Eric Lopez previews the 2016 Florida State Seminoles season with Head Coach Lonni Alameda. Alameda, who is entering her 8th season at Florida State, talks to Lopez about the following.
- Outlook of the 2016 season
- Who are some of the players to look for this season?
- Breaking down FSU’s schedule
- Hosting the ACC/Big 10 Challenge
- Outlook for the ACC in 2016
- The strength of the ACC compared to other Power conferences.
Listen to the full interview with Lonni Alameda below:
The Noles come in ranked 10th in the NFCA Poll will begin life after Lacey Waldrop who was a first NFCA First team All-American and USA Softball National Player of the Year in 2014. The Seminoles will be led in the circle by Jessica Burroughs who was The 2015 ACC Tournament MVP and help the Noles win the Tallahassee Regional last year over UCF. Burroughs who was named to USA Softball Players of the Year watch list will lead a Seminole pitching staff with several new members. Burroughs, a redshirt junior, went 19-6 last year with a 2.08 ERA and 219 strikeouts. Alameda will have three new pitchers in
the circle to be behind Burroughs with redshirt freshman Meghan King , true freshmen Tessa Daniels and Abby Evans.
On offense the Seminoles will have to replace Maddie O’Brien who led the country with 83 RBI in 2014 on her way to becoming a All-American. O’Brien owns FSU career records in home runs, and RBIs.
The Noles offense will be led by Jessica Warren who looks to build on a great freshman season where she lead the team with 19 home runs and 57 RBI and was named the 2015 ACC Freshman of the Year. Outfielder Morgan Klaevemann posted a team-high .393 batting average as a freshman in 2015 and recorded a 26-game hitting streak from March 25 to May 17 – the second-longest in FSU history and tied for No. 24 in NCAA history.
There are 12 new players for the 2016 team, with two redshirt freshmen, one junior transfer and nine true freshmen.
The 2016 regular season schedule the Seminoles will play a total of seven games against four teams that finished in the top five of the final 2015 NFCA poll and will face eight teams that were ranked at the end of the season.
The Noles will open the 2016 season with the FIU Invitational on February 12-14 in Miami, Fla. Florida State will play its first games at home on JoAnne Graf Field on February 19-21, hosting the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge as No. 2 Michigan and No. 14 Minnesota come to town, along with Virginia Tech. FSU will also have two-game series with No. 1 Florida and No. 4 Auburn and will hit the road for games at No. 7 UCLA, No. 17 UCF and No. 25 Notre Dame.
Listen to Lonni Alameda Interview Here