May 14, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL. - The 24th-ranked Florida State softball team found out around 9:45 Sunday evening that they would be heading to Los Angeles, Ca. for the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Seminoles first round opponent will be Long Beach State in a regional hosted by defending national champions UCLA.
Florida State earned an automatic bid into the tournament by winning the Southern Atlantic Softball Alliance and is the fourth seed in the Los Angeles Regional. The other three teams joining host UCLA, FSU and Long Beach State are second-seed Iowa (44-13), fifth-seed Bethune-Cookman (39-25) and sixth-seed Canisius (33-22).
"I don't know a whole lot about Long Beach State," said FSU assistant coach Louie Berndt. "They have some talented kids and they have played some tough teams out there in the west but anyone can beat anyone on any given day."
The Lady Seminoles enter the NCAA Tournament with a record of 48-25 while
Long Beach State is 39-21. The regional will begin play on Thursday and the
times are TBA.