Feb. 26, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State visits Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla. for the second straight year as the Seminoles and Philadelphia Phillies square-off in an exhibition game Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m.
Last year, the Phillies downed the Seminoles 12-4 in front of 4,676 fans as the two teams met for the first time in series history. Florida State got off to a great start last year as Tony Thomas, Jr. deposited a 1-1 offering from 2006 first round draft pick Kyle Drabeck over the wall in left field for an early 1-0 advantage.
FSU has faced a Major League Club nine previous times overall and twice since 2001 when the Seminoles played the Florida Marlins (2001) and Phillies last year. The Garnet and Gold are 2-7 all-time against professional teams having faced the likes of the Balitmore Orioles, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays.
The game will be played at Bright House Networks Field, home of the Phillies spring training and their Class A minor league affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. Bright House Networks Field is a state-of-the-art ballpark and community sports facility with classic Floridian architecture that opened its games in 2004. The fan friendly ballpark holds 8,500 and distinguishes itself with a 360-degree concourse, grass berm seating in the outfield and a tiki-hut pavilion in left field.
Along with capturing the National League East title in 2007, shortstop Jimmy Rollins won the National League MVP. It marked the second straight season that a Phillies' player was named MVP as Ryan Howard took home the honors in 2006.
Today's Game Information
Tickets are still available for the exhibition contest as fans can purchase tickets by going through Florida State's athletic web site at www.seminoles.com.
Fans can access the link to purchase tickets by clicking on the Florida State vs. Phillies logo on the front page of the Seminoles' official athletic website. The link will direct fans to a promotions page where they will enter FSU (case sensitive) as the promotional code. Next, fans will click on the Florida State University link which will direct them to the online ticket office. Ticket prices range from $27.00 for club seats to $10.00 for outfield grass seats.
Gates will open two and a half hours prior to the first pitch and all fans with a ticket are welcome to join in the pre-game festivities at the tiki-hut pavilion located in left field beginning at 4:30 p.m. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Florida State baseball program.