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Softball Seeded Second for ACC Tournament



April 29, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today the seedings for the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball tournament, hosted by Florida State University. FSU will take the second seed in the tournament with Maryland as the first seed after a blind draw for the seeding. North Carolina will be the third seed followed by Virginia and Georgia Tech.

Florida State and Maryland were tied for the top spot as both teams were 6-2 in the conference and split a double-header in March. After all other possibilities were exhausted, a blind draw determined the top seed. North Carolina and Virginia were tied at 4-4 and also were seeded according to a blind draw. Georgia Tech went 0-8 in the conference.

The 1999 championships marks the eighth tournament for ACC softball and only the third time FSU has been the second seed. The Lady Seminoles were also seeded #2 in the 1996 and 1998 tournaments, defeating North Carolina for the 1996 title and Virginia for the title last year. Florida State was won five of the seven ACC Championships and shared the title with Maryland in 1997 after a rain-out. Of the eight tournaments, Florida State has been the top seed for six of the eight and has won three of the titles as the top seed. FSU's record in the ACC tournament stands at 20-5 and they went 3-0 in the tournament in 1992, 1995 and 1998.

Florida State will take on the University of North Carolina on Friday, May 14th at 5:00pm in the second game. Virginia and Georgia Tech will play in game #1 at 3:00 on Friday with the winner of that game taking on Maryland at 7:00pm. The schedule for Saturday will include games at 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00pm with games at Noon and 3:30pm on Sunday with a game at 6:00pm if needed. Tickets for the games are $5 for adults and $3 for youth under 18. An all-tournament pass is available for $8 for adults and $5 for children. For ticket information, call 850-644-1830.


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