Second-seeded Florida State (44-12) opens the 2013 ACC Baseball Championship Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. against seventh-seeded Georgia Tech (33-23). The Seminoles, who claimed their seventh straight Atlantic Division title, are in search of their sixth league crown in school history and first championship title in Durham.
FSU enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed for the sixth time (1992, 95, 97, 2008, 11 and 13). This year marks the second time the Noles have earned the No. 2 seed in Durham (2011 & 2013). FSU is 2-1 in championship games as a two-seed, but 0-4 all-time when playing for the championship in Durham.
FSU is 63-35 all-time in tournament play, while posting a record of 17-14 in seven previous tournament appearances held in the state of North Carolina. The Seminoles have lost their last four games in the tournament including an 0-3 showing last year in Greensboro – marking the first time in school history that FSU failed to record a victory.
When comparing numbers against the other three schools in FSU's pool for this year's tournament, Florida State owns a combined record of 13-15 against Georgia Tech (6-8), Virginia Tech (0-0) and Virginia (7-7).
The 2013 ACC Baseball Championship marks the eighth time the tournament has been held in the state of North Carolina since FSU joined the league in 1992. Just once has FSU entered the tournament held in the Tar Heel state seeded No. 2 . The Seminoles are 17-6 all-time when holding the No. 2 seed.
The Seminoles have played for the conference championship five of the seven 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 21 previous trips, the Seminoles are 15-6 in the opening game of the tournament. Despite dropping the first game the last three years, FSU has battled back to advance to the championship final twice (2010 & 2011). Since adopting the pool play format, FSU is 3-3 in the first round games. The Noles have won 14 of the last 18 opening round games.
Since the ACC moved to a pool play format for its conference tournament, Florida State has posted a record of 10-11.
RHP Scott Sitz will open the ACC Tournament for the Seminoles Wednesday morning against Georgia Tech. Luke Weaver will start Thursday night against Virginia Tech and LHP Brandon Leibrandt concludes pool play for Florida State on Saturday against Virginia.
All 13 games of this year's 40th annual ACC Baseball Championship will be televised for the seventh straight year with RSN, a regional network that includes Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, FOX Sports Net South, FOX Sports Florida and New England Sports Network, providing coverage. Selected other games will be available via Sun Sports and SportsSouth. Check local listings for more details. Sunday's championship game will air on ESPN2 for the second straight year. All games will live-streamed via the Internet by ESPN3. In addition, all 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. games will be broadcast via satellite radio on Sirius XM 85.