The Tribe will open the 2005 season with a three-game series versus Charleston Southern Friday, January 28 and that series will mark the start of a 12-game home stand to open the year.
"It is another very competitive schedule," said head coach Mike Martin. "Having an out of conference opponent like Auburn on the schedule really adds a lot of excitement for the fans and the trip to Hawaii during spring break is certainly a highlight as well. We will be able to play nine games and our players will hardly miss a day of school, which is important to us."
"This is also one of the most exciting home schedules to date. It is unfortunate Miami is not on it but we still have Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, Virginia and Virginia Tech just to name some. It is an outstanding home schedule."
Florida State's 2005 opponents combined to go 637-575 in 2004 for a combined winning percentage of .526. Twelve of the 21 schools on the schedule were .500 or better and 15 won at least 30 games last season. Six of FSU's opponents eclipsed the 40-win mark. "It is very important that our out of conference schedule be tough because we are trying to position ourselves for postseason play," said Martin. "If you are successful against that competition it puts you in a much better position for postseason play and that is our focus each and every season."
Martin's team will open their defense of the 2004 ACC title Friday, March 18 in Tallahassee versus newcomer Virginia Tech. The Tribe leads the all-time series with the Hokies 19-4 but the teams haven't met in 14 years with the last meeting coming in 1991. One month later FSU and Miami will renew one of the greatest rivalries in collegiate baseball in Coral Gables as the teams meet as conference foes for the first time. That three game set at Mark Light Stadium will be the only three regular season games the Tribe will play versus the Canes in 2005. That is the fewest games the two national powers have played in a single season since 1978 when the teams met just once in an NCAA Regional. The Seminoles other home series in ACC play will come against Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia and North Carolina.
"With the addition of another ACC team in Virginia Tech, really two but of course Miami is very familiar to us and we play then every year. I've faced them close to 170 times in my career. But any time you add two quality teams like Miami and Virginia Tech it adds excitement to the league," said Martin. "With the addition of Boston College in 2006 it is going to be even tougher. A lot of fans in Florida aren't familiar with how strong that program is. They have a very good baseball program. They have players who have been taken very high in the draft in recent years. With the addition of those three teams, there is now doubt that the Atlantic Coast Conference will be right at the top with the nation's best baseball conferences."
For the second time in three years, FSU will travel to Hawaii to face Hawaii-Hilo and the University of Hawaii. The Seminoles will also face Hawaii Pacific University for the first time in school history. The trip to Hawaii will be the first road trip of the year for Florida State and the Seminoles will play nine games in nine days while on the islands.
"The big thing about going to Hawaii is that is a great treat for the kids and it is another reason it is great to play baseball at Florida State," said Martin. "With the scholarship limitations in Division I baseball, a trip like the one we will take to Hawaii for the second time in three years, is just one advantage FSU offers over other schools in the region. It is a great plus for our student-athletes."
The 2005 ACC Tournament will be a lot closer to home for FSU in 2005 as the conference championship returns to Florida. The tournament, scheduled to run from May 23-29, will be played just over two hours from the FSU campus at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The last time the ACC Championship was staged in Florida was 2002 in St. Petersburg at Florida Power Park where the Tribe captured the conference crown for the third time in school history.
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