TALLAHASSEE - Florida State had a disappointing showing in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament over the weekend in Jacksonville, but the No. 3-ranked Seminoles (47-11) will have an opportunity to rebound on their home field in the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced Sunday that FSU is among the 16 teams hosting regional tournaments in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It marks the 25th time in school history the Noles will host a regional. The four-team event will begin on Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU will find out its opponent when the NCAA announces the tournament field around 1 this afternoon. FSU is one of three ACC teams already in the field by virtue of Sunday's regional site announcement.
FSU, Virginia and ACC champion North Carolina - the Tar Heels defeated Wake Forest, 3-2, in Sunday's title game - each are hosting a regional tournament.
FSU arrived in Jacksonville as the top seed in the ACC Tournament, but after an 11-2 victory against Wake Forest on Wednesday, the Noles were knocked out of the tournament by losing to Miami on Friday and Clemson on Saturday. Still, FSU easily earned its 30th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The other regional hosts include Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, Coastal Carolina, Long Beach State, Rice, Wichita State, Arizona State and San Diego.
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan Flaherty doubled twice, Shea Robin drove in two runs and Vanderbilt (51-11) captured its first Southeastern Conference tournament title in 27 years with a 7-4 win against Arkansas at Hoover, Ala.
The Associated Press