Tallahassee, FL – FloridaStateUniversity announced its 2007 baseball schedule Friday and it features eight teams who played in the 2006 NCAA Baseball Tournament four of which played in the College World Series. For the second straight season FSU will face the National Championship Runner-Up. Last season it was Florida and this year it will be conference rival North Carolina. The schedule also features a third game with the Gators scheduled to be played in Jacksonville and the return of Tennessee‘s Rod Delmonico to Tallahassee.
The two biggest highlights on the 2007 slate have to be SEC power Tennessee coming in for opening weekend and the return of a third game versus the Gators. The Volunteers open the season at Dick Howser Stadium February 2. It marks the return of Delmonico who was an assistant coach at FSU under Seminole boss Mike Martin from 1984-89. It will be just the ninth meeting all-time between the teams and the first since a single game played in Orlando in 1998. The last time the teams played multiple games was in 1974 but the schools have never played a three-game series.
After a one-year hiatus, the Seminoles and Gators return to playing each other three times a season. The rivals will play a game in each team’s stadium and then one neutral site game in Jacksonville. That neutral site game will be played Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. Before the 2006 season, FSU and Florida had played at least three regular season games 16 of the previous 17 seasons.
Among the familiar faces on the 2007 schedule are 2006 NCAA Tournament participant UNC Asheville, Appalachian State, Sienna, and Jacksonville. Seminole fans will also get the chance to see first-ever meetings between FloridaState and Hofstra and the first game between FSU and Indiana since 1959. UNF also returns to Tallahassee for the second straight season. The Osprey and Seminoles will play twice in 2007 with both games taking place on Mike Martin Field.
The Seminoles will play 26 of their first 28 games in Dick Howser Stadium and all 28 games inside the state of Florida. FSU will not leave the state until it opens ACC play versus Duke in Durham, NC March 30. FloridaState will also travel to NC State, Miami, Maryland and Georgia Tech in conference play. College World Series participants Clemson and North Carolina headline FSU’s home ACC slate. Virginia Tech also comes to town along with the first-ever visit of BostonCollege to Tallahassee.
The ACC Tournament is slated for May 23-27 and once again will be played at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, FL. NCAA Regionals begin June 1 with Super Regionals beginning as early as June 8. The College World Series kicks off a week later starting June 15.