FSU, Army Coaches Excited About Regional Field

Comments from Florida State's coach and team captain are featured along with Army's head baseball coach as they prepare to travel to a regional with the Auburn Tigers.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Florida State coach Mike Martin, whose FSU Seminoles are the No. 1 seed and host team for Auburn's NCAA baseball regional tournament site, says he is looking forward to the competition that begins on Friday.

Auburn, 32-24 and the two seed, will open the two-day, double-elimination event with a noon CDT/1 p.m. EDT game vs. 35-25 South Alabama, the No. 3 seed. FSU, 50-19, will take on fourth seed Army (38-12) at 6 p.m. CDT.

"I think it is going to be a great regional because of the proximity of Auburn and South Alabama," Martin says. "This is another strong field and we are very excited to be competing at this time of the year.

"I hope the great fans of Florida State baseball will come out and support this tournament because we certainly need to keep our reputation as one of the top host sites in the nation," Martin adds.

Coach Mike Martin

Martin says he believes his team played well enough to earn its seeding and the right to be one of 16 host sites for regional play in the 64-team field. "I really thought the No. 1 seed in the regional was deserved. I thought our team earned that. They played a very competitive schedule. I am sure the success we had in the last four weeks raised our RPI to warrant a No. 1 seed in this regional."

Early in the season the Seminoles helped their RPI by taking two out of three games vs. Auburn in Tallahassee at Dick Howser Stadium.

Senior Aaron Chessman, FSU's captain, says his team has work to do in the regional that will run through Sunday or Monday. "It is going to be a tough regional. We have already played Auburn and they are a tough team. We have to get through a very good Army team first and foremost. It is going to be a great weekend of baseball and hopefully we play really well.

"Playing at home again is something I was hoping for after our regular season ended," Cheesman adds. "We took care of business down the stretch giving our seniors a chance to play three more games at home hopefully."

Army, champion of the Patriot League, is not known for being a power in college baseball, but head coach Joe Sottolano says his team is coming to Tallahassee with designs on winning the four-team tournament and moving on to the super regional.

"I think we're going to experience a first-class operation," Sottolano says. "Florida State is great organization and has a lot of experience running these things and participating in them. The draw was favorable in that we're facing a top, quality opponent, but it's not a national seed, meaning one of the top eight teams. But let me tell you, this is a real good regional with some excellent teams.

"We're going there to win," Army's coach adds. "We need to focus on ourselves and focus on what we can control. We know where we're going and we know the teams that are going to be playing there against us. We're going to get as much information on those teams as we can in terms of scouting reports and we're going to prepare for them well over the few days."

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