Florida State is on the road for the NCAA Tournament but has tied the NCAA record by making the field for a 44th connective season.
FSU (33-23) will play in a regional at No. 14 national seed Auburn beginning on Friday. The Seminoles, who were named as one of the “last four in,” will face UCLA (38-22) at noon on ESPN2. Auburn (37-19) opens with SE Louisiana (30-29).
The Seminoles tied the national record, which was set by Miami from 1973-2016. FSU has been in the NCAA postseason in each year since 1978.
“It’s remarkable, it truly is,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “I’m fortunate to have been a part of a few of them. It’s what 11 was able to do, the tradition he set. That’s what we do. We have to play our best ball and be ready. It’s a very difficult regional we’re going to.”
The Seminoles were projected to play at campuses like Florida, Auburn, Georgia Southern and Southern Miss. In the end it was Auburn. The winner of the Auburn Regional will face the winner of a regional hosted by Oregon State.
FSU’s resume was one of inconsistency against a top-5 strength of schedule but the Seminoles also claimed 10 weekend series, including one with a 17-inning win over NC State on a Sunday night. The Wolfpack, who made a deep run at the CWS last summer, was not in the field of 64.
“This is what happens when you don’t have representation from your league on the committee,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “The ones that do have representation seem to be taken care of. I feel so bad for Elliott (Avent), it’s a tremendous ball club that he has. That’s wrong.”
Tennessee is the No. 1 overall seed. Virginia Tech is the No. 4 seed, with Miami as the No. 6 seed.
The Seminoles’ 59 appearances are second all-time, behind Texas’ 61. A full field of 64 bracket can be viewed here.
Tickets are available through Auburn here.