Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said, "It's always exciting to see your name pop up on the screen and realize that you're one of 64 teams that still have the opportunity to play. We have a lot of familiarity with Florida State, having been there the three of the last four years. After a poor showing last year, this is a great opportunity to go back there and redeem some of the mistakes we made last year. We're excited about the opportunity to play and our guys are looking forward to the regional coming up."
With this year's NCAA Tournament at-large selection, the Crimson Tide will be making his 24th regional appearance and fourth in five years under head coach Mitch Gaspard. Joining Alabama (34-22) in the four-team field will be No. 1 seed Florida State (43-15), No. 3 seed Kennesaw State (37-21), and No. 4 seed Georgia Southern (39-21). The Seminoles are the No. 5 national seed in this year's tournament.
The double-elimination regional begins Friday at 11 a.m. (CDT), when Alabama plays Kennesaw State at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State plays Georgie Southern on Friday at 5 p.m. (CDT). Every game of the Tallahassee Regional will be televised on an ESPN platform (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3).
All-Tournament Books for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional ($50 for reserved seats and $35 for general admission seats) will go on-sale to the public at 4 p.m. CDT today (Monday) at www.seminoles.com. Phone and walk-up orders begin at 7:30 a.m. CT 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 7:00 a.m. CT Friday. In person and phone sales of single game tickets for Friday's games will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT 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 $10 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 4-18). If available, reserved seats single game tickets are $15.
The first round matchup between Alabama and Kennesaw State will mark the first ever meeting between the two schools in baseball. Alabama is 1-8 all-time versus Florida State, after losing twice to the Seminoles in the 2011 Tallahassee Regional. The Crimson Tide has played Georgie Southern 19 times in school history, posting a 13-6 record against the Eagles.
Alabama is making its sixth NCAA Regional appearance in the last seven years and its 16th in the last 19 seasons. The Crimson Tide was the No. 3 seed in the Conway Regional in 2008, the No. 2 seed in the Clemson Regional in 2009, the No. 2 seed in the Atlanta Regional in 2010, he No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional in 2011, and the No. 2 seed in the Tallahassee Regional in 2013.
Gaspard is making his fifth NCAA Regional appearance overall and fourth in five years as the head coach of the Crimson Tide. In Gaspard's first season at the Capstone, he led the Tide to an Atlanta Regional Championship, defeating the No. 8 overall seed Georgia Tech. In year two with the Tide, Alabama was a three-seed in the Tallahassee, where they advanced to the regional championship game against the No. 5 national seed Florida State. Gaspard also took Northwestern (La.) State to the 2005 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, where the Demons posted a 1-2 record with a win over Marist.
Alabama is one of 10 SEC teams to receive an NCAA Tournament bid. Florida, the SEC regular season champion, is the No. 2 seed overall, while SEC Tournament champions, LSU is the No. 4 national seed. Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt will also host opening round regionals. Along with Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M round out the teams from the SEC in this year's NCAA tournament.
Alabama posted a 15-15 record against 11 teams faced by Bama this season that are in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The list of opponents to make this year's tournament field includes Arkansas (1-2), Texas A&M (2-1), LSU (1-1), Kentucky (2-2), South Carolina (1-2), Mississippi (3-0), Jacksonville State (2-0), Jackson State (1-0), Mississippi State (1-2), Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2), and Florida (0-3).