Tallahassee - Second-seeded Florida State (41-14) opens the 2014 ACC Baseball Championship Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s play-in game featuring North Carolina and NC State. The Seminoles, who claimed their eighth straight Atlantic Division title, are in search of their sixth league crown in school history and second championship title in Greensboro.
Following Wednesday night’s game, Florida State will 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 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.
FSU enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed for the seventh time overall (1992, 95, 97, 2008, 11, 13 and 14) and third time in the last four years. This year marks the first time the Noles have earned the No. 2 seed in Greensboro.
Florida State 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. The Seminoles have lost their last seven games in the tournament including a 0-3 showing last year in Durham as all three games were determined by three runs or less including two in walk-off fashion.
When comparing numbers against the other four schools in FSU's pool for this year's tournament, Florida State owns a combined record of 28-14 against Virginia (7-8), Maryland (2-0), North Carolina (8-1) and NC State (11-5).
Against the other schools in the second pool, FSU owns a combined record of 33-23 against the likes of Miami (1-2), Duke (6-0), Clemson (11-9), Wake Forest (9-3) and Georgia Tech (6-9).
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. In 1996 and 1998, the Noles lost to the fifth-seeded team in the championship game. In 1996, FSU fell to Virginia 12-1, while dropping a 6-3 contest to Wake Forest in 1998. In 2009 & 2011, FSU fell to Virginia (6-3 & 7-2), while the Noles defeated NC State 8-3 in 2010.
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). Since adopting the pool play format, FSU is 3-4 in the first round games.
Since the ACC moved to a pool play format for its conference tournament, Florida State has posted a record of 10-14.
All 15 games of this year’s ACC Baseball Championship will be televised for the eighth straight year. Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game will televised nationally by ESPN2. All games will also be available on ESPN3.
In addition, all 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. games will be broadcast via satellite radio on Sirius 220/XM 190. The night games and Sunday’s championship game will available on SiriusXM 91.
Fans can listen to all three games on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally, fans can listen to the games on 1270 AM (Wednesday) and 100.7 FM (Friday & Saturday). As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball).