May 22, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State (43-12, 24-6 ACC) returns to Greensboro, N.C. for the 39th annual ACC Baseball Championship as the No. 1 seed for the ninth time in school history. The Seminoles will open the 2012 tournament on Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. against eighth-seeded Georgia Tech (32-24, 12-18 ACC).
FSU is 63-32 all-time in tournament play, while posting a record of 17-11 in six previous tournament appearances held in the state of North Carolina.
When comparing records against the other three schools in Division A of the ACC Tournament, Florida State owns a combined record of 24-21 against Georgia Tech (6-7), Clemson (11-8) and Virginia (7-6). Against the other four schools in Division B, FSU owns a combined record of 29-11 against the likes of North Carolina (8-1), NC State (11-5), Miami (1-2) and Wake Forest (9-3).
The 2012 ACC Baseball Championship marks the seventh time the tournament has been held in the state of North Carolina since FSU joined the league in 1992. On five previous occasions, FSU was seeded No. 1. The Seminoles are 12-8 as the top-seed in league tournaments played in N.C., while three of those losses have come in the championship game. Overall, the Seminoles own a record of 24-14 as the top seed in the ACC Tournament including a mark of 1-3 in the finals.
The Seminoles have played for the conference championship five of the six times the tournament has been held in the state of North Carolina including four times in Durham (1996, 1998, 2009 & 2011) and once in Greensboro (2010).
NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro will serve as host for the 2012 Baseball Tournament and was the site of Florida State’s last ACC Championship in 2010 when the Seminoles defeated NC State 8-3 to claim their fifth league title in school history.
On Wednesday, RHP Scott Sitz will take the mound for Florida State, while Georgia Tech RHP Buck Farmer gets the starting nod for the Yellow Jackets.
All three ACC Tournament games will air live on the Regional Sports Networks. Fans are encouraged to check their local listing for the channel provider in their area. Fans can listen to the games locally on 1270 AM (Wednesday and Friday), 100.7 FM (Saturday) and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.
Every game of the ACC Tournament will also be live-streamed via the Internet by ESPN3. In addition, Sirius 93 will broadcast all 13 games live via satellite radio, and every game with exception of the Wednesday and Friday 7:00 p.m. games will also be broadcast live via satellite radio on XM 190.
ACC TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
Carolina On My Mind
*The state of North Carolina has been Florida State’s home away from home in 2012 as this week’s ACC Baseball Championship marks the third time the Seminoles have made the trek to the Tobacco state this year.
*FSU has already visited to play Duke and Wake Forest this year.
*The Seminoles are 5-1 in the state of North Carolina in 2012 posting series victories against both opponents including a series sweep of the Blue Devils.
In Opening ACC Tournament
*It’s all about getting off to a good start in the postseason and that is something the Florida State Baseball team has done when it comes to the start of the ACC Baseball Championship.
*In 20 previous trips, the Seminoles are 15-5 in the opening game of the tournament. Despite dropping the first game the last two years, FSU battled back to advance to the championship final. Since adopting the pool play format, FSU is 3-2 in the first round games. The Noles have won 14 of the last 17 opening round games.
*FSU has outscored the opposition 120-75 in that opening round contest holding opponents to three or fewer runs 10 times with two shutouts.
*Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech marks the first time these two schools will face-off in the opening round game.
*For the sixth year in a row, Florida State finished a top the ACC Atlantic Division claiming at least a share of the division title.
*Since the move to divisional play in 2006, FSU has captured at least a share of the division title in six of the seven years.
*Florida State has won the division title outright five times (2007-09, 2011-12), while sharing the title with Clemson in 2010.
*The Seminoles finished the season with a league record of 24-6 tying the ACC mark for victories. FSU joined the 2006 Clemson Tigers and 2008 Florida State Seminoles for the most wins in league history.
FSU As The No. 1 Seed
*For the ninth time in school history, Florida State will enter the ACC Baseball Championship as the No. 1 seed.
*The Seminoles own a record of 24-14 as the top seed in the ACC Tournament including a mark of 1-3 in the finals.
*This year marks the fourth time Florida State will play the ACC Tournament in the state of North Carolina as the No. 1 seed.
*Florida State was honored with five student-athletes on the All-ACC first and second teams in 2012.
*James Ramsey, who was named an All-ACC first team honoree for the second year in a row, became the fifth Seminole in school history to garner Player of the Year accolades.
*The senior captain is the first Seminole to win the award since Buster Posey took home the individual honor in 2008. He becomes just the third Seminole outfielder to win the award joining J.D. Drew (1997) and John Ford-Griffin (2001).
*Freshman righthander Mike Compton (SP) was named to the second team.
*It marks the second year in a row in which the Seminoles were honored with four first-team honorees.
*Head coach Mike Martin was named the league’s top coach for the seventh time in his career. He led the Seminoles to the top seed in the ACC tournament for the ninth time in school history, while tying the league record for wins with 24.