Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators, 'Noles Host Baseball Regionals; FSU Postseason Streak Is Now Longest in the Nation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators, 'Noles Host Baseball Regionals; FSU Postseason Streak Is Now Longest in the Nation

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Florida and Florida State will both host regionals this weekend in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

It's a school record 10th consecutive regional appearance for the Gators under coach Kevin O'Sullivan. An impressive streak, but not nearly as long as the Seminoles, who are making their 40th consecutive postseason appearance, the longest active streak in the nation.

FSU inherited that streak on Monday from Miami, which did not make the NCAA Tournament field. The Hurricanes' 44 consecutive appearances was the longest postseason streak in any NCAA sport.

The Gators (42-16) are the No. 3 national seed after winning a share of the SEC regular season title and losing in semifinals of the SEC Tournament last weekend. They open play 7 p.m., Friday against Marist (32-21), which won the MAAC Championship last week to earn an automatic bid into the tournament.

"I think we've been a national seed eight of the last nine years, and that's probably been the most remarkable thing that we've been able to do here," said O'Sullivan, whose team was the No. 1 national seed last season and is seeking a third consecutive trip to the College World Series. "We play a difficult schedule each year and to be able to be one of the top eight national seeds gives us a chance to stay at home for both the regionals and super regionals."

Also in the Gainesville Regional are Bethune Cookman (33-23), which won the MEAC title last week and USF (41-17), which earned an at-large bid from the American Athletic Conference.

Florida State (39-20) was not given a national seed, but enters the Tallahassee Regional as one of the hottest teams in the nation. The 'Noles won 18 of their last 23 games entering the postseason, and won the ACC Tournament last weekend in Louisville, Ky.

The 'Noles will face Ohio Valley Conference champion Tennessee Tech (40-19) at 6 p.m., Friday. Tennessee Tech leads the country in home runs and set school records for runs and hits.

The opening matchup is between UCF (40-20), which won the AAC regular-season title and is making its eight appearance in the Tallahassee Regional, and Auburn (35-24), an at-large selection from the SEC. …

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