TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Back at the friendly confines of JoAnne Graf Field, the No. 13 Florida State softball team prepares for its first games at home of the 2016 season. On Wednesday night, the Seminoles (4-1) will host Stephen F. Austin (3-1) in a game that will begin at 6:00 p.m.
FSU leads the all-time series with the Lumberjacks, 4-1, dating back to 1984, with the Noles winning the most recent matchup by a score of 4-3, in eight innings, in 2012. This will be the second time the two teams have faced off in Tallahassee.
“We love competing at home in front of our fans and it has been way too long since we’ve had the chance to play here,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “It means so much to have the love and support of our fans and boosters and we’ve been looking forward to playing at home all offseason. Stephen F. Austin is a solid team in the Southland Conference that has gotten off to a quality start this season. We’ll need to play disciplined softball to be successful tomorrow night.”
The Noles opened the 2016 season going 4-1 at the Juiceblendz Softball Invitational hosted by FIU on February 12-14 in Miami, Fla. Morgan Klaevemann led the Seminole offense with a .600 average and eight runs scored. As the leadoff batter, she reached base in the top of the first in all five games, including four singles and a walk. She tops the team in eight different categories, including slugging percentage and on base percentage.
Jessica Burroughs and Meghan King split the majority of the pitching duties in South Florida, as Burroughs posted a 2-1 record, 2.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14.0 innings of work. King, the left-handed redshirt freshman, earned a 2-0 mark in the circle with a 1.08 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 13.0 innings of work with 10 strikeouts and just three walks. Opponents batted just .217 against her on the weekend.
Stephen F. Austin earned three wins at the Mardi Gras Classic hosted by ULM on February 12-14, including a 7-4 victory over the Warhawks. The Jacks are led offensively by Lindsay Campbell with a .385 batting average and Brittany Lewis who has already knocked in eight RBI this season to go along with a .786 slugging percentage. Lewis has also carried most of the pitching load for SFA and has a 2-0 record in the circle, a 3.38 ERA with four strikeouts and zero walks in 10.2 innings of work.
There are also several coaching ties between FSU and Stephen F. Austin. Seminole assistant coach Craig Snider came to Florida State in the summer of 2011 after four seasons as an assistant for the Lumberjacks, while current SFA assistant coach Peter Suarez graduated from Florida State in 2014 and was a student manager for the Seminole softball program for four years.
Admission is free for Wednesday night’s game at JoAnne Graf Field and live stats as well as a free streaming radio broadcast will be available on Seminoles.com.
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