The possibility of Florida State hosting an NCAA Regional in baseball this postseason could be remote.
Seminoles entering this week are seen to be in the accommodation bubble. Then they lost back-to-back walk-in home runs at Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
Not only were both games tough for FSU because of the way they ended. But the Gators (13) and Tar Heels (22) would also have been big wins as the RPI’s top 25 teams. The Seminoles arrive at No. 21.
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Florida’s 7-5 victory came on a two-run homer by second baseman Sterlin Thompson with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. FSU head coach Mike Martin Jr. replaced Davis Hare with Andrew Armstrong ahead of Thompson’s at bat. A questionable decision by the Seminoles considering Armstrong has a 7.84 ERA over 10.1 innings this season.
FSU’s 7-5 loss to North Carolina, on the other hand, shouldn’t be criticized so much. The Seminoles relied on top reliever Wyatt Crowell, who entered the game with a 0.64 ERA since March 29. He came one stroke away from earning a stoppage before designated hitter Alberto Osuna smashed a three-run homer for the Tar Heels.
21 FSU (32-20, 15-13 ACC) has two games left in its final series of the regular season, facing North Carolina (32-19, 13-15) at 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will air on ACC Network Extra.
With top starting pitchers Parker Messick and Bryce Hubbart on the mound Friday and Saturday, respectively, the Seminoles are still in position to win the series. They’ll just need better pitching out of the bullpen than in the last two games.
Below is a more in-depth look at everything that happened this week in Seminole athletics.
FSU softball took full credit for winning the ACC championship over the weekend.
The Seminoles earned second place overall in the NCAA Tournament – their highest tier ever in program history. They enter the playoffs on a 14-game winning streak, including eight ranked wins.
As the sole seed of the Tallahassee Regional, FSU (52-5) will host two-seeded Mississippi State (33-24), three-seeded USF (44-14) and Howard to four seeds (31-22) this weekend. The Seminoles first face the Bison at 8:30 p.m. Friday, which can be seen on ESPN+. The Bulldogs and the Bulls face off before this game at 6 p.m.
The winners of those games will play at 1 p.m. Saturday. The double elimination tournament ends on Sunday. Whichever team emerges from the Tallahassee Regional will challenge the winner of Missouri’s Columbia Regional, No. 15, next weekend in a super regional setting.
The men’s and women’s golf teams each earned berths in the NCAA Championship Finals.
The men came out of the NCAA regional stage this week placing second, recording an 8-under-par score at the three-day event held at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. .
FSU sophomore Brett Roberts won the individual title among 80 competitors with an overall score of 7 under (74-68-67). He is only the fourth Seminole to win an NCAA Regional and the first since Drew Kittleson on May 22, 2010.
The women advanced by winning the Tallahassee Regional last week. The NCAA Championship Finals begin this week for women (May 20-25) and next week for men (May 27-June 1). Both competitions will be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The men won their second straight ACC Outdoor Championship in a historically dominant fashion.
FSU had 149 points, the highest total for an ACC championship since the conference expanded to 15 teams. Virginia Tech (93) finished a distant second. The 56-point margin of victory in the ACC Championship is the highest since the conference expansion.
Isaac Grimes (long jump), Ahmed Muhumed (10,000-meter race), Trey Cunningham (110-meter hurdles), DaeQwan Butler (400-meter), Jo’Vaughn Martin (100-meter) and James Rivera (400-meter hurdles) each has won individual ACC titles for men.
The women finished third with 99 points, behind Miami (108) and Duke (100.5). Edidiong Odiong (100 meters, 200 meters), Ruby Stauber (800 meters) and Lauren Ryan (10,000 meters) each won titles in the women’s category.
The Seminoles will send 35 athletes (19 men, 16 women) to the NCAA East Preliminaries May 25-28 in Bloomington, Ind. They will also send the relay teams for the men’s 4X100 meters and 4X400 meters and the women’s 4X100-meter.
The top 12 athletes from each event will qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which take place June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.
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