The man who Tallahassee, Florida lovingly refers to simply by the number on the back of his jersey accomplished something this afternoon that only three other Division 1 head baseball coaches can say that they’ve done in their career; win 1700 games. Florida State Seminole head coach (why they don’t call them managers in college baseball I do not know) recorded his 1700th victory of his coaching career this afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia as the #2 ranked ‘Noles cruised to an 8-4 victory over ACC rival Georgia Tech on this Easter Sunday to complete the sweep over the #24 ranked Yellow Jackets. In characteristic fashion Martin downplayed the significance of the event, saying that what his boys did over the weekend was more important in his eyes. “It was just a weekend we played extremely well”, Martin said, “You never expect to go on the road and win three ball games in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I’m just very, very proud of the way our guys kept their poise”.
And #11 is right, what this Seminole baseball team is doing this season is pretty special. With the sweep this weekend the ‘Noles improved their record to 27-5 overall and 14-1 in the ACC. They also may move up to the top spot in the rankings after this weekend as our arch enemy Florida Gators had another tough weekend, losing their second straight weekend series (this time dropping 2 of 3 to Louisiana State, and an embarrassing mid-week loss to the University of North Florida Ospreys). Unfortunately UF has already captured the season series with the Noles, but the two will meet again this Tuesday night in Tallahassee (6PM, ESPN3 for those interested). We’re just past the half-way point of this season and with plenty of ACC Conference series remaining and 8 non-conference games still on the schedule there will be many chances for Mike Martin to add to his legendary win total. This team remains focused with only one goal, to make it to the College World Series and finally capture the elusive National Championship in Omaha.
We are still over a month away from the college baseball postseason and the moment we find out if the Seminoles can take care of business in the regional and super regional that are on-track to be played at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on the campus of Florida State University, and then ultimately the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. So for today it’s time to take a step back and acknowledge everything that the great Mike Martin has accomplished during his time in Tallahassee and as the face of Seminole Baseball. Thanks, Coach! 1700 wins is an amazing accomplishment and should be celebrated by the Animals of Section B (a boisterous fan group at all FSU home games) and each and every individual who has the honor of calling themselves a member of Seminole Nation.