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Seminoles seeded No. 6 for baseball tournament

Florida State did not play its best baseball last weekend, but it did more than enough to earn a top-eight seed in the NCAA tournament and the right to play at home for a spot in the College World Series.

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published May 29, 2007


Florida State did not play its best baseball last weekend, but it did more than enough to earn a top-eight seed in the NCAA tournament and the right to play at home for a spot in the College World Series.

The Seminoles 47-11, seeded No. 6 nationally and No. 1 for the regional, open the double-elimination tournament against No. 4 Bethune-Cookman (33-25) at 7 p.m. Friday. No. 2 Mississippi State (33-20) and No. 3 Stetson (41-19) meet at 1 p.m.

If Florida State wins this round, it would host a best-of-three Super Regional the following weekend against the winner of the regional hosted by Coastal Carolina.

"I was elated that we were a top eight seed. I think our ball club deserves that recognition, " FSU coach Mike Martin said Monday after the announcement of the seeds and 64-team field. "I'm looking forward to the postseason. It's what we started working for in August."

The other state schools in the tournament are Miami (36-22), which earned a No. 2 seed, will travel to Missouri and open against Louisville (40-20); and Jacksonville (34-26), a No. 4 seed that opens against host North Carolina (48-12).

SEC tournament champion Vanderbilt (55-11), Baseball America's top-ranked team, is the top seed followed by Rice (49-12), North Carolina, Texas (44-15), Arizona State (43-13), FSU, Arkansas (41-19) and San Diego (43-16). Regional matchups, 7C

MEN'S TENNIS: Virginia's Somdev Devvarman, the runnerup last year, beat Georgia's John Isner 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) for the national title in Athens, Ga. Middle Tennessee's Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom, who eliminated Florida's Jesse Levine and Greg Ouellette in the quarterfinals, won the doubles title. They beat Illinois' Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4).

WOMEN'S TENNIS: North Carolina's Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long beat William & Mary's Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 for the national title in Athens, Ga.

USF's bubble bursts again

Three times in the past three months, USF teams have been considered at least by some to be a bubble team for an NCAA tournament. However, the Bulls are 0-for-3.

Women's basketball (20-11 overall, 9-7 Big East): The league sent eight teams to the NCAAs, but the Bulls were the odd team out. At least Jessica Dickson and company got the consolation prize of a WNIT bid.

Softball (44-22, 15-5): The Bulls finished second in the Big East. But No. 3 seed Louisville won the conference tournament for the automatic berth. And Notre Dame, the No. 4 seed, upset top-seeded DePaul in the semifinals and got a berth.

Baseball (32-24, 13-14): USF's case here might not be as strong because of a losing conference mark. Still, two at-large teams with fewer wins (UCLA and Nebraska) got in.

Jim Tomlin, Times staff writer

Fast Facts:

 

FSU regional

FRIDAY

Gm. 1: Miss. St. vs. Stetson, 1

Gm. 2: FSU vs. B-CC, 7

SATURDAY

Gm. 3: Gm. 1 loser vs. Gm. 2 loser, 1

Gm. 4: Gm. 1 winner vs. Gm. 2 winner, 7

SUNDAY

Gm. 5: Gm. 3 winner vs. Gm. 4 loser, 1

Gm. 6: Gm. 4 winner vs. Gm. 5 winner, 7 (rematch, if necessary, at 7 Monday).

Tickets: All-tournament passes are $45 for reserved, $30 for general admission. Single-game tickets are $10 for reserved, $8 for general admission and $5 for youths. Call toll-free 1-888-378-6653 or go to www.seminoles.com.