TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As the 2018 calendar inches closer to Opening Day on February 9 in San Marcos, Texas, the Seminole softball program has earned national acclaim as Florida State is ranked No. 6 and No. 9 in the preseason polls by USA Softball and the NFCA, respectively.
The rankings are the third-highest preseason polls in FSU history, trailing the No. 3 and No. 5 rankings received in 2017 and 2015. It is the 26th consecutive week for Florida State to be ranked in the top 10 of the NFCA poll, dating back to the 2016 season.
The Noles will play a total of 12 games against six teams ranked in the preseason polls during the 2018 regular season, including two games each against No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Oregon, three of which will be at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee.
“We are so excited to see what Team 35 has in store for us this season,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Each team has its own unique thumbprint and it will be interesting to see all the pieces come together. We have a lot of returners with experience from last year, while also bringing in a bunch of quality newcomers that will make an impact as well. Everyone has been working hard throughout the fall and the preseason, and I’m looking forward to the journey this year with this family.”
The 2018 season gets underway at the Bobcat Classic in San Marcos, Texas on February 9-11 as Texas State hosts FSU, Portland State and Sam Houston State. Texas State enters the season receiving votes in both polls and is effectively ranked No. 26 by the NFCA.
The Noles welcome a pair of ranked opponents – No. 16 Minnesota and No. 18 Michigan – to Tallahassee for the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on February 16-18. Florida State will play two games each against the Gophers and Wolverines over the course of the weekend.
Florida State’s next tournament weekend will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a total of five games in the Easton Bama Bash. The Seminoles will play two games against host school No. 11 Alabama.
Returning to Tallahassee for the Unconquered Invitational on March 2-4, FSU will likely play two games against No. 3 Oregon. The Noles will play one game each against Florida Gulf Coast, Hofstra and Oregon in a round-robin format prior to a bracketed semifinals and finals on March 3 and 4.
No. 22 Louisiana will come to Tallahassee for a non-conference doubleheader on April 4, while the first game of the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown between FSU and No. 2 Florida will be played in Tallahassee on April 11 before closing in Gainesville on April 25.
Florida State will close out the month of April on the road at Notre Dame on April 27-29, and the Irish are receiving votes in both the NFCA and USA Softball preseason polls.
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.
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