May 8, 2019
Softball Seeks Sixth-Straight ACC Championship

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2019 ACC Softball Championship Central

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Winners of 16 ACC Championships and each of the last five postseason tournaments, No. 5 Florida State (48-8) begins its pursuit of a sixth-straight ACC Softball Championship on Thursday, May 9 at JoAnne Graf Field.

The Seminoles are 2019 ACC Atlantic Division Champions, as well as the No. 2 seed of the tournament, and will face off against No. 7-seed Georgia Tech at 5:00 p.m. who defeated No. 10-seed Virginia by a score of 8-0 on Wednesday in the first round of the tournament. Virginia Tech earned the No. 1 seed after winning the ACC Coastal Division crown.

“The excitement level is off the charts for this time of year,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “There is a little bit more excitement than normal because we are hosting this year, and you’ve seen all the signs going up around the complex throughout the week. You work all season long for the months of May and June, and we are ready to get after it pitch by pitch tomorrow afternoon.”

The Seminoles have been one of the best home run hitting teams this season as FSU has already set a school record with 88 HRs, which ranks fourth in the country. Though, even when the Noles don’t leave the yard, they can move themselves around the diamond very quickly as Florida State has already posted 101 stolen bases on the season, which is 14th in the NCAA. Of the teams that have hit at least 75 home runs this season, the Noles have the most combined home runs and stolen bases of that group.

The offensive catalysts at the top of the Florida State lineup, the Seminole trio of Cali Harrod (65), Carsyn Gordon (60) and Sydney Sherrill (55) have combined to score a total of 180 so far this season, a total that is more than 84 other Division I teams have scored throughout the 2019 season.

In order to score 403 runs through the first 56 games of the season, you need a lot of baserunners. The Seminoles have reliably been on the base paths in 2019, as Florida State has had at least one baserunner in over 80% of its innings at the plate (276-of-331), scoring runs in 165 of them, meaning that the Noles are scoring at least one run nearly 50% of their offensive innings.

Tickets are on sale now and the games on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the Regional Sports Networks (RSN), while Saturday’s championship game will air nationally on ESPN. Links for tickets, 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 Craig Snider, 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.

Follow Florida State softball on Twitter (@FSU_Softball) and Instagram (fsusoftball), and like our Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUsoftball) to keep up to date with everything about Seminole softball.

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