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The Quest For Omaha Continues As Florida State Battles Wichita State This Weekend

June 5, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 24 in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State and Wichita State have faced each other six times overall with four meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament. All four tournament games have come in Omaha at the College World Series. The two teams have each won two games in the series in postseason play.

The Seminoles and Shockers are meeting for the first time since 1999 and for the first time inside Dick Howser Stadium. All six previous meetings have come on a neutral playing field with WSU leading the series 4-2.

Of the six prior meetings, five have been decided by four runs or less. The Shockers have outscored FSU 41-33 in the series.

This weekend’s Super Regional match-up features two of the top three active winningest coaches in Division I. FSU’s Mike Martin and WSU’s Gene Stephenson have combined for 3,188 victories.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, June 6, 2:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Elih Villanueva (7-2) vs. Wichita State – LHP, Rob Musgrave (11-1)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 1270 the Team: Listen Live
TV: ESPN2 (Pam Ward & Eduardo Perez)

Saturday, June 7, 12:00 pm
Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (11-2) vs. Wichita State – RHP, Aaron Shafer (11-3)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
TV: ESPN2 (Pam Ward & Eduardo Perez)

Sunday, June 8, 1:00 pm (if necessary)
Florida State – TBA vs. Wichita State – LHP, Anthony Capra (9-0)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Radio – 100.7 FM: Listen Live
TV: ESPN2 (Pam Ward & Eduardo Perez)

Setting The Scene: FSU In The NCAA Tournament
This is Florida State’s 31st consecutive trip to NCAA Regional, which is the second-longest streak in the nation behind only Miami (36). Overall, this is Florida State’s 46th 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 153-101 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 sixth time in school history as the Seminoles enter the 2008 postseason with a No. 4 overall seed. FSU also earned a top seed in 1999 (#2), 2000 (#6), 2002 (#1), 2003 (#1) and 2007 (#6). The Seminoles have advanced to the CWS twice as a national seed both in 1999 and 2000.

In Super Regional Action
Florida State is looking to snap a seven-game skid in NCAA Super Regional action. The last victory for the Seminoles in the super regionals came in 2002 when FSU defeated Notre Dame 12-5 in the middle game of the best of three game series in Tallahassee. Overall, FSU is 6-11 in the Supers and 5-5 on their home turf. The Seminoles last hosted a Super Regional back in 2003 when Texas came in to Tallahassee and took the first two games: 8-3 and 6-5.

Welcome Back Eduardo Perez
When the Super Regionals kick-off on Friday inside Dick Howser Stadium, a familiar face will be on hand broadcasting the game for ESPN. Joining Pam Ward in the booth will be long-time Seminole great, Eduardo Perez. Perez donned the Garnet and Gold for three seasons from 1989 to 1991. He was a career .328 hitter with 15 home runs and 30 doubles in 206 games for the Seminoles. In 1991, Perez was named a 2nd team All-American by the ABCA and a 3rd team All-American by Baseball America en route to hitting .370 in 71 games. He posted season-highs in doubles (19), home runs (11) and RBI (58) that year. He guided the Seminoles to two appearances in the College World Series including the 1989 team that went 1-2 against Wichita State in Omaha.

Posey In Rare Company
Buster Posey is having one of those seasons that many college baseball players only dream of having. The junior catcher leads the nation in six offensive statistical categories including batting average (.468), hits (109), runs batted in (86), total bases (209), on-base percentage (.572) and slugging percentage (.897). He also ranks in the top 10 in runs (t-2nd), home runs (t-4th), runs per game (7th), home runs per game (10th), and walks (t-10th). In the ACC, Posey leads in eight categories while ranking in the top 10 in three others. He currently sits atop the league in batting average, hits, runs scored, home runs, runs batted in, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. On top of all that, he also finished the regular season batting .479 in 30 league games to pace the ACC.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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