2009 Tallahassee Super Regional

Capsules compiled by Christina De Nicola, Duncan Phillips, Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton


Florida State Seminoles

Tallahassee, Florida

At-large bid from ACC, 3-0 in Tallahassee Regional

2009 record: 19-9, 45-16 (first in Atlantic Division)

Head coach: Mike Martin (Florida State, 1966)

Record at school: 1,583-536-4, 30 years

Overall record: 1,583-536-4, 30 years

Assistant coaches: Jamey Shouppe, Mike Martin, Jr., Brian Hoop

Team offense: .323 BA, 540 R, 88 HR, .542 SLG%, .434 OB%, 93-121 SB

Team pitching: 4.55 ERA, 534.1 IP, 517 H, 289 BB, 455 K

Top hitters: Tyler Holt (.390/5/26/33-38 SB), Stephen Cardullo (.383/10/48/20-24 SB), Mike McGee (.377/18/75/13-16 SB), Jason Stidham (.366/12/75/5-10 SB), Stuart Tapley (.316/13/59/8-11 SB), Rafael Lopez (.287/4/29/1-3 SB), Tommy Oravetz (.268/8/33/2-2 SB)

Top pitchers: Sean Gilmartin (21-3, 1 SV, 3.48 ERA, 93 IP, 77 H, 35 BB, 81 K), Mike McGee (6-2, 4.04 ERA, 69 IP, 64 H, 42 BB, 72 K), Brian Busch (6-2, 4.04 ERA, 84.2 IP, 75 H, 34 BB, 62 K), Geoff Parker (6-1, 1 SV, 4.41 ERA, 63.1 IP, 54 H, 36 BB, 63 K), Jack Posey (0-0, 3.24 ERA, 16.2 IP, 19 H, 8 BB, 16 K), Jimmy Marshall (3-2, 10 SV, 4.62 ERA, 25.1 IP, 22 H, 23 BB, 39 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2008 (4-1 in Tallahassee Regional, 2-1 Tallahassee Super Regional, 0-2 College World Series)

Notes: Florida State makes its 32nd straight appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, including 30 in a row under head coach Mike Martin. Heading into the Tallahassee Super Regional, the last time the Seminoles faced Arkansas was in the Fayetteville Super Regional in 2004 when the Razorbacks took the series 2-0. FSU is 0-3 all-time against the Hogs. To clinch the Tallahassee Regional this past weekend, the ‘Noles surpassed or tied 13 statistical categories in their 37-6 romp of Ohio State, which set an NCAA Tournament game record for most runs and most hits (38). Four different players collected 4+ RBI, while three others scored five times each to set career-highs. Stephen Cardullo tied an NCAA Tournament record for hits in a game with seven. It was the 27th time in school history that the Seminoles hosted a regional. Despite these numbers, FSU has yet to win a national championship. Sophomore Tyler Holt received second team All-American and freshman Sean Gilmartin earned a spot on the third team of Louisville Slugger’s NCAA Division I All-America team. As a program, Florida State eclipsed 40 wins for the 32nd straight season. Martin has won every award imaginable, including his second ACC coach of the year in three years this season, and is approaching 1,600 wins - a feat accomplished by only two Division I coaches (Augie Garrido, Gene Stephenson). The offense hasn't missed a beat, despite losing all-everything Buster Posey. Holt was hitting over .400 for most of the season, has stolen 33 bases and has an OBA of .514 (53 walks). Cardullo is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award. Jason Stidham, who blasted a three-run homer against Stanford last year in Omaha, and Stuart Tapley, whose mom is a high school principal, add pop in the lineup. Senior Ruairi O'Connor has contributed a journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com this season. Walks sometimes plague closer Jimmy Marshall, who saved 10 games and holds batters to a .228 average. Two-way player Jack Posey is the brother of Buster Posey.


Arkansas Razorbacks

Fayetteville, Arkansas

At-large bid from SEC, 3-0 at Norman Regional

2009 record: 14-15, 37-22 (fourth in SEC West)

Head coach: Dave Van Horn (Arkansas, 1988)

Record at school: 272-156, 7 years

Overall record: 857-396, 21 years

Assistant coaches: Todd Butler, Dave Jorn, Chris Curry

Team offense: .274 BA, 376 R, 72 HR, 62-86 SB

Team pitching: 4.56 ERA, 523 IP, 521 H, 219 BB, 462 K

Top hitters: Andy Wilkins (.329/17/51/17 2B), Ben Tschepikow (.317/9/46/16-21 SB), Scott Lyons (.311/8/43/11 2B), Chase Leavitt (.306/1/30/11-15 SB), Collin Kuhn (.267/3/18/10-12 SB), Zach Cox (.266/11/35/13 2B), Brett Eibner (.226/10/28)

Top pitchers: Stephen Richards (5-1, 9 SV, 1.09 ERA, 33 IP, 21 H, 15 BB, 48 K), Mike Bolsinger (5-4, 1 SV, 3.09 ERA, 55.1 IP, 41 H, 23 BB, 62 K), Dallas Keuchel (7-3, 4.12 ERA, 94 IP, 100 H, 27 BB, 62 K), Brett Eibner (5-4, 4.25 ERA, 65.2 IP, 53 H, 31 BB, 62 K), TJ Forrest (2-6, 5.73 ERA, 59.2 IP, 63 H, 25 BB, 44 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2008 (0-2 at Stanford Regional)

Notes: The Razorbacks are in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season and are making their third trip to the Super Regionals. Arkansas lost in three games at Clemson in 2002 and won twice in 2004 in Fayetteville against Florida State to advance to the College World Series. The Razorbacks are 3-0 all-time against the Seminoles in NCAA tourney play. Andy Wilkins was the Most Outstanding Player of the Norman Regional, going 12 for 16 (.750) with five doubles, two homers, six runs, 11 RBI, 23 total bases and 1.438 slugging percentage. The team hit .378 in its three regional wins. Arkansas is 6-1 this season in extra-inning games. The Razorbacks averaged 7,879 fans per home game. They set a Baum Stadium record with 11, 014 in attendance and 11,434 tickets sold on April 8 against top-ranked Arizona State. On April 6, Collegiate Baseball ranked Arkansas No. 1, its first No. 1 ranking in program history.