Keeping up with the Seminoles: FSU baseball in jeopardy of not hosting an NCAA Regional

The possibility of Florida State hosting an NCAA Regional in baseball this postseason could be slipping away.

The Seminoles entered this week perceived to be on the bubble of hosting consideration. Then they dropped two straight games in walk-off home run fashion at Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

Not only were both games tough for FSU because of how they ended. But the Gators (13) and Tar Heels (22) also would have been marquee wins as top 25 teams in RPI. The Seminoles come in at No. 21.

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Florida’s 7-5 win came on a two-run homer from second baseman Sterlin Thompson with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. FSU head coach Mike Martin Jr. replaced Davis Hare with Andrew Armstrong before Thompson’s at-bat. A questionable decision by the Seminoles when considering Armstrong has a 7.84 ERA across 10.1 innings this season.

FSU’s 7-5 loss to North Carolina, on the other hand, should not be criticized as much. The Seminoles leaned on top reliever Wyatt Crowell, who entered the game with a 0.64 ERA since March 29. He came one strike away from earning a save before designated hitter Alberto Osuna crushed a three-run homer for the Tar Heels.

No. 21 FSU (32-20, 15-13 ACC) still has two more games in its last series of the regular season, facing North Carolina (32-19, 13-15) at 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be broadcast 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 take the series. They will just need better pitching out of the bullpen compared to the last couple games.

Below is a closer look at everything else that happened this week in Seminole athletics.


FSU softball earned quite the reward for winning the ACC Championship over the weekend.

The Seminoles garnered the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament – their highest ever in program history. They enter the postseason on a 14-game winning streak, which includes eight ranked victories.

As the one seed in the Tallahassee Regional, FSU (52-5) will host two-seed Mississippi State (33-24), three-seed USF (44-14) and four-seed Howard (31-22) this weekend. The Seminoles will first face the Bison at 8:30 p.m. Friday, which can be seen on ESPN+. The Bulldogs and Bulls square off before that game at 6 p.m.

The winners of those games will play at 1 p.m. Saturday. The double-elimination tournament concludes Sunday. Whichever team advances from the Tallahassee Regional will challenge the winner of No. 15 Missouri’s Columbia Regional next weekend in a Super Regional setting.


The men’s and women’s golf teams each clinched spots in the NCAA Championship Finals.

The men advanced from the NCAA Regional stage this week by placing second, recording an 8-under par score in the three-day event held at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Seminoles carded a 297, 279 and 280.

FSU sophomore Brett Roberts claimed the individual title among 80 competitors with an 7-under overall score (74-68-67). He’s 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 the women (May 20-25) and next week for the men (May 27-June 1). Both competitions will be held at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Track and field

The men captured its second straight ACC Outdoor Championship in historically dominating fashion.

FSU tallied 149 points, the highest total in an ACC Championship since the conference expanded to 15 teams. Virginia Tech (93) finished as a distant second. The 56-point margin of victory in the ACC Championship is the highest since conference expansion.

Isaac Grimes (long jump), Ahmed Muhumed (10,000-meter run), Trey Cunningham (110-meter hurdles), DaeQwan Butler (400-meter dash), Jo’Vaughn Martin (100-meter dash) and James Rivera (400-meter hurdles) each captured individual ACC titles for the men.

The women finished third with 99 points, trailing Miami (108) and Duke (100.5). Edidiong Odiong (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash), Ruby Stauber (800-meter run) and Lauren Ryan (10,000-meter run) each claimed titles for the women.

The Seminoles will send 35 athletes (19 men, 16 women) to the NCAA East Preliminaries on May 25-28 in Bloomington, Ind. They will also send the relay teams for the men’s 4X100-meter and 4X400-meter and the women’s 4X100-meter.

The top 12 athletes in each event will qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which are June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.

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