TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two of the top pitching programs in the ACC will meet in Tallahassee this weekend as No. 14 Florida State (23-6, 3-0 ACC) and Syracuse (15-8, 4-2 ACC) continue conference play with a three-game series on March 23-25 at JoAnne Graf Field. The Noles and the Orange will start on Friday night at 6:00 p.m., play on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and close out the series on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
FSU and Syracuse are among the top three in the conference in six different pitching categories, and are highlighted by FSU’s Kylee Hanson and SU’s Alexa Romero. Hanson is a three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week in 2018 and tops the ACC with a 0.82 ERA, along with a 12-3 record and 112 strikeouts. Romero leads the conference with 128 strikeouts and has recorded three no-hitters this season and holds a 1.42 ERA.
Florida State is 15-2 all-time against Syracuse and have won the last 11 games in the series, including all nine since the Orange joined the ACC in 2014.
“Syracuse is a scrappy team that is pitching it well right now,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Romero is doing some good things for them this year and we are going to have our hands full trying to figure her out. But that’s what I love about the three-day weekends, where we can make changes and adjustments and work through things from Friday to Saturday to Sunday.”
Syracuse will mark the ninth different school that Florida State has faced this season with an ERA in the top 50 of the NCAA, as the Orange rank No. 42 with a 2.19 ERA. The Noles already have victories over No. 5 Oregon, No. 7 Michigan, No. 13 Florida Gulf Coast and No. 22 Alabama.
The Noles are currently on a 29-game winning streak in ACC play, winning three so far in 2018, all 24 games in 2017 and the final two of 2016. The streak is the longest conference winning streak in ACC history, the 11th-longest conference winning streak all-time in the NCAA and the last time FSU lost to an ACC opponent was on May 7, 2016 in a 4-0 defeat to Louisville.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last 42 conference series, posting a 38-0-4 mark against ACC foes, including 32 sweeps. Over that span, FSU posted a 1-1 series split versus Virginia Tech (2014), at Notre Dame (2014), at Louisville (2015) and at Notre Dame (2016). The Seminoles are 110-10 in their last 120 ACC regular season games (.917%) and last lost a conference series at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.
All three games this weekend will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, and all video, radio and live stats links will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
Admission is free for all regular season home games at JoAnne Graf Field, with reserved premium seating behind home plate available through the Seminole Boosters. For more information on the premium seating, contact Alex Douglas at email@example.com.
Follow Florida State softball on Twitter (@FSU_Softball) and Instagram (fsusoftball), and like our Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUsoftball) to keep up to date with everything about Seminole softball.