TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The NCAA released its pairings for the field of 64 for the NCAA Baseball Championship on Monday, including Florida State who finished the regular season with a record of 37-20 and an appearance in the ACC Tournament Championship on Sunday in Durham. The Seminoles will begin play with their second all-time meeting against Alabama State on Friday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.
The Atlantic Coast Conference set a conference record and tied the all-time mark of having 10 teams in the championship field. The ACC ties the 2014 mark set by the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which had seven teams in the field. Conference USA and the Pacific-12 (Pac-12) have four, while the American Athletic Conference, Big 12, Big Ten, Big West all have three institutions in the field.
Three institutions are hosting for the 20th time or more as Florida State leads the list of schools with 33, Miami (Florida) with 27 and LSU with 24. South Carolina is hosting for the 17th time, while Florida is hosting for the 14th time. Clemson and Mississippi State are hosting for the 13th time since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975.
The Seminoles will serve as the No. 1 seed in the Tallahassee Regional and will be joined by No. 2 Southern Mississippi (40-18), No. 3 South Alabama (40-20) and No. 4 Alabama State (38-15). Play begins on Friday, June 3.
“We know that every Regional Tournament is competitive,” said head coach Mike Martin. “If you look at a team you’re maybe not familiar with and take them lightly, you’re going to get beat. Alabama State, coached by Mervyl (Hernandez) is a good coach and they’ve beaten some good teams this year. Then you have South Alabama and Southern Miss, I am telling you—it is very competitive. We know that, we approach it with the same approach that we have if we have any of the league members because they can all get after it.”
Florida State is making its 39th consecutive appearance, 37th straight under the direction of head coach Mike Martin and 53rd overall. The Seminoles have posted an overall record of 180-119 in NCAA Tournament play.
Tallahassee Regional second seed Southern Mississippi received an automatic bid after capturing the 2016 Conference USA Championship with a 3-2 victory over Rice. The win also gave the Golden Eagles 40 wins in a season for the first time since 2009 as they improved to a program-record 28-4 at home. Southern Miss (40-18) earned a NCAA Regional spot for the first time in five years by winning its third C-USA crown and first since 2010.
The FSU and Southern Miss rivalry dates back to their Metro Conference days, but none of the games took place in the postseason. The Noles hold a 38-12 advantage in the all-time series, including a 28-4 mark in Tallahassee, with the last meeting taking place on May 17, 1991.
South Alabama will trek to Tallahassee as the No. 3 seed after receiving an at-large bid out of the Sun Belt Conference. The Jaguars ended the regular season with an overall record of 40-20 and were 26-7 in conference action. South Alabama was the second-seeded team in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and dropped the opening game by a 4-2 decision to UT-Arlington. The Jaguars rebounded with a win over Little Rock and avenged the loss to UT-Arlington with a 3-0 win before suffering a 4-0 setback to Georgia Southern on May 28.
The Seminoles own a 36-26-1 all-time mark against South Alabama, including a 25-15-1 record at home, in the all-time series. The two teams have met six times since the turn of the century, including a clash on April 6, 2013, which the Seminoles won 2-0.
Fourth-seeded Alabama State rounds out this year’s four-team field in the Tallahassee Regional. The Hornets, who earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament, capped off the regular season with a 38-15 record and received the automatic bid after winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Game 1: Southern Mississippi vs. South Alabama – 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 2: Florida State vs. Alabama State – 6:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – TBA. (ESPN3)
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – TBA (ESPN3)
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – TBA. (ESPN3)
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – TBA (ESPN3)
Monday, June 6, 2016
Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary) – TBA (ESPN3)
**All game times are subject to change**
Tickets information for the Tallahassee Regional is as follows:
All-Tournament Books for the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional ($55 for reserved seats and $40 for general admission seats) will go on-sale to the public at 3 pm EST on Monday, May 30 at www.seminoles.com. Phone and walk-up orders begin at 8:30 a.m. 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 8:00 a.m. Friday. 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 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 $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for youth (ages 5-18). If available, reserved seats single game tickets are $18.00.