May 27, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State welcomes UCF, South Florida and Stetson in NCAA Division I baseball regional action, beginning Friday, May 31st. Second-seeded UCF(38-20) and third-seeded South Florida (31-25) will get things started at 3 p.m. on Friday while the top-seeded Seminoles (56-12) will play fourth-seeded Stetson (54-15) at 7 p.m. All action will be played at Dick Howser Stadium on the FSU campus.
The winner of the regional in Tallahassee will play the winner of the regional in South Bend, Ind. in the super regional. The regional in South Bend includes the South Alabama (the region’s No. 1 seed), Notre Dame, Ohio State and Kent State. The selection of the regional host will be announced June 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Each of the 16 sites selected by the NCAA Division I baseball committee has four teams assigned to them and are paired with another regional. All 16 regionals are scheduled to begin Friday May 31 and run through Sunday June 2. The winners of each double-elimination regional will advance to a super regional scheduled to Friday June 7 through Sunday June 9. The format of the super regional is a best two out of three series.
“We obviously have a tough regional, said Florida State head coach Mike Martin. “It’s a surprise to me that Stetson is a No. 4 seed. “We know what it takes to get to Omaha and hopefully we can continue to play well to get back there.”
No. 1 ranked Florida State, which earned an automatic bid as the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, enters its 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. It marks the first time the Seminoles are the top overall seed in the tournament. The Seminoles have won a school-record tying 22 consecutive games and have lost only once since April 7. Florida State won the ACC tournament championship Saturday night as it defeated Clemson, 4-1, to complete an undefeated run though the tournament.
The Seminoles will play host to Stetson in the first round of the regional. Stetson, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, earned an at-large bid into the tournament. The Hatters lost to Florida Atlantic, 10-3, in the semifinals of their conference tournament Friday.
Florida State leads the all-time series against Stetson by a 32-20 margin. The two teams most recently met during NCAA regional in 1988. Florida State defeated Stetson in a first round game and the Hatters defeated the Seminoles to eliminate Florida State from the tournament.
UCF, which earned an automatic bid as the champion of the Atlantic Sun conference, defeated Florida Atlantic, 8-6, Saturday to win the inaugural Atlantic Sun championship. The Golden Knights will play South Florida, an at-large entrant from Conference USA. The Bulls lost to East Carolina in the semifinals of their conference tournament Saturday.
The national top eight seeds are Florida State University (56-12); Clemson University (47-14); University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (48-13); Rice University (47-11); University of Texas at Austin (48-14); University of South Carolina, Columbia (48-14); Wake Forest University (44-11-1) and Stanford University (40-16).
All 16 regional sites will be on the campus of the host team except the Arizona State University and Wake Forest regionals. The Sun Devils home field is undergoing renovations, so the regional will be played at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. The Wake Forest regional will be conducted at Ernie Shore Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to Arizona State, the other 15 host schools are: Florida State; University of Notre Dame; University of Southern California; Stanford; Texas; Louisiana State University; Rice; Clemson; Wichita State University; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Wake Forest; South Carolina; University of Florida; Georgia Institute of Technology and Alabama.
Thirty NCAA Division I conference champions received automatic bids into the field of 64 along with 34 at large selections.
Tickets are available by calling the Seminole ticket office (850) 644-1830 or visiting the official website of Seminole athletics (www.seminoles.com). Reserve seating all-tournament ticket packages are available for $40.00. General Admission all-tournament packages are also available for $25.00. If available, single game tickets will go on sale Friday.