May 25, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The NCAA announced on Monday, May 25 the field of 64 for the NCAA Baseball Championship. Florida State earned an at-large bid into the tournament after the Seminoles captured its third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title en route to finishing the regular season with a record of 42-16.
Joining Florida State in the four-team regional in Tallahassee will be Georgia, Ohio State and Marist. Play will begin on Friday, May 29 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
“The (NCAA) committee did a great job of pairing the schools in this year’s field, there were some tough decisions, no doubt about it,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Our field is extremely difficult. It will be a very exciting regional.”
Florida State will be making its 32nd consecutive appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament including 30 straight under Martin. The Seminoles have posted an overall record of 155-104 in 46 NCAA Tournament appearances. FSU will also serve as a regional host in Tallahassee for the 27th time in school history.
“I think we have a very strong field when you talk about Marist, who we have competed against in the past,” added Martin. “They are a solid, solid program. Then you go to Georgia, who has been to the College World Series in three of the last five years. They are another great program. And Ohio State, you got a Hall of Fame coach in Bob Todd, you’ve got a program that was solid all year long. I think this is setting up to be a very, very exciting weekend.”
Georgia received an at-large bid out of the Southeastern Conference and is the No. 2 seed in this week’s regional. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a record of 37-22. Florida State and Georgia have met six times in the postseason with the Bulldogs holding a 4-2 all-time advantage.
Ohio State, an at-large school out of the Big Ten Conference, earned the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Buckeyes finished as the Big Ten regular season champs with an overall record of 40-17. FSU is 1-1 all-time against Ohio State in NCAA Tournament play.
Marist completes this year’s four-team field earning the No. 4 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Red Foxes finished the regular season with a record of 31-26 and received an automatic bid by virtue of winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. Florida State defeated Marist 4-2 in the only other meeting between the two schools back in the opening round of the 1997 NCAA East Regional Tournament in Tallahassee.
“During my 30 years at Florida State, I’ve had the chance to compete against the other three schools in our regional. Our opening game against Marist, is against another good, solid baseball program that we played back in the NCAA Tournament in 1997.
Regional play will begin on Friday at 12:00 pm with game one featuring Georgia and Ohio State, followed by Florida State and Marist at 4:00 pm. Every game of the Tallahassee Regional will air live on ESPNU.
The Tallahassee Regional is paired up with the Norman, Oklahoma Regional as the winners from both regional sites will square-off in a best-of-three series beginning on either Friday, June 5 or Saturday, June 6. The four schools competing in the Norman Regional include Oklahoma (41-18), Arkansas (34-22), Washington State (31-23) and Wichita State (30-25).
The complete schedule for the Tallahassee Regional is listed below:
Friday, May 29, 2009
Game 1: Georgia vs. Ohio State – 12:00 pm
Game 2: Florida State vs. Marist – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 12:00 pm
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 12:00 pm
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 4:00 pm
Monday, June 1, 2008
Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary) – 7:00 pm
Tickets information for the Tallahassee Regional is as follows:
All-Tournament Books for the 2009 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional ($45 for reserved seats and $30 for general admission seats) are now on sale via the Internet at www.seminoles.com. Tickets will also be available by phone at 888-FSU-Nole and at the Seminole Athletics Ticket Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Single game tickets for the Friday sessions ONLY will go on sale via the web (seminoles.com) beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. In person and phone sales of single game tickets for Friday’s games will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Single game tickets for games on subsequent days will go on sale on the web immediately following the last game of the previous day and at Dick Howser Stadium two hours prior to the start of the first game.
Prices for single game general admission tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth. If available, reserved seats single game tickets are $10.00.