Around The Horn

Florida State needs a strong regular-season finish and a good showing in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament if it wants to secure a regional bid. Well, the Seminoles appear to be moving in that direction. FSU's sweep of Duke at Dick Howser Stadium moved the Seminoles (34-19, 13-8) from fifth to tied for third in the ACC standings and strengthens their bid to host an NCAA regional.

Florida State coach Mike Martin says plenty of questions remain regarding the NCAA Tournament. Of course, the Seminoles are hopeful of securing a regional bid.

However, they are the first to realize a strong finish is necessary for that to happen.

Well, FSU made all the right moves over the weekend at Dick Howser Stadium against struggling Duke.

The Seminoles completed a three-game sweep of Duke with a 6-3 victory on Sunday in what could be their final home game of the season.

The Seminoles close the regular season with a three-game series beginning Thursday at Wake Forest, then head to Salem, Va., and the ACC tournament.

"This was a big lift for this ballclub, all the way around," FSU coach Mike Martin said.

"A lot of questions have to be answered (regarding an NCAA host). There is not anybody in this league you can walk out there and say, 'We are going to win.' "

FSU's sweep of Duke at Dick Howser Stadium moved the Seminoles (34-19, 13-8) from fifth to tied for third in the ACC standings and strengthens their bid to host an NCAA regional.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, won its 13th straight by beating Clemson 8-4 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. The Yellow Jackets (34-17, 15-5) have the same winning percentage as Virginia (40-11, 18-6), which completed its ACC schedule with a sweep of Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech must win all three games at Maryland this weekend to win the regular-season title.


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