We are now in the thick of ACC Basketball season at Florida
State, as both Leonard Hamilton and Sue Semrau's squads are battling for first
place in the ACC and trying to cement their spots in the NCAA Tournament. It is sure to be another nail-biting
two months of basketball at the Tucker Center.
And spring 2010 season is quickly approaching with each
passing day. Currently, we are
just one month away from the beginning of Softball season, men's and women's
tennis begin this week, and before you know it, it will be time for first pitch
at Dick Howser Stadium.
In the coming weeks, Seminoles.com will have complete
previews for each team as we look ahead to what should be one of the most
exciting spring seasons in recent history.
But for now, here is a quick look ahead for the spring 2010
season in part one of our two-part series: Baseball, Softball, Men's Tennis, and Women's Tennis.
It has often been said that Florida State Baseball has the
best fans in the country, and for those 6,700 'Noles who fill the stands at
Dick Howser Stadium, first pitch on February 19th against Georgia
State can't come quickly enough.
Head Coach Mike Martin begins his 31st season as the
Seminoles' head coach, and the 2010 team looks to make another run at the
College World Series in the final year of the legendary Rosenblatt Stadium in
The Seminoles return some of the biggest stars from last
season, including gold glove winner and All-American Tyler Holt, freshman
All-American and first team All-ACC Sean Gilmartin, and All-Americans Mike
McGee and Stephen Cardullo. In
addition, the entire weekend pitching rotation returns, featuring Gilmartin,
McGee, and sophomore Brian Busch. Mix
in another talented freshman class, and the 2010 Seminoles should be an
exciting team to keep an eye on during the spring.
It will be another fun home schedule for the 'Noles, who welcome
ACC foes Miami and Virginia to Tallahassee, along with the University of
Georgia in early March.
Second-year head coach Lonni Alameda led the Seminoles to
the ACC title game during the 2009 season, and fans should be excited for what
the Seminoles have in store during 2010.
After enjoying their most successful ACC regular season in
school history, the 'Noles return their entire pitching staff, including ACC
Pitcher of the Year Sarah Hamilton and second team All-ACC Terese Gober. Senior captain Carly Wynn returns in
the outfield, and transfers Tory Haddad and Jen Lapicki should make an
immediate impact for Coach Alameda's team.
In addition, Georgia High School Player of the Year Morgan
Bullock leads an exceptional freshmen class that will be great at Florida State
for years to come.
The season starts for the 'Noles on February 11th
against Southern Miss.
After making their second consecutive round of 16 appearance
in the NCAA Tournament, Dwayne Hultquist's squad returns to the courts this
Friday down in Naples, Fla. The
Seminoles return ACC Player of the Year Jean-Yves Aubone and South Region
Champion Clint Bowles to their lineup.
Senior Vahid Mirzadeh rounds out the top-3 in the 'Noles lineup that
should be one of the most formidable units in the nation.
Heralded freshman Connor Smith will also make his debut this
spring for the Seminoles, as he came out of high school ranked No. 1 in Florida
and No. 2 in the nation. Freshmen
Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed will also be counted on to help fill the void
left by Maciek Sykut, Chris Cloer, and Drew Bailey from the 2009 squad.
"In my coaching career, this is the deepest team and most
talent team we've had," head coach Jennifer Hyde said in regards to her 2010
And after losing only one senior from last year's team, the
'Noles have veteran leadership mixed with freshman talent that should make this
year's team fun to watch. Coach
Hyde's team begins the season with the highest preseason ranking in school
history at No. 15, and seniors Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira anchor a
team that should compete to be one of the ACC's dominant teams.
Along with junior Katie Rybakova and sophomore Noemie
Scharle, freshmen Francesca Segarelli and Amy Sargeant will be looked upon to
make an immediate contribution.
The 'Noles begin play this Saturday at UCF.