May 29, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – For the ninth straight year and the 22nd time in the last 23 years, Florida State University has been selected as an NCAA Regional host site. Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium will host the four team regional beginning this weekend. Times and dates will be released as soon as they are available. Ticket information is already available at www.seminoles.com. The three teams joining the Seminoles in the Tallahassee Regional will be announced Monday, May 30 at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN in a live half-hour show.
“This is a tremendous reward for a team that played very well throughout the season,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “I am proud of this team and I am very proud to be associated with Florida State University. I don’t think there is any question that one of the deciding factors was our administration’s enthusiasm and professionalism in hosting NCAA Regional Tournaments.”
Overall, this is the 24th time Tallahassee has hosted an NCAA Regional dating back to 1976. It is also the 22nd time in head coach Mike Martin’s 26 years that FSU has been selected by the NCAA to host a regional. The last three times FSU has advanced to the College World Series their trek to Omaha has started with an NCAA Regional in Tallahassee and the 11 of the last 12 times FSU has gone to the World Series they came out of a regional staged in Tallahassee.
“The biggest advantages in getting to host is our familiarity with the field and the great Seminole baseball fans,” said Martin. “Just being able to stay at home after being on the road for the better part of the last two weeks is certainly an important factor.”
Being selected to host an NCAA Regional guarantees FSU of its 28th consecutive NCAA Tournament bids, which will officially be handed out Monday. Monday the complete 64-team field will be announced at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN. The selection show was originally scheduled for ESPN2 but has been moved to the flagship network.
2005 NCAA Regional Host Schools — Florida State; Florida; Miami; Georgia Tech; Clemson; Texas; Baylor; Cal State Fullerton; LSU; Long Beach State; Ole Miss; Nebraska; Oregon State; Tennessee; Tulane; Arizona State