March 29, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9/11 Florida State Seminoles (31-4, 9-2 ACC) are on the road for the third weekend in the past four weeks as they take on North Carolina (18-12, 9-2 ACC) for a three game series on March 30-31 on Williams Field at Anderson Stadium.
“The Carolina series is always a great competition between our two programs,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Both of us are at the top of the ACC and it will be important that we play well this weekend in order for us to reach our goals for this season. I am pleased with how we are playing right now and staying focused as a team and a family.”
Florida State has won 10 in a row and comes off an 8-0 home victory over Florida A&M on March 26 in which Lacey Waldrop threw her third no-hitter of the season. The Seminoles are in the top-10 of the NCAA in three categories including having the second best ERA in the country (0.89).
North Carolina are winners of seven of their last eight games and are tied with Florida State for the best conference record in the ACC. The Tar Heels are led by Kristen Brown at the plate. Brown is currently batting .354 (34-for-96) and leads the team with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 29 runs scored.
UNC’s pitching staff is highlighted by senior Lori Spingola who has a 13-7 record, 2.82 ERA, 108 strikeouts in 121.2 innings so far in 2014.
Waldrop paces the Seminoles in the circle and has a 19-2 record and leads the ACC in several categories, including ERA (0.55), strikeouts (163) and opposing batting average (.156). Waldrop has been named ACC Pitcher of the Week five times this season and tops the country with 19 victories.
Maddie O’Brien continues to dominate from the plate, posting a .446 batting average with 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 58 RBI. She leads the ACC in six different categories and is the top four of the NCAA in three categories, including having a nation-best 58 RBI.
Florida State leads the all-time series with North Carolina, 59-24. The Seminoles have won six of the last eight against the Tar Heels, including the final two games of the regular season and a 3-0 win in Tallahassee during the 2013 ACC Tournament.
Sunday’s doubleheader will begin at 1:00 pm and air on ESPN3, while Monday’s game will start at 6:00 pm and will air on ESPNU. Adam Amin and Amanda Scarborough will be on the call for Monday’s primetime matchup between the Seminoles and the Tar Heels.
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