May 31, 2007
NCAA TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL
Friday, June 1, 2007
Game 1: No. 2 Mississippi State (33-20) vs. No. 3 Stetson (41-19)
Game 2: No. 1 Florida State (47-11) vs. No. 4 Bethune-Cookman (33-25)
FSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is Florida State’s 30th consecutive trip to NCAA Regional, which is the second-longest streak in the nation behind only Miami (35). Overall, this is Florida State’s 45th NCAA Regional, which is the second-most ever trailing only Texas. The Seminoles and Longhorns are the only two schools to ever play in 40 NCAA Regional Tournaments. The Seminoles are 147-98 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, a record that includes 18 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 fifth time in school history as the Seminoles enter the 2007 postseason with a No. 6 overall seed. FSU also earned a top seed in 1999 (#2), 2000 (#6), 2002 (#1) and 2003 (#1). The Seminoles have advanced to the CWS twice as a national seed both in 1999 and 2000.
NCAA TOURNAMENT WINS
Florida State and Texas are the two most successful programs in the history of college baseball in almost every category and the two powerhouses are once again squaring off in a fight over another record. Coming into the 2007 NCAA Tournament the two teams are first and second for the most program victories in Regional/Super Regional play with Texas (124) and FSU (122). They are the only two schools in NCAA Baseball history with over 120 wins in NCAA Tournament play (not including the World Series). Only three schools have ever won more than 100 Regional/Super Regional games and two are from the state of Florida (FSU & Miami). Texas has been in regional play six more times than the Seminoles giving the Longhorns an average of 2.5 wins per appearance compared to 2.8 for FSU. The Hurricanes lead both schools winning an average of 3.2 games per tournament appearance.
OPENING NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY
Florida State has won 14 straight regional openers, a streak that goes back to 1992. During that streak the Seminoles have been in only one game that was decided by a single run (2005 vs. Army). The Seminoles have an aggregate scoring lead of 146-43 over the 14-game stretch. The largest margin of victory was 18 runs performed twice the first coming in 1999 when the Seminoles defeated The Citadel 24-6. Last year, FSU defeated Jacksonville 18-0 in the opening round in Athens, Ga. Under head coach Mike Martin the Seminoles are 24-3 in the opening game of a regional. Prior to Martin’s arrival, the Seminoles were 11-7.
FSU VERSUS THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
The Seminoles enter the 2007 NCAA Baseball Tournament having played 20 games against six teams who qualified for this year’s tournament. Overall, FSU went 12-8 versus the 2007 field and 2-1 against North Carolina, the lone No. 1 seed of the six teams that the Seminoles have played. FSU has a .500 or better record against five of the six teams with the only sub .500 record coming against Clemson. The Tigers took 3-of-4 from the Seminoles in 2007 including two in Tallahassee. FSU posted a 7-3 mark on Mike Martin Field against four of these teams. Here is a look at who FSU faced:
No. 3 – Wake Forest: 4-0
No. 1 – North Carolina: 2-1
No. 2 – NC State: 2-1
No. 2 – Miami: 2-2
No. 4 – Jacksonville: 1-1
No. 2 – Clemson: 1-3
NOLES WITH POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
* Senior Michael Hyde is 1-0 in two career NCAA starts…Hyde has thrown 11 combined innings allowing just two runs on eight hits…he has posted eight strikeouts and only two walks…he is limiting the opposition to a .200 batting average…Hyde earned a no decision against Army in 2005 and defeated Jacksonville in 2006.
* Senior Bryan Henry is 1-2 in three career NCAA Tournament starts…in 2005, he pitched the only complete game of his career as he led the Seminoles to a 4-3 win over Auburn…he struck out 10 while giving up three runs on six hits…Henry suffered losses against Georgia (2006) and Florida (2005).
* Brian Chambers, Travis Burge and Jimmy Marshall have each made relief appearances in the NCAA Tournament with Chambers the more experienced of the trio with an inning of work to his credit in 2005…all three have worked a combined 8.1 innings without giving up an earned run.
* Jack Rye is a career .290 hitter in NCAA action registering nine hits in 31 at-bats…he has a double, three runs scored and three RBI’s.
* The NCAA postseason has not been kind to Tony Thomas, Jr. as the junior second baseman is batting just .250 (8-for-32) in nine career games…three of his eight hits have gone for extra bases including two home runs.
* In his first season, Buster Posey hit .353 as he started at shortstop in all four NCAA games last year…he went 6-for-17 and tied Shane Robinson with a team-high five runs scored.
* Dennis Guinn played in all four games in 2006 hitting .333…Mark Gildea and Tommy Oravetz each recorded one hit in the postseason a year ago.
Please see the pdf at the top of the page for complete FSU notes for the 2007 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.