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FSU’s schedule toughens up with weekend series vs. Florida

Florida State has seen some early tests with top-25 opponents like Missouri and Virginia Tech. The challenge gets tougher with home-and-home rivalry games against Florida.

FSU (10-3) will play at No. 5 Florida (12-0) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and then in Tallahassee on Saturday at 6 p.m. Friday’s game will air on the SEC Network, while Saturday’s will stream live on ACC Network Extra.

“I love tough. I love tough competition,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “Your first 20 games, you’re really just trying to figure yourselves out, so we’re still trying to get a feel. Especially if we get banged up, or some injuries, who’s gonna step up? How comfortable are they gonna be? We’re being challenged a little bit there.

“Florida is always a fun place to play. It’s always awesome here. It’s gonna be a little different with COVID and not having so much of the fan interaction that’s a big part of it.”

While the atmosphere will be different there will be the rivalry and big-time matchups. The teams have split their last six games, and Florida won 5-2 in Gainesville in 2020.

FSU has been able to show its speed on the bases with 33 stolen bases (and just one caught stealing). Devyn Flaherty leads FSU with seven, while Sydney Sherrill and Elizabeth Mason each have five.

The Seminoles have scored 68 runs but some of the big hitters, including Sherrill at a .231 average, haven’t found their groove yet. Mason leads the way at .350 with four home runs and four doubles.

Tickets to Saturday’s game are sold out.