March 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Coming off an impressive weekend at NC State, the Florida State softball team heads back into nonconference action when it hosts FIU in a doubleheader on Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Florida State then hosts Tennessee State on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
Powered by a high-octane offense and quality pitching, the Seminoles (17-8) are riding a season-best seven-game win streak heading into Tuesday's twinbill. In that time frame, Florida State has hit .309 (59-for-191) with 11 home runs, 14 doubles and 44 runs scored. The Seminoles have averaged just over six runs per game during the stretch.
Within the seven-game string of success, Florida State pitcher Monica Perry is 3-0 with no runs allowed and has 20 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. Sophomore Lacey Waldrop is also 3-0 in the win streak and has 33 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.
"We are hosting two scrappy ballclubs who will be ready to give us their best effort," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "We have to stick to our game plan and continue getting quality outings from our pitchers and a boost from our hitters. It is a quick turnaround for us coming out of conference play on the road last weekend but we are up to the challenge."
In last weekend's three-game sweep over ACC rival NC State, Waldrop came within one out of recording her second consecutive no-hitter and recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts against the Wolfpack. In four games last week, junior Courtney Senas finished 8-for-14 with three home runs, seven RBIs and eight runs scored. The Wahiawa, Hawaii native homered in three straight games last week until stopping the streak in a Sunday win over NC State.
Florida State has produced 26 home runs this season, better than 19 previous Seminole squads totaled through an entire season. With the halfway point of the regular season approaching this week, Florida State is on pace to break the single-season long ball record of 49 held by the 2007 team.
Helping in that quest has been senior outfielder Kirstin Austin. The Temple Terrace, Fla. native has added two home runs and is currently on an eight-game hit streak. During that stretch, she is batting .435 (10-for-23) with two home runs, six RBIs, four doubles and 20 total bases.
Florida State and FIU have met 12 times since 1999, with the Seminoles holding a 10-2 edge. Florida State has won the past seven meetings, including two most recently in 2010. All games in the series have been played in Tallahassee.
The Panthers (16-11) have won four of their last six games, including two victories over Ball State. Amber Curry leads them with a .362 batting average, while Brie Rojas has a team-leading two home runs and 33 total bases. Corinne Jenkins is the team's top pitcher with an 8-1 record and a 2.14 ERA.
The Tigers (8-14) are hitting .264 and show a 3.20 team ERA. Jennifer Givens boasts a stellar average of .429. Florida State and Tennessee State have never met.
All three games on Tuesday and Wednesday can be followed through the @FSU_Softball Twitter handle as well as on CBS GameTracker.