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Florida State Earns National Seed, Tallahassee Regional Site Set
Head coach Mike Martin and the Seminoles earned the No. 4 overall seed in the 2008 tournament.

Head coach Mike Martin and the Seminoles earned the No. 4 overall seed in the 2008 tournament.

May 26, 2008

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TICKET INFO UPDATE:A limited number of Grandstand reserved tickets are now available for this weekend's NCAA Tallahassee Baseball Regional. These All-Tournament passes are $45 and may be purchased online at seminoles.com, over the phone at (850)644-1830 or toll-free 888-FSU-Nole. General Admission bleacher seats are also still available for $30.

Tallahassee, Fla. - The NCAA announced on Monday, May 26 the field of 64 for the NCAA Baseball Championship. Florida State earned an at-large bid into the tournament after the Seminoles captured its second consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title en route to finishing the regular season with a record of 48-10. The Seminoles were also rewarded on Monday with a top eight national seed in this year's tournament.

Joining Florida State in the four-team regional in Tallahassee will be Florida, Tulane and Bucknell. Play will begin on Friday, May 30 on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

"I was very impressed with Florida this year," said head coach Mike Martin. "They are certainly a good club and played in a conference that had nine teams selected into this year's tournament. I've talked to a couple of people previously and they said Tulane was very good. I know Rick Jones has done a great job with that program. Shooter Hunt is one of the premier pitchers in college baseball."

Florida State will be making its 31st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament including 29 straight under Martin. The Seminoles have posted an overall record of 149-100 in 45 NCAA tournament appearances. FSU will also serve as a regional host in Tallahassee for the 26th time in school history.

"I like this team (FSU), I like the way this team approaches the game," explained Martin. "I could not stop talking to my wife on the way home from Jacksonville about the way this team played their last game against North Carolina. If there ever was a chance for character to surface, it was in that game. I know we have used that word (character) all season long but my gosh, they played that game like it was a regional tournament. Bang plays at the plate, guys falling over, just playing their hearts out, in a game that probably didn't have any meaning on the outcome of today. But it just goes to show you what kind of competitors this team is made of."

Florida received an at-large bid out of the Southeastern Conference and is the No. 2 seed in this week's regional. The Gators finished the regular season with a record of 34-22. Florida State and Florida have met 12 times in the postseason with the Gators holding a 10-2 all-time advantage.

Tulane, an at-large school out of Conference USA, earned the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Green Wave finished third in the C-USA regular season with an overall record of 37-20-1. FSU is 1-0 all-time against Tulane in NCAA Tournament play.

Bucknell University completes this year's four-team field earning the No. 4 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Bison finished the regular season with a record of 29-22 and received an automatic bid by virtue of winning the Patriot League Championship. Florida State and Bucknell have never faced each other on the baseball diamond.

Regional play will begin on Friday at 1:00 pm with game one featuring Florida and Tulane, followed by Florida State and Bucknell at 7:00 pm.

"Bucknell is a team we know nothing about," added Martin. "All I remember in this business is that I had never heard of Marshall in 1978. The guys were over confident and we were shutout by Marshall in Miami. Bucknell ... they're an outstanding team and therefore they're in the tournament. Any team that's in the field of 64 is an outstanding team. Bucknell is going to be a very competitive team that we will certainly not overlook or take lightly."

The complete schedule for the Tallahassee Regional is listed below:

Friday, May 30, 2008
Florida vs. Tulane - 1:00 pm
Florida State vs. Bucknell - 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 1:00 pm
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 7:00 pm

Sunday, June 1, 2008
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 1:00 pm
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 - 7:00 pm

Monday, June 2, 2008
Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary) - 7:00 pm

Tickets information for the Tallahassee Regional is as follows:
All-Tournament Books for the 2008 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional ($30 for general admission seats) are now on sale via the Internet at www.seminoles.com. Tickets will also be available by phone at 888-FSU-Nole and at the Seminole Athletics Ticket Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Single game tickets for the Friday sessions ONLY will go on sale via the web (seminoles.com) beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. In person and phone sales of single game tickets for Friday's games will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Single game tickets for games on subsequent days will go on sale on the web immediately following the last game of the previous day and at Dick Howser Stadium two hours prior to the start of the first game.

Prices for single game general admission tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth. If available, reserved seats single game tickets are $10.00.

At this time, Grandstand reserved seats are sold out for the 2008 NCAA Tallahassee Baseball Regional. General Admission All-Tournament Passes are still available for $30 each.

There is a small possibility that additional Grandstand reserved seats will become available late Wednesday afternoon. Please check online at www.seminoles.com or call the Seminole Ticket Office for availability.

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