Jan. 26, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With just over two weeks until the first game of the 2010 season, the Florida State softball team has kicked off the year with two separate top-25 preseason national rankings.
The Seminoles are ranked No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Softball Pre-Season Collegiate Top 25 Poll and No. 23 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll, officials from USA Softball and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
"I am thrilled for the program and am very proud that the accomplishments from last season have resulted in the respect from others around the country," said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda, who is entering her second year with the Seminoles. "This team and coaching staff understands that these early rankings are just the first step in what is hopefully going to be a long and successful season."
The lofty preseason rankings come on the heels of a 2009 campaign that saw the 'Noles finish the season with a No. 25 ranking in the ESPN/USA Softball Poll and a No. 22 slot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll.
FSU set the school record most Atlantic Coast Conference wins in a season last year and made it all the way to the championship game of the annual conference tournament.
This season, Florida State returns a group of veterans led by seniors Carly Wynn and Terese Gober as well as junior and Third-Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-American pitcher Sarah Hamilton. The 'Noles also welcome upperclassmen transfers Tory Haddad (Ohio State) and Jen Lapicki (Tennessee).
The 2010 season officially gets underway on Feb. 11 when FSU hosts Southern Miss at 5 p.m. as part of the Sunshine State Classic on JoAnne Graf Field.