February 10, 2022

Softball Begins 2022 Season with JoAnne Graf Classic

Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 6 Seminole softball team returns to the field for the first time in 2022 as they host the annual JoAnne Graf Classic (February 11-13). Opponents for this year’s classic feature Loyola (Chicago), Mercer, and Kennesaw State.

The Seminoles begin play on Friday, February 11 at 3:00 PM against Mercer. Immediately after, the Noles will take on Kennesaw State at 5:30 PM. Florida State will play two more games on Saturday, February 12 at 12:30 PM against Loyola and 3:00 PM against Kennesaw State. All four Florida State games this weekend are on ACCNX.

Florida State vs. Loyola
This will be the first meeting between the Florida State and Loyola softball programs. Loyola has been predicted to finish ninth in the Missouri Valley Conference, coming off of a 13-29 season finish in 2021.

Florida State vs. Mercer
This weekend will be the 30th matchup between these two teams. Florida State is a perfect 29-0 against Mercer. The teams met last in 2012 during a 3-0 Seminole win at the Seminole Classic Championship.

Florida State vs. Kennesaw State
These two teams have met only three times, with all three meetings coming last season. The first two meetings were played at Auburn, resulting in 11-0 and 3-2 wins in favor of the Seminoles. The most recent meeting was at last season’s NCAA Regional in Tallahassee with another win for Florida State (6-2).

JoAnne Graf Classic
On March 17, 2018, the Florida State softball program honored its former head coach, Dr. JoAnne Graf, by announcing that, beginning in 2019, the first home tournament every season will be named the “JoAnne Graf Classic”, in honor of the NFCA Hall of Fame coach that won 1,437 games in her career, including 10 ACC titles, seven WCWS appearances and AIAW National Championships in 1981 and 1982.

The aim of each JoAnne Graf Classic is to bring at least one team that has a connection to the Hall of Fame Coach as her impact to the game of softball covers the nation from coast to coast.

JoAnne Graf Classic Schedule
2/11 – Kennesaw State vs. Loyola* – 10:00 AM

2/11 – Mercer* vs. Loyola – 12:30 PM

2/11 – Mercer vs. FSU – 3:00 PM

2/11 – Kennesaw State vs. FSU – 5:30 PM

2/12 – Loyola* vs. Mercer – 10:00 AM

2/12 – Loyola vs. FSU – 12:30 PM

2/12 – Kennesaw State vs. FSU – 3:00 PM

2/12 – Kennesaw State* vs. Mercer – 5:30 PM

2/13 – Mercer* vs. Loyola – 9:00 AM

*Home Team

All four of Florida State’s games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page on seminoles.com.

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