The Florida State baseball team is a No. 3 seed and will travel to Oxford, Miss., for a four-team regional that begins on Friday. This is the 43rd straight season the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Tournament.
FSU (30-22) will play Southern Miss (37-19) on Friday at 3 p.m. (ESPNU). Ole Miss will face Southeast Missouri State at 8 p.m. (ESPN3) in the second game of the regional.
“It will be a great environment at Ole Miss,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Very tough regional. Our guys are excited for the opportunity and the challenge.”
The Seminoles and Southern Miss were frequent Metro Conference opponents but have not faced off since a regional in Tallahassee in June 2016. FSU won that game 7-2.
Martin Jr. said it is too early to declare a starter but indicated it would be Bryce Hubbart or Parker Messick.
The NCAA Selection Committee announced the field of 64 on Monday afternoon. Arkansas is the No. 1 overall seed. Notre Dame is the No. 10 national seed, and Florida is the No. 15 national seed.
Notre Dame, Duke, FSU, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia are the ACC teams in the field. A surprising omission is Pittsburgh, which the NCAA later said was among the first four out of the field. Louisville, which was a top-10 team in April, also did not make the field after finishing 28-22.
“There’s a lot of folks that are shaking their head and things don’t make sense,” Martin Jr. said. “Survive and advance. That’s what it’s all about from here on out. There’s a lot of teams that are shaking their head. We’re not. We’re fine. We’re in. There are some teams I thought should have been in, some teams that got in I didn’t think should be in.”
FSU played just one non-conference road game at Florida as part of a condensed schedule of just 50 games, as mandated by the ACC. Martin Jr. lamented the selection process and how teams were evaluated.
“They went straight on the RPI,” Martin Jr. said. “And we had five less games and everybody else. We couldn’t play out of conference games on the road, which sets you up for a bad RPI and he says, we’re not going to use it before the season. And they do use it … And you can tell it’s basically exactly what they did.”