June 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Two wins are all that sit between Florida State (45-16) and Arkansas (37-22) for a berth in the College World Series. Both schools swept through their respective regionals and enter this weekend's Super Regional on a three-game win streak.
Florida State will play in a Super Regional for the ninth time in school history, while this marks the second time that FSU and Arkansas will battle for a spot in Omaha. The two schools met in Fayetteville back in 2004 as Arkansas won the three-game series 2-0.
FSU boasts an all-time record of 8-12 in the Super Regionals including a mark of 7-6 on their home turf. The Seminoles are 3-5 all-time in the best-of-three format collecting series victories against Auburn (2-0) in 1999, Miami (2-1) in 2000 and Wichita State (2-1) in 2008, with all three series victories coming at home. Last season marked the first time since the Super Regional format began in 1999 that Florida State lost the opening round to only come back and win the series.
Other NCAA Tournament Notables:
* The Seminoles are making their ninth appearance in the NCAA Super Regional posting an overall record of 8-12.
* The Seminoles are 2-6 all-time in opening round games of the NCAA Super Regional.
* FSU has won Super Regionals over Auburn (1999), Miami (2000) and Wichita State (2008) and is 3-2 in Super Regionals played in Tallahassee.
* Florida State is 0-3 all-time against Arkansas with all three meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament including the last two in the 2004 NCAA Super Regional in Fayetteville. The two schools first squared-off in the 1985 Regional in Tallahassee.
* The ACC was third nationally with seven teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament. Four of the seven advanced to Super Regional play tying the SEC for the most in the nation. North Carolina was the only league school to earn a top eight national seed.
* The ACC leads the nation with the highest winning percentage in non-conference action at .760 posting an overall record of 222-70.
* Florida State enters the NCAA Tournament having won 18 games in a row at home - the longest, active streak in the nation.
* The Seminoles are one of nine schools to have won 45 or more games in 2009. The Seminoles have finished with 40 plus wins in 32 consecutive seasons.
* FSU has recorded seven walk-off victories in 2009 with six different Seminoles coming through with the late inning heroics. Mike McGee, Mike Meschke, Jason Stidham (2), Tommy Oravetz and Ohmed Danesh each have a walk-off hit to their name this year, while Rafael Lopez hit a sac-fly to center.
* FSU set school records for runs (37), hits (38), doubles (15) and total bases (66) in a 37-6 victory over Ohio State in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional.
Florida State vs. Arkansas Series Pitching Match-up
Saturday, June 6 - 12:00 p.m.
Florida State vs. Arkansas Series Notables
* All three meetings in the series have come in the NCAA Tournament with Arkansas winning all three games.
* All three games have been decided by two runs or less including a one-run Razorback victory in the Tallahassee Regional in 1985. Arkansas has outscored FSU 18-13 in the series.
* The Seminoles own a record of 26-31 all-time against current schools from the Southeastern Conference in the NCAA Tournament. FSU is 3-6 against schools from the SEC in the Super Regionals.
FSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
NCAA TOURNAMENT WINS
OPENING NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY
FSU VERSUS THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
NOTES FROM THE NCAA TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL
* Florida State outscored the opposition 61-12 in the Tallahassee Regional. The Seminoles posted a team batting average of .468 in three games, the second highest average among this year's field of 64. FSU's pitching staff was equally impressive posting a 2.33 ERA, fifth lowest across the nation during regional play, allowing just seven earned runs in 27 innings of work. Seminole pitchers struck out 25 and walked just eight.
* In Florida State's 37-6 victory over Ohio State in the regional championship game, the Seminoles set school records for runs (37), hits (38), doubles (15) and total bases (66). FSU and OSU also set the school record for most combined total bases (83: FSU 66, OSU 17), while tying the school record for most combined runs (43: FSU 37, OSU 6). Florida State tied the school record for RBI in a game with 34.
* In Florida State's 37-6 victory over Ohio State, the Seminoles established NCAA Tournament single-game records for runs (37), hits (38), combined hits (51), doubles (15) and total bases (66).
* The 15 doubles by the Seminoles also eclipsed the NCAA single-game record of 13 held by three different teams. The previous school record was nine doubles set against Duke back on March 10, 2000. Florida State surpassed the school record with its 10th double of the game on Stephen Cardullo's one-out double to right center in the third. Cardullo and Stidham each tallied three doubles in the win over the Buckeyes.
* Stephen Cardullo finished the game 7-for-9 with five runs and five RBI. He tied the school record for hits and at-bats, while his seven hits were the most in an NCAA Tournament game by any Division I student-athlete.
* Ten Seminoles recorded multiple hits against Ohio State, while 11 players finished with an RBI. Every Seminole that registered an official at-bat scored a run. Florida State scored in seven of the nine innings including a season-high 11 runs in the fifth.
For complete notes see the attached PDF.