TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Winners of each of the last five ACC regular season championships, the Seminoles will have a chance to make it six in a row this weekend as No. 8 Florida State (39-9, 16-2) travels up for a three-game conference series at Notre Dame (30-18, 12-8 ACC) on April 27-29.
The Noles have a magic number of two to clinch both the ACC Atlantic Division, as well as the entire 2018 ACC regular season championship. FSU holds a 4.5-game lead in the division over Boston College (11-6) and one Seminole win and one Eagle loss would secure the division for Florida State with five games to go in the conference season.
FSU is three games up on ACC Coastal Division-leading Pitt (14-6) and the Panthers do not play in conference this weekend, so the Noles need two wins this weekend to secure the overall conference championship and be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Softball Championship in Atlanta, Ga., on May 9-12.
“It will be another fun challenge this weekend for us as we hit the road up to Notre Dame,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We saw a little bit of them when they were here for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and went 3-1 again Minnesota and Michigan, who were both ranked. So it will be some good competition on the field and we seemingly have to battle the weather every time when we head up there, too. But I’m looking forward to the next pitch and next game and getting after it.”
Florida State leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 13-5, and have won each of the last five games of the series. The Seminoles are just 2-2 on the road at Melissa Cook Stadium, splitting the regular season series with the Irish in 2014 and 2016.
Since Notre Dame joined the ACC in 2014, the Noles are 10-3 against the Irish, including a record of 3-0 in ACC Tournament play, earning an ACC Championship in 2014 by a score of 3-1 in College Park, Md., and again in 2016 with a 7-3 victory in Raleigh, N.C.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last 47 conference series, posting a 43-0-4 mark against ACC foes, including 35 sweeps. Over that span, FSU posted a 1-1 series split versus Virginia Tech (2014), at Notre Dame (2014), at Louisville (2015) and at Notre Dame (2016). The Seminoles are 123-12 in their last 135 ACC regular season games (.911%) and last lost a conference series at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.
Tickets are on sale for the entire series at www.und.com. All three games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and links for the stream, live stats and FSU Softball Radio will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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