Feb. 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State softball team returns to JoAnne Graf Field for a Thursday night matchup against Troy at 6 p.m., followed by the Renegade Classic this weekend.
The Seminoles (9-6) play the Trojans (6-6) on Thursday as part of a makeup game from the scheduled Feb. 12 contest that was postponed. The scheduled game on Feb. 12 was originally an ESPN3 webcast, but Thursday's contest will not be streamed. A new ESPN3 game has been added against Minnesota on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
Overall, Florida State holds a 23-10-1 lead in the series against Troy. However, the Seminoles allowed the Trojans to erase an early three-run deficit in last year's matchup on the road and earn a 4-3 comeback win. In that loss, then-freshman pitcher Lacey Waldrop threw 4.2 shutout innings and allowed just two hits with five strikeouts.
The Seminoles have won each of the last four meetings between the two teams at JoAnne Graf Field, which includes a three-game sweep in 2009 where they did not allow a run to Troy.
This weekend, Florida State hosts its third regular-season tournament. Ten games will be played, including four on Friday, four on Saturday and two on Sunday. The Seminoles begin the tournament with Southern Miss on Friday at approximately 12:15 p.m., followed by another matchup with Troy at 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, Florida State faces Appalachian State before beginning tournament play.
Tournament play includes the No. 1 and 4 seeds playing Saturday at 2:30 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. game between the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds. The championship game is Sunday at 11:15 a.m., while the consolation game is Sunday at 9 a.m.
Florida State is looking to end its four-game losing skid that came against four nationally-ranked teams last weekend in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Stanford and Washington. The Seminole pitching duo of Monica Perry and Lacey Waldrop held their own against the top-notch opponents, as Perry combined to hold LIU-Brooklyn, Oklahoma and Stanford to a .254 batting average while Waldrop's foes in Washington and Nebraska only hit .222 off her.
"It's a long season and you have to have short term memory in this game," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "You have to make sure you learn from things but let them go and move on. It's always a gut check when you have to play Top 25 teams, and we were right there in most of the games. We have to shift our focus to what we have in front of us on Thursday night and this weekend and get after it."
In her first two seasons at Florida State, junior centerfielder Courtney Senas combined to hit seven home runs, including five in her freshman season. In 2013, the Wahiawa, Hawaii native has already gone deep four times in her first 15 games played entering Thursday night's game against Troy. Senas has hit home runs this season against Arkansas, Hofstra, UCF and most recently LIU-Brooklyn.
Troy is coming off consecutive wins over Akron and Georgia State, and are paced by Chandler Griffin's .371 batting average and Hannah Renn's four home runs. Southern Miss is 8-11 on the season and recently took two games against Louisiana Tech at home. Pitcher Kimberly Wagner has the team's best record at 5-3 and shows a 3.52 ERA.
Appalachian State is playing its first game in two weeks, with its last game coming against Wichita State on Feb. 17. Lindsay Loudermilk leads the team with a .400 average and four RBIs.
Every game at this weekend's tournament is slated to be on CBS GameTracker. Follow updates for all Florida State games on the team's official Twitter handle - @FSU_Softball.