FSU - Savannah State Preview

Postseason play begins Friday as the Noles' take on Savannah State with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.

The second season begins Friday, May 31 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium as Florida State hosts the 2013 NCAA Tallahassee Regional . The Seminoles (44-15), who earned the No. 7 overall national seed, will open the tournament against Savannah State (33-21) at 5:00 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN3.

The first game of the Tallahassee Regional will feature Alabama and Troy beginning at 12 noon and will broadcast live on ESPNU/ESPN3.

FSU enters the NCAA Tournament as a national seed for the ninth time since 1999. Florida State is making its 51st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 36th in a row. The Seminoles are the all-time leader in NCAA Regional/Super Regional games (217) & wins (146).

Mike Martin has led Florida State to the NCAA's in each of his 34 years as the head coach. He has also led FSU to 15 College World Series appearances during that span including three trips in the last five years (2008, 10, 12).

The Seminoles have posted a record of 96-35 (.733) while playing at home during NCAA Regional and Super Regional action including a mark of 44-17 in the 21st century. Since falling to Bucknell in the opening game of the 2008 Tallahassee Regional, FSU has won 16 straight regional games.

Florida State has faced nine schools that were selected to this year's field of 64. The Seminoles posted a 12-14 record claiming five series victories. FSU played four No. 1 seeds - NC State (2-1), Virginia Tech (1-3), Virginia (0-4) and North Carolina (0-1); four No. 2 seeds - Miami (2-1), Georgia Tech (2-2), Clemson (2-1) and South Alabama (1-0); and one No. 3 seed Florida (2-1).

Florida State and Savannah State will open the Tallahassee Regional on Friday, May 31 squaring-off for the eighth time overall and first time in the NCAA Tournament.

Savannah State enters the Tallahassee Regional winners of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time in school history. The Tigers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance this year.

The two schools last met for a four-game series in Tallahassee back in 2008. FSU won all four games scoring in double figures each time out. Savannah State's lone win in the series came in 2006 as the Tigers defeated the Seminoles 10-2 in Tallahassee.

FSU is 5-0 all-time against MEAC opponents in the NCAA Tournament with all five games coming against Bethune-Cookman. The last time the Noles faced the Wildcats was in 2011 - a 6-5 victory for FSU.

The Seminoles own a record of 39-11 all-time in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament. FSU has won its last four regional openers. The Seminoles had won 15 straight games to open regional play before falling to Bucknell (7-0) to open the 2008 Tallahassee Regional.

The Seminoles will send out RHP Scott Sitz (9-1, 1.73 ERA) to face the Tigers, while Savannah State will counter with its ace, RHP Kyle McGowin (12-1, 1.33 ERA).

Every game of the Tallahassee Regional will air live on ESPNU & ESPN3, with the lone exception of game two featuring Florida State and Savannah State which will air only on ESPN3. The Tallahassee Regional is paired up with the Bloomington, Ind., Regional as the winners from both regional sites will square-off in a best-of-three series beginning on either Friday, June 7 or Saturday, June 8. The four schools competing in the Bloomington Regional include Indiana (43-14), Austin Peay (45-13), Florida (29-28) and Valparaiso (31-26).

The complete schedule for the Tallahassee Regional is listed below:

Friday, May 31, 2013

Game 1: Alabama vs. Troy - 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Game 2: Florida State vs. Savannah State - 5:00 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 - 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary) - 4:00 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)

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