May 20, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Second-seeded Florida State (41-14) opens pool play of the 2014 ACC Baseball Championship on Wednesday, May 21 when the Seminoles take on seventh-seeded North Carolina (33-23) with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m. inside NewBridge Bank Park.
Florida State will then take off on Thursday before resuming pool play on Friday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. against sixth-seeded Maryland. The Seminoles will wrap-up pool play competition on Saturday, May 24 against third-seeded Virginia at 7:00 p.m. The championship game will be played on Sunday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.
Florida State heads to Greensboro for the 41st annual ACC Baseball Championship as the No. 2 seed for the seventh time in school history. FSU has served as the No. 2 seed in 1992, 95, 97, 2008, 11, 13 and 14. This year marks the first time the Noles have earned the No. 2 seed in Greensboro.
FSU is 63-38 all-time in tournament play, while posting a record of 17-17 in eight previous tournament appearances held in the state of North Carolina.
When comparing numbers against the other four schools in FSU's pool for the ACC Tournament, Florida State owns a combined record of 17-9 against Virginia (7-8), Maryland (2-0) and North Carolina (8-1).
The 2014 ACC Baseball Championship marks the ninth time the tournament has been held in the state of North Carolina since FSU joined the league in 1992. The Seminoles are 17-9 all-time when holding the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
The Seminoles have played for the conference championship five of the eight times the tournament has been held in the state of North Carolina including four times in Durham (1996, 1998, 2009 & 2011) and once in Greensboro (2010). FSU is 1-4 all-time when reaching the tournament finals in North Carolina with the lone win coming in Greensboro in 2010.
Florida State is looking to snap a seven-game losing streak in the ACC Tournament - its longest such streak at the conference championship - when the Seminoles take on the Tar Heels Wednesday night. FSU will start LHP Billy Strode (1-1, 3.20 ERA), while North Carolina will start RHP, Taylore Cherry (2-2, 3.13 ERA).
In 22 previous trips, the Seminoles are 15-7 in the opening game of the tournament. Despite dropping the first game the last four years, FSU has battled back to advance to the championship final twice (2010 & 2011). FSU has outscored the opposition 127-84 in that opening round contest holding opponents to three or fewer runs 10 times with two shutouts.
Since adopting the pool play format, FSU is 3-4 in the first round games. The Noles have won 14 of the last 19 opening round games.
Florida State has faced North Carolina just once in an opening round game with that coming in 2005 as the Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels 3-2 in 12 innings in Jacksonville.
Wednesday night's game will air live on FS Florida on DirecTV and DISH Network and on cable only in Tallahassee. ESPN3 will cover the game throughout the state of Florida. Check your local listings for the carrier of the game outside the state of Florida.
Audio for all three games will be available on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 1270 AM (Wednesday & Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday). As always, fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Baseball team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball and to follow the team on Instagram (NoleBaseball). Live stats will be available via gametracker.
SiriusXM Radio Schedule for Florida State at ACC Baseball Tournament:
TV Clearance for ACC Baseball Tournament:
RSN's clearing the 5/23 Round Robin Day 3, 11am, 3pm, and 7pm ET:
RSN's clearing the 5/24 Round Robin Day 4, 11am, 3pm, and 7pm ET: