The fifth-seeded Florida State Seminoles (43-15) begin their Road to Omaha tonight at 6 pm inside Dick Howser Stadium vs. the champions of the Southern Conference, Georgia Southern (39-21).
This regional appearance will mark the 37th straight for the Seminoles and the 35th straight under Coach Mike Martin, as well as the 52nd all time (both of which are 2nd in the NCAA record books). Florida State has won 19 straight regional games following a loss to Bucknell in 2008 (the Seminoles made the World Series that year anyway).
The Seminoles enter the weekend having finished third in the ACC tournament despite playing some of their best baseball all season last weekend, including a win over the now third-seeded Virginia Cavaliers.
Despite all the drama, injuries, and struggles this ‘Noles have faced over the course of the season, they still managed to land a five seed in the NCAA tournament and will need to ride that momentum into tonight’s game when Mike Compton (7-2, 3.06 ERA) takes the mound for the Seminoles vs. Georgia Southern lefty Sam Howard (6-6, 2.60 ERA). Compton was the pitcher in the only game FSU lost in the ACC tournament, but if you look at the stat line (6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 Ks) it’s evident that he really wasn’t the culprit. Compton allowed five runs, but only two were earned, and the Seminole offense simply could not match the Terrapins’.
The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of the Kennesaw State-Alabama game tomorrow afternoon at 4pm, and the loser of tonight’s game will face the loser of the Kennesaw State-Alabama game tomorrow at noon. All games of the Tallahassee regional will air on ESPN3.