FSU, Stanford battle for spot at CWS

Florida State continues its quest for a national title Friday, as Stanford makes a visit to Tallahassee in the Super Regionals. Brandon Liebrandt faces Mark Appel, who was just drafted No. 8 overall.

The 2012 NCAA Baseball Championship heads into its second weekend of play with eight Super Regional sites. Only two sites feature a pair of No. 1 seeds battling for a spot in the College World Series, and both just happen to be in the state of Florida.

Tallahassee is one of those spots, as Florida State (46-15) and Stanford (39-16) battle it out in a best-of-three series beginning Friday at 7:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Florida and NC State is the other pair of No. 1 seeds playing this weekend, as the Gators and Wolfpack begin play on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Gainesville.

The Seminoles and Cardinal are squaring off for the seventh time in the postseason and just the first time in the Super Regionals. Stanford marks the first Pac-12 school FSU has faced since the 'Noles defeated Oregon in the Norwich Regional title game in 2010. FSU coach Mike Martin and Stanford coach Mark Marquess rank as the third- and fourth-winningest active Division I coaches, respectively.

The series between these two schools is tied at 9-9, while FSU holds a 4-2 record against Stanford in postseason play. Five of the six games against Stanford in the NCAA Tournament have been decided by five runs or less, with three of the games decided by three or less. FSU is 3-0 in those contests.

The Seminoles last faced Stanford in the opening game of the 2008 College World Series. The Cardinal broke up a tie game in the ninth, scoring 11 runs en route to a 16-5 victory out in Omaha.

Of the four Pac-12 programs Florida State has faced in the postseason, the 'Noles hold winning records against three of those schools -- California (1-0), Oregon (2-0) and Stanford (4-2) -- with the most wins coming against the Cardinal.

FSU left hander Brandon Leibrandt (7-2) will take the mound Friday against Stanford in Game 1 and will be opposed by Cardinal right hander Mark Appel (10-1).


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