It was just announced that the Seminoles will be the no. 3 seed in the Athens regional. In their opening game they will face the no. 2 seed Florida Atlantic. The University of Georgia is the host school and no. 1 seed in the regional while having earned the no. 4 overall national seed. They will face the no. 4 seed Mercer in their first game.
Florida State will play at noon on Friday and then again on Saturday, time dependent on the outcome of their first game.
The Athens regional was paired with the LSU regional. If the ’Noles were to win the regional this weekend they would then play the winner of the Baton Rouge regional. Should the no. 1 seed LSU not win their regional Florida State would bid on an opportunity to host a Super Regional in Tallahassee.
While it is not a guarantee that the Seminoles will make the postseason most experts believe that Florida State will be one of the final teams selected today. What is guaranteed is that the ’Noles will not be hosting a regional as they were not one of the sixteen hosts sites that was announced last night. This marks only the second time FSU will not be a no. 1 seed in a regional since the format changed to a regionals were expanded to 16 sites in 1999. In 2006 they earned a no. 2 seed and went to Georgia and they also played a regional outside of Tallahassee in 2010 when the team had to travel Connecticut as a no. 1 seed.
D1Baseball’s final projections have Florida State traveling to Stillwater, as a no. 3 seed facing no. 2 seed Texas A&M. The 8th overall seed, Oklahoma State would face Army in their first game. In their final 64, Baseball America sees the Seminoles as a no. 3 seed in Baton Rouge where they would take on no. 3 seed Baylor. The host LSU team, the 14th overall seed would host McNeese State in their opener.
No matter where FSU is sent it will mark the 42nd consecutive appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament including 40 straight under head coach Mike Martin. The record that is in jeopardy of not being extended is 40 wins in a season which has happened in every season Mike Martin has coached. The ’Noles are 4 wins shy of 40 and it takes at minimum 3 wins to win a regional so for the streak to continue FSU would need to pull an upset wherever they are sent.
The tournament selection show begins at noon today on ESPNU. Stay tuned to TN for updated and breakdowns of teams in the Florida State’s regional