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Baseball regionals

By Times staff writers
Published June 4, 2004

TALLAHASSEE

WHEN/WHERE: Today-Sunday, Dick Howser Stadium.

TICKETS: General admission tournament pass $25; reserved grandstand seat for the weekend $40.

TV: Sunshine will carry tonight's FSU game. If the Seminoles play Sunday, it will air the 1:30 p.m. game. If a 4:30 game is necessary and Florida is not playing at the same time, Sunshine will also have that. If the Gators play at 5 Sunday and FSU is still playing, the Seminoles game will be available on satellite in the Tampa Bay market.

FORMAT: Double elimination.

AT STAKE: A spot in next week's best-of-three Super Region against the winner of the Fayetteville, Ark., region.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE: Oklahoma State vs. Central Florida, 3 p.m.; FSU vs. Bethune-Cookman College, 7 p.m.

WHAT FSU MUST DO: The Seminoles need to stay as hot with the bats as they were in winning last weekend's ACC tournament. They hit .333 and averaged eight runs in the six games. FSU's thin starting pitching wasn't bad last weekend, especially from Mark Sauls and Tyler Chambliss. Eddie Cannon, who struggled (11 hits and seven runs in 21/3 innings) against Georgia Tech, must rebound. He is set to start against B-CC. FSU's defense must improve. The Seminoles committed 14 errors that led to eight unearned runs in the tournament.

- Compiled by Brian Landman.

OKLAHOMA

WHEN/WHERE: Today-Sunday, Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City.

TICKETS: All-session passes (good for a maximum seven games) are $90 for club seats, $72 field box, $60 terrace, $48 field bleacher. Single game $15, $12, $10 and $8.

TV: Friday's UF game will be live on Sunshine Network. If the Gators advance to Sunday's championship game, Sunshine will carry it live.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE: Florida (40-20) vs. Central Connecticut State (41-15-1), 4 p.m.; Oklahoma (37-22) vs. UCLA (33-27), 8 p.m.

FORMAT: Double elimination. AT STAKE: A spot in next week's best-of-three Super Region against the winner of the Coral Gables region.

WHAT FLORIDA HAS TO DO: The Gators are one of only two No. 1 seeds not hosting this weekend (Arizona State didn't bid), and they must get over that disappointment and get mentally prepared to be the top seed on someone else's homefield. UF is 11-8 against ranked opponents, but its strength and its Achilles' heel has been pitching. Florida opens with junior Justin Hoyman on the mound. Hoyman is 10-1 and has a 2.82 ERA, but Florida also needs Connor Falkenbach and Tommy Boss to pitch as they have in the past few games. The Gators have never played Central Connecticut or Oklahoma. Coach Pat McMahon said that unlike football or basketball, lesser-known teams could have just as good a chance in a format like this.

- Compiled by Antonya English.

CORAL GABLES

WHEN/WHERE: Today-Sunday, Mark Light Field, Coral Gables.

TICKETS: All-tournament packages are $40 for general admission and $30 for youths 17 and under and seniors 55 and over. Single-day passes for Friday and Sunday are $15 and $10. Saturday passes are $20 and $15, respectively.

TV: None.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE: North Carolina State (35-22) vs. Florida Atlantic (45-15), 3:30 p.m. Miami (44-11) vs. St. Bonaventure (29-20), 7 p.m.

FORMAT: Double elimination. AT STAKE: A spot in next week's best-of-three Super Region against the winner of the Oklahoma City region.

WHAT MIAMI NEEDS TO DO: Exactly what it has been doing all season. The Hurricanes are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll and are the No. 3 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Miami has never faced St. Bonaventure, but is 18-1 all-time in region home openers. It starts junior pitcher Brandon Camardese, who is 5-2 and has a 3.94 ERA. Miami hasn't lost a postseason tournament at home since 1990, but getting out of the region won't be automatic with N.C. State in the mix. The Wolfpack shut out out No. 1 national seed Texas twice - at Texas - last month, which means it shouldn't be intimidated by the Hurricanes on the road. N.C. State is ranked seventh nationally in ERA at 3.06 and third in fielding percentage, one of only four teams to rank in the top 10 in both categories.

- Compiled by Antonya English.

[Last modified June 3, 2004, 23:58:18]


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