After sweeping Mississippi State in the Baton Rouge super regional, what's next for the LSU Tigers? A red-hot Florida State team.
The match-up date and time between the Tigers and Seminoles is still to be determined. The College World Series will be held June 17-28 in Omaha, Nebraska, at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Seminoles (45-21, 14-14 in ACC play) are making their first trip to the College World Series since 2012, but it falls in line with a storied tradition of post-season success. FSU makes the trip for the 22nd time overall, which ties Arizona for third-most in the NCAA. Fifteen of those trips were under the watchful eye of head coach Mike Martin.
FSU earned its spot in the CWS behind a 19-0 shutout of Sam Houston State in the Tallahassee super regional Sunday, which followed a narrow 7-6 win over the Bearkats on Saturday.
Though FSU started the 2017 season ranked third in the nation and, at one time, held the No. 1 spot, a string of losses through the end of March and early April dropped the Seminoles from the rankings and had many thinking they may not even make the post-season.
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That all changed following a series loss to Wake Forest on May 12-14. Since then, FSU has won 12 of its last 13 games -- its one loss coming in their NCAA Regional bracket to Tennessee Tech.
The Seminoles bounced back from the loss, however, ripping through Central Florida and getting revenge on Tennessee Tech before sweeping Auburn for the team's super regional berth.
The Seminoles have four of Baseball America's Top 500 prospects on their roster in Dylan Busby, 129, Taylor Walls, 165, Tyler Holton, 180, and Andrew Karp, 253.
Busby, a junior third baseman, has a team-high 14 home runs, the second-most hits, totaling 74, on the season with a .315 batting average. He's also stolen nine bases on 12 attempts, second only to Walls, a junior shortstop, who's stolen 10 bases on 12 attempts.
Holton, a sophomore, is the team's ace with 10 wins and 2 losses on the season with a 2.25 ERA and 139 strikeouts.