Feb. 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The No. 25/24 Florida State softball team can be seen on ESPN platforms 12 times in the regular season as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the league's spring broadcast schedule on Thursday.
The Seminoles, who begin their season against Florida A&M on Friday at 6 p.m., will have six contests broadcast at home as well as six on the road. Ten of the team's 12 games will be streamed on ESPN3.com, while two of Florida State's games will air on ESPNU.
"Florida State softball will once again be out there for plenty of people to see," head coach Lonni Alameda said entering her fifth season. "We get excited for every game, but having 12 on ESPN programming in the regular season is great for our fans, coaches and student-athletes. There is much to look forward to this season and we can't wait to start and put together an outstanding year."
Florida State's ESPNU games include a home contest against Virginia on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field. The Seminoles' other game on the network is the first game of a doubleheader at Virginia Tech on Saturday, April 20 at noon.
The Seminoles' home ESPN3 broadcasts include games against Troy (Feb. 12), North Carolina (March 23), a doubleheader against Boston College (April 6) and the team's final regular-season home game against Florida (April 17).
The road broadcasts on ESPN3 feature a doubleheader at NC State (March 9) and a three-game series at Georgia Tech (April 27-28).
The ACC championship will be held at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee this season, with the championship game airing live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. The ACC quarterfinals and semifinals on May 9 and 10 will be shown on the league's regional sports networks as well as ESPN3.
A record 27 ACC softball games will be shown on the league's broadcast schedule, surpassing the previous high of 14 from last year.
Florida State enters the regular season preseason ranked in both national polls for the first time since 2010. The Seminoles were picked to finish second in the ACC according to the league's head coaches.
The league's spring schedule includes 159 events--the highest ever in the history of ACC Spring Olympic Sports, nearly doubling the previous mark of 82 set last year.
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