TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Renewing the annual rivalry, the Seminoles and Gators will meet in Tallahassee on Wednesday night as No. 13 Florida State (33-7) and No. 6 Florida (34-6) will play in the first game of the 2018 Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown. First pitch at JoAnne Graf Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
The Seminoles come into the game ranked No. 8 by both USA Softball and the NCAA Softball RPI for April 9, and have the No. 1 ranked non-conference strength of schedule in the nation.
“This is a fun game for a lot of reasons,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “one, you are playing a Top 10 team and Florida’s done a great job over the years of being a World Series team, year in and year out. So you are facing that level of competitiveness, but then you also get the rivalry part with it too. Really excited about the opportunity of feeling the hairs stand up on your neck, the fans getting after it and being in the big moments. We have a young squad, so it is going to be a good challenge for them to be in that environment.”
Florida leads the all-time series with Florida State, 24-15, and the Gators have won six of the last eight meetings between the two teams.
The Seminoles won the most recent game in the series against the Gators with a 3-1 win in 11 innings over No. 1 Florida on May 3, 2017. Korina Rosario hit a leadoff triple off Kelly Barnhill and Alex Powers hit a two-run walk-off home run for the victory.
The Noles are 7-3 in 10 total games against ranked teams this season, with wins over No. 6 Oregon, No. 10 Alabama, No. 14 Minnesota, No. 19 Louisiana and No. 20 Michigan.
Sydney Sherrill was named both the NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week, as well as ACC Player of the Week. She leads the nation with 22 doubles and tops the ACC in five separate statistical categories. Redshirt senior Kylee Hanson is 19-3 in the circle this season with a 0.77 ERA and 156 strikeouts.
Broadcast links for ESPN2 and FSU Softball radio, along with live stats will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
Admission is free for all regular season home games at JoAnne Graf Field, with reserved premium seating behind home plate available through the Seminole Boosters. For more information on the premium seating, contact Alex Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gates for Wednesday’s game will open at 6:00 p.m., and fans are encouraged to arrive early as seats will fill up fast.
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