TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Seminoles earned their sixth-straight ACC regular season championship in 2018 and are the No. 1 seed in the 2018 ACC Softball Championship on May 9-12, hosted by Georgia Tech. FSU has won the ACC tournament championship in each of the last four seasons (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and 15 times overall in program history.
No. 10 Florida State (44-10, 21-3 ACC) has a bye to the quarterfinal round of the tournament and will play its first game on Thursday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m., against the winner of No. 8-seed Louisville (32-19, 10-12) and No. 9-seed Syracuse (29-19, 9-12). The Cardinals and Orange will play on Wednesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Pitt (30-17-1, 16-6) is the No. 2 seed by virtue of winning the ACC Coastal Division, and will play its quarterfinal game against the winner of No. 7-seed Duke (29-26, 13-11) and No. 10-seed Virginia Tech (22-29, 7-16). North Carolina (29-25, 15-8), Boston College (29-22, 13-10), Notre Dame (31-20, 13-10) and Georgia Tech (28-25, 13-11) are the No. 3-6 seeds, respectively.
“This weekend is a big opportunity for us,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We accomplished our first goal of winning the ACC regular season, and now have the chance to compete for the tournament title. We pride ourselves as a program of being able to make adjustments and we have played against seven of the other nine teams we could face this weekend. So we need to start strong on Thursday, take advantage of every opportunity and compete for every pitch.”
The Noles have a record of 18-3 this season against teams in the ACC Championship, but did not play Duke or North Carolina during the regular season.
FSU enters the weekend having won each of its last 12 games in the ACC Championship and has an overall record of 63-19-1 in the 26-year history of the tournament. As the No. 1 seed, the Seminoles are 38-8-1 and their last loss was in the 2013 ACC Championship Game to NC State, 1-0.
2018 ACC Player of the Year Jessie Warren enters the postseason on a team-high 15-game hitting streak, dating back to April 8 against Pitt. Over that span, Warren has posted a .513 batting average (20-for-39) with three doubles, six HR, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored. She has tallied a 1.051 slugging percentage and, along with 13 walks, recorded an on base percentage of .661.
Kylee Hanson, the 2018 ACC Pitcher of the Year, leads the conference with a 0.94 ERA and has not allowed a hit in her last 10.2 innings, a span covering three appearances and dating back to Notre Dame on April 29.
Every game of the 2018 ACC Championship will be broadcast nationally on TV, with the games on Wednesday through Friday available on the Regional Sports Networks (RSN), as well as on ACC Network Extra and the Fox Sports Go app. Saturday’s ACC Championship Game will be broadcast live on ESPN. Tickets are available on www.theacc.com, and are $10 for All-Session tickets that are good for the entire weekend, while single-day tickets can be purchased for $5 each. Children 17 or under are free.
Broadcast links and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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