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Notes: FSU baseball makes big RPI jump, moves up in polls

The Florida State baseball team has moved up in the top 25 polls as well as the RPI coming off a series win at Notre Dame.

FSU is up one spot to No. 13 in the Baseball America poll. Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State are the top three teams. Notre Dame slid two places to No. 4.

The Seminoles are up one place to No. 17 in the D1baseball.com rankings. Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State are also the top three teams. Notre Dame is in the No. 8 spot.

The Seminoles are 37th in the NCAA’s official RPI. That’s a massive jump from 61 prior to the Notre Dame series. FSU will also finish the season with the potential to increase its RPI as the Seminoles will play host to No. 51 Clemson in a three-game series beginning on Friday at Dick Howser Stadium and travel to No. 41 NC State next weekend.

With the NCAA Selection Committee naming the 20 baseball regional hosts later this week, it was critical for FSU to have a big weekend late in the season to make an argument it is worthy of being a host (the cities will eventually be narrowed to 16).

“I think that got us in the top 20 in regards to host sites,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Now they are going to wait and see how things play out. We got to keep going and play good baseball. But I find it hard to believe that there are resumes that are that much better.”

FSU plays host to FGCU

Next up for FSU is a home series with FGCU on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. Both games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.

Right-hander Carson Montgomery (0-1, 4.39 ERA) will start for FSU on Tuesday. FGCU will start RHP Ronaldo Gallo (1-1, 7.05 ERA).

On Wednesday, LHP Ross Dunn (0-0, 2.25 ERA) will make his first career start for FSU. FGCU has not announced a starter.

Series history

FSU is 9-4 all-time against the Eagles, but the teams have not met since 2017, when FSU won back-to-back games in Tallahassee.