June 11, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – This is Florida State’s 19th trip to the College World Series and the first since 2000 as the Seminoles seek their first ever national championship in 2008. The Seminoles own an all-time record of 25-36 at the CWS while 13 of the 19 trips to Omaha have been under the direction of head coach Mike Martin. Under Martin, the Seminoles have posted a record of 17-24. This is also marks the third time in school history that the Seminoles have advanced to the CWS as a national seed (1999, 2000 and 2008).
Florida State owns a record of 8-10 in opening round games of the College World Series. Saturday’s game against Stanford will mark the fourth time FSU has opened the CWS against a team from the Pac-10 Conference going 1-2 in three previous games. The Seminoles lone victory against the Pac-10 came in 1970 in a 4-0 win over Arizona. This will be the first time that the Seminoles have faced the Cardinal in the opening round.
The 2008 NCAA Tournament marks the 31st consecutive bid for the Seminoles – second-longest streak in the nation behind only Miami (36). Overall, Florida State has made the NCAA Tournament for the 46th time which is the second-most ever trailing only Texas. The Seminoles and Longhorns are the only two schools to make 40 or more tournament appearances. The Seminoles are 155-102 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, a record that includes 19 prior trips to the College World Series (25-36). Only three teams (Miami, Texas and Southern California) have more wins in NCAA Tournament play and the College World Series than Florida State and only nine schools in all of college baseball have more than 100 wins in postseason play. Florida State earned a top 8 national seed for the sixth time in school history as the Seminoles enter the 2008 postseason with a No. 4 overall seed. FSU also earned a top seed in 1999 (#2), 2000 (#6), 2002 (#1), 2003 (#1) and 2007 (#6). The Seminoles have now advanced to the CWS three times as a national seed (1999, 2000 & 2008).
Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Saturday, June 14, 1:00 pm CST
Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (12-2) vs. Stanford – LHP, Jeremy Bleich (3-2)
Live Stats: Gametracker
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TV: ESPN HD
Noting The Stanford Cardinal
* Florida State holds a 4-1 record against Stanford in postseason play including a 2-1 record at the College World Series.
* The Seminoles last faced Stanford at the 1999 College World Series where the two teams squared-off three times. The Cardinal won the first game 10-6, but Florida State came back twice to ward off elimination and advance to the championship game against Miami.
* All five 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. FSU is 3-0 in the three games decided by three runs or less.
* Of the four Pac-10 programs that Florida State has faced in the post-season the Seminoles hold winning records against two of those schools, California and Stanford with the most wins coming against the Cardinal.
For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.