Noting ACC Baseball: College World Series Edition

June 13, 2012

ACCOLADES

Florida State is bound for Omaha and the 66th College World Series after posting a 5-0 record in postseason play thus far, including last weekend's two-game sweep of Stanford in the Super Regional ... The third-seeded Seminoles scored 35 runs in two Super Regional games to earn the 21st CWS berth in school history and their 15th under current head coach Mike Martin ... Martin enters the College World Series with 1,721 career wins, the third-most in NCAA Division I history ... Ten ACC players have been named to at least one All-America team, including Florida State outfielder James Ramsey, first baseman Jayce Boyd, second baseman Devon Travis and closer Robert Benincasa ... Seminole starting pitchers Mike Compton and Brandon Leibrandt were among seven ACC student-athletes named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team ... FSU's Ramsey also headed up the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team as the Academic Player of the Year.

BY THE NUMBERS

1 - One freshman -- NC State starting pitcher Carlos Rodon -- is among the three finalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award.

3 - Number of ACC players selected in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft (Duke pitcher Marcus Stroman, Florida State infielder James Ramsey and Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer). It marks the eighth straight year that at least three ACC players were taken in the first round.

7 - The ACC placed seven teams in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Championship. The conference has placed at least five teams in the field each of the past 11 years and at least six teams each of the past nine seasons.

15 - Number of ACC teams reaching the College World Series over the past seven seasons (2006-12). The conference placed at least one team in the eight-team field each year and sent multiple teams to Omaha in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

19 - ACC single-season record number of saves by North Carolina junior Michael Morin during the 2012 season.

21 - Florida State is making its 21st trip to Omaha for the College World Series and its 15th under veteran coach Mike Martin.

50 - The ACC has seen at least 50 players selected in each of the previous six Major League Drafts.

57 - Stolen bases by NC State freshman Trea Turner in 2012, second-most ever by an ACC player in a single season and six behind the league record of 63 set by North Carolina's Brian Roberts in 1998.

172 - Number of all-time wins posted by Florida State in NCAA Tournament play following last weekend's two-game sweep of Stanford in the Tallahassee Super Regional.

ACC Postseason Notes ...

Seminole sweep
Florida State recorded a sweep of Stanford in the best-of-three format of the 2012 Tallahassee Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the 21st time in school history. FSU outscored Stanford 35-8 and swept the first two games of a Super Regional for just the second time in school history and the first since 1999.

Among the elite
Three ACC schools rank among the nation's top five in total NCAA Division I Baseball postseason appearances: Florida State (second with 50), Miami (third with 41) and Clemson (fifth with 37).

ACC Connections
The 2012 CWS field includes a number of Atlantic Coast Conference ties ... South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner is an NC State graduate and former Wolfpack infielder, assistant and head coach ... Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan is a Virgina graduate and former Cavalier catcher who served as an assistant coach at Virginia and at Clemson ... Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin is a former Georgia Tech assistant ... Stricklin played for current Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall at Kent State ... Florida State assistant coaches Mike Bell and Mike Martin, Jr. were teammates n the 1994 and 1995 FSU CWS teams ... Bell was a pitcher and first baseman and Martin was a catcher.

Bringing in the crowds
Buoyed by the May 26 single-game record crowd of 10,229 for the matchup between North Carolina and NC State, attendance for the 2012 ACC Baseball Championship at Greensboro, N.C., was the fifth-highest in the 39-year history of the event. The tournament's eight largest attended all-time:

2006 (Jacksonville, Fla.)........................................................................................................................................ 73,251
2005 (Jacksonville, Fla.)........................................................................................................................................ 66,475
2007 (Jacksonville, Fla.)........................................................................................................................................ 59,325
2008 (Jacksonville, Fla.)........................................................................................................................................ 55,970
2012 (Greensboro, N.C.)........................................................................................................................................ 52,926
2010 (Greensboro, N.C.)........................................................................................................................................ 50,266
1992 (Greenville, S.C.)...................................... .................................................................................................... 43,675
2011 (Durham, N.C.)......................................... .................................................................................................... 43,180

The single-game crowd of 10, 229 for the North Carolina-NC State game also set the single-game attendance record for NewBridge Bank Park and represented the largest crowd ever to watch a college baseball game in the state of North Carolina. Average per game attendance for the 2012 ACC Baseball Championship was 4,071.