TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After reaching the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series in 2016, the Florida State softball program is ready to swing back into action. The Seminoles have a full fall schedule planned, between hosting five different schools, several Garnet and Gold scrimmages, as well as traveling throughout Florida. “I am so excited to get back out and working with this great team and family,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda.
“It has been a long summer and it’s been great to hear about all the work the players have been putting in and now we can start to see how all of these pieces come together. Last year was great, but this is Team 34. It has a new roster, new identity and we’ll need to use these next several weeks of the fall to set the foundation for our season in the spring.”
The Seminoles, coached by four-time ACC Coach of the Year Lonni Alameda, are returning 17 players this season, including a trio of 2015 NFCA All-Americans in Jessica Burroughs, Alex Powers, and Jessica Warren. There are six newcomers this season in freshmen Cassidy Davis, Dani Morgan, Leslie Farris, Elizabeth Mason, Anna Shelnutt and Sydney Bates.
With a mix of youth and experience, the Noles will look to continue to improve and make their 10th appearance in the College World Series in 2017. FSU has been dominant in the ACC in recent years, posting a record of 83-10 since 2012, earning four consecutive ACC regular season titles and winning three straight ACC Championships.
JoAnne Graf Field will be busy this fall as the Seminoles will host West Florida, Tallahassee Community College, Chipola College, Georgia Highlands College, Thomas University and Georgia. The Seminoles will also make road trips to the Rising Stars Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. in which they will play Florida, and to Hollywood, Fla. to play FIU at the Seminole Reservation.
Games played in the fall are opportunities for both teams to gain experience throughout different real game situations. These games are primarily exhibitions where score may not be kept or there may be scenarios such as runners placed on bases to start an inning.
Florida State will start the fall schedule at home a week earlier this year than in 2015, with a Garnet and Gold scrimmage on October 8 at 11 a.m. This scrimmage will be followed by a game against West Florida at 1 p.m. The second half of the weekend will include another 11 a.m. scrimmage on October 9, followed by a 1 p.m. start against TCC.
The Seminoles will also host the second weekend of the fall schedule with a 4 p.m. scrimmage on October 14, followed by a game against Chipola College at 6 p.m. On Sunday, October 16, the Seminoles will have a Garnet and Gold scrimmage at 11 a.m., and a game against Georgia Highlands College at 1 p.m.
On October 22, the Seminoles will hit the road and travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. where they will play the University of Florida in the Rising Stars Tournament at 6 p.m. The Noles will then make a short trip to Hollywood, Fla. in order to play FIU on the Seminole Reservation at 11 a.m. on October 23.
The Seminoles come back home to Tallahassee for their final two weekends of the fall. On October 28, the Noles will participate in another Garnet and Gold Scrimmage at 4 p.m., and then play Thomas University at 6 p.m. They will then close out the fall season with a 9:30 a.m. scrimmage on November 13, shortly followed by a game against Georgia at 11 a.m.
Admission is free for all softball games and scrimmages throughout the fall.
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