TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After a weekend of four games against four ranked teams (No. 14 Minnesota and No. 20 Michigan), the Seminoles continue their challenging 2018 schedule this week as No. 8 Florida State (8-1) prepares to host No. 24 McNeese (6-3) at home on February 20, before heading to Mobile for a doubleheader against RV South Alabama (5-4) on February 21. It will mark the ninth game played against teams receiving votes in the national polls through the first 12 games of the season.
The game between the Seminoles and Cowgirls on Tuesday will begin at 5:00 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field and will be FSU Softball’s annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, celebrating teachers and other members of the university for their service, guidance and encouragement of our student-athletes. The doubleheader at South Alabama on Wednesday will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET.
“Another exciting week ahead of us with McNeese and South Alabama, some of the top mid-major programs in our area,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “McNeese is quick and crafty and we’ll need to be focused and prepared as we haven’t seen a team like them yet this season. South Alabama has always had strong pitching and we’ll have a challenge ahead of us for both games in Mobile.”
Florida State and McNeese have only played once previously, with the Cowgirls earning a 4-0 win over the Seminoles on March 2, 1985. McNeese has been in the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two years (2016 and 2017) as winners of the Southland Conference.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series with South Alabama, 5-3, though the Jaguars have won three of the last five in the matchup overall. It will be the first time that Florida State will play South Alabama since 2013’s ‘Miracle In Mobile’ that sent the Noles to the NCAA Super Regionals.
Entering top of the seventh inning of the Regional Championship game trailing 6-1, the Noles were down to their last out with a runner on first base. A walk by Bailey Schinella, followed by a single from Alex Kossoff and a South Alabama error cut the lead to 6-2. A walk to Kaitlin Allen loaded the basses and Kelly Hensley emptied them with a grand slam to tie the game at 6-6. Freshman Victoria East hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth to help give the Noles the 7-6 victory and move on to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2006.
Admission is free for all FSU home games during the regular season and tickets are available Wednesday’s DH at www.usajaguars.com. Both games at South Alabama will also be streamed on JagNation TV, the university-based streaming service through their school website. Seminole Softball Radio and live stats for all three games will have links available on the FSU softball schedule page at Seminoles.com.
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