PALO ALTO, Calif. – In the final weekend of Florida State softball’s 10-game road trip, the No. 11 Seminoles (18-3) will take part in the 2016 Louisville Slugger Classic hosted by Stanford University on March 11-13. FSU will play in a total of four contests against Tulsa (15-4), Cal Poly (14-5) and the host Cardinal (10-8).
“It is great to be back in Northern California and at Stanford where I coached for several years,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “This weekend will be a quality challenge for us, coming off of our games down at UCLA and Northridge. Tulsa, Cal Poly and Stanford are all having solid seasons and we won’t take any of them lightly. I’m hoping we can dodge the rain like last weekend and get all these games in. It should be a fun weekend.”
Due to the threat of rain, the original schedule has already been preemptively changed to help the tournament find times where conditions will be favorable to play softball. The Seminoles will now open up the weekend against Cal Poly at 9:00 pm ET on Friday, March 11. FSU will play two games again on Saturday, March 12, starting with Stanford at 2:00 pm ET, followed by Tulsa at 6:00 pm ET. The Noles will close out the weekend against Cal Poly on Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 pm ET before heading back to Tallahassee.
FSU is a combined 2-5 against the teams it will face at the Louisville Slugger Classic. The Noles are 1-1 against Cal Poly with a 1-0 win in 1993 and a 5-4 defeat in 2000. FSU is 0-2 versus Tulsa all-time, dropping both games it played against the Golden Hurricane in the 2013 Unconquered Invitational (3-2 in 8 innings and 4-1). The Seminoles are 1-2 against Stanford, defeating the Cardinal 9-1 in 1985, falling 1-0 in the 1998 NCAA Regionals and losing 3-1 at the Mary Nutter Classic in 2013.
Redshirt junior pitcher Jessica Burroughs was named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday after helping lead the Noles to wins at No. 13 UCLA and Cal State Northridge. Burroughs has not allowed a run, and only five hits, in her last seven appearances and 25.0 innings.
Junior second baseman Ellie Cooper has posted a .692 batting average over her last five games with two doubles, four RBI and three stolen bases. Sophomore third baseman Jessica Warren has six home runs this season, giving her 25 for her career. That moves her into a tie for sixth all-time in FSU history with Brandi Stuart (2000-03).
All games of the 2016 Louisville Slugger Classic will be broadcast live via streaming radio on Seminoles.com and the Seminoles.com mobile app with Robin Ahrberg and Ryann Day on the call. Live stats will also be available on Seminoles.com.
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