The FSU baseball team wrapped up its regular season on a high note on Saturday with an extra-innings walk-off win over the rival Miami Hurricanes. With the conclusion of the regular season, we now know the participants for pool play of the ACC Tournament.
The Seminoles earned the No. 4 seed in the Tournament, placing them in Pool A with No. 1 seed Miami, No. 5 seed NC State, No. 8 seed Boston College and No. 9 seed Georgia Tech. On Tuesday, GT and BC will face off in a play-in game to determine who will earn the final spot in the field.
FSU begins its tournament on Wednesday with an 11 AM first pitch against the fifth-seeded NC State Wolfpack, who lost the only game they played this year against the Seminoles. After that, Florida State will go up against the play-in game winner, either Georgia Tech or Boston College, on Thursday at 3 PM. The Seminoles get their off day on Friday ahead of their final game of pool play, Saturday's showdown with the top-seeded Miami Hurricanes, who the Seminoles just took only one game from this weekend.
Against the prospective teams in Pool A, Florida State holds a 6-2 record this year (1-2 vs. UM, 1-0 vs. NCSU, 1-0 vs. BC, 3-0 vs. GT) and the winner of the pool could very well come down to Saturday's rematch of this weekend's series in Tallahassee. However, to get into a high-stakes final game of pool play, the Seminoles must first do something they have proven unable to consistently do this year: win away from home. FSU is 7-10 in road or neutral games this year and may need a stronger showing in Durham to lock up a hosting spot for the NCAA Tournament.
It is worth noting here that, one year ago, FSU entered the ACC Tournament as, you guessed it, the No. 4 seed and proceeded to run through pool play, winning all three games by a combined margin of 17-5 before prevailing over NC State in the championship game, 6-2, to win the sixth ACC title in program history. Still, this is a new year, a new team, and an incredibly stacked Atlantic Coast Conference and only time will tell if the Seminoles will get the chance to repeat in Durham this upcoming week.
All pool play games will be aired on a regional sports network, the championship game will be broadcast on ESPN2, and, as always, all three games will have a radio broadcast on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee or online at Seminoles.com.