TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Continuing its eight-game homestand, No. 3 Florida State (27-3, 1-2 ACC) will host a pair of midweek games this week, beginning with Florida A&M (8-20) on Tuesday, March 19 and North Florida (17-8) on Wednesday, March 20. Both games will begin at 6:00 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles received the No. 1 ranking in the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) as announced by NCAA Softball on Monday, and FSU holds the No. 4-ranked overall strength of schedule and the second-hardest non-conference schedule in the country so far in 2019. No one in the country has more RPI Top 25 wins as Florida State (8).
“Midweek games can always be a challenge, regardless of who you play,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “You have the mid-range goals of winning each weekend conference series, but then there is a short turnaround for games on a Tuesday or Wednesday. But I am proud of how the team has internalized the ‘next pitch’ mentality over the last few years. Staying present pitch-by-pitch has been a huge part of our success and will be very important this week against two very competitive teams. Looking forward to playing Florida A&M and UNF this week.”
Florida State leads the all-time series with the Rattlers, 111-7, dating back to 1984. The Seminoles have won each of the last 23 games the in the matchup, last falling to FAMU on April 3, 2006 by a score of 4-0.
The Seminoles hold a 12-game winning streak against UNF and have an overall record of 15-1 against the Ospreys. The last time North Florida came to Tallahassee, the Seminoles posted 8-0 and 3-0 wins in a doubleheader on March 8, 2017.
FSU continues to rank in the top five of the NCAA in six different team categories, including ranking second in batting average (.365), slugging percentage (.637) and on base percentage (.455).
Neither Tuesday or Wednesday’s games will be streamed or televised, but 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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