PHOENIX, Ariz. — Traveling out of the eastern time zone for the first time this season, No. 1 Florida State (22-0) will take its 28-game winning streak out west this week as the Seminoles will play a doubleheader at Grand Canyon (11-8) on March 6, before heading to Tucson for a three-game series with No. 12 Arizona on March 8-10.
“Last week and this week have felt very similar to what the team would face in NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “In Orlando there were four or five teams that you had to prepare for and a lot of games in a weekend. Now we’ll just be playing Grand Canyon twice in a day and then single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Arizona. It allows us to focus our preparation and be able to make adjustments from game to game, and day to day.”
FSU has been the top-ranked team by the NFCA 14 times in program history, tied with Tennessee and Arizona State for seventh-most in the history of the poll.
Wednesday’s doubleheader will be the first time that Florida State and Grand Canyon have faced each other.
The Seminoles lead the country in batting average (.386), slugging percentage (.685) and home runs (38), while ranking ninth in the NCAA with a 1.41 ERA. The 38 home runs for Florida State already rank 10th in a single season in program history.
The Seminoles are getting production from up and down the lineup as eight different players already have 15 or more RBI on the season, led by Cassidy Davis, who has 23 RBI.
Both games against Grand Canyon will be broadcast on GCU.tv and their YouTube channel. Links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
Fans can listen to the FSU softball coaching staff, head coach Lonni Alameda and assistant coaches Travis Wilson and Craig Snider, on their weekly podcast: Coaches and Coffee – The FSU Softball Podcast. Each week, the coaches talk about the current state of the Seminole softball team, chat about NCAA softball from around the country, and have a lot of fun along the way. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or directly at our website – fsusoftballpodcast.wordpress.com.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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