March 16, 2023

No. 6 Softball Begins ACC Play Against Syracuse

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The sixth-ranked Florida State softball team (21-6, 0-0) will begin ACC play this weekend against the Syracuse Orange (7-11, 0-3) at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla. Friday’s game has been rescheduled from 6 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. with the series finale beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday. ACC Network Extra will carry Friday’s and Saturday’s games with ACC Network broadcasting Sunday’s game.

Going Through the Gauntlet

  • The Seminoles have one of the toughest schedules in the country this season. The Seminoles will play 20 games against teams ranked in the top 25, 19 of those games being away from Tallahassee. 19 out of the Seminoles’ 23 road or neutral site games are against teams in the top 25.
  • At the Clearwater Invitational, the Seminoles played five ranked teams in four days and went 3-2 in those games. The Seminoles defeated No. 4 Arkansas, No. 15 Arizona and No. 22 Louisiana. The Seminoles fell to No. 2 UCLA and No. 12 Alabama.
  • The Seminoles have already played the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 12, No. 13, No. 18 and No. 23 teams in this week’s Softball rankings. The Seminoles still have matchups with No. 4 Clemson, No. 11 Florida, No. 15 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Duke.
  • To start the season, the Seminoles played 18 games in 17 days and went 15-3 in those games.

Seminoles Dominance in the ACC

  • The Seminoles have dominated the ACC over the past decade.
  • The Seminoles have won an ACC Championship (Regular Season/Tournament) in eight out of the past nine seasons.
  • Under Head Coach Lonni Alameda, the Seminoles are 148-34-1 against the Seminoles’ eight ACC opponents this season.
  • The Seminoles have only lost five ACC series since 2012.
  • The Noles are the only ACC team to win a National Title as the Seminoles brought home the title in 2018.

Legacy and Legends Weekend

  • This weekend will mark the Seminoles’ Legacy and Legends weekend.
  • Former Florida State softball alumni will be honored throughout the weekend at JoAnne Graf Field.

Series History

  • FSU leads the all-time series 25-2.
  • The Seminoles have won 23-straight games against Syracuse.
  • Lonni Alameda is a perfect 23-0 against the Orange.
  • The Noles have outscored the Orange 155-39 during its 23-game win streak.
  • The Noles are 13-1 against the Orange in Tallahassee.
  • This is the Orange’s first trip to Tallahassee since 2018.
  • The Noles are a perfect 16-0 against the Orange since they joined the ACC.
  • The Orange have scored more than four runs just twice when playing the Noles.

Quick Hits

  • The Seminoles will open up ACC play against the Syracuse Orange at JoAnne Graf Field.
  • The Seminoles have not lost an ACC opening series since 2007.
  • The Noles have won 23 consecutive games against the Orange dating back to 2007.
  • Head Coach Lonni Alameda is a perfect 23-0 against the Orange.
  • The Noles have outscored the Orange 155-39 during its 23-game win streak.
  • Florida State is ranked No. 6 by USA Softball and the NFCA. The Noles have been ranked in 145 consecutive polls by USA Softball.
  • The Noles currently are second in the country in doubles with 54.
  • FSU returns all but two starters from last year’s ACC Championship team that went 54-7, including six out of its top seven hitters.
  • Head Coach Lonni Alameda returns for her 15th season at Florida State and her 20th season overall.
  • Alameda received a long-term contract extension this past offseason.
  • The Noles were picked to win the ACC for the 10th straight season.
  • Five Seminoles were named to the Preseason All-ACC Team. Devyn Flaherty, Mack Leonard, Kathryn Sandercock, Kaley Mudge and Kalei Harding were each named to the team.
  • Sandercock and Leonard were named to the Top 50 Watch List for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year.

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