June 14, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Saturday morning marked the opening day of the 2008 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., with fourth-seeded Florid State (54-12) facing off against Stanford (39-22-2) at 1:00 CST inside Rosenblatt Stadium. The Seminoles are making their 19th appearance at the CWS and first since 2000. FSU is searching for the school’s first national championship.
On Friday, the Seminoles got their first look inside Rosenblatt Stadium holding the first practice of the day at 9:00 am. After an hour of fielding groundballs and taking batting practice, the Garnet and Gold participated in a half hour autograph session.
Following a couple hours of free time after practice, Florida State returned to Rosenblatt Stadium to take part in the College World Series Opening Ceremonies.
First, the team took part in a barbeque dinner with the rest of this year’s field of participants.
After dinner, the opening ceremonies kicked off as Florida State took the field walking from the left field wall to their seats on the first base foul line in front of a crowd of at least 8,000. Senior Dennis Guinn led the team onto the field as he drew the honors of carrying the team flag during the gala.
Then, the NCAA honored one student-athlete from each team that accumulated the highest overall GPA. Buster Posey was the representative from Florida State as the junior catcher, majoring in finance, has maintained a 3.808 GPA through his first three season at FSU.
The night came to a close with a firework extravaganza just beyond the outfield wall in dead centerfield.
Florida State will return to the field on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm CST as the Seminoles take on the Stanford Cardinal.