PREVIEW: FSU baseball begins march back to CWS today

FSU baseball coach Mike Martin and the Seminoles open Super Regionals play today at home against Indiana.

FSU baseball coach Mike Martin and the Seminoles open Super Regionals play today at home against Indiana.

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WHO: Indiana (46-14) at Florida State (47-15).

WHAT: NCAA Division I Baseball Super Regionals.

WHEN: Noon today — Game 1; Game 2 will be Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Game 3 on Monday at 1 p.m., if necessary.

WHERE: Dick Howser Stadium.


AT STAKE: Spot in College World Series.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s quest for its first national title continues today when the Seminoles (47-15) host Indiana (46-14) in the NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional.

The best-of-three game series begins at noon with the winner of the series advancing to Omaha and the College World Series.

FSU, which has advanced to more College World Series than any program in the nation without winning the title (22), and Indiana — which is making its first-ever appearance in an NCAA Super Regional series — are meeting for the first time in the postseason, but the two program have met on six prior occasions with the Seminoles claiming a win each time out. Florida State last faced Indiana in 2007 during a three-game regular season series in Tallahassee. The Seminoles swept the series, outscoring the Hoosiers, 23-2.

Legendary FSU head coach Mike Martin and the Seminoles have the experience, but at this stage, it only helps a little, he said.

“To say (our past experience against their inexperience) doesn’t mean anything is a lie,” Martin told FSUnews.com. “(But) I think the big thing is, the guys who are out there, they’re the ones who are going to do all the work. Our job as coaches is just to be sure we’re prepared.”

The Hoosiers, champions of the Big Ten Conference, come to Tallahassee winners of four in a row and eight of their last nine. Indiana enters the Super Regional with the sixth best ERA (2.56) in the nation, while the team ranks 21st nationally in hitting with a .306 average.

Martin has been wowed by some of the stats he’s seen on the Hooisers.

“Looked at some numbers (Friday) morning and was very impressed,” Martin told the website. “They played a very good schedule. They did very well on the road in the Big Ten. They’ve got solid pitching, they play very good defense, and they’ve got some guys that you really have to be aware of when they’re going to come up to the plate.”

Florida State is no stranger to playing Big Ten schools in the postseason facing five other schools in the past. The Seminoles are 4-3 all-time against the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament with all three losses coming at the CWS. FSU has faced Illinois (1-0), Michigan (0-1), Minnesota (1-0), Ohio State (2-1) and Penn State (0-1). The last Big Ten school FSU faced in the postseason was Ohio State in the 2009 Tallahassee Regional championship game.

In Super Regional action, FSU boasts an all-time record of 13-17 (.433) including a mark of 12-11 on its home turf.

The Seminoles are 5-7 all-time in the best-of-three format, collecting series victories against Auburn (2-0) in 1999, Miami (2-1) in 2000, Wichita State (2-1) in 2008, Vanderbilt (2-1) in 2010 & Stanford (2-0) in 2012 all at home.

The 2008 series against Wichita State marked the first time since the Super Regional format began in 1999 that Florida State lost the opening round game to only come back and win the series.

FSU is hosting a super regional for the 10th time in 13 all-time appearances since the NCAA Tournament moved to Super Regional play in 1999. The Seminoles have advanced to the CWS as a host of a Super Regional five times (1999, 2000, 2008, 2010 & 2012). The 10 all-time Super Regional appearances are the most of any team in the nation, while the Seminoles’ six straight trips to the Supers is the longest active streak in the nation.

The Seminoles will send out RHP Luke Weaver (7-2, 1.95 ERA) today in Game 1, while the Hoosiers will start LHP Joey DeNato (9-2, 2.65 ERA). Game 2, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday, will feature RHP Scott Sitz (10-1, 1.59 ERA) and IU’s RHP Aaron Slegers (9-1, 1.94 ERA). The second game of the series will air live on ESPNU.

The ‘if necessary’ game will be held on Monday with a start time tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m.