Sept. 19, 2008
FSU Returns To The College World Series
Following a seven year hiatus, Florida State returned to the College World Series for the 19th time in school history. The Seminoles went 0-2 during their stay in Omaha falling to Stanford (16-5) and Miami (7-5). FSU’s is now 25-38 all-time at the CWS while 13 of the 19 trips to Omaha have come under the direction of head coach Mike Martin. Under Martin, the Seminoles have posted a record of 17-26.
The 2008 NCAA Tournament marked the 31st consecutive bid for the Seminoles, the second-longest streak in the nation behind only Miami (36). Overall, Florida State made the NCAA Tournament for the 46th time which is the second-most ever trailing only Texas. The Seminoles and Longhorns are the only two schools to make 40 or more tournament appearances. The Seminoles are 155-104 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, a record that includes 19 trips to the College World Series (25-38). Only three teams (Miami, Texas and Southern California) have more wins in NCAA Tournament play and in the College World Series than Florida State and only nine schools in the history of college baseball have more than 100 wins in postseason play. Florida State earned a top 8 national seed for the sixth time in school history as the Seminoles entered the 2008 postseason with a No. 4 overall seed. FSU also earned a top seed in 1999 (#2), 2000 (#6), 2002 (#1), 2003 (#1) and 2007 (#6). The Seminoles have now advanced to the CWS three times as a national seed (1999, 2000 & 2008).
For the second year in a row, the Florida State Seminoles claimed the Atlantic Division title thanks to a three-game sweep at Clemson back on May 3-5. The division crown assured the Seminoles of a second seed in the ACC Baseball Championship in Jacksonville, May 21 – 25. Since the move to divisions in 2006, FSU has captured two of the three Atlantic Division titles.
Posey In Rare Company
Buster Posey’s junior year was a season that many college baseball players only dream of having. The consensus first-team All-American captured every major National Player of the Year Award while laying claim to the Johnny Bench Award which is given to the top collegiate catcher in the nation. The Leesburg, Ga., native led the nation in six offensive statistical categories including batting average (.463), hits (119), runs batted in (93), total bases (226), on-base percentage (.566) and slugging percentage (.897). He also ranked in the top 10 in runs (3rd), home runs per game (8th), walks (t-8th) and runs per game (9th). In the ACC, Posey led the league in eight categories while ranking in the top 10 in three others. On top of all the on-field accolades, he also got the job done in the classroom. Posey received first-team Academic All-America honors and was named the Academic All-American of the Year by CoSIDA. He was also the recipient of the first ever ACC Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. Following the 2008 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, the San Francisco Giants selected Gerald D. Posey, III with the fifth overall pick. Posey became the 18th Seminole in the history of the program to be selected in the first round.
The Seminole offense showed a little more pop in 2008 than in years past posting 103 home runs in 68 games. It was the most home runs hit since blasting 111 in 1999. The number of home runs hit this past year surpassed the number of home runs hit over the last eight seasons and currently stands as the sixth most home runs hit in one season in team history. In terms of slugging percentage, the mark of .565 established by the 2008 Seminole team was the second highest in school history. Of the 869 hits accounted for in 68 games this past season, the Seminoles registered 163 doubles, 22 triples and 103 home runs. Junior Buster Posey and senior Dennis Guinn were the top long ball hitters on the Seminole squad in 2008 as both set career, season-highs with 26 and 19, respectively.
FSU hitters registered a home run in 47 of the 68 games played with multiple home runs in 30 games. In 12 games this past year, FSU hit three or more round trippers including a season-high six against Duquesne in the first game of the season. In 2007, the Seminoles hit a home run in half of their games (31-of-62) with multiple home runs in only 14.
11 Reaches 1500 Career Wins
Florida State’s Mike Martin added yet another milestone to his already illustrious career as the Hall of Fame coach became just the third coach in NCAA Division I history to reach 1,500 career victories. With a victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday, March 16, Martin joined Texas’ Augie Garrido (1,666) and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson (1,653) atop that plateau. Martin owns a career record of 1,538-520-4 good for an all-time winning percentage of .747 which ranks third in the NCAA among active Division I coaches. Texas Tech’s Larry Hays became the fourth member of the 1500-win club on April 2, 2008 when his Red Raiders defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10-5.
See the attached pdf at the top of the page for all the final news and notes from the 2008 season.