FSU vs. Vanderbilt Preview

Florida State(45-17) will square off with Vanderbilt(45-18) in the third straight year that the Noles have hosted a Super Regional. The first game in the series is Friday at High Noon at Mike Martin field inside Dick Howser Stadium on ESPN2.

FSU is 6-1 vs. the SEC in 2010 (3-0 vs. UGA, 3-1 vs. UF). However, FSU is just 3-8 all time in Super Regional play vs. the SEC.

FSU's Sean Gilmartin(8-7, 4.74) is slated to start vs. Sean Hill(6-5, 4.15) in Game One. Saturday's Game Two has Brian Busch(5-1, 4.24) vs. Sonny Gray(9-5, 3.51). Starters have not been named for Game 3 on Sunday (if necessary).

A look inside the numbers will show a very evenly matched series. The Noles have shown slightly more offense including more power. The Commodores have stellar pitching including a team ERA of just 3.58.

Some Fun Facts

FSU is a perfect 16-0 on Sunday and 9-0 with the Sunday Gold uniforms.

The Seminole defense boasts a .971 fielding percentage, the third best in school history.

FSU has an all-time record of 8-14 in Super Regionals and are 7-8 at home.

FSU is 3-6 all-time in best-of-three format with wins over Auburn(2-0) in 1999, Miami(2-1) in 2000, and Wichita State(2-1) in 2008, all wins were at home.

FSU is 4th All Time in NCAA tournament wins with 160. Only Texas(218), Miami(174), and Southern California(171) have more.

Vanderbilt freshmen OF Mike Yastrzemski is the son of former Nole (Mike) who played at FSU in 1980-1983. FSUs Mike holds the school record for games played with 279.

Tyler Holt is a career .459 hitter in 18 NCAA games.

This is the 33rd consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament for FSU, 48th overall. Head Coach Mike Martin has gotten the Noles there in each of his 31 seasons at the helm.

Since the NCAA began selecting 16 host sites in 1999, the home team has won the Regional 133 times in 192 opportunities(69.3%).

No team has played more NCAA Tournament games that FSU with 203.

Florida State has faced nine schools that were selected to this year's field of 64. The Seminoles posted a 16-12 record claiming three series victories, while tying in two others. FSU took 3-of-4 from Florida, who earned the No. 3 overall national seed. The other two series victories came against North Carolina and NC State. The Seminoles tied Virginia and Miami. This includes FSU's 3-0 record from last weekend's Norwich Regional

The last time the teams met was in 1972 for a three game series, the Noles won 2-1.


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