TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Barring any unforeseen circumstances, or a change in the current weather forecast, the Seminoles will finally be back in action on Friday as Arkansas hosts the 2020 Wooo Pig Classic on February 28-March 1. The 12-day break between games is the longest in the regular season for the FSU softball program since a 17-day break in the 1999 season from April 17 to May 4.
No. 8 Florida State (7-4) will play a pair of games against No. 19 Baylor (14-2) during the tournament, as well as one game each against Kent State (7-3), No. 21 Arkansas (12-2) and Villanova. The Noles and Bears will play at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, followed with a game against the Golden Flashes at 1:15 p.m. Saturday features another game with Baylor at 11:00 a.m. and an evening constest against the Razorbacks at 5:45 p.m. The Seminoles will wrap the weekend on Sunday against the Wildcats at 11:00 a.m.
“Really looking forward to playing this weekend, as we’ve been off for a little bit,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “It will be nice to get out there, and during this break we were able to work on a lot of fundamentals in practice. We’ll have another challenging weekend on the road against some ranked teams like we had in Clearwater, and I know the team is excited about the opportunity as well.”
Baylor holds a 2-5 record against FSU in the all-time series, including winning each of the last three matchups, dating back to 1987. The Noles and Bears last played each other in the loser’s bracket at the 2014 Women’s College World Series, with Baylor advancing with a 7-2 victory.
Florida State is 6-1 all-time against Kent State, with the Noles and Golden Flashes last meeting in 2010 as FSU earned a 6-0 win at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The lone win for Kent State came on March 10, 2006 in a 4-2 victory in Tallahassee.
FSU and Arkansas have only played twice previously, with the Noles posting a 4-0 win in 1997 in Tampa, Fla., and a 9-1 victory in Tallahassee in 2013. Saturday’s game against the Razorbacks marks the first time that the Seminoles have played in Fayetteville, and becomes the 11th SEC team that Florida State has played on the road overall and seventh since 2011, joining Georgia (2011), LSU (2012), Tennessee (2015), Auburn (2016), South Carolina (2017), Alabama (2018) and Florida (2019). Kentucky and Ole Miss are the only two SEC schools that FSU has not yet played on the road.
Florida State and Villanova have only played once, as the Wildcats earned a 3-2 win on February 27, 2000 in a tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic University. The Seminoles are a combined 9-5 all-time against current Big East schools and will also face Creighton later this season.
The Seminoles will hit the road this weekend for the Wooo Pig Classic, hosted by No. 21 Arkansas on February 28-March 1. Florida State will play a total of five games against the Razorbacks, No. 19 Baylor, Kent State and Villanova. Links for live stats and the broadcast for the game against Arkansas will be available on the softball schedule page on 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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