Senior-Class Salute: Florida State

June 19, 2010

The Florida State Seminoles – which will take on TCU in the opening game of the 2010 College World Series (Saturday at 1 CT) – have compiled a 195-63 record (.756) spanning the past four seasons (2007-10) and rank fourth on CB360’s exclusive Senior Class Salute. This offering is modeled after a similar feature on sister site (see links below): (front page photo courtesy of Florida State)

One difference between a sport such as women’s soccer and baseball is that senior classes for many baseball programs can be affected by: players leaving early for pro ball; players coming and going via transfer; and some utilizing a redshirt/extra season. Nonetheless, the 28 baseball programs listed below have experienced sustained winning over the past four years (with each averaging 39 or more wins per season) … and many of the players who are seniors/5th-year-seniors/redshirt juniors have played key roles in each program’s success during this four-year stretch.

Shortstop Stephen Cardullo has appeared in 180 games during his four-year FSU career (photo courtesy of Florida State).

(Note: the Senior-Class Salute will be a regular CB360 feature throughout the 2010 NCAAs and in future seasons … CB360 also will be developing lists for top junior classes based on career wins and top combined records over the past two seasons).

Two members of the 2010 Florida State team – shortstop Stephen Cardullo (Coral Springs, Fla.) and corner outfielder Ohmed Danesh (Orlando, Fla.) – have been members of the Seminoles program during each of the past four seasons, playing lead roles in the 195 victory total. Cardullo (180 career games played) has been a starter over the past two seasons and earned All-America honors as a junior, while Danesh has appeared in 90% of FSU’s games (231 of 258) during his four-year career.

Outfielder Ohmed Danesh has appeared in 90% of FSU's games (231 of 258) during his four seasons with the Seminoles (photo courtesy of Florida State).

Florida State trails only Coastal Carolina (202-53), fellow CWS entrant Arizona State (201-50; .801) and North Carolina (197-70)  among programs with the most wins over the past four seasons (FSU can tie UNC with two wins in Omaha over the next few days). The Seminoles’ next opponent, TCU (183-66), has compiled the 8th-most wins spanning the past four seasons and could climb as high as fifth on that list, sitting right behind Virginia (184), Louisville (185), Texas (185) and Rice (186).

With one win at the 2010 CWS, Arizona State can tie Coastal Carolina as the winningest D-1 baseball programs over the past four seasons (ASU already has the top winning pct. on this list, with an .801 to .792 margin on Coastal).

Six of the eight College World Series teams are included on the list below: ASU, FSU, TCU, (12) South Carolina (174-81; .682) … (19) Oklahoma (162-86-1; .653) … and (23) Clemson (159-95-1; .626). Florida has compiled a four-year record of 152-91 (.626) while the final 2010 CWS team, UCLA, has gone 141-98 (.590) from 2007-10.

The 28 teams on this list include six from the ACC, five SEC, plus three Big 12 programs and three from Conference USA, along with two each from the BIG EAST and Big West, and one each from the Atlantic-10, Big South, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Pacific-10, Southern Conf. and the Summit League.

Three teams on this list – Wichita State (#15), Charlote (#18) and East Carolina (#20) – failed to reach the 2010 NCAAs.

There have been 76 different teams over the past four years (2007-10) that have posted at least one season with 40-plus wins.

Winningest Senior Classes in 2010 College Baseball Season (2007-10)
(prior to 2010 NCAA College World Series)
(research courtesy of; please credit accordingly)
* – 2010 College World Series teams

PlaceTeamWonLossTiePct.'10 W'10 L'10 T'09 W'09 L'09 T'08 W'08 L'08 T'07 W'07 L'07 T
(1)Coastal Carolina202530.79255100471605014050130
(2)Arizona State*201500.8015280511404913049150
(3)North Carolina197700.73838220481805414057160
(4)Florida State*195630.75647180451805414049130
(12)South Carolina*174810.68248150402304023046200
(12)Texas A&M174831.67643211372404619048190
(14)UC Irvine173711.70839210451504218047171
(15)Cal State Fulleton172810.68046180471604122038250
(15)Wichita State172850.66941190302704817053220
(22)East Carolina160910.63832270462004221040230
(24)Georgia Tech158801.66347150381914121032250
(25)Oral Roberts157730.68336270331504814040170
(25)Southern Miss.157950.62336240402604222039230
(25)Coll. of Charleston157800.66344190352203920039190
(28)St. John's156770.67043200302204216041190

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