Ready To Roll

The Florida State Seminoles (42-20) continue a streak of 27 consecutive years in the NCAA tournament when they face Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. Friday at Dick Howser Stadium. The first-round, regional game is scheduled to be televised on the Sunshine Network. Central Florida faces Oklahoma State in Friday‘s earlier game.

Florida State appreciates its success.

A month ago, many questioned the Seminoles' (42-20) postseason fate. And with good reason. With a team filled with many first-time starters in the lineup, FSU lacked consistency as well as confidence.

All that has changed.

FSU stunned the Atlantic Coast Conference world last weekend by battling from the losers bracket to win the tournament championship over Georgia Tech.

Not bad for a team that has suffered the program's most losses in 10 years. And, of those 20 defeats, 12 have been by five or more runs. Of their 20 losses this season, the most in 10. Six have been by nine runs or worse.

Also, the Seminoles were swept at home by Georgia Tech, the first ACC team to ever win three games in Tallahassee. It dropped the Seminoles into a fifth—place tie in the ACC with a 6—6 record.

FSU picked itself from the canvas. Facing three weekend road trips in the ACC, including games against nationally ranked Clemson and Virginia, the Seminoles won seven of those nine games.

"You have to be able to understand we have a very young, baseball team," veteran FSU coach Mike Martin said.

"Heck, as recently as (last) Saturday (in the ACC Tournament), I said, ‘What in the world did we just do?‘

"You have to be able to survive it. I know there are a number of people in the program who are saying the same thing, like ‘What in the world?‘ But it is a credit to this team to be able to overcome a number of mental mistakes."


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