Super Regional preview: FSU Hosts Arkansas

As Florida State prepares to take the diamond against Arkansas this weekend in the Tallahassee Super Regional, NoleDigest takes a look at how the Seminoles stack up against the Razorbacks.

Despite the loss of Buster Posey and a very rocky start, Florida State has powered their way to 45 wins and has earned the right to host a Super Regional.

This weekend, Florida State (45-16) will play host to Arkansas (37-22) in the Tallahassee Super Regional. It will mark the first time that these two teams have faced each other since 2004 when the Razorbacks defeated the Seminoles in the Fayetteville Super Regional in a two games to zero sweep. When the two teams take the diamond Friday afternoon, it will be only the fourth time they have ever played each other, with Arkansas winning the previous three.

On the mound, FSU will look to freshmen Sean Gilmartin and Brian Busch along with sophomore Mike McGee to get the job done. All three have been pleasant surprises with how well they have played throughout the season.

Gilmartin will most likely start out the series on Friday afternoon. He boasts a 12-3 record and a 3.93 ERA through 93 innings pitched. He doesn't have a ton of pitches to throw at opponents, but he is good with his location and knows how and when to use his changeup effectively.

Busch is 6-2 on the season and has sat down 62 batters while walking 34. He has pitched just under 85 innings and has proven tough to his with an .245 opponents batting average.

McGee has thrown a total of 69 innings and also has a record of 6-2. He has been extremely consistent for the Seminoles throughout the season with 72 strikeouts and an opponents batting average of just .245.

All of that and a team batting average of just .274 for the Razorbacks should spell good news for the Tribe.

When it comes to hitting, Florida State is one of the best there is. When it comes to getting on base, they may be the best there is. FSU has an on base percentage of .434, led by lead-off hitter Tyler Holt, who reaches base at an astounding percentage of .514.

As far as the power game goes, sophomore Mike McGee has 18 home runs to lead the Tribe followed by Stuart Tapley (13) and Jason Stidham (12). As a unit, they have shown the ability to put up runs as in last weekends 37-6 spanking of Ohio State.

Trying to slow down the bats of Florida State will be Dallas Keuchel, who has a record of 7-3 and an ERA or 4.12, both the bests of any weekend starter for Arkansas. He has struck out 62 batters in 94 innings of play.

Although Arkansas stat's are not impressive as a team, they have shown that they can play with the big boys. The Razorbacks have 9 wins against national seeds. Five against Florida, two against Arizona State and two at Oklahoma.

Both teams have begun to roll at the right time and although FSU should have the overall edge this weekend, either team could earn a trip to Omaha.

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