TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Heading down to Clearwater, Fla., for the second consecutive season, No. 5 Florida State (6-0) will face strong competition this weekend as the Seminoles play five games at the 2020 St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational on February 14-16.
The Noles will start the tournament against No. 1 Washington (6-0) on Friday at 1:00 p.m., and close the day against No. 13 Minnesota (3-2) at 6:00 p.m. There is only one game for FSU on Saturday – No. 23 Northwestern at 2:30 p.m. – while the Seminoles will take on Liberty (12:00 p.m.) and No. 2 UCLA (7:00 p.m.) to wrap up the Invitational on Sunday. The game against the Huskies on Friday will be shown on ESPNU, the FSU-UCLA game will be broadcast on ESPN2, while the other three will be streamed on ESPN3.
“We are thrilled to be able to be a part of this tournament again,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “ESPN has done such a great job of developing this tournament and making it a destination for the top teams in the country. Being able to challenge ourselves early in the season against top-ranked teams will show us where we stand, what we need to work on and give us a chance to play in a postseason environment. It is great to have a tournament like this just a few hours down the road, and we know we will have a lot of our fans in the stands throughout the weekend.”
It will be the second consecutive weekend that Florida State faces the No. 1 team in the country, after opening the season with games against No. 1 Alabama on February 7-8. FSU will play No. 1 Washington on February 14, and will close out the Invitational against No. 2 UCLA, who was also named the No. 1 team in the FloSoftball preseason poll.
The Seminoles will play against 10 players this weekend that were either named to the USA Softball Player of the Year watch list, or selected among the Top 25 players in the nation by ESPNW. Florida State will face at least one of those players in all five games of the Invitational.
Florida State excelled at the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational on February 15-17, 2019, defeating No. 3 Oklahoma (7-4), No. 6 Tennessee (5-2), No. 8 LSU (9-1 in 6 inn), RV Ohio State (3-1), RV Minnesota (17-6) and Florida Atlantic (10-5). It was a complete team effort offensively as Florida State batted .375 as a team, with a .720 slugging percentage as the Seminoles hit 15 home runs spread among nine different players on the weekend.
All five of the games this weekend will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks and specific information, along with links for the broadcasts and live stats, will be available on 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 Troy Cameron, 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.
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