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Weather pushes FSU-Mercer game to Howser

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Due to expected weather Tuesday in Macon, Ga., FSU’s game against Mercer will now take place in Tallahassee. The game will be played Tuesday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in Dick Howser Stadium.

The Fan Appreciation Game will be free to everyone, though the FSU Clear Bag Policy will still remain in place. The game will not stream through the ACC Network Extra, so fans are encouraged to either attend the game in person or listen to Eric Luallen on the FSU Gameday App.

FSU will have freshman left-hander Bryce Hubbart (0-1, 8.31 ERA) on the mound against Mercer right-hander Josh Farmer (1-0, 1.04 ERA).

FSU men’s golf

Senior Jamie Li fired an impressive 66 in Monday’s second round of the Cabo Collegiate, helping Florida State Men’s Golf move up to a tie for fourth place heading into the final round of play.

FSU shaved five strokes off its aggregate score from Sunday, shooting a 7-under 277 in the second round. The Seminoles’ total score at 9-under is six strokes off the pace of tournament leader Arizona (-15). Vanderbilt (-12) follows in second place, trailed by Arizona State (-10), FSU and Stanford (-9).

Li recorded two huge eagles in the second round, scoring 3s on the 555-yard, par-5 fourth hole and the 550-yard, par-5 16th hole. Li leads all Seminoles on the leaderboard at 5-under, tying for sixth. There is logjam in the Top 10, with just two strokes separating three tournament leaders at 7-under and five players tied for sixth at 5-under.

Li leads all golfers in par 5 scoring with an average score of 4.13. His 66 on Monday marks his lowest score of the 2019-20 year.

Junior John Pak produced his ninth consecutive round under par, shooting a 1-under 70 in the second round. Pak strung together five birdies to help offset four bogeys in the round.

Redshirt freshman Cole Anderson shot even-par and is tied for 19th at 2-under. Anderson is coming off an opening-round 69 that led the Seminoles in the early going.

Sophomore Calvin Sierota provided a huge round for FSU, shooting a 1-under 70. Sierota rattled off five birdies in the round, but was hurt by a triple bogey on the par-5 fourth hole. Sierota responded with a birdie on his next hole at the long par-4, 490-yard fifth hole.

FSU softball

Playing both at home and on the road during the upcoming week, No. 8 Florida State (10-6) will host Holy Cross (0-5) on March 3 before heading down to Orlando to play RV UCF (16-2) on March 4. The game between the Seminoles and Knights was rescheduled after rain cancelled the game originally scheduled in Tallahassee on February 26.

“Excited to be back at home and welcome a former Nole back to Tallahassee,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Jen Lapicki was a big part of my first ACC Championship here at Florida State and I’m proud of her continuing to grow the game and develop young women as a coach at Holy Cross. Also, I’m glad that we were able to find a spot to play UCF again after last week’s rain. We always love to compete against them, and are looking forward to facing them down at their place on Wednesday night.”

Tuesday’s game against Holy Cross will be the first meeting between the Seminoles and Crusaders in fastpitch softball. The head coach of Holy Cross, Jen Lapicki, played at Florida State in 2010 and 2011 after transferring from Tennessee.She earned Academic All-ACC honors during both of her seasons with the Seminoles, in addition  to being named to the All-ACC Second Team and the All-ACC Tournament team as a senior in 2011, when FSU became the lowest-seeded team to ever win the Tournament title as a No. 4 seed.

Florida State leads the all-time series against UCF, 19-5, and have won each of the last nine games in the matchup, dating back to 2012. The Noles are 9-3 against the Knights in Orlando, last falling to UCF on the road in a 2-1 loss on April 6, 2011.

UCF assistant coach Kendra Lynch is in her second season on the Knights’ staff and was Florida State’s volunteer assistant coach during the 2018 season as the Seminoles won their first NCAA National Championship. Brandi Stuart, former FSU softball player and two-time NFCA All-American, is the UCF Executive Associate Athletic Director and serves as the department’s Senior Woman Administrator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Tuesday’s game against Holy Cross will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, while Wednesday’s game at UCF will be streamed on their Twitch channel.

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