TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The long wait is nearly over. After countless hours of training, batting practice, film study and workouts, the Seminoles are finally able to get back on the field after ending 2015 with a loss in the NCAA Super Regionals at Tennessee. The No. 10 Florida State softball team will open the 2016 season at the Juiceblendz Softball Invitational on February 12-14 hosted by FIU in Miami, Fla.
“This is where we put into action everything we’ve worked on in the offseason,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “While it does feel like a beginning, for obvious reasons, it also feels like we are right in the middle of a process that we started in September when the team started fall practice. This is just the next step of getting us where we want to be.”
The Seminoles will start with a game on Friday, February 12 against St. John’s at 2:30 p.m., before closing out the day with a matchup against host school FIU at 7:00 p.m. FSU will have a doubleheader on Saturday, taking on LIU Brooklyn at 11:00 a.m., followed by Illinois at 1:00 p.m. Florida State will close out the three-day tournament with a game versus Valparaiso at 11:00 a.m.
Florida State is a combined 20-5 against the five teams they will face in the FIU Invitational. While FSU has played FIU and LIU Brooklyn as recently as 2013, St. John’s in 2012 and Illinois in 2010, this will be the first meeting between Florida State and Valparaiso since 1986.
The Noles return 12 players from the 2015 squad that won an ACC Championship and reached the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. There are 12 new faces on the team for 2016, with one junior transfer, two redshirt freshmen and nine true freshmen.
All games will be held on Felsburg Field at the FIU Softball Stadium. Tickets are on sale now with single-day general admission tickets available for $10 for adults and $7 for youth. Tickets are good for all games each day at Felsburg Field. Information is available online at www.fiusports.com.
Live stats will be available for all FSU games, as well as free streaming radio, through Seminoles.com. Former Seminole softball players Robin Ahrberg and Maddie O’Brien will be on the call that can be accessed both through the website, as well as the Seminoles.com mobile app. The Florida State vs. FIU game on Friday night will be streamed online as a premium event on FIU Panther Vision. A one-day pass can be purchased for $6.95.
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