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Florida State Seminoles
Founded: 1948
2015 Florida State Seminoles baseball team
Florida State Seminoles athletic logo

University Florida State University
Conference ACC
Atlantic Division
Location Tallahassee, FL
Head Coach Mike Martin (36th year)
Home Stadium Dick Howser Stadium
(Capacity: 6,750)
Nickname Seminoles
Colors

Garnet and Gold and White

                   
Overall record 2,713-999-10 (.730)
College World Series Runner-up
1970, 1986, 1999
College World Series Appearances
1957, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012
NCAA Regional Champions
1975, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions

Metro
1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991


ACC
1995, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2010
Conference Champions

Dixie
1950


Florida Intercollegiate
1956, 1957


Metro
1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991


ACC
1995, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2010


ACC Atlantic
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

The Florida State Seminoles baseball team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of college baseball. Florida State competes in NCAA Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The Florida State Seminoles are the second most successful NCAA Division I college baseball program[1] with a win percentage of .730. The Seminoles rank eighth in all-time number of total wins (2,713) and first in post-season wins. The Seminoles have appeared in the NCAA Tournament fifty-two times, advancing to the College World Series twenty-one times — and have appeared in the CWS Championship Game or Championship Series on three occasions in 1970, 1986 and 1999. They are one of the most successful collegiate baseball programs in the United States without a College World Series championship. Florida State has won eleven regular season conference championships and seventeen conference tournament championships.

Florida State has had eighty-eight All-Americans, forty-one players inducted into the Hall of Fame, and sixty-one players that went on to play Major League Baseball.

The Seminoles play their home games on campus at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on the university's Tallahassee, Florida campus and are currently coached by Mike Martin, one of the most successful coaches in college baseball history.

Program history[edit]

The stadium is named after Howser.

Seminole baseball is one of the most successful collegiate baseball programs in the United States having been to 21 College World Series in 51 Tournament appearances, and having appeared in the national championship final on three occasions (falling to the University of Southern California Trojans in 1970, the University of Arizona Wildcats in 1986, and the University of Miami Hurricanes in 1999).

Under the command since 1980 of Head Coach #11 Mike Martin (FSU Alumni 1966), Florida State is the second-winningest program in the history of college baseball. Since 1990, FSU has had more 50 win seasons, hosted more NCAA Tournaments, and finished in the top 10 more than any team in the nation. Since 2000, FSU has been one of the best programs in college baseball with more victories and a higher winning percentage in the regular season than any other school. FSU has made the postseason 37 years in a row. FSU also has two 60 win seasons and twenty-four 50 win seasons. FSU has hosted more Super Regional Tournaments than any team in the nation. In 2012, FSU passed Texas for the most postseason wins of all-time. In 2014, FSU set the record for the most National Seed selections (10) of all-time. FSU has never had a losing season in its history. There is no other team at any level of college baseball that has never had a losing season.

Charlie Armstrong Era (1948–1951)[edit]

The first coach of the Florida State Seminoles was Charlie Armstrong, who spent four years with the program and compiled a record of 46–29.

Ralph Matherly Era (1952–1954)[edit]

Ralph Matherly became the second coach of the Seminoles. Matherly served as head coach for three years and compiled a record of 43–22–1.

Danny Litwhiler Era (1955–1963)[edit]

Danny Litwhiler was named as the third coach at Florida State. Litwhiler spent nine years coaching the Seminoles and compiled a record of 189–83. He is the second longest tenured coach in the history of the Florida State program.

Fred Hatfield Era (1964–1968)[edit]

The fourth coach of Florida State was Fred Hatfield. Hatfield was coach of the Seminoles for five years, and he compiled a record of 157–57–1.

Jack Stallings Era (1969–1974)[edit]

Jack Stallings spent six years as head coach at Florida State. Stallings compiled a record of 248–107–3, making him the second winningest coach at the school.

Woody Woodward Era (1975–1978)[edit]

As the sixth coach of the Seminoles, Woody Woodward led Florida State to an overall record 174–57 in his four years spent as head coach.

Dick Howser Era (1979)[edit]

Dick Howser returned to his alma mater to serve as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles for one year and guided the team to a 43–17–1 record.

Mike Martin Era (1980–Present)[edit]

Head coach Mike Martin

The current head coach of Florida State is Mike Martin. Martin is in his thirty-fourth year as head coach of the Seminoles. He is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 1,770–611–4 during his tenure.

