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FSU Softball Earns No. 8 Seed, Begins Tournament vs. FAMU

Maury Niepris/FSU athletics

Unlike last year when Florida State was ousted in three games in the NCAA Softball Tournament Super Regionals, the Seminoles won’t have to leave Tallahassee until the Women’s College World Series.

The news became official Sunday as the Seminoles were awarded the No. 8 national seed after finishing the regular season 48-8 and topping Notre Dame on Saturday for a third consecutive ACC Tournament championship.

The 2016 campaign was a memorable one for FSU as the Seminoles claimed their fourth straight ACC regular season title while placing six players on the conference’s first team. Jessica Burroughs was named ACC Pitcher of the Year and first baseman Alex Powers earned ACC Player of the Year honors. Lonni Alameda was honored as the conference’s top coach.

The Seminoles will open the Tallahassee Regional of the NCAA Tournament against another Tallahassee school, Florida A&M, on Friday. The Rattlers are just 27-28 overall, but won the MEAC Tournament to earn the automatic bid. FSU run-ruled its crosstown foes in each of the two regular season meetings.

Also joining the Seminoles and Rattlers in the regional will be South Florida and South Carolina. The Bulls went 44-14 during the regular season while the Gamecocks were 36-21. South Carolina and South Florida will kick off the regional at noon EST on Friday. FSU and Florida A&M will square off at 2:30 p.m.

The regional is double-elimination. The winner of the regional will face the winner of the Lexington regional, which includes No. 9 national seed Kentucky, Butler, Illinois and Utah.

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