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FSU Headed To Norwich

May 31, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The NCAA announced on Monday, May 31 the field of 64 for the NCAA Baseball Championship. Florida State earned the automatic bid into the tournament after claiming the Atlantic Coast Conference championship on Sunday defeating NC State 8-3 and finishing the regular season with a record of 42-17.

The Seminoles will hit the road as the No. 1 seed in the Norwich, Connecticut Regional and will be joined by No. 2 Connecticut (47-14), No. 3 Oregon (38-22) and No. 4 Central Connecticut State (33-21). Play will begin on Friday, June 4 and times of those games have yet to be determined.

“We are obviously very excited to be one of the 64 teams,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I have seen the strength of college baseball grow at an incredible rate. There are a number of outstanding teams in this field and in our regional and anything can happen.”

Florida State will be making its 33rd consecutive appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament including 31 straight under Martin. The Seminoles have posted an overall record of 157-106 in 47 NCAA Tournament appearances.

FSU will hit the road to play in a regional for just the eighth time since the NCAA Tournament moved to regional sites in 1975. The last time FSU was on the road for a regional was in 2006 when the Garnet and Gold played in the Athens, Georgia Regional.

Connecticut received an at-large bid out of the Big East Conference and is the No. 2 seed in this week’s regional. The Huskies finished the regular season second in the Big East just a half game behind Louisville. Connecticut wrapped up the regular season with a record of 47-14. Florida State and Connecticut have met just once with the Huskies defeating the Seminoles 5-3 in the 1957 College World Series.

Oregon, an at-large school out of the Pac-10 Conference, earned the No. 3 seed in the Norwich Regional. The Ducks finished tied for fifth place in the Pac-10 with an overall record of 38-22. Oregon is making its third post season appearance in school history and first since 1964. The Seminoles and Ducks have never met.

Central Connecticut State completes this year’s four-team field earning the No. 4 seed in the Norwich Regional. The Blue Devils finished the regular season with a record of 33-21 and received an automatic bid by virtue of winning the Northeast Conference Championship. Florida State and Central Connecticut State have also never faced each other.

“We don’t know a lot about Central Connecticut State, but we know that we have to be ready to go on Friday,” added Martin.

The games will be played at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, Conn. – the 6,000 seat home of the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League.

The Norwich Regional is paired up with the Louisville, Kentucky Regional as the winners from both regional sites will square-off in a best-of-three series beginning on either Friday, June 11 or Saturday, June 12. The four schools competing in the Louisville Regional include Louisville (48-12), Vanderbilt (41-17), Illinois State (31-22) and St. Louis (33-27).

The complete schedule for the Norwich Regional is listed below:

Friday, June 4, 2010
Game 1: Florida State vs. Central Connecticut State – 2:00 p.m.
Game 2: Connecticut vs. Oregon – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 5, 2010
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 2:00 pm
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 6:30 pm

Sunday, June 6, 2010
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 2:00 pm
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 6:30 pm

Monday, June 7, 2010
Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary) – 7:00 pm

**All game times are subject to change**

Tickets information for the Norwich Regional is as follows:

Tickets for the Norwich Regional will go on sale on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Tickets may be purchased in person at Dodd Stadium and at the UConn Athletic Ticket Office in Storrs beginning Tuesday morning.

A four-day ticket package, which includes up to seven games, is available for $28 while single-game prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students and $5 for youth 18 and under.

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