June 7, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2012 NCAA Baseball Championship heads into its second weekend of competition with eight Super Regional sites. Only two sites feature a pair of No. 1 seeds battling for a spot in the College World Series and both those sites just happen to be in the state of Florida.
Tallahassee is one of those spots as Florida State (46-15) and Stanford (39-16) battle it out in a best-of-three game series beginning Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Florida and NC State is the other pair of No. 1 seeds playing this weekend as the Gators and Wolfpack begin play on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Gainesville.
The Seminoles and Cardinal are squaring-off for the seventh time in the postseason and just the first time in the Super Regionals. Stanford marks the first Pac-12 school FSU has faced since the Seminoles defeated Oregon in the Norwich Regional championship game in 2010. FSU head coach Mike Martin and Stanford head coach Mark Marquess rank as the third and fourth winningest active Division I coaches, respectively.
The series between these two schools is tied at 9-9, while FSU holds a 4-2 record against Stanford in postseason play. Five of the six games against Stanford in the NCAA Tournament have been decided by five runs or less with three of the games decided by three runs or less, which FSU is 3-0 in those contests.
The Seminoles last faced Stanford in the opening game of the 2008 College World Series. The Cardinal broke up a tie game in the ninth scoring 11 runs en route to a 16-5 victory out in Omaha.
Of the four Pac-12 programs that Florida State has faced in the post-season the Seminoles hold winning records against three of those schools, California (1-0), Oregon (2-0) and Stanford (4-2) with the most wins coming against the Cardinal.
FSU left hander Brandon Leibrandt (7-2) will take the mound on Friday against Stanford in game one and will be opposed by Cardinal right hander Mark Appel (10-1).
Every game of the 2012 Tallahassee Super Regional will air live on ESPN2ND.
Fans can listen to the games locally on 1270 AM (Friday), 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday) 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 Super Regionals
FSU boasts an all-time record of 11-17 (.393) in the Super Regionals including a mark of 10-11 on their home turf. The Seminoles are 4-7 all-time in the best-of-three format collecting series victories against Auburn (2-0) in 1999, Miami (2-1) in 2000, Wichita State (2-1) in 2008 and Vanderbilt (2-1) in 2010 all at home.
The 2008 series against Wichita State marked the first time since the Super Regional format began in 1999 that Florida State lost the opening round to only come back and win the series.
FSU is hosting a super regional for the ninth time in 12 all-time appearances since the NCAA Tournament moved to Super Regional play in 1999. The Seminoles have advanced to the CWS as a host of a Super Regional four times.
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 170-111 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, a record that includes 20 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 earned the No. 3 national seed this year for the first time in school history. FSU has advanced to the CWS as a national seed in 1999 (#2), 2000 (#6) and 2008 (#4).
The Seminoles have posted a record of 94-35 (.729) while playing at home during NCAA Regional and Super Regional action including a mark of 42-17 in the 21st century.
Only three teams (Texas, Miami and Southern California) 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, Miami (177), Southern Cal (171) and FSU (170).
The complete schedule for the Tallahassee Regional is listed below:
Friday, June 8, 2012
Game 1: Stanford vs. Florida State – 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Game 2: Florida State vs. Stanford – 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Game 3: Stanford vs. Florida State (if necessary) – 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tickets information for the Tallahassee Regional is as follows:
Tournament passes are $40.00 for reserved seats and $30.00 for general admission seats. These are good for every game of the tournament.
All-Tournament Books for the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Super Regional are now on sale via the Internet at www.seminoles.com. Tickets will also be available by phone at 888-FSU-Nole and at the Seminole Athletics Ticket Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 5.
Youth under 18 and FSU students that present their school ID can also purchase single-game tickets for $9. Those tickets will not be available until the day before the first game of the Super Regional.