May 7, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 3 Florida State softball team gears up to reclaim its title as Atlantic Coast Conference Champions starting with a match-up with No. 6 Boston College on day one of the tournament. The Seminoles and Eagles will play in game one of the three-day event on Thursday, May 8, with first pitch set for 10:00 a.m. on the campus of the University of Maryland.
A win over BC would pair FSU with the winner of No. 2 Virginia Tech and No. 7 Maryland, while a loss would pit the Noles against the loser of the Hokies and Terrapins game. Other first round games include No. 1 North Carolina against No. 8 Virginia and No. 4 Georgia Tech facing off with No. 5 North Carolina State.
A Brief ACC History for Florida State:
ACC Titles – 10*
ACC Rookie of the Year Awards – 6
ACC Player of the Year Awards – 6
ACC Coach of the Year Awards – 6
ACC Tournament MVP Awards – 10
All-time ACC Wins (as of 5/1/08) – 128
* – co-champions with Maryland in 1997
Florida State took two of three from Boston College back in late March with senior pitcher Tiffany McDonald striking out 24 Eagles in those wins. McDonald needs just two strike outs in the ACC Championship to break the all-time strikeout record at FSU currently held by Jessica van der Linden with 899.
Kicking off the event will be the annual ACC banquet for the teams, coaches and staff member at 7:00 p.m. in the Comcast Center. The ACC Player of the Year, ACC Pitcher of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and the All-ACC teams will be announced at the event and Seminoles.com will be updated with the results following the festivities.