May 17, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla, — The National Collegiate Athletic Association
announced today that Florida State University and Dick Howser Stadium
will be one of 16 regional host sites for the 1999 Division I Baseball
Championship beginning next week.
“It really is a tribute to our coaches, players, athletics staff
and fans that we will have an opportunity to host a regional,” said
Florida State Assistant Athletics Director Greg Phillips, who will serve
as the regional’s Tournament Director. “Our staff has a track-record of
putting on a first-class event and the city of Tallahassee has done an
exceptional job supporting regionals throughout the years. It is also a
great reward for a tremendous regular season by our baseball team.”
Florida State finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference
regular season standings with a league-record 22 wins against two
defeats. The fourth-ranked Seminoles are the top-seed in this week’s
ACC Tournament and are 46-10 overall.
“We are obviously elated to be selected as a regional site,”
said Seminole head coach Mike Martin. “It is so encouraging to have an
athletics administration that commits to keeping regional baseball in
Tallahassee. Our team certainly deserves this and we were very excited
when we heard the news. Now we need our fans to come out and support
our team and the regional.”
Regional play, which consists of four teams, begins Friday, May
28 and runs through Sunday, May 30. Game times are set for 3 and 7 p.m.
on Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 p.m. and, if
neccessary, 5 p.m. on Sunday. All-tournament passes will go on sale at
8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18 at the Moore Athletic Center ticket office.
All-tournament passes are $40 for lower reserved seating, $35 for upper
reserved seating and $25 for general admission.
This year’s tournament will be the 18th held in Tallahassee and
the 15th in the last 17 years. The complete 64-team NCAA Tournament
bracket will be announced next Monday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The winners of the 16 regionals will advance to super
regional-play, June 4-6. Site selections for the best two-out-of-three
super regionals will be made on May 31. The eight winners of the super
regionals advance to the College World Series in Omaha, NE, June 11-19.