TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The NCAA announced on Monday, May 27 the field of 64 for the 2013 NCAA Baseball Championship. Florida State earned an at-large bid out of the Atlantic Coast Conference after finishing the regular season with 44 victories and winners of the ACC Atlantic Division for the seventh year in a row.
"We are just very excited to be where we are at,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I’m sure there were a lot of tough decisions that the committee had to make but we are just very, very pleased and proud to be where we are and it’s a credit to our young men.”
The Seminoles, who earned the No. 7 overall national seed, will serve as the No. 1 seed in the Tallahassee Regional and will be joined by No. 2 Alabama (34-26), No. 3 Troy (40-18) and No. 4 Savannah State (33-21). Play begins on Friday, May 31.
“There is no way that I can say that I was confident that we would be a top eight seed,” added Martin. “I’m appreciative of the body of work that was put forth as the committee perused over many, many different facts and figures. There is no question in my mind that the major emphasis should be on what you accomplish through the first 56 games.”
Florida State is making its 36th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament and 51st overall including 34 straight appearances under Martin. The Seminoles have posted an overall record of 174-113 in NCAA Tournament play.
Alabama received an at-large bid into the tournament out of the Southeastern Conference and is the No. 2 seed in this week's regional. The Crimson Tide finished the regular season in fourth place in the SEC West Division. Alabama wrapped up the regular season with a record of 34-26 and 14-15 in the SEC. Florida State and Alabama have met on nine previous occasions including six times in the NCAA Tournament. FSU leads the all-time series 7-2 as the two schools last met twice in the 2011 Tallahassee Regional.
Troy, winners of the Sun Belt Conference regular season title, also received an at-large bid into the tournament. The Trojans earned the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. Troy finished the regular season with an overall record of 40-18 and 20-10 in the Sun Belt. The Trojans’ selection to the tournament is their fourth since joining the Sun Belt in 2006. The Seminoles lead the all-time series against Troy at 13-2 with their last meeting dating back to 1999.
Savannah State completes this year's four-team field earning the No. 4 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 33-21 and received an automatic bid by virtue of winning their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. Florida State and Savannah State have met seven times before with the Seminoles leading the all-time series at 6-1. The two schools have not met since 2008.
“Savannah State’s pitcher (Kyle McGowin) is the real deal and so is that ball club,” said Martin. “This is not a fake; you don’t accomplish what they did by being an average team. Carlton Hardy is a friend at Savannah State and they have come in here and beaten us before. In fact, one day they beat us 10-2, so this is not a fly-by-the-night group. They know how to play. They beat a very good Bethune-Cookman team to get here.”
Every game of the Tallahassee Regional will air live on ESPNU & ESPN3, with the lone exception of game two featuring Florida State and Savannah State which will air only on ESPN3.
The Tallahassee Regional is paired up with the Bloomington, Ind., Regional as the winners from both regional sites will square-off in a best-of-three series beginning on either Friday, June 7 or Saturday, June 8. The four schools competing in the Bloomington Regional include Indiana (43-14), Austin Peay (45-13), Florida (29-28) and Valparaiso (31-26).
The complete schedule for the Tallahassee Regional is listed below:
Friday, May 31, 2013
Game 1: Alabama vs. Troy - 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 2: Florida State vs. Savannah State - 5:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 - 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Monday, June 3, 2013
Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary) - 4:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
**All game times are subject to change**
Tickets information for the Tallahassee Regional is as follows:
All-Tournament Books for the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional ($50 for reserved seats and $35 for general admission seats) will go on-sale to the public at 5pm EST on Monday, May 27 at www.seminoles.com. Phone and walk-up orders begin at 8:30am on Tuesday morning by calling 888-378-6653 or visiting the main Seminole Ticket Office located at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Single game tickets for the Friday sessions ONLY will go on sale via the web (seminoles.com) beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. In person and phone sales of single game tickets for Friday’s games will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Single game tickets for games on subsequent days will go on sale on the web immediately following the last game of the previous day and at Dick Howser Stadium two hours prior to the start of the first game.
Prices for single game general admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for youth. If available, reserved seats single game tickets are $12.00.