Sept. 11, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State baseball announced on Thursday, September 11 the 56-game schedule for the 2009 season. The Seminoles will open the season inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium on Mike Martin Field with a four-game set against the Hofstra Pride beginning Friday, February 20.
Nine teams on this year’s schedule recorded 30 or more wins a season ago. Six schools earned a bid to participate in the NCAA Regional in 2008, while four teams finished last year ranked in the top 25.
“Obviously, this is another challenging and competitive schedule for us,” stated head coach Mike Martin. “We play Auburn for four, Florida for three, including a game in Jacksonville, Florida Gulf Coast for the first time in school history and a very good Florida International team in May.”
Also featured on this year’s schedule are a pair of 2008 College World Series participants in Miami and North Carolina. After falling to Miami in an elimination game at the CWS, the Seminoles will seek redemption against the Hurricanes during a three-game set in Coral Gables beginning April 3. The following weekend FSU welcomes the Tar Heels to Tallahassee for a three games series.
The Seminoles, who have won back-to-back ACC Atlantic Division titles, will compete in a 30-game conference schedule for the fourth year in a row playing all but one league school. The lone ACC school off the schedule for the second year in a row is the Duke Blue Devils.
“The ACC was the number one conference in the country last year as evident with three teams going to the College World Series. To be playing 12 games on the road against schools that either played in the CWS, Super Regional or Regional tournaments, is challenging in it’s self,” added Martin.
Florida State will open league play at home on Friday, March 6 as the Seminoles welcome Boston College to Tallahassee. Other ACC schools making the trek to the capital city in 2009 include Clemson (March 20-22), Wake Forest (April 24-26) and Virginia Tech (May 1-3).
League road trips for the Seminoles in 2009 include games at Virginia (March 13-15), Maryland (March 27-29), NC State (April 17-19) and Georgia Tech (May 8-10).
Florida State’s non-conference schedule is highlighted by two teams from the SEC. Florida State and Auburn will once again play a four-game set with the first two games in Tallahassee and the next two in Auburn. Intra-state rival Florida is on the schedule for three games including a March 31 showdown at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Other non-conference opponents include Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic-Sun regular season champions), Jacksonville, North Florida, High Point University and UNC Asheville.
Florida State will host Florida International for a mid-week match-up on May 6 marking the return of long-time Seminole assistant Rod Delmonico, who was named Assistant Coach of the Golden Panthers back in July.
The Seminoles will wrap-up their regular season schedule with a three-game set on Mike Martin Field against Grambling University. The Tigers finished second in the SWAC West division a season ago.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. will serve as the site of the 2009 ACC Baseball Tournament which will be held May 20-24. The 10,000 seat downtown stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Ray’s Triple-A affiliate. It marks the sixth time the championship has set up shop in Durham and the fourth time at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The league championship was played in Durham in 1984, 1986, 1996, 1998 and 1999.
“We have always enjoyed ourselves in Durham,” explained Martin. “It’s a great facility. Certainly, we have a good number of Seminoles in the North Carolina area. We are just hoping to be involved in the tournament as four schools will be left at home.”
The Seminoles will hit the field for their first official day of fall practice on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 with the annual Garnet and Gold Game being held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31.
NOTE: Game times not listed on the PDF schedule will be updated on Seminoles.com once they are announced.