May 25, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
For the seventh consecutive year and 22nd time overall, Florida State University has been selected by the NCAA to host a baseball regional. The 2003 Tallahassee regional will consist of four teams who will be announced Monday at 12:30 p.m. and play will begin Friday, May 30. The top-ranked Seminoles are currently vying to play in the ACC Championship final in Salem, VA and are all but assured of playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 26th year in a row.
“We (the coaches and players) appreciate the outstanding job our administration does of putting us in position to host NCAA regionals,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Our staff at Florida State has always done a great job in the role of regional host over the years and has provided a first class atmosphere for collegiate baseball.”
Florida State is playing Georgia Tech in the ACC championship semi-final this afternoon as the Tribe looks to defend its 2002 title. The Seminoles captured their third consecutive regular season title in 2003 and are now 50-9-1 on the year. This is the ninth time in the last ten years that FSU has reached the 50-win plateau.
“Hosting regionals is a credit to this ball club. They have had an excellent season and have earned the right to play in front of the home crowd,” said Martin. “I know the great baseball fans in Tallahassee will come out and see what should be an exciting regional.”
Since the NCAA moved to the super-regionals, Florida State has advanced to the super-regional all four times when being named an NCAA regional host. On top of that, 11 of the Tribe’s last 12 trips to the College World Series in Omaha, NE began with a regional in Tallahassee, FL. FSU’s last trip to Omaha came in 2000 and began with Florida State being named to host an NCAA regional that season.
“Playing at home is a tremendous advantage but you still have to go out and play well to advance to the next round,” said Martin.
Tickets for the NCAA Division I Baseball Tallahassee Regional are currently on sale on the official website of Florida State University Athletics www.seminoles.com. Ticket books for the tournament are $40 for reserved grandstand seats and $25 for general admission bleacher seats. Tickets will be available for walk-up sales at the Seminole Ticket Office located at Gate C of Doak Campbell Stadium Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. Tickets can also be purchased by phone on Tuesday morning at 8:30 by calling 64-Go-FSU or toll free at 888-FSU-NoLE. All tournament books are on sale now. No single game tickets will be sold until Friday morning.
The 64-team bracket will be announced on ESPN2 Monday, May 26 at 12:30. Super-regional site selections will be announced by an audio-only news conference Monday, June 2 from 12:00-1:00, including a telephone question and answer session.