be a challenge all weekend long and I’m looking forward to a good series.”
The Noles lead the all-time series with the Wolfpack, 29-11, dating back to 2004. FSU is 12-2 in its last 14 home games against NC State, with losses in 2010 and a 1-0 defeat in the 2013 ACC Championship Game. Florida State is 69-9 in its last 78 ACC regular season games and has not lost a conference series since 2012.
FSU is led offensively by Alex Powers and Morgan Klaevemann. Powers crushes the long ball, leading the team with a .443 batting average, eight home runs and also has 32 RBI. Klaevemann dominates the short game with a .423 average with 37 runs scored and 25 stolen bases.
In the circle, Jessica Burroughs and Meghan King have combined to help the Noles rank seventh in the country with a 1.89 earned run average. Burroughs leads the ACC and is fourth in the nation with a 17-2 record and King is 11-2 on the season with a 2.21 ERA. Along with Tessa Daniels and Abby Evans, the FSU pitching staff has allowed teams to bat just .211 against them on the season.
The three-game series will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, continue with a game at 5:30 pm on Saturday and end with a 4:00 p.m. contest on Sunday. The games on Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Melissa Lee and Cheri Kempf on the call. Live stats will be available on Seminoles.com. Friday’s game will be broadcast on Seminole Softball Radio (@FSUsbRADIO) on Seminoles.com.
Sunday’s game will be FSU Softball’s annual Paint It Pink game, where the team wears special pink jerseys and fans can donate money to the Sharon Ewing Breast Health Center and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
Also prior to Sunday’s game will be a special on-field ceremony for Coach Alameda for winning her 500th career win on April 6 against Jacksonville. Make sure to get to JoAnne Graf Field early on Sunday for all the festivities.
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