TUCSON, Ariz. — Having the feel of a late May NCAA Super Regional in the beginning of March, the Seminoles and Wildcats will meet up this weekend as No. 12 Arizona (17-5) hosts No. 1 Florida State (23-1) for a three-game series at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium on March 8-10.
Florida State enters the weekend as the No. 1 team in the NFCA poll for the sixth-straight week and the 14th time overall. That is tied with Tennessee and Arizona State for seventh-most in the history of the poll. Arizona has been the No. 1 team in the country 67 times, trailing only UCLA (70) for the most top rankings since the poll started in 1995. This weekend will be the first time that a non-conference No. 1-ranked team will play at Arizona in its history.
“Excited to be out here and take on a variety of tough challenges this weekend,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Arizona is such a storied program and Coach Candrea has been a leader in our game for years. Being able to have a series like this in the regular season will be an outstanding learning and growth opportunity for us before we head into ACC play, and for later down the line in postseason. Their new stadium looks amazing and I know that their fans will be out in force. It will be fun to get out and compete this weekend.”
The Seminoles lead the country in batting average (.385), slugging percentage (.676), home runs (40) and doubles (48) entering this weekend of play. The 40 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 16+ RBI on the season, led by Cassidy Davis, who has 24 RBI.
Arizona leads the all-time series between the Wildcats and the Seminoles, 11-1, dating back to 1991. The lone win by Florida State in the series came in the most recent meeting between the two teams in a 1-0 win at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on February 25, 2017. The Seminoles have played twice at Hillenbrand Stadium, falling 8-0 in 1991 and 7-1 in 1995.
Florida State has posted a record of 14-5 in its last 19 games against the Pac-12, dating back to the 2015 season. Thirteen of those wins came against ranked teams, along with eight Top 10 victories – Oregon (No. 1, No. 3), UCLA (No. 3, No. 3, No. 6), Washington (No. 5, No. 5) and Arizona (No. 9).
All three games of the series will be streamed online for free through the Pac-12 Networks. Links for the broadcast, live stats and ticket information will be available 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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