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FSU Faces Wake Forest To Open ACC Baseball Championship

May 21, 2008




FSU Baseball Release No. 22 in PDF Format

Jacksonville, Fla. – The ACC Baseball Championship returns to the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Fla. for the fourth year in a row with Florida State looking for its first conference championship since 2004. The Seminoles have captured four ACC titles since joining the league in 1992 with two coming in the Sunshine State over on the west coast in St. Petersburg (1997 & 2002). The other two titles have come in Greensville, SC (1995) and Salem, VA (2004). As the tournament shifted gears to a round robin format last year, the Seminoles went 1-2 as the top seed with their lone win coming against Wake Forest in the opening game.

In 2008, Florida State earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament after claiming its second straight Atlantic Division title. The No. 2 seed has been very kind to the Seminoles in the past as the Garnet and Gold has posted an all-time record of 13-3 with two conference championships. FSU went 3-2 in 1992 (Greenville), 5-1 in 1995 (Greenville) defeating Clemson 8-2 in the championship game and then 5-0 in 1997 (St. Petersburg) once again defeating Clemson 10-0 for the conference title.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Wednesday, May 21, 5:00 pm
Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (9-2) vs. Wake Forest – RHP, Ben Hunter (4-5)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
TV – Sun Sports & Sports South

Friday, May 23, 5:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Ryan Strauss (8-0) vs. Virginia – RHP, Jacob Thompson (5-4)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
TV – Sun Sports, Sports South & NESN

Saturday, May 24, 5:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (6-2) vs. North Carolina – TBA
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
TV – Sun Sports, Sports South & NESN

Setting the ACC Tournament
Florida State vs. Wake Forest
* This will mark the 12th time that the Seminoles and Demon Deacons have met in the ACC Tournament with FSU holding an 8-3 advantage.

* FSU has won four straight against Wake Forest in the tournament outscoring the Deacs 34-9. The Seminoles are 1-0 as the #2 seed against Wake Forest while the Deacs are 0-1 as the #7 seed vs. the Seminoles.

* Wednesday’s game marks the third time in the last four years these schools have faced off in Jacksonville. FSU is 3-0 all-time against Wake in tournament games played in the state of Florida.

* In 2008, FSU took 2-of-3 from Wake Forest in Winston-Salem as the Seminoles won games one and three of the series.

* FSU has won seven of the last eight games in the series while six of the last nine have been decided by two runs or less including three games decided in extra innings.

Florida State vs. Virginia
* This will mark the 10th time that the Seminoles and Cavaliers have met in the ACC Tournament with FSU holding a 6-3 advantage.

* The longest win streak in the tournament for either team is two performed twice by Florida State. The two schools split a pair in Jacksonville back in 2006 as the Seminoles eliminated the Cavaliers with an 11-0, seven inning victory to advance to the semifinals.

* FSU has won eight of the last 10 games against UVa in the series; the Noles are 1-0 as the #2 seed against UVa while the Cavs are 0-1 as the #6 seed vs. the Seminoles.

* In 2008, FSU swept the season series from Virginia taking game one 10-3 while games two and three were both decided by one run in extra innings. Games 2 and 3 were part of a doubleheader on Sunday.

* 2003 was the last time FSU and UVa faced each four times in a season with the Noles going 4-0.

Florida State vs. North Carolina
* This will mark the ninth time that the Seminoles and Tar Heels have met in the ACC Tournament with FSU holding a 7-1 advantage.

* FSU has won three in a row against UNC in the tournament while the last four games have all been decided by one run. Half of the contests have gone into extra innings; FSU 3-1 in extra innings and 4-1 in 1-run games.

* The Seminoles are 2-0 as the #2 seed against North Carolina while the Tar Heels have never faced FSU as the No. 3 seed in the tournament.

* Saturday’s game marks the third time in the last four years these schools have faced off in Jacksonville. FSU is 2-0 all-time against UNC in tournament games played in the state of Florida; both decided by one run.

* In 2008, FSU dropped 2-of-3 from UNC in Cary, N.C. as the Seminoles won game two. FSU dropped the finale in extra innings (2-1, 10), while an 11-run eighth inning led to the loss in game one (UNC – 11-4).

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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