Venue[edit]

Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium[edit]

Mike Martin Field from behind home plate

Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium is the home of the Seminoles and is located in Tallahassee, Florida, on the campus of Florida State University. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. It opened in 1983 and after a two year, $12 million project was completed in 2004 to make it one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the United States, upgrading the stadium to a 6,700 capacity level. FSU's record crowd of 6,789 was set on April 19, 2008 with a defeat of then #1 Miami Hurricanes by a score of 9–5.

Head Coaches[edit]

  • Records are through the beginning of the 2014 Season
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1948–1951 Charlie Armstrong 4 46–29 .613
1952–1954 Ralph Matherly 3 43–22–1 .659
1955–1963 Danny Litwhiler 9 190–83-1 .695
1964–1968 Fred Hatfield 5 159–57–1 .756
1969–1974 Jack Stallings 6 249–106–2 .700
1975–1978 Woody Woodward 4 170–57 .749
1979 Dick Howser 1 43–17–1 .713
1980–Present Mike Martin 35 1,793-627-4^ .741
Totals 8 coaches 67 seasons 2,713-999-10 .730

*^4 wins that were vacated due to the academic scandal in 2007

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Head coach: Mike Martin
  • Associate coach: Mike Bell
  • Assistant coach: Mike Martin, Jr.
  • Strength and Conditioning coach: Adam Ross

Records and results[edit]

Year-by-year results[edit]

National Champions Conference Champions Division Champions

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, C = Conference

*^4 total wins vacated due to the academic scandal
*^3 ACC wins vacated due to the academic scandal

Polls[edit]

  • Final Rankings are from Collegiate Baseball Division I Final Polls (1959–2013)[2]

Florida State has ended their baseball season ranked 47 times. Top-10 finishes are colored ██

All-time record vs. ACC teams[edit]

Florida State baseball maintains a winning percentage against all current ACC teams.

Opponent Won Lost Tie Percentage Streak First Meeting
Boston College 24^ 4 0 .857 Won 6 2006
Clemson 70 60 1 .538 Won 2 1958
Duke 75^ 20 0 .789 Lost 1 1954
Georgia Tech 70 45 0 .609 Won 1 1959
Louisville 18 2 0 .900 Won 13 1977
Miami 145 125 4 .536 Won 2 1951
North Carolina 67 30 0 .691 Won 1 1956
North Carolina State 61 27 0 .693 Won 5 1962
Notre Dame 8 4 0 .667 Won 3 1956
Pittsburgh 19 0 0 1.000 Won 19 1983
Virginia 51 26 0 .662 Won 1 1972
Virginia Tech 40^ 11 0 .784 Lost 2 1967
Wake Forest 84 22 0 .792 Lost 1 1962
Totals 732 376 5 .660

*^3 ACC wins are vacated from 2007 due to the academic scandal

Rivalries[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Tie Percentage Streak First Meeting
Clemson 68 59 1 .535 Won 2 1958
Florida 125 104 1 .546 Lost 4 1956
Georgia Tech 70 45 0 .609 Won 1 1959
Miami 145 125 4 .536 Won 2 1951
Totals 408 333 6 .550

Florida State in the NCAA Tournament[edit]

Florida State in the College World Series

Florida State has appeared in the NCAA tournament a total of 52 times (as of 2014), including 37 straight appearances. The Seminoles have hosted regionals a nation-leading total of 31 times (as of 2014), have been selected as a national seed a total of 10 times (as of 2014), the most of any school, and have advanced to a super-regional a nation-leading total of 13 times (as of 2013), including six straight appearances from 2008-2013.

National Champions Runner-up College World Series Super Regionals

College World Series[edit]

Florida State has made twenty-one appearances in the College World Series, with a 26–40 record.

  • 1957
  • 1962
  • 1963
  • 1965
  • 1970
  • 1975
  • 1980
  • 1986
  • 1987
  • 1989
  • 1991
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2012

Championships[edit]

National Championship appearances[edit]

Florida State has appeared in the College World Series National Championship game three times in 1970, 1986 and 1999.

