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FSU baseball set to play another SEC team in College World Series opener

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The ’Noles will face Arkansas in their first game in Omaha.

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The Seminoles (41-21) improbable postseason run continues as Mike Martin and his team pursue the national title that has eluded him. After dismantling the number four overall seed, Georgia, last weekend in regionals the ’Noles defeated LSU, in Baton Rouge, to earn a College World Series berth. This trip to Omaha marks the 23rd time in program history FSU advances to the CWS, the 17th time with Mike Martin at the helm, and the second time in the past three seasons.

Much like college basketball, sixty-four teams were selected to the 2019 NCAA baseball tournament, split into 16 four-team regionals. Each regional was double-elimination with sixteen teams advanced to eight two-team Super Regionals. The winner of those eight Super Regionals advance to the College World Series which is made up of two double-elimination brackets of four teams each. Thereafter, the winners of each bracket meet in a best-of-three final. Everything you need to know about the College World Series can be found at this site.

The Seminoles are on the left side of the bracket and will face Arkansas (46-18) after they drubbed Ole Miss by a 14-1 score this afternoon. The other two teams on their side of the bracket are Texas Tech, who is making their second straight CWS appearance and fourth in the past six years. The Raiders matchup with Michigan, who like FSU, was one of the last four teams in the tournament and defeated the number one overall team UCLA to advance to their first trip to Omaha since Barry Larkin led them in 1984.

Over on the right side of the bracket Vanderbilt and Louisville square off in what is probably the best opening game of the series. Mississippi State is the third team locked into that side and will play the winner in this afternoon’s game three finale between North Carolina and Auburn. The College World Series begins next weekend with game ones starting on either Saturday or Sunday.

Florida State will have the prime time game Saturday night