June 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two wins are all that sit between Florida State (45-16) and Arkansas (37-22) for a berth in the College World Series. Both schools swept through their respective regionals and enter this weekend’s Super Regional on a three-game win streak.
Florida State will play in a Super Regional for the ninth time in school history, while this marks the second time that FSU and Arkansas will battle for a spot in Omaha. The two schools met in Fayetteville back in 2004 as Arkansas won the three-game series 2-0.
FSU boasts an all-time record of 8-12 in the Super Regionals including a mark of 7-6 on their home turf. The Seminoles are 3-5 all-time in the best-of-three format collecting series victories against Auburn (2-0) in 1999, Miami (2-1) in 2000 and Wichita State (2-1) in 2008, with all three series victories coming at home. Last season 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.
Other NCAA Tournament Notables:
* FSU is making its 32nd consecutive regional appearance and 47th overall. The Seminoles own an all-time record of 158-104 in the NCAA Tournament including a mark of 133-66 in Regional and Super Regional play.
* The Seminoles are making their ninth appearance in the NCAA Super Regional posting an overall record of 8-12.
* The Seminoles are 2-6 all-time in opening round games of the NCAA Super Regional.
* FSU has won Super Regionals over Auburn (1999), Miami (2000) and Wichita State (2008) and is 3-2 in Super Regionals played in Tallahassee.
* Florida State is 0-3 all-time against Arkansas with all three meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament including the last two in the 2004 NCAA Super Regional in Fayetteville. The two schools first squared-off in the 1985 Regional in Tallahassee.
* The ACC was third nationally with seven teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament. Four of the seven advanced to Super Regional play tying the SEC for the most in the nation. North Carolina was the only league school to earn a top eight national seed.
* The ACC leads the nation with the highest winning percentage in non-conference action at .760 posting an overall record of 222-70.
* Florida State enters the NCAA Tournament having won 18 games in a row at home – the longest, active streak in the nation.
* The Seminoles are one of nine schools to have won 45 or more games in 2009. The Seminoles have finished with 40 plus wins in 32 consecutive seasons.
* FSU has recorded seven walk-off victories in 2009 with six different Seminoles coming through with the late inning heroics. Mike McGee, Mike Meschke, Jason Stidham (2), Tommy Oravetz and Ohmed Danesh each have a walk-off hit to their name this year, while Rafael Lopez hit a sac-fly to center.
* FSU set school records for runs (37), hits (38), doubles (15) and total bases (66) in a 37-6 victory over Ohio State in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional.
Florida State vs. Arkansas Series Pitching Match-up
Friday, June 5 – 12:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (12-3) vs. Arkansas – LHP, Dallas Keuchel (7-3)
Saturday, June 6 – 12:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (6-2) vs. Arkansas – RHP, Brett Eibner (5-4)
Florida State vs. Arkansas Series Notables
* Florida State and Arkansas will square-off for the second time in the Super Regionals as the Razorbacks defeated the Seminoles 2-0 in a three-game series in Fayetteville back in 2004.
* All three meetings in the series have come in the NCAA Tournament with Arkansas winning all three games.
* All three games have been decided by two runs or less including a one-run Razorback victory in the Tallahassee Regional in 1985. Arkansas has outscored FSU 18-13 in the series.
* The Seminoles own a record of 26-31 all-time against current schools from the Southeastern Conference in the NCAA Tournament. FSU is 3-6 against schools from the SEC in the Super Regionals.
FSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is Florida State’s 32nd consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional, which is the second-longest streak in the nation behind only Miami (37). Overall, this is Florida State’s 47th NCAA Regional, 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 158-104 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, a record that includes 19 trips to the College World Series (25-38). 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.
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 2009 NCAA Tournament the two teams are first and second for the most program victories in Regional/Super Regional play with FSU (133) and Texas (131). They are the only two schools in NCAA Baseball history with over 130 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 3.3 games per tournament appearance.
OPENING NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY
With a victory over Marist in the Tallahassee Regional, Florida State moved to 36-11 all-time in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Prior to last year’s 7-0 defeat at the hands of Bucknell, the Seminoles had won 15 straight regional openers, a streak that dated back to 1993. During that streak the Seminoles were involved in only one game that was decided by a single run (2005 vs. Army). Since 1993, the largest margin of victory was 18 runs performed twice the first coming in 1999 when the Seminoles defeated The Citadel 24-6. In 2006, FSU defeated Jacksonville 18-0 in the opening round in Athens, Ga. Under head coach Mike Martin the Seminoles are 26-4 in the opening game of a regional. Prior to Martin’s arrival, the Seminoles were 11-7. In the Super Regional format, the Seminoles own a record of 2-6 all-time in the opening round. The only opening series victories that FSU has recorded has come against Auburn (1999) and Miami (2000).
FSU VERSUS THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
The Seminoles enter the 2009 NCAA Super Regional having played 28 games against 11 teams who qualified for this year’s tournament. Overall, FSU went 14-14 versus the 2009 field and 6-7 against four of the 16 No. 1 seeds which include Clemson, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia Tech. FSU posted a .500 or better record in the regular season against five of the eight teams. FSU posted a 9-5 mark on Mike Martin Field against eight of these teams.
NOTES FROM THE NCAA TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL
* Florida State went undefeated in regional action for the 15th in school history. The Seminoles went 3-0 in the 2009 Tallahassee Regional defeating Marist (16-4), Georgia (8-2) and Ohio State (37-6). The last time FSU went undefeated in an NCAA Regional was 2005 (3-0).
* Florida State outscored the opposition 61-12 in the Tallahassee Regional. The Seminoles posted a team batting average of .468 in three games, the second highest average among this year’s field of 64. FSU’s pitching staff was equally impressive posting a 2.33 ERA, fifth lowest across the nation during regional play, allowing just seven earned runs in 27 innings of work. Seminole pitchers struck out 25 and walked just eight.
* In Florida State’s 37-6 victory over Ohio State in the regional championship game, the Seminoles set school records for runs (37), hits (38), doubles (15) and total bases (66). FSU and OSU also set the school record for most combined total bases (83: FSU 66, OSU 17), while tying the school record for most combined runs (43: FSU 37, OSU 6). Florida State tied the school record for RBI in a game with 34.
* In Florida State’s 37-6 victory over Ohio State, the Seminoles established NCAA Tournament single-game records for runs (37), hits (38), combined hits (51), doubles (15) and total bases (66).
* The 15 doubles by the Seminoles also eclipsed the NCAA single-game record of 13 held by three different teams. The previous school record was nine doubles set against Duke back on March 10, 2000. Florida State surpassed the school record with its 10th double of the game on Stephen Cardullo’s one-out double to right center in the third. Cardullo and Stidham each tallied three doubles in the win over the Buckeyes.
* Stephen Cardullo finished the game 7-for-9 with five runs and five RBI. He tied the school record for hits and at-bats, while his seven hits were the most in an NCAA Tournament game by any Division I student-athlete.
* Ten Seminoles recorded multiple hits against Ohio State, while 11 players finished with an RBI. Every Seminole that registered an official at-bat scored a run. Florida State scored in seven of the nine innings including a season-high 11 runs in the fifth.
For complete notes see the attached PDF.