For the third consecutive season, No. 7-ranked Florida State will begin its NCAA postseason in Tallahassee as the Seminoles are the No. 8 seed in the 2016 NCAA Softball Championship and will host a four-team regional on JoAnne Graf Field on May 20-22.
The Seminoles (48-8) will be joined in Tallahassee by USF (44-14), South Carolina (36-21) and Florida A&M (27-28).
The three-day regional in Tallahassee will start on May 20 with USF versus South Carolina at 12:00 p.m., followed by Florida State playing Florida A&M 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. The USF-South Carolina game will air on the SEC Network, while FSU-FAMU will be broadcast on ESPN3.
All games of the tournament will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Melissa Lee and Leigh Ross on the call, with select games involving South Carolina also being shown on the SEC Network. Live stats will be available on NCAA.com through GameTracker. Each Florida State game of the regional will be broadcast through Seminole Softball Radio on Seminoles.com.
“Playing at home in the postseason is a great advantage for us and I am glad we will have this opportunity again this year,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Though for some of the other teams, our home field might feel just as comfortable for them as USF was here in 2014, South Carolina’s been in our regional the last two seasons and we play FAMU nearly every year. It will be an exciting weekend of softball and we are prepared to attack the next step toward our goals.”
The Seminoles have faced a total of 15 teams in the 2016 NCAA Tournament field, including seven teams that earned conference tournament championships – Auburn, Minnesota, Tulsa, Cal State Fullerton, LIU Brooklyn, Florida A&M and Valparaiso. In 10 games against those teams, FSU posted a combined 9-1 record.
It marks the 17th consecutive season that the Noles have reached the regional round and they are one of nine schools to make the NCAA tournament every year since 2000.
The double elimination regional will conclude on May 22 and the winner of the 2016 NCAA Tallahassee Regional will match up with the winner of the Lexington Regional in the NCAA Super Regional round on May 26-29. If Florida State wins its regional, it will host the Super Regionals.
Tickets are on sale now with full session passes available for $20 for adults and $15 for youth and seniors. Single-game tickets for Friday’s games will go on sale Friday morning and will be $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Tickets can be ordered either on Seminoles.com, by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE or by walking up to the ticket office at the Seminole Softball Complex on Spirit Way.
2016 NFCA All-Region Teams Announced
Florida State was well-represented on the 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Southeast All-Region Teams as five Seminole student-athletes were selected to the three teams, as announced by the NFCA on Thursday.
The five players selected are the most since 2004 when the Noles placed six members on the NFCA All-Region Teams.
The 2016 ACC Player of the Year Alex Powers earned All-Region First Team honors, while Jessica Warren, Ellie Cooper and ACC Pitcher of the Year Jessica Burroughs were chosen to the All-Region Second Team. Warren was also chosen to the All-Region Second Team in 2015. Sophomore Morgan Klaevemann was selected to the All-Region Third Team, an honor she also received as a freshman in 2015.
“Really excited for the program and the opportunities that the kids get to represent Florida State,” said Alameda. “Individual awards are always given because of team accomplishments, so I’m very proud of our girls. So many of them have worked so hard to be consistent every day at doing what they do on the softball field.”
2016 NFCA Southeast All-Region Teams
Pitcher Aleshia Ocasio University of Florida
Pitcher Delanie Gourley University of Florida
Catcher Aubree Munro University of Florida
First Base Alex Powers Florida State University
Second Base Emily Carosone Auburn University
Third Base Kasey Cooper Auburn University
Shortstop Kristen Brown University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Outfield Emily Crane University of Missouri, Columbia
Outfield Amanda Lorenz University of Florida
Outfield Tiffany Howard Auburn University
Utility/Pitcher Rainey Gaffin University of Tennessee, Knoxville
DP/Util/Non-P Kayli Kvistad University of Florida
Pitcher Kelsey Nunley University of Kentucky
Pitcher Jessica Burroughs Florida State University
Catcher Carlee Wallace Auburn University
First Base Jade Rhodes Auburn University
Second Base Ellie Cooper Florida State University
Third Base Jessica Warren Florida State University
Shortstop Sami Fagan University of Missouri, Columbia
Outfield Tyler Ross North Carolina State University
Outfield Cortni Emanuel University of Georgia
Outfield Sydni Emanuel University of Georgia
Utility/Pitcher Megan Hensley University of Louisville
DP/Util/Non-P Chloe Rathburn University of Missouri, Columbia
Pitcher Kelly Barnhill University of Florida
Pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson University of Georgia
Pitcher Meagan Prince University of Kentucky
Pitcher Elizabeth McCarthy Longwood University
Pitcher Kenya Pereira Florida A&M University
Catcher Lexi Overstreet University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Catcher Morgan Noad Coastal Carolina University
First Base Tina Iosefa University of Georgia
Second Base Nicole DeWitt University of Florida
Third Base Megan Geer University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Shortstop Meghan Gregg University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Outfield Morgan Klaevemann Florida State University
Outfield Taylor Gadbois University of Missouri, Columbia
Outfield Brooke Vines University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Utility/Pitcher Victoria Brown Jacksonville University
DP/Util/Non-P Abbey Cheek University of Kentucky