Sept. 17, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As Major League Baseball heads for the home stretch in the final weeks of 2008, the college season is just getting underway in Tallahassee. Florida State officially starts its fall baseball season on Wednesday afternoon inside Dick Howser Stadium on Mike Martin Field.
The Seminoles return 18 letterwinners from last year's squad that advanced to the College World Series for the 19th time in school history. Among this year's returnees are Freshmen All-American's Stuart Tapley, Tyler Holt, Mike McGee and Geoff Parker.
Two-year starter Jason Stidham is back for his junior campaign after posting career-highs in home runs (11) and RBI (63) a season ago. Heading up the 2009 senior class are four highly experienced student-athletes in Bo O'Dell and Ruairi O'Connor and a pair of Tallahassee natives in Tommy Oravetz and Jimmy Marshall.
The Seminoles welcome 13 newcomers for the 2008-09 season including 10 freshmen and three junior college transfers.
The fall scrimmages will be held over two days beginning Thursday, October 30 with the upperclassman pitchers throwing on day one at 3:00 p.m. The annual Garnet and Gold Scrimmage will take place on Friday, October 31 with batting practice beginning at 5:00 p.m. followed by a 6:00 p.m. first pitch. First-year pitchers will take the mound on Friday. Admission to both scrimmages is free to the public.