June 13, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The journey to Omaha and the College World Series begins on Wednesday, June 13 for Florida State as the Seminoles head to the Midwest in search of their first national championship.
Florida State (48-15), the No. 3 overall seed in the CWS, will open the tournament Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. EST against Arizona (43-17).
Florida State and Arizona are no strangers when it comes to playing in Omaha as the two teams will square-off for the sixth time in the history of the series. It also marks the second time the two schools will meet in an opening game of the CWS as FSU defeated Arizona 4-0 in 1970.
Arizona leads the all-time series at 6-5, but has held the upper hand in Omaha winning four of the five previous meetings including three straight. The last time these two schools met in Omaha was in the 1986 championship game as the Wildcats came away with a 10-2 victory to claim their third national title.
FSU and Arizona let met in 1991 for a three-game series in Tucson. The Seminoles won game one (15-8) before the Wildcats captured the series with wins in games two (7-3) and three (3-2).
FSU left hander Brandon Leibrandt (8-2) will take the mound on Friday in the CWS opener against Arizona’s Kurt Heyer (12-2).
Fans can listen to every game of the 2012 College World Series locally on 100.7 FM and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.
FSU In The College World Series
Florida State is making its 21st trip to the College World Series in 2012 – the most of any other school in this year’s field – and third in the last five years. FSU is seeking its first national title.
The Seminoles own an all-time record of 26-40 at the CWS. The 26 wins are the 11th most in NCAA history.
Fifteen of the 21 trips made by Florida State out to Omaha have been under the direction of head coach Mike Martin. Under Martin, the Seminoles have posted a record of 18-28.
Since expanding the bracket to 64 teams and naming national seeds beginning in 1999, this year marks the fourth time that FSU has advanced to the CWS as a national seed and the first as the No. 3 overall seed.
Florida State owns a record of 8-12 in opening round games of the College World Series. The Seminoles have dropped three straight and five of their last six opening round games of the CWS – last win vs. Texas A&M in 1999.
Friday will mark the fourth time FSU will play an opening round game against a current member of the Pac-12 Conference and second time the Seminoles will face Arizona to open the CWS. FSU is 1-2 in opening round games against the Pac-12 with its lone win coming against Arizona back in 1970 (W, 4-0).
FSU opened the 2008 series against Stanford. The Cardinal broke up a tie game in the ninth scoring 11 runs en route to a 16-5 victory.
FSU In The NCAA Tournament
This is Florida State’s 35th consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional, which is the second longest streak in the nation behind only Miami (40).
Overall, this is Florida State’s 50th NCAA Regional, which is the second-most ever trailing only Texas. The Seminoles and Longhorns are the only two schools to make 45 or more tournament appearances.
The Seminoles are 172-111 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, a record that includes 20 previous trips to the College World Series (26-40).
Florida State enters the 2012 NCAA Tournament as a top eight national seed for the eighth time since 1999.
The Seminoles have posted a record of 96-35 (.733) while playing at home during NCAA Regional and Super Regional action including a mark of 44-17 in the 21st century. FSU is 76-76 on the road in the NCAA Tournament.
Only two teams (Texas and Miami) have more wins all-time in NCAA Tournament play and the College World Series than Florida State. The Longhorns lead all schools with 225 wins followed by Miami (177) and then FSU (172).
The complete schedule for College World Series is listed below:
(All times listed CST)
Friday, June 15
Game 1 – 4 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) (V) Stony Brook (52-13) vs. (H) No. 2 UCLA (47-14)
Game 2 – 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) (V) Arizona (43-17) vs. (H) No. 3 Florida St. (48-15)
Saturday, June 16
Game 3 – 4 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Eugene Super Regional Winner vs. Waco Super Regional Winner
Game 4 – 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) (V) No. 8 South Carolina (45-17) vs. (H) No. 1 Florida (47-18)
Sunday, June 17
Game 5 – 4 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6 – 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Monday, June 18
Game 7 – 4 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 8 – 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Tuesday, June 19
Game 9 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Wednesday, June 20
Game 10 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8
Thursday, June 21
Game 11 – 4 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 12 – 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8
Friday, June 22
Game 13 – 4 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) or 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 8 p.m.
Game 14 – 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 23
No games scheduled
MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS
Sunday, June 24
Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
Monday, June 25
Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
Tuesday, June 26
Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner