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FSU’s Quest For Omaha Begins Friday Night Against Bucknell

May 29, 2008

FSU Baseball Release No. 23 in PDF Format
NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament Central

Tallahassee, Fla. – This is Florida State’s 31st consecutive trip to the 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 149-100 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.

Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Friday, May 30, 7:00 pm
Florida State – RHP, Geoff Parker (6-1) vs. Bucknell – RHP, Mathew Wilson (5-1)
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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 2008 NCAA Tournament the two teams are first and second for the most program victories in Regional/Super Regional play with Texas (126) and FSU (124). They are the only two schools in NCAA Baseball history with over 120 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 3.2 games per tournament appearance.

Opening NCAA Tournament Play
Florida State has won 15 straight regional openers, a streak that goes back to 1993. During that streak the Seminoles have been in only one game that was decided by a single run (2005 vs. Army). The Seminoles have an aggregate scoring lead of 152-45 over the 15-game stretch. 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 25-3 in the opening game of a regional. Prior to Martin’s arrival, the Seminoles were 11-7. Last year, FSU came from behind to defeat Bethune-Cookman 6-2 to keep the streak alive.

FSU Versus The Tournament Field
The Seminoles enter the 2008 NCAA Baseball Tournament having played 22 games against seven teams who qualified for this year’s tournament. Overall, FSU went 14-8 versus the 2008 field and 6-6 against four of the 16 No. 1 seeds which include Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Georgia. FSU has a .500 or better record against six of the seven teams with the only sub .500 record coming against conference foe and intra-state rival Miami. The Hurricanes took 2-of-3 from the Seminoles in Tallahassee back in mid-April. FSU posted an 11-4 mark on Mike Martin Field against six of these teams.

Noting FSU In The NCAA Tournament
* This is the 31st consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Seminoles and the 46th appearance overall.

* Head Coach Mike Martin has now led his team to the NCAA’s in each of his 29 years on the bench.

* Florida State will host a regional for the 26th time in school history. The Seminoles have served as a regional host in 11 of the last 12 seasons including a streak of nine straight before traveling to Athens, Ga. in 2005.

* The Seminoles have posted a record of 72-23 (.758) while playing at home in the NCAA Regional including a mark of 22-5 in the 21st century.

* Eleven of FSU’s 18 runs to the College World Series have started in a regional played in its back yard.

* Florida State trails only Texas for the most NCAA Tournament appearances. The Longhorns have made 52 appearances all-time to lead the nation followed by FSU with 46.

* Since the NCAA started selecting 16 host sites in 1999, the home team has won the Regional 96 times in 144 opportunities (66.7%).

* FSU is second all-time for wins in NCAA Regional and Super Regional play with 124.

* No team has played more NCAA Tournament games than FSU with 188 in program history.

* Since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1999, the top eight national seeds have advanced to the College World Series 45 times out of 72 opportunities. The last four CWS champions have (2004-07) been unseeded in the tournament.

* All eight top seeds have never advanced to the CWS. Seven of the eight top seeds have advanced twice in 1999 and 2001.

* Heading into the `08 Tallahassee Regional, Florida State has earned a top national seed six times (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008) advancing to the CWS twice in 1999 and 2000.

* Since the NCAA began assigning national seeds in 1999, the ACC is the only conference in the nation to have three schools receive one of the eight national seeds. As a matter of fact, the ACC has had three schools earn a top eight national seed on three separate occasions with 2008 being the latest.
2000 – #3 Georgia Tech, #4 Clemson, #6 Florida State
2002 – #1 Florida State, #2 Clemson, #7 Wake Forest
2008 – #1 Miami, Fla., #2 North Carolina, #4 Florida State

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF.

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