Despite a four-game losing streak last week, which included three one-run losses and another extra-inning walk-off home run, Florida State is once again a top-eight national seed in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Championship.
There was a lot of debate as to whether the Seminoles were deserving of a national seed, and it wasn't until "No. 7 national seed Florida State" appeared on the television in the baseball clubhouse, that the team knew for sure.
"There's no way that I can say I was confident," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "But there's no question in my mind that the major emphasis should be on what you accomplish in the first 56 games."
Florida State already knew it would be hosting a Regional this coming weekend, the drama centered on whether the Seminoles would be rewarded for its full body of work, or if it would be punished by the Selection Committee for a disappointing end to what was a great season.
There were three teams that were the primary focus for the last two national seeds; Florida State, North Carolina State, and Oregon. NC State, who finished second in the Atlantic Division and lost two of three to the Seminoles in Raleigh, N.C., were the ones left on the outside looking in as Oregon was given the eight seed.
"I think that (FSU's) overall body of work was what the committee was most impressed with," said NCAA Selection Committee chairman Dennis Farrell. "We tried to minimize the final weekend as much as possible for a number of teams because of the tournament situation."
A four-game losing streak to end the regular season is not how any team wants to enter the postseason. However, if there is a silver lining, it's this: all four of the losses came against NCAA Tournament teams, two of which earned national seeds (UNC and UVA). Additionally, three of the losses were by just one run and the other was on an extra-inning walk-off homer run. As catcher Stephen McGee pointed out, it's not that FSU played terrible, they just came up on the short end of the stick, and sometimes that's how the game of baseball goes.
"It was unbelievable how it happened," McGee said of losing on three last-inning home runs. "But we went in there and we played the best baseball we could have played. No errors the first two games. We played solid baseball. We could have (won all four), that's just the way it ended up."