June 11, 2004
#12 Florida State (45-21, 16-8 ACC)
The Seminoles have moved up to No. 12 in Baseball America’s Poll after winning the 2004 ACC Tournament and advancing from the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee. The Seminoles, who have won 13 of their last 15 games, are one of only three teams (along with LSU and Miami) to advance to NCAA Super Regional play in each of the six years the format has been in place. After winning the first two games of the regional, Florida State bounced back from a loss in Sunday’s first game to win the regional championship by a score of 19-3 in game two. Junior shortstop Stephen Drew, who was taken in the first round of Monday’s MLB Draft, was named co-MVP of the Tallahassee Regional along with senior second baseman Bryan Zech. The two middle infielders were joined on the All-Tournament team by first baseman Ryne Malone, pitcher Rhett James and outfielder Matt Sauls. James (10-2, 3.26 ERA) will start on the mound Friday night.
#4 Arkansas (43-22, 19-11 SEC)
The Razorbacks needed two wins over Wichita State on Sunday in their regional to advance and did so in dramatic fashion with wins of 11-9 and 4-3 over Wichita State. Arkansas, ranked No. 4 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Poll, earned the right to host as the No. 8 national seed. 3B Clay Goodwin (.322, 4 HR, 32 RBI) and 1B Haas Pratt (.321, 8 HR, 52 RBI) lead the Hogs offensively. LHP Clint Brannon (4-3, 3.33 ERA) will start on the mound Friday and RHP Charley Boyce (9-2, 3.18 ERA) is Saturday’s scheduled starter.
FSU In NCAA Tournament
The Seminoles are making their 42nd appearance in NCAA postseason play and have made 27 consecutive appearances, the second-longest streak in the country. Florida State made its first appearance in 1956 and has an all-time regional record of 117-56. The Seminoles have advanced to the College World Series 18 times, most recently in 2000.
Seminoles On The Air
The Friday and Saturday games will be televised by ESPN2. Sunday’s TV information has not yet been released. Lee Bowen will broadcast all Super Regional games on WFLA-1270 AM in Tallahassee. Live audio and gametracker from every FSU game can be accessed at www.seminoles.com.