May 23, 2004
#22 Florida State (37-19, 16-8 ACC)
For the third time since joining the league in 1992, Florida State will enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Seminoles will face the six seeded NC State Wolfpack in the first round at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. The winner will advance to face the winner of the Virginia-Duke matchup on Thursday at 8:30 p.m., while the losers of the two games will meet each other in an elimination game on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. This marks the first time since 2000 that Florida State will not be the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Seminoles have only entered the ACC Tournament lower than a three seed one time and that was in 1994 when FSU entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed. FSU comes into the tournament having won eight of its last 10 games including four straight ACC series to finish with a record of 16-8 in conference play. Sophomore DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve currently leads the team in batting average (.389), home runs (17) and RBI (69). Senior 2B Bryan Zech (.353, 6 HR) and junior SS Stephen Drew (.358, 13 HR) join Martinez-Esteve as the team’s leading offensive producers.
FSU In The ACC Tournament
The Seminoles are 43-19 (.694) all-time in the ACC Tournament. Since Florida State entered the ACC in 1992, FSU has won six regular season titles and three tournament crowns. The Seminoles have also had more all-tournament selections (32) than any other school in that span. Clemson’s 25 all-tournament selections is the next closest total. FSU has been the No. 1 seed (six times), No. 2 seed (three times), No. 3 seed (three times) and the No. 4 seed (one time). Florida State has never lost to Duke (5-0) or Maryland (2-0) in tournament play, while the Tribe also holds an 8-3 tournament record against first round foe NC State. In 1992, the Seminoles and Wolfpack combined to tie the lowest run output in tournament history (1) as Florida State defeated NC State 1-0.
Seminoles On The Air
Lee Bowen will broadcast FSU’s ACC Tournament games on WFLA-1270 AM in Tallahassee. Live audio and gametracker from every FSU game, home and away, can be accessed via the web at www.seminoles.com.