Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State was one inning away from securing the number one seed in this week's ACC softball tournament.
"We were really fighting for that one seed but this tournament is really what's going to matter," says senior Shayla Jackson.
FSU is the two seed and will open the tournament against NC State. Florida State swept the Wolfpack in the regular season.
"That was one of our first games where we really felt that everything was coming together," adds junior pitcher Monica Perry.
"They're a different ball club, we're a different ball club<" adds Lonni Alameda. "It's different than if we were facing Maryland, who we know each other. There's a lot research that has to go on for how they grew."
Florida State won it's 10th title last year as a four seed. This year, Florida State has hovered atop the standings for most of the season.
Perry adds, "It was just a really great feeling to see everyone come together after struggling for so long last year and then just all of a sudden it clicked."
Jackson adds, "We really had nothing to lose last year. We were just going in playing. This year we have the bullet on our back and everything."
Win or lose, FSU is a lock for the NCAA tournament. But a strong showing in Chapel Hill, could help FSU host a regional.
Alameda adds, "I th ink if we were able to host then what an honor and what a reward it would b ejust for the story of the season. It really doesn't go back to the last series, it goes back to pretty much what we've done all year."