TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The defending national champions will again have a strong out-of-conference schedule in 2019 as ESPN has announced the full lineup of teams, dates and matchups for the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational on February 14-17 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. All games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, with more specific information coming at a later date.
Florida State ended the 2018 season with the No. 1 RPI in the nation and will play a total of six games in the Invitational, including five against teams that finished last year in the Top 25 of the RPI – No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 11 LSU, No. 23 Minnesota and No. 25 Ohio State.
“We are honored to be invited to St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We have been really excited about the growth of softball over the years and it is a cool opportunity for fans of the game to see this kind of an elite-level tournament held in our region with such a great list of teams competing. We are excited to be one of the teams participating in the inaugural tournament.”
The Seminoles will play two games each on February 15-17, starting with a 9:30 a.m. game on Friday against Ohio State, followed by a 1:00 p.m. contest with Oklahoma. Saturday’s games will be against LSU (1:00 p.m.) and Minnesota (7:30 p.m.), while FSU will wrap up the weekend on Sunday with games versus Florida Atlantic (4:00 p.m.) and Tennessee (7:00 p.m.)
The outcome of Florida State’s games with Minnesota and Ohio State will count toward the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge that will be occurring that same weekend throughout the southeast.
Tickets for the tournament are available now, with tournament passes on sale for $75 for adults and $50 for children, and single-day passes available for $20 for adults and $15 for children.
The remainder of the 2019 Florida State softball schedule will be announced at a later date.
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