May 11, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
For the 16th time in program history and the fourth year in a row, the 10th-ranked FSU softball team (46-9) was awarded a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tribe received an at-large bid after wrapping up the ACC Softball Championship Sunday and will carry a nation-long 27 game-winning streak into Gainesville. The Seminoles were awarded a No. 2 seed and will open tournament play Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. versus the University of Texas at Arlington (39-15). The Mavericks earned an automatic bid to the tournament by virtue of their Southland Conference Championship.
“We are really excited to be a part of the NCAA Tournament and feel very good about our bracket and seeding,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “We know the field at Florida and have played well there this year. It is also close enough that our fans will be able to come out and watch us play. I think it is going to be a great regional and very competitive with the tope three seeds including Oklahoma and Florida.”
The Seminoles have faced only two teams this year in the Region 4 bracket. The Tribe lost 2-0 to Oregon State in February at the NFCA Leadoff Classic but beat Florida twice just over two weeks ago in Gainesville by scores of 5-0 and 7-3. Overall, FSU is 65-9 all-time against the Region 4 field and has a losing record against just two teams Oregon State (0-1) and UTA (0-1). The only meeting between the Mavericks and Seminoles took place in 1990 with UTA winning 2-0.
Along with two other ACC schools (Georgia Tech and North Carolina), seven other FSU opponents in 2003 advanced to NCAA Tournament play and Florida State posted a 9-7 record against the group. Of the Tribe’s nine overall losses in 2003, seven came to tournament teams including national No. 1 seed Arizona. The Seminole’s worst loss to an NCAA Tournament team came against Louisiana-Lafayette 3-0. Overall, FSU outscored its regional opponents 55-26 this season.
Florida State is looking to reach its seventh College World Series and its second in as many years. Last season the Tribe advanced to the semi-finals upsetting nation No. 1 seed UCLA along the way. For more information of the Florida State softball team, please visit the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.