TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State softball coach Lonni Alameda officially released her squad’s 2010 schedule Monday afternoon as the Seminoles look to build off their coach’s first season in Tallahassee a season ago.
The 2009 campaign saw Alameda guide the ’Noles to a 44-16 overall record and 17-4 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. For its success on the diamond last year, FSU was awarded with the chance to host a regional for the first time since 2004.
Now, one season later, Florida State is looking to take it a step further in Alameda’s second year at the helm of the program.
“The 2009 year was an incredible season for us,” Alameda said. “We were welcomed into a program that had been guided for so long by a legend in Coach JoAnne Graf. The community and school really welcomed and embraced us as we introduced our philosophy. As a coaching staff we were very lucky to come into this situation and it was an amazing first year.
“Now that we know what we are capable of, we are very excited to release our 2010 schedule.”
That schedule includes quite a few opportunities for the Seminoles – including several contests in Tallahassee early on.
After welcoming Bowling Green, Mercer, Southern Miss and Iona to town for the Sunshine State Classic to start the season, FSU will play a game just down the street at cross-town foe Florida A&M’s home field. The ’Noles will then play host to South Dakota State, Gardner and Webb and Coastal Carolina a few days later as part of the Seminole Classic before venturing down Interstate 10 to play against Jacksonville University.
The Seminoles then play in tournaments in Columbus, Ga. and down south in Boca Raton, Fla. on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
Later on in the season FSU gets the chance to play in Tampa and Orlando and will welcome rival Florida to JoAnne Graf field for a tilt with the Gators on April 14.
“This schedule will allow us many luxuries,” Alameda said. “Not only do we have a competitive slate of games from start to finish that will prepare us for the NCAA Tournament, but we also get to play in front of our fans at home quite a bit right away. We also have the chance to get out and visit with all the Seminole fans that have supported the program as we have a lot of East Coast games.
“I am also excited about the fact that we get to continue the historic FSU-UF rivalry here at our home park this season.”
Florida State had a stellar showing in the ACC last season as its 17-4 conference record was the best in the program’s 17 years in the league.
After earning a No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament and making it to the championship game, FSU will have the chance to enact a little revenge against a Georgia Tech team that knocked them out of the title game.
The Seminoles also play conference games against Maryland, North Carolina, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech and N.C. State.
“We look forward to another tremendous ACC schedule,” Alameda said. “Georgia Tech and UNC both had great 2009 postseasons and every conference team is stronger this year.”