May 11, 1998 - by

Seminoles are heading to
NCAA Regionals after
1 year absence.

Softball Team Heads to NCAA Regionals

Seminoles earn third seed in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

May 10, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State University softball team was one of 32 teams chosen to participate in NCAA Regional play, announced by the NCAA in a press conference this evening. FSU, 51-19, will be the third seed in Stillwater, Oklahoma and will face No. 2 seed, host Oklahoma State. No. 1 seed Stanford will face No. 4 seed Southwest Missouri State. Action will likely begin on Friday, May 15th. Games dates and times have not yet been determined.

After a one-year absence, FSU will be making its 12th NCAA Regionals appearance in 13 years. The Lady Seminoles have made five College World Series appearances, including a four-year span from 1990-93.

“I felt pretty good (about getting in) after some of the other teams were announced,” Head Coach Dr. JoAnne said. “I think this is a good situation for us and we are excited about the possibilities. The team has worked very hard all season long and I think they really deserve this.”

The squad earned its sixth Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament crown in April. ACC Tournament MVP, pitcher Stacy Venable (19-7), and rookie pitching ace Jennifer White (26-7), both hail from the state of Oklahoma. Venable is a native of Choctaw, Oklahoma, while White is from Tuttle, Okla. White, who has not pitched since March 28th because of a rib injury, should be ready for regional action.

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