College World Series 2010: Why Florida State Has a Great Shot to Win

Jim FolsomContributorJune 14, 2010

The Florida State Seminoles have a shot. Yes I know, they always say that. And 19 trips to Omaha have netted a big fat ZERO in the National Titles column. That almost defies logic.

Just using simple arithmetic, the 'Noles should have a one in eight shot to win every time they go to the College World Series. So 19 trips should have netted at least two titles by now. All the more reason to think FSU has a good shot this year. That blind squirrel should be coming close to finding that nut.

Florida State won the ACC Tournament this year. In case you haven't been keeping track, the ACC is pretty good. Clemson is on its way to Omaha. Virginia  will be playing tonight for another berth. Miami also played in a Super Regional. That's one fourth of the final 16 and at least one fourth of the final eight.

Florida is also bound for Omaha. Florida won the SEC regular season title this year. South Carolina came in second. Both are going to Omaha. Three other SEC schools played in the Super Regionals. All three came pretty close to making it. What does this have to do with FSU?

FSU beat Florida three times out of four meetings. All were single mid-week games. So it wasn't that Florida caught FSU on a hot week. All four games were played on different sites. One in Gainesville, one in Tallahassee, one in Jacksonville, and one in Tampa. The only one Florida won was in Gainesville. Both neutral site games were five run wins for FSU.

Florida State has a great lineup. Every player in their starting lineup is hitting over .270. Five of them, Tyler Holt, Sherman Johnson, Mike McGee, Jayce Boyd and James Ramsey, hit over .300. McGee has 15 homers and 68 runs batted in and oh by the way, he is a lights out closer. In 18 appearances, he's 4-0 with 12 saves and a 1.27 ERA.

Three Noles have double figure home runs and four have over 50 RBIs. The three weekend starting pitchers, Geoff Parker, Sean Gilmartin and Jon Gast, have a combined record of 20-11. They have eaten up over 230 innings between them. 

FSU is 36-1 when leading after the eighth, 4-0 when tied after the eighth, and even has four wins when trailing after the eighth.  You have to like a team that finishes.

As many of you know, I'm hoping Florida wins this thing. Having watched FSU several times this year, they really worry me. The 'Noles have a great chance this year to get the monkey off Mike Martin's back.


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