Tallahassee, FL - On the final day of practice before the start of the Regional Tournament, players are singing, teasing each other, jumping around. The Florida State baseball team won't let their letdown in the ACC tournament linger.
"It's a little embarassing," junior first baseman Jayce Boyd said. "You get out there and play those teams during the regular season and had success against them.Then they come out there and whoop your butt. That's frankly what happened and it's a little embarassing. But at the same you're looking forward to the postseason."
The Seminoles are up against three conference champions in their region. Mississippi State (SEC), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (CUSA) and Samford (Southern) have combined for 153 victories.
But throughout this week of practice, the Seminoles aren't sweating it.
"We're really focusing on the fundamentals getting back to work here in the couple of days of practice," senior outfielder James Ramsey said. "We had great practices, guys are upbeat, guys are ready to go and they're just having fun."
Scott Sitz will start for the 'Noles in their opener against UAB.
"The most important thing for me is to go out there and throw well and keep my team in the game," Sitz said. "Not give up any crooked numbers."
"Scotty's the most rested of our pitchers, so this will be a good opportunity for him," FSU Head Coach Mike Martin said.
It's also a good opportunity for the Garnet and Gold to catch some early attention.
"It's regional time and some crazy things definitely happen this time of the year," junior second baseman Devon Travis said. "So we got to match their intensity and be ready to play."