May 15, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 3-ranked Florida State softball team earned a No. 8 national seed in the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host Fordham, South Carolina and USF in the Tallahassee Regional on May 16-18 on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex.
"Winning the ACC Tournament was just one of the goals we had set," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "To lay out a vision at the beginning of the year and to accomplish that vision gives you confidence going into the postseason. We are looking forward to hosting the regional and know that anyone we face this time of year is going to be tough and every team is dangerous."
Florida State (50-6) has earned its highest national seed in program history (No. 8) and are hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2009. Tallahassee has also been a site for the NCAA postseason in 2001, 2002 and 2004. The Seminoles have made the NCAA Tournament for the 15th straight season and are only one of nine schools to make the tournament every year since 2000.
The 2014 ACC Player of the Year Maddie O'Brien continues to bolster her resume for National Player of the Year consideration as she enters the weekend leading the country in RBI (80), slugging percentage (.993) and tied for the NCAA lead in home runs (23). She is also top-30 nationally in five other categories, including batting average and on base percentage.
Lacey Waldrop, 2014 ACC Pitcher of the Year, leads an FSU pitching staff that is second in the NCAA in ERA (1.33) and her 33 wins is tied for the most in the nation and she is fourth in the NCAA with a 0.96 ERA.
O'Brien and Waldrop were joined by Courtney Senas on the NFCA Southeast All-Region First Team as announced by the NFCA on May 15. Senas is batting .343 (58-for-169) with 11 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 50 RBI. She is tied for the team lead with 61 runs scored and is second on the team with 41 walks.
The ACC champion Seminoles will take on the Atlantic 10 champion Fordham Rams (36-18) on Fri., May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Florida State looks to continue its 12-game winning streak while the Rams come to town having won 18 of their last 20 games.
South Carolina (35-20) and USF (41-15) are the other two teams in the Tallahassee Regional and will play at 4:30 p.m. on May 16. South Carolina finished seventh in the SEC and have produced runs up and down the lineup as 12 different players have driven in at least 12 RBI this season.
USF is led by their ace pitcher Sarah Nevins who has a 27-8 record this season with a 1.42 ERA. She has recorded 273 strikeouts in 191.2 innings and opposing batters are hitting just .145 off of her this season.
The Seminoles have not previously faced Fordham, but are 22-20 all-time against South Carolina and lead the all-time series against the USF Bulls, 38-13.
Full session passes for the entire Tallahassee Regional are on sale now. Prices for the full session passes are $20 for adults and $15 for youth and seniors. Single-game tickets for Friday's games will go on sale Friday morning on May 16 and will be $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.
Tickets can be ordered either on Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE. The ticket office is located at Gate B on the west side of Doak Campbell Stadium and the office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
All games of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional will be on the ESPN family of networks, with both games on Friday and both games on Sunday being shown on ESPN2. The first two games of the day on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. will be on ESPN with the third game airing on ESPN3 5:00 p.m. Michelle Smith and Pam Ward will be the commentators for the weekend.
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