The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced 20 predetermined preliminary-round sites for this year’s Division I Baseball Championship today. No. 17 Florida State baseball (26-18, 17-13 ACC) has not been selected as one of those twenty. Due to the health and safety protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it was deemed necessary to conduct NCAA championship competition at predetermined sites. Of the 20 selected sites, the committee will choose 16 to host regional round games. Eight of those 16 regional sites will be in contention to host super regionals.
The Seminoles were on the bubble of the 20 hosting sites for most of the last month. Florida State capitalized on their momentum at the perfect time last weekend, taking two of three games at top-10 Notre Dame, but were not rewarded by the committee. FSU’s RPI of 40 kept them from hosting.
FSU can still become a one-seed despite not hosting. The Seminoles will gave some big opportunities to improve that RPI over the coming weeks. Florida State hosts Clemson this upcoming weekend, before traveling to N.C. State to end the regular season. The ‘Noles will then travel to Charlotte for the ACC Championship. This weekend’s three games against Clemson will be the last in Dick Howser Stadium in 2021.