Season Coach Opponent Result Overall Record
1970 Jack Stallings Southern California USC 2, FSU 1 (15) 49-9-1
1986 Mike Martin Arizona Arizona 10, FSU 2 61-13
1999 Mike Martin Miami Miami 6, FSU 5 57-14
Total National Championship Game Appearances 3

Divisional Championships[edit]

Season Conference Division Coach Conference
2007 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 21-6
2008 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 24-6
2009 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 19-9
2010 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 18-12
2011 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 19-11
2012 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 24-6
2013 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 20-10
2014 ACC Atlantic Mike Martin 21-9
Total Division Titles 8

Conference Regular Season Championships[edit]

Season Conference Coach Overall Conference
1986 Metro Mike Martin 61–13 13-5
1989 Metro Mike Martin 54–18 14-4
1990 Metro Mike Martin 57–15 17-4
1991 Metro Mike Martin 57–14 14-4
1996 ACC Mike Martin 52–17 19-5
1998 ACC Mike Martin 53–20 18-4
1999 ACC Mike Martin 57–14 22-2
2001 ACC Mike Martin 47–19 20–4
2002 ACC Mike Martin 60-14 18–6
2003 ACC Mike Martin 54–13–1 19-5
2007 ACC Mike Martin 45–13 21-6
2009 ACC Mike Martin 45–18 19-9
2012 ACC Mike Martin 50–17 24-6
Total Conference Titles 13

Conference Tournament Championships[edit]

Season Conference Coach Winning Team Losing Team
1950 Dixie Charlie Armstrong Florida State 11 Mercer 6
1951 Dixie Charlie Armstrong Mississippi College 8 Florida State 7
1956 Florida Intercollegiate Danny Litwhiler Florida State 9 Rollins College 0
1957 Florida Intercollegiate Danny Litwhiler Florida State 5 Rollins College 0
1977 Metro Woody Woodward Florida State 11 Tulane 1
1979 Metro Dick Howser Tulane 2 Florida State 2
1980 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 11 Memphis State 7
1981 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 7 Memphis State 3
1982 Metro Mike Martin Tulane 11 Florida State 7
1983 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 9 Tulane 6
1984 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 11 South Carolina 10
1985 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 11 South Carolina 5
1986 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 7 South Carolina 2
1987 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 6 Cincinnati 3
1988 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 9 South Carolina 1
1989 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 6 Southern Mississippi 5
1990 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 8 Cincinnati 5
1991 Metro Mike Martin Florida State 10 South Carolina 9
1992 ACC Mike Martin Clemson 11 Florida State 0
1994 ACC Mike Martin Clemson 4 Florida State 1
1995 ACC Mike Martin Florida State 8 Clemson 2
1996 ACC Mike Martin Virginia 12 Florida State 1
1997 ACC Mike Martin Florida State 10 Clemson 0
1998 ACC Mike Martin Wake Forest 6 Florida State 3
2002 ACC Mike Martin Florida State 4 Clemson 1
2004 ACC Mike Martin Florida State 17 Georgia Tech 5
2009 ACC Mike Martin Virginia 6 Florida State 3
2010 ACC Mike Martin Florida State 8 NC State 3
2011 ACC Mike Martin Virginia 7 Florida State 2
Championship Results: 20-9  

Traditions[edit]

Dick Howser Baseball Stadium

Before the home half of the 5th inning, a group of fans known as "The Animals of Section B", lead the Seminoles crowd in singing the Canadian national anthem, O Canada. This tradition is claimed to have started on February 13, 1988, during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, when FSU was playing Grambling State University. During the bottom of the 5th inning, with the score tied 2–2, a member of The Animals began humming the Canadian anthem. As the Seminoles began to rally for more and more runs, more Animals joined in the humming and the team scored eight runs that inning.[3] With baseball being a sport with a long history of superstition, The Animals have maintained the tradition ever since.

Awards[edit]

  • John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year – Mike McGee (2010)
  • Baseball America's National Coach of the Year – Mike Martin (2012)

Dick Howser Trophy[edit]

Dick Howser Trophy winners
Year Player
1997 J.D. Drew
2008 Buster Posey

All-Americans[edit]

