April 9, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Baseball team reached new heights on Monday afternoon claiming the No. 1 ranking in three of the four major national polls. Baseball America, the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association all have the Seminoles ranked No. 1 in the nation in their latest polls.
Coming off a 3-1 week which included a three-game series sweep of No. 23 Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Florida State moved to No. 1 for the first time since 2008 when Collegiate Baseball had the Noles ranked No. 1 for two consecutive weeks on April 7 and 14.
The Seminoles become the first team other than the University of Florida to hold the top ranking this year in both the Baseball America and NCBWA polls. The Gators had held the top spot since the start of the 2012 season, a span of eight consecutive weeks at No. 1.
FSU currently sits at 27-5 on the year and 14-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles have are off to their best start in conference play since opening with the same mark in 2008. The Garnet and Gold went on to finish that year with the best record in the ACC at 24-6 tying the league record for wins in a season.
Florida State was last ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and the NCBWA Poll on March 26, 2007. The last time Baseball America ranked the Seminoles No. 1 was during a five-week span in 2003 beginning May 5 – June 2.
Perfect Game also ranked the Seminoles No. 1 this week, while Collegiate Baseball has FSU ranked No. 2.
Florida State returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 10 against intra-state rival and fourth-ranked Florida (25-7) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as head coach Mike Martin will be recognized before the start of Tuesday’s game for recording career victory No. 1,700 on Sunday at Georgia Tech.