Feb. 12, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After going 5-1 away from JoAnne Graf Field, the Florida State softball team gets to play on its home turf this weekend as it hosts the first of three tournaments, the Sunshine Classic, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Appalachian State, Miami (Ohio) University, Purdue and Mississippi State will all make the trip to Tallahassee this weekend.
First up for the Seminoles on Friday are the Mountaineers of Appalachian State at 2:30 p.m. FSU is 2-0 against the Boone, N.C. team after sweeping back-to-back meetings in 2007 and 2008 at the FSU Invitational.
Florida State will take on the RedHawks of Miami at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday before finishing out the weekend with games against the Purdue Boilermakers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, on Sunday.
Fans unable to make the trip to the Seminole Softball Complex this weekend can catch all the action live online thanks to ACC Select video streaming all of Florida State’s games. Visit www.ACCSelect.com for more information.
Seminole Softball’s Fan Day is Saturday and the first 200 fans in attendance to the Seminoles’ 2:30 p.m. game will receive a FREE garnet and gold shaker. There will also be a post-game autograph session immediately following the game with the entire FSU softball team.
Florida State (5-1) vs. Appalachian State (0-0)
Friday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Florida State leads all-time series, 2-0
First meeting: March 10. 2007 at the Florida State Invitational FSU won, 4-2)
Last meeting: March 7, 2008 also at the Florida State Invitational (FSU won, 2-0)
Scouting Appalachian State
The Mountaineers kickoff the 2009 season this weekend against Miami (Ohio) University on Friday.
The 2008 season ended with an 11-37 overall record, 6-10 in the Southern Conference (finished 7th).
Appalachian State returns six starters this season, including last year’s top hitter Katie Boyd
Florida State (5-1) vs. Miami (Ohio) University (0-0)
Saturday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Florida State leads all-time series, 11-6
First meeting: March 17, 1987 in Tallahassee (FSU won, 3-0)
Last meeting: also on March 17 in 2000 at the Lady Seminole Invitational (FSU won, 8-0)
Scouting Miami (Ohio) Univ.
The RedHawks also open the season in Tallahassee this weekend.
Last year ended at the Mid-American Conference championships. Miami University went 23-27 overall with a 13-9 MAC record to finish third in the East.
Five starters from 2008 return to the line up, including pitchers Meredith Linch and Shalise Lugo.
Florida State (5-1) vs. Purdue (2-0)
Sunday, February 15 at 11:15 a.m.
Purdue enters the weekend at 2-0 after defeating UCLA and Pacific at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles last weekend.
The Boilermakers finished 2008 at 35-23 with a fifth place finish (9-9) in the Big Ten.
Key returners for Purdue include seniors Kelly Miller and Katie Mitchell.
Florida State (5-1) vs. Mississippi State (3-2)
Sunday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Florida State leads all-time series, 5-4
First meeting: March 8, 1984 in Starkeville, Miss. (FSU won, 1-0)
Last meeting: February 27, 2007 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic (FSU won, 4-2)
Scouting Mississippi State
The Bulldogs are out to a 3-2 start after going 3-1 at its own Bulldog Round Robin tournament and dropping a 7-3 decision to Southern Mississippi on Feb. 11.
Last year, Mississippi State went 41-22 overall with a third place tie in the SEC West (13-14) and ended the year at the NCAA Regional (1-2).
The 2009 season returns junior Chelsea Bramlett who hit .450 last year.