May 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (40-14) heads to Durham, N.C. for the 36th annual ACC Baseball Championship as the top seed for the eighth time in school history. The Seminoles will open the tournament against eighth-seeded Boston College (31-23) on Wednesday, May 20 at 4:00 p.m.
FSU has posted a record of 22-12 as the No. 1 seed advancing to three championship finals and winning one in St. Petersburg, Fla. back in 2002. The Seminoles are 56-27 all-time in tournament play, while posting a record of 10-6 in three previous tournament appearances in Durham.
Florida State owns a combined record of 5-7 against Georgia Tech (5-6) and Miami (0-1) in the ACC Tournament, while FSU and Boston College will meet for the first time on Wednesday. Ironically, FSU has a winning record against the other four schools in Division B posting a combined record of 30-13 against the likes of Clemson (10-8), Duke (6-0), North Carolina (8-1) and Virginia (6-4).
Other ACC Tournament Notables
* The 2009 ACC Baseball Championship marks the fourth time the tournament has been held in Durham since FSU joined the league in 1992. On all four occasions, FSU has been the No. 1 overall seed.
* FSU played for the championship in Durham in 1996 and 1998. Both times the Seminoles lost to the No. 5 seeded team in the championship game. In 1996, FSU fell to Virginia 12-1, while dropping a 6-3 contest to Wake Forest in 1998.
* Florida State returns to Durham for the first time since taking 2-of-3 from Duke in 2007. The Seminoles and Blue Devils have not faced each other since 2007 as Duke has been the one conference school off FSU’s schedule over the last two seasons. Taking into account the games played against Duke in Durham and the previous three years the ACC Tournament has been in Durham, the Seminoles own an all-time record of 30-13 in Durham.
Florida State vs. Boston College Pitching Match-up
Wednesday, May 20 – 4:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (10-2) vs. Boston College – RHP, John Leonard (1-3)
Comcast will now air the game in Tallahassee on channel 16 and in Panama City on channel 46. The game will still be live in South Florida (except Naples Sun Sports and Fort Myers) and in Gainesville, Ocala and Pensacola on Sun Sports. Later that night at 11pm the game will be shown statewide on Sun Sports. DirectTV will have the game live statewide on their alternate sports channel 656 and DISH will have it live on 447.
For the third year in a row, the Florida State Seminoles claimed the ACC Atlantic Division title thanks to a stretch of 11 wins in 12 conference games (against UNC, NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech) including three straight sweeps. Since the move to divisional play in 2006, FSU has captured three of the four Atlantic Division titles.
FSU AS THE NO. 1 SEED
For the eighth time in school history, Florida State finished the ACC regular season with the best record in the league. Since the move to divisional play in 2006, FSU has earned the No. 1 twice in 2007 and again this year. In 2009, the Seminoles finished with a record of 19-9 marking the eighth time FSU has finished a season with 19 or more league wins since joining the ACC in 1992. It also marks the third straight year the Seminoles have achieved such a feat. Being the No. 1 seed in one of the nation’s top baseball conferences also has its advantages as the last 11 ACC regular season champions have all gone on to host an NCAA Regional. The last school to win the regular season title and not host was Georgia Tech in 1997.
Florida State was honored with five student-athletes on the All-ACC first and second teams in 2009. Tyler Holt (OF) and Sean Gilmartin (SP) were named to the first team, while Stephen Cardullo (SS), Mike McGee (UT) and Jason Stidham (2B) received second team all-conference accolades. Holt’s selection to the All-ACC first team marks the seventh consecutive year that a Seminole outfielder has earned a spot on the first team. Gilmartin becomes just the second freshman in Florida State history, joining fellow teammate Jason Stidham (3B, 2007) to earn first team All-ACC recognition. The southpaw is one of two freshmen on this year’s all-conference first team. This marks the second All-ACC recognition for Stidham, who was named to the first team in 2007.
MARTIN HONORED AS TOP COACH
Florida State head coach Mike Martin was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading the Seminoles to the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament and to their third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title. After starting the season at 9-7 and 1-3 in the conference, Martin led the Garnet and Gold to a 31-7 record to close out the regular season including an 18-6 mark in the ACC. This marks the sixth time in his career that Martin has been named ACC Coach of the Year (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2009).
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE NOTES
* Florida State and Boston College will meet for the first time in the ACC Tournament as the two schools square-off in the second game of the Division A bracket on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
* The Seminoles are making their 18th appearance in the ACC Tournament, while the Eagles qualified for the tournament for the first time since joining the league in 2006.
* FSU owns a 10-2 record against BC all-time. The Seminoles had won 10 in a row in the series before the Eagles snapped the losing streak by taking 2-of-3 from the Garnet and Gold in Tallahassee earlier this year.
* The Seminoles are 5-0 against the Eagles in games decided by three runs or less.
* Boston College outscored Florida State 27-15 in taking 2-of-3 from the Seminoles in Tallahassee earlier this year. The series victory snapped FSU’s string of 17 consecutive series victories to open ACC play.
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI NOTES
* In the most played series in school history for both teams, this will mark just the second time the Seminoles and Hurricanes have met in the ACC Tournament with Miami winning the only other meeting in Jacksonville back in 2007.
* FSU and Miami are no strangers to neutral site games as the two schools have met eight times overall with the series deadlocked at 4-4. Five of those eight meetings have occurred in Omaha, Neb., at the College World Series. The Hurricanes have won the last four meetings against the Seminoles on neutral soil as three of the four games have been decided by two runs or less.
* After taking the first game of the regular season series in Coral Gables thanks to a season-high seven home runs, FSU dropped the next two games to Miami.
* FSU hit .287 against Miami in 2009 with 20 extra base hits including 10 home runs.
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH NOTES
* This will mark the 12th time that the Seminoles and Yellow Jackets have met in the ACC Tournament with Georgia Tech holding a 6-5 advantage.
* GT has won the last two meetings against FSU in the tournament as neither school has been able to record more than two wins a row in the tournament. The last tournament victory for Florida State over Georgia Tech came in the ACC Championship game back in 2004 in Salem, Va., a 17-5 Seminole victory.
* The Seminoles are 2-2 as the #1 seed against Georgia Tech while the Yellow Jackets are 1-0 against FSU as the No. 4 seed in the tournament.
* In 2009, FSU dropped 2-of-3 from Georgia Tech in Atlanta as the Seminoles won game two. The second and third game of the series was decided in the ninth as FSU scored three times in the top of the ninth to even the series. Georgia Tech followed with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the rubber game of the series.