March 15, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University softball team will “Go Green” in a Wednesday tilt with South Alabama, donning green socks to tie in both the St. Patrick’s Day and eco-friendly theme. The televised contest begins at 6:07 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field, and also gives fans a chance to turn in at least three recyclable items for a free reusable shopping bag.
“We are thrilled to have such a neat promotion to offer to our loyal fans,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We’ve also got an opponent in South Alabama who is playing some tremendous softball, so I think those that come out will be treated to a well-played game and a fun atmosphere.”
The Seminoles (12-13) are looking to end a five-game skid after falling to nationally-ranked teams Alabama and Auburn as well as Mississippi State. In that time, FSU outhit its opponents, 44-39, but were outscored by a 39-20 margin.
It has been a tremendous nine-game span for senior catcher/first baseman Jen Lapicki. During that time, she has gone 17-for-27 (.630) at the plate with two home runs, seven RBIs and seven runs scored. Her hot streak also includes a .645 on-base percentage and an.889 slugging percentage.
For the season, the Oldwick, N.J., native is hitting .406 with three home runs, 16 RBIs and leads the team with a .580 slugging percentage.
The Seminoles return to JoAnne Graf Field for the first time since March 6. FSU is 10-5 this season at home. It is hitting .305, averaging six runs, slugging .450 as a unit and reaching base nearly 38 percent of the time at JoAnne Graf Field.
Right-hander Sarah Hamilton continues to move up the FSU record books. Perhaps her most notable record she is going after is the career strikeouts mark of 939 held by Tiffany McDonald. Hamilton now has 823 K’s for her illustrious career, and is 12 shy of moving past Julie Larsen (1985-88) for fourth-place all-time. She needs 117 more this season to become the school’s career strikeout leader.
The Jaguars (21-4) enter Tallahassee having won 16 of their last 17 games, but are coming off an 11-3 loss at Louisiana Monroe in their last game. South Alabama has already defeated Virginia Tech twice, Central Florida, Ole Miss, Ohio State and University of Alabama-Birmingham this season.
FSU and South Alabama have met just twice in the all-time series, with the Seminoles owning a 2-0 advantage. In 2009, the Seminoles won 6-1 in Tallahassee on the strength of two hits and an RBI from current senior Mallory Borden. Current players Ashley Stager and Amber Bryant also recorded base hits in that game.
The Seminoles won 2-0 on the road last season in what turned out to be an excellent pitcher’s duel. Tiffani Brown led the way in that contest, going 2-for-4.
South Alabama is paced by Meghan Collins, who is batting .484 with three home runs, 13 RBIs and a .688 slugging percentage. The Jaguars are hitting .340, and show a 4-2 record on the road this season. All three of their starters in Morgan Druhan, Hannah Campbell and Lindsey Croft each have seven victories.
The Wednesday televised contest will feature Tom Block doing play-by-play, while Barry Milligan will provide the color analysis. Fans can also follow along by accessing CBS GameTracker from the Seminoles.com softball page.