Noles Host Tallahassee Regional
The Seminoles were named the No. 1 seed in a field that includes Auburn, South Alabama and Army. Games will begin Friday, June 3 and tickets are already available through the web at www.seminoles.com. Second-seeded Auburn and third-seeded South Alabama will play at 1:00 p.m. and the Seminoles and No. 4 Army are schedule to open regional play at 7:00.
"I think it is going to be a great regional because of the proximity of Auburn and South Alabama," said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. "This is another strong field and we are very excited to be competing at this time of the year. I hope the great fans of Florida State baseball will come out and support this tournament because we certainly need to keep our reputation as one of the top host sites in the nation."
"It is going to be a tough regional," said senior captain Aaron Cheesman. "We have already played Auburn and they are a tough team. We have to get through a very good Army team first and foremost. It is going to be a great weekend of baseball and hopefully we play really well."
The only team of the three that FSU has faced in 2005 is Auburn and the Seminoles won an early season series versus the Tigers 2-1. The last time FSU faced off with South Alabama was 2003 and the Seminoles have not played Army since 1975. Michael Hyde (7-2) will open the tournament on the hill versus the Black Knights.
"When you see a team like Army you don't think of a baseball power but in postseason everyone can play," said Martin. "I would think that a few years ago that the name Notre Dame didn't scare a lot of people but they came in here and took care of business."
"I am pumped about starting Friday," said Hyde, a sophomore in his first season at FSU. "I want to come out and throw well like I have in my last two outings. It is going to be fun playing against Army in front of a home NCAA Regional crowd. It is going to be a crazy atmosphere and I just can't wait."
The Seminoles were named the No. 1 seed in the regional but did not receive a national seed this season. They are paired up with the University of Florida Regional. The Gators received a national seed (No. 7) as one of nine SEC teams to make the field. The ACC received seven bids to the tournament and four host sites. The two conferences were first and second as far as the most entrants in the 2005 NCAA Tournament field.
"I really thought the No. 1 seed in the regional was deserved," said Martin. "I thought our tem earned that. They played a very competitive schedule. I am sure the success we had in the last four weeks raised our RPI to warrant a No. 1 seed in this regional."
Tickets are already on sale for the 2005 NCAA Tallahassee Regional through the website. Phone orders will be taken Tuesday, May 31. Florida State has consistently packed Dick Howser Stadium for postseason play and the players are expecting an atmosphere similar to that of past seasons.
"I have been at this stadium for regionals as a fan and the atmosphere is amazing," said Hyde. "It is hard to imagine it considering how great it is playing here during the regular season. It is unbelievable and I can't wait."
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