Florida State will host a regional for the fifth straight year, but will not be hosting a super regional without some help. The Seminoles will be paired with the Gainesville regional and will travel to face No. 4 seed Florida if both teams make it out of their regionals.
The Tallahassee regional will consist of 2-seed College of Charleston, 3-seed Auburn, and 4-seed Mercer as well as Florida State. Head coach Mike Martin knows how tough this regional is going to be for the Seminoles.
“If RPI is a factor we have two very high RPI teams and a Mercer team that played a very good schedule,” Martin said. “…They won their league and are very, very good. Auburn had some very good wins out of the SEC.”
College of Charleston has an RPI of 16 and were in consideration for one of the Top-16 regional host sites. Auburn has an RPI of 22 with wins over Oklahoma State, LSU, Vandy, and Florida this season.
Florida State went 0-2 in their regional last season and will be looking to vastly improve on that mark. All American D.J. Stewart believes that his team remembers how that felt, but they’ve moved on from it.
“It’s huge,” Stewart said. “I mean not winning. You know the feeling. It doesn’t feel good at all. You work so hard throughout the entire year and you don’t come out of a regional that you’re hosting. But I mean we’re not looking back at last year at all. We’re just taking this year for what it is and going up against Mercer and we’re going to compete to the best of our ability. We’ll see what happens.”
Unlike last year, the Seminoles come into the regional with a little momentum after winning all four games in the ACC Tournament and capturing the ACC Title. Stewart believes that winning that tournament will really help out the younger guys on the roster.
“It’s great for our confidence,” Stewart said. “Just for the young guys. I mean, we were playing really bad against Clemson. Things weren’t going our way and to just turn it around that quickly and come back with the ACC Championship. It’s huge for just the feeling of playing well. We have that momentum going into the post season now and hopefully we keep carrying it on.
Florida State will start senior Mike Compton against Mercer on Friday at 6 PM and will save Boomer Biegalski for the Saturday matchup against Auburn or College of Charleston.