March 15, 2001
SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR 2001 TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT/FLORIDA STATE INVITATIONAL
ALL OF SUNDAY'S GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT MESSER PARK INSTEAD OF THE SEMINOLE SOFTBALL COMPLEX. RAIN-DELAYED QUARTERFINALS (FLORIDA STATE V MARYLAND AND UMASS V FLORIDA ATLANTIC) WILL BE PLAYED AT 10:00 AM. SEMI-FINAL MATCHES (NEBRASKA V UMASS/FAU AND UTAH V FSU/MARYLAND) WILL BE PLAYED AT MESSER AT 12:00 pm. THE FINAL WILL BE PLAYED AT 2:00 PM ALSO AT MESSER PARK.
As it has been for the past 17 years, we expect the 18th annual Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational Tournament to be one of this seasons most exciting weekends of softball. This year's tournament features three top 25 teams (No. 16 Florida State, No. 18 Nebraska and No. 21 Michigan) as well as four teams receiving votes in the most recent NFCA/USAToday poll (No. 26 FAU, No. 33 Utah, No. 35 UMass and No. 37 Maryland). This year's FSI Tournament also features the last three champions (Michigan in 2000, UMass 1999 and Florida State 1998). In seventeen years of FSI play, teams in the 2001 field have won the tournament 11 times (Florida State 7 times, Michigan 2 times, Nebraska 1 time and UMass 1 time).
This weekend's action will take place at two different locations but the two year old Seminole Softball Complex will be the centerpiece of this tournament's action. The stadium was completed in 1999 and is one of the nation's top facilities. From high-speed internet access to press seating and radio/TV booths to offices, lockerrooms, ticket booths and concession stands, the Seminole Softball Complex has everything you could possibly need. Since the tournament is so large, many of this weekend's games will be taking place at the New Messer Park. Located just off of Jackson Bluff Road, Messer Park will be fully staffed by Florida State University personnel and maps and directions are included in this tournament program.
This year's tournament has the 14 teams divided into four pools. Two pools consist of four teams and the other two are made up of three teams. All teams will play three games in pool play but pool B and C will play a cross over game that doesn't count towards pool standings. There will be an all-tournament team and a tournament MVP announced after Sunday's final game.
Have fun this weekend and enjoy some great softball. If there is anything we can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Now let's play ball!
Florida State University
Department of Athletics