2010 Tallahassee Super Regional

Capsules by Barrett Neale, Michael Perry, Matt Mullen, Andrew Woods, Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton


Florida State Seminoles

Tallahassee, Florida

Automatic bid – won ACC tournament, Won Norwich Regional

2010 record: 18-12, 45-17 (first in Atlantic Division)

Head coach: Mike Martin (Florida State, 1966)

Record at school: 1,624-555-4, 31 years

Overall record: 1,624-555-4, 31 years

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

Team offense: .300 BA, 509 R, 76 HR, .495 SLG%, .414 OB%, 84-110 SB

Team pitching: 4.31 ERA, 546.2 IP, 531 H, 248 BB, 501 K

Top hitters: Tyler Holt (.349/12/42/24 2B/29-31 SB), Sherman Johnson (.335/8/51), Mike McGee (.335/14/67/.590 SLG), Jayce Boyd (.312/6/34), James Ramsey (.291/9/60/5 3B), Stuart Tapley (.281/7/38), Stephen Cardullo (.277/9/49/20-20 SB)

Top pitchers: Mike McGee (4-0, 11 SV, 0.38 ERA, 24 IP, 8 H, 15 BB, 28 K), Brian Busch (5-1, 4.24 ERA, 70 IP, 58 H, 31 BB, 68 K), Hunter Scantling (3-2, 4.30, 44 IP, 44 H, 13 BB, 39 K), Geoff Parker (4-1, 3 SV, 4.60, 72.1 IP, 72 H, 38 BB, 64 K), Sean Gilmartin (8-7, 4.74, 100.2 IP, 111 H, 30 BB, 102 K), John Gast (7-3, 5.61, 67.1 IP, 80 H, 26 BB, 59 K),

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Tallahassee Regional, 0-2 at Tallahassee Super Regional)

Notes: The Seminoles have played in the NCAA tournament and had at least 40 wins for 33 straight years, spanning Mike Martin’s entire head coaching tenure, but have not yet won a national title. Their streak of tournament appearances is the second-longest in the country – fellow ACC team Miami has 38. Florida State was the only No. 1 regional seed to get sent on the road. The Seminoles won the Norwich Regional and will host a Super Regional. FSU is making its 10th Super Regional appearance and has posted a record of 8-14. The Seminoles lost twice at home a season ago to Arkansas. Martin is one of only three coaches – the others are Augie Garrido of Texas and Gene Stephenson of Wichita State – to win 1,600 games. Juniors Tyler Holt, an outfielder who played for Team USA during the summer of 2009, and Mike McGee, a two-way player, were selected to the All-ACC First Team. Holt has started all 193 games of his career and holds the nation’s longest active streak for consecutive starts. McGee – whose younger brother Stephen also plays baseball for the Seminoles – is one of 25 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy. Stephen Cardullo, who joined the team as a walk-on in 2007, is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Sophomore outfielder James Ramsey is the son of two former Florida State athletes: his mother Mary played tennis and his father Craig played baseball and captained the 1980 College World Series team.


Vanderbilt Commodores

Nashville, Tennessee

At-large bid from SEC, Won Louisville Regional

2010 record: 16-12, 45-18 (third in SEC East)

Head coach: Tim Corbin (Ohio Wesleyan, 1984)

Record at school: 321-175, 8 years

Overall record: 321-175, 8 years

Assistant coaches: Derek Johnson, Josh Holliday, Larry Day

Team offense: .309 BA, 461 R, 58 HR, .462 SLG%, .414 OBP, 78-103 SB

Team pitching: 3.58 ERA, 578 IP, 559 H, 213 BB, 541 K

Top hitters: Anthony Gomez (.377/2/28), Jason Esposito (.359/10/59/24 2B/30-34 SB), Aaron Westlake (.308/14/58/14 2B), Connor Harrell (.307/3/39/14 2B), Brian Harris (.293/5/34/12 2B/36 HBP/.498 OB%), Curt Casali (.292/7/36), Andrew Giobbi (.289/7/56/15 2B), Joe Loftus (.278/7/38/15 2B)

Top pitchers: Russell Brewer (2-2, 6 SV, 3.07 ERA, 29.1 IP, 30 H, 8 BB, 39 K), Chase Reid (4-1, 3 SV, 3.25 ERA, 63.2 IP, 60 H, 13 BB, 64 K), Sonny Gray (9-5, 1 SV, 3.51 ERA, 102.2 IP, 94 H, 45 BB, 110 K), Taylor Hill (6-5, 4.15 ERA, 102 IP, 111 H, 25 BB, 72 K), Jack Armstrong (7-3, 4.32 ERA, 77 IP, 86 H, 38 BB, 49 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-2 at Louisville Regional)

Notes: This is the second Super Regional appearance for Vanderbilt. The Commodores won the Charlottesville Region in 2004 and went 0-2 at Texas in the Super Regional. Vanderbilt is looking to make its first trip to the College World Series. The Commodores defeated host Louisville in each of the final two games to capture the Louisville Regional. Vanderbilt has never faced Florida State in NCAA Tournament play, but has played in Tallahassee during the postseason. The Commodores appeared in the South Regional in 1980 in Tallahassee, Falling to Western Kentucky 15-4 and to New Orleans 8-2. Brian Harris now owns the Division I record for being hit by a pitch in a season with 36.