Heading into the ACC Championship as the No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive season, No. 6 Florida State (45-8, 21-2 ACC) will seek its 14th overall ACC tournament title, and third in a row, at the 2016 ACC Championship in Raleigh, N.C. on May 12-14.
Florida State will open the 2016 tournament on Thursday, May 12 against No. 8-seed Pitt (31-20, 8-14 ACC) at 11:00 a.m. The Seminoles swept the Panthers during their series this season on April 30-May 1, and met in the 2015 ACC Championship Game with FSU earning a 6-2 victory.
“We try to look at our season in different phases and now we are on to the next one,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We start with our non-conference schedule and compete against a strong group of teams from around the country. Then we have our ACC regular season, where our goals are to win each series and to be regular season champions.
“Now we are to the tournament where we have faced all of these teams before and it will be about who can make adjustments, who can stay focused and execute pitch-by-pitch. I think we are in a great spot and I’m excited for the challenge.”
The Seminoles earned 21 conference wins in 2016 and are the top seed in the ACC Championship for the 13th time. FSU has won at least 20 conference games in each of the last three seasons and is the only school to ever achieve 20+ ACC wins in a season, including an ACC record 24 victories in 2014.
Alex Powers leads the Seminole offense with a .403 batting average and has also hit 11 doubles and 13 home runs with 54 RBI. Jessica Warren tops the team with 16 home runs and 64 RBI, while Morgan Klaevemann leads the team and ACC with 41 walks and 43 stolen bases and also has scored 59 runs on the season.
In the circle, the 1-2 punch of Jessica Burroughs and Meghan King have given the Noles solid pitching performances all year long as Burroughs leads the team with a 24-5 record and King is close behind with a 20-3 mark. As a whole, the Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.39 ERA with 304 strikeouts as opponents are batting just .222 on the season.
All games on Thursday and Friday of the tournament will be shown on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and ESPN3, with Tom Werme and Cheri Kempf on the call and former FSU softball player Lacey Waldrop working as the sideline reporter. Saturday’s championship game at 2:00 p.m. on May 14 will be broadcast on ESPN.
Each Florida State game of the tournament will also be broadcast on Seminole Softball Radio on Seminoles.com with Robin Ahrberg and Ryann Day giving the play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on TheACC.com.
If Florida State defeats Pitt on Thursday, it will play the winner of No. 4-seed Boston College and No. 5-seed North Carolina at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Louisville (No. 2), Notre Dame (No. 3), Virginia Tech (No. 6) and Syracuse (No. 7) are the remaining teams participating in the 2016 ACC Championship.