  • Luis Alicea
  • Mike Augustine
  • Roger Bailey
  • Ryan Barthelemy
  • Robert Benincasa
  • Allen Bevis
  • Barry Blackwell
  • Guillermo Bonilla
  • Jayce Boyd
  • Jim Busby
  • Brian Busch
  • Stephen Cardullo
  • Kevin Cash
  • Ron Cash
  • Tyler Chambliss
  • Chris Chavez
  • Randy Choate
  • Bob Clem
  • Mike Compton
  • Tom Cook
  • Brian Cox
  • Wes Crawford
  • Daniel Davidson
  • Randy Davidson
  • Matt Diaz
  • J.D. Drew
  • Stephen Drew
  • Jack Dull
  • Matt Fairel
  • Frank Fazzini
  • Bien Figueroa
  • Gar Finnvold
  • Mike Fuentes
  • Ed Fulton
  • Sean Gilmartin
  • Dick Gold
  • Brad Gregory
  • Rick Gremillion
  • John-Ford Griffin
  • Pedro Grifol
  • Brett Groves
  • Johnny Grubb
  • Mark Hallberg
  • Bryan Henry
  • Daniel Hodges
  • Tyler Holt
  • Dick Howser
  • Link Jarrett
  • Jonathan Johnson
  • Terry Kennedy
  • Ricky Kimball
  • Jeff Ledbetter
  • Brandon Leibrandt
  • Richie Lewis
  • John LiBrandi
  • Doug Little
  • Mickey Lopez
  • Mike Loynd
  • Matt Lynch
  • Jim Lyttle
  • Ryne Malone
  • Mike Martin
  • Eddy Martinez-Esteve
  • Blane McDonald
  • Jon McDonald
  • Marshall McDougall
  • Mike McGee
  • Doug Mientkiewicz
  • Scooby Morgan
  • Jeremy Morris
  • Dick Nichols
  • Danny O'Brien
  • Pat Osburn
  • Geoff Parker
  • Craig Patterson
  • Eduardo Perez
  • Trent Peterson
  • Buster Posey
  • Jeff Probst
  • James Ramsey
  • Ray Revak
  • Tony Richie
  • Chris Roberts
  • Shane Robinson
  • Marc Ronan
  • Jack Rye
  • Jeremy Salazar
  • Mark Sauls
  • Brian Schultz
  • Scott Sitz
  • Chris Smith
  • Paul Sorrento
  • Gary Sprague
  • D.J. Stewart
  • Jason Stidham
  • Nick Stocks
  • Ken Suarez
  • Stuart Tapley
  • Bud Teagle
  • Steve Tebbetts
  • Tony Thomas
  • Devon Travis
  • Blair Varnes
  • Jim Weaver
  • Luke Weaver
  • Paul Wilson
  • Woody Woodward
  • David Yocum
  • Scott Zech

Conference awards[edit]

  • ACC Pitcher of the Year – Bryan Henry (2007)
  • ACC Coach of the Year – Mike Martin (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012)

Notable Players[edit]

Current Professional Players[edit]

Luke Weaver

Former Players[edit]

J. D. Drew
John-Ford Griffin
Matt Diaz
Marshall McDougall
Buster Posey
Athlete Notability
Luis Alicea professional MLB baseball player
Bruce Bochy professional MLB baseball player and current manager of the San Francisco Giants
Rafael Bournigal professional MLB baseball player
Dick Brown professional MLB baseball player
Barret Browning professional MLB baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin Cash professional MLB baseball player, Boston Red Sox'
Randy Choate professional MLB baseball player, Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Diaz professional MLB baseball player, Pittsburgh Pirates
J. D. Drew professional MLB baseball player, Boston Red Sox
Stephen Drew professional MLB baseball player, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jeff Gray professional MLB baseball player
John-Ford Griffin professional MLB baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays
Ron Fraser former college baseball coach at the University of Miami from 1963–1992. Won the College World Series in 1982 and 1985
Johnny Grubb professional MLB baseball player
Dick Howser professional MLB baseball player and manager, Florida State's first baseball All-American and once manager
Jonathan Johnson professional MLB baseball player
Terry Kennedy professional MLB baseball player
Tony La Russa former MLB manager, St. Louis Cardinals
Rick Langford professional MLB baseball player
Richie Lewis professional MLB baseball player
Mike Loynd professional MLB baseball player
Jim Lyttle professional MLB baseball player
Mike Martin head coach, Florida State Seminoles
Marshall McDougall professional MLB baseball player, Texas Rangers record holder for most home runs in a college game (6)
Doug Mientkiewicz professional MLB baseball player
Eduardo Pérez professional MLB baseball player, former analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight, hitting coach for Miami Marlins
Buster Posey professional MLB baseball player, San Francisco Giants
Scott Proctor professional MLB baseball player, Atlanta Braves
Jody Reed professional MLB baseball player
Shane Robinson professional MLB baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals
Larry Rothschild professional MLB baseball player and former manager, Tampa Bay Rays
Deion Sanders professional MLB and NFL baseball player
Richard Gonzalez 'Holds school record for most RBIs in one game with 11 against Oregon State University 1989 Hitting 2 home runs with bases loaded in his first two plate appearances.
Mac Scarce professional MLB baseball player
Paul Sorrento professional MLB baseball player
Ken Suarez professional MLB baseball player
Elih Villanueva professional MLB baseball player, Miami Marlins
John Wasdin professional MLB baseball player, Texas Rangers
Woody Woodward professional MLB baseball player, former FSU head coach, former general manager for the New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners

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