TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fourth-seeded Florida State (34-19, 16-10 ACC) opens the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship on Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. against fifth-seeded NC State (34-18, 15-13 ACC) at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
The game will be the second between FSU and NC State this season. Florida State defeated the Wolfpack 8-5 in the only meeting between the two teams on March 25, behind a combined five RBI from Cal Raleigh and Jackson Lueck. The two remaining games were cancelled due to weather.
The Seminoles and NC State have gone head-to-head 17 times in the ACC Tournament since FSU joined the conference in 1992. That includes a meeting in the 2015 ACC championship, which the Seminoles won, 3-1, due in large part to John Sansone’s three-run home run in the third.
Florida State is featured in Pool A along with Boston College, Georgia Tech and Miami. After their clash with NC State, the Noles will then face one of Tuesday’s play-in winners, either eighth-seeded Boston College (31-19, 13-15 ACC) or ninth-seeded Georgia Tech (35-20, 13-16), on Thursday, May 26 at 3 p.m. The Seminoles complete pool play on Saturday, May 28 against the regular-season champion Miami Hurricanes (43-10, 21-7) at 3 p.m.
Pool B consists of Louisville, Virginia, Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest. The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday, May 29, with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The ACC championship game will be telecast on ESPN2 at noon on Sunday, May 29.
FSU enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed for the fourth time in program history (1994, 2005 and 2015). It is also the second time in as many seasons that the Noles have earned the fourth seed in Durham (2015).
Florida State is 69-39 all-time in tournament play, while posting a record of 23-18 in nine previous tournament appearances held in the state of North Carolina. The Seminoles were a perfect 4-0 en route to their sixth ACC tournament championship a year ago in Durham.
When comparing numbers against the other four schools in FSU’s pool, the Seminoles own a combined tournament record of 21-16 against NC State (12-5), Georgia Tech (6-9), Boston College (2-0), Miami (1-2).
FSU has a combined tournament record of 36-20 against the five schools that make up Pool B, which includes Louisville (1-0), Virginia (8-8), Clemson (12-9), Duke (6-0) and Wake Forest (9-3).
The 2016 ACC Baseball Championship marks the 11th time the tournament has been held in the state of North Carolina since FSU joined the league in 1992. The Seminoles are 7-4 all-time when holding the No. 4 seed in the tournament.
The Seminoles have competed for the conference championship six of the last 10 times the tournament has been held in the state of North Carolina, including five times in Durham (1996, 1998, 2009, 2011 and 2015) and once in Greensboro (2010). FSU is 2-4 all-time when reaching the tournament finals in North Carolina with two wins coming in Greensboro (2010) and Durham (2015).
In 1996 and 1998, the Noles lost to the fifth-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. In 2009 and 2011, FSU fell to Virginia (6-3 & 7-2), while the Noles defeated NC State 8-3 in 2010.
In 24 previous trips, the Seminoles are 17-7 in the opening game of the tournament. Florida State defeated Clemson 3-1 in the tournament opener in 2015. Since adopting the pool play format, FSU is 5-4 in first round games.
Since the ACC moved to a pool play format for its conference tournament, Florida State has posted a record of 16-15.
Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through Saturday. All games will also be available on ESPN3.
In addition, the games on Tuesday through Saturday will be broadcast via satellite radio on Sirius 106/XM 193, while Sunday’s championship will be on SiriusXM College Sports National Channel 84.
The ACC Baseball Championship FanFest will be held just outside Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday, May 28, from 2 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 29, starting at 9 a.m.
Fans can also listen to every game of the ACC Tournament on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and free of charge on Seminoles.com and the Florida State Seminoles Game Day app.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).
2016 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 24-29 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.