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Notes: FSU to host JU, regional sites to be set early

The Florida State baseball team will play host to Jacksonville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra).

Some news and notes on the Seminoles and college baseball:

The news that took many college baseball fans and media by surprise was a series of tweets from Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com. First his report and then some thoughts:

The main question is why but it is, like many issues, related to COVID and testing. The Osceola has learned that each regional site will need to have “proper testing procedures” and those must be established ahead of time. Baseball teams will also likely need to arrive at the host site earlier than in prior years. One possible advantage for FSU is the school set up a COVID testing facility at Innovation Park, just a few miles south of Dick Howser Stadium.

It’s fair to expect FSU will put in a bid to host the baseball regional. The Seminoles (15-9) are roughly at the midpoint of the regular season, set to play their 25th regular-season game on Tuesday. FSU can also count on series wins over Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina but the Seminoles are also 52nd in the D1baseball.com RPI.

Will the Seminoles get a bid? We’ll know on May 10, per Rogers’ reporting. Between now and then FSU will need to put together some wins and there’s no better time than the present. FSU needs to take care of Jacksonville on Tuesday and then will face the ACC’s best team, Louisville, in a three-game series beginning on Friday.

If FSU can take two of three games vs. the Cardinals (18-8), the Seminoles will further strengthen their resume. A series loss wouldn’t be the end of the discussion but just make it difficult for the Seminoles to differentiate from the rest of the ACC pack.

As for the decision to determine the host sites ahead of time, there can be a rationale behind it but it also cheapens how a team finishes and the value of the conference tournament when weighing whether a team is worthy of being a regional host. Why make an announcement in May as to which 16 sites will host? A city’s hotel rooms could be locked in well ahead of time, the stadium could be evaluated for logistics and other operational planning needs.

Rankings

FSU moved up a spot to No. 17 in the D1baseball.com poll on Monday morning. The Seminoles are 18th in Baseball America’s poll.

Up next

Next up for FSU is a Tuesday game against Jacksonville at 6 p.m. Right-hander Carson Montgomery will be on the mound.

FSU’s 2021 baseball stats can be viewed here.

Jacksonville’s 2021 baseball stats can be viewed here.