Feb. 23, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Following a thrilling 6-2 walk-off victory on Wednesday evening, the 25th-ranked Florida State University softball team turns around quickly for five games in three days at this weekend’s Citrus Classic held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
The Seminoles (10-0) are off to their best start since the 2004 season and own the sixth-best start in school history. FSU will now try to get acclimated playing away from the friendly confines of JoAnne Graf Field, beginning its weekend with a Friday matchup versus St. John’s at 12:15 p.m. FSU follows with a 2:30 p.m. first pitch versus Wisconsin.
On Saturday, FSU will have its 12:15 p.m. contest against Southern Illinois that will be streamed on ESPN3.com. It will then play Marshall at 4:45 p.m. to end the day. FSU finishes its stay in Orlando with a 10 a.m. first pitch against Wisconsin on Sunday.
“This weekend we have some crucial games,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We need to see how our team responds to playing somewhere else in a different environment. I know we’ve got some challenges ahead this weekend and hopefully we can continue our good start and meet those challenges that each of our opponents presents.”
Junior Briana Hamilton has made life difficult for the opposition so far this season. Including her walk-off grand slam versus UCF, Hamilton is batting .393 with four home runs, 11 RBIs, 10 runs scored and has posted a .964 slugging percentage.
As a team, FSU is batting .290 while showing its speed on the basepaths with 25 stolen bases in 27 attempts. Junior Tiffani Brown has 12 stolen bases on the season and is batting .343 with five RBIs.
FSU’s pitching continues to carry the team this season. In all 10 games, not one opponent has hit above .300. Only one squad in Ole Miss has garnered double-digit base hits, producing 10 against the Seminoles on Feb. 10.
In Wednesday’s victory over the Knights, freshman Lacey Waldrop improved to 5-0 and reduced her early-season earned run average to 0.88. Waldrop relieved Monica Perry, who also put forth a good performance by allowing just one run in five innings pitched.
Fans can follow all of this weekend’s action by keeping up with the team on its official Twitter handle – @FSU_Softball. Each game will be relayed on CBS GameTracker off the Seminoles.com softball page.