A year after being eliminated in the Super Regional round by in-state rival Florida, the Seminoles of Florida State are back to complete some unfinished business. This year that trip takes the 'Noles to Omaha to take part in the 2017 College World Series.
And who knows, if things break a particular way the Seminoles could see their rival Florida in the championship series. But that's a bit too far down the line to forecast for just yet.
Here is everything you need to know about the Florida State Seminoles.
Team nickname: Seminoles
School Symbol: Osceola and Renegade
Conference affiliation: ACC
Home field: Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium (capacity 6,700)
Notable baseball alumni: Randy Choate (1995-1997), J.D. Drew (1995-1997), Stephen Drew (2002-2003), Buster Posey (2006-2008), Sean Gilmartin (2009-2011)
Number of NCAA tournament appearances: 55
College World Series appearances: 1957, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017
CWS championships: None
Season record: 45-21 (14-14 ACC)
Coach: Mike Martin (38 seasons)
Coaching record: 1898–671–4
Notable pre-NCAA tournament wins: Won series against Clemson (April 15-17), swept Louisville (May 18-19, 26), beat North Carolina (May 28)
How they got here: 4-1 in regionals (lost to Tennessee Tech, beat UCF, Tennessee Tech and Auburn (2X); 2-0 in super regionals (beat Sam Houston State)
Next up: LSU (48-17) in first stage of CWS
How the Seminoles rank
Final D1baseball.com ranking: 16
NCAA tournament national seed: N/A
RPI: No. 10
Team batting average: .272 (152nd)
Team ERA: 3.72 (36th)
Players to watch
Top hitter: Dylan Busby — the junior infielder from Sarasota, Florida — does a little bit of everything for the Seminoles. He may not have led the team in batting average (.315) as that honor belongs to sophomore outfielder Jackson Lueck (.327), but Busby leads the team in total bases (140) and is one off the pace for the team lead in total hits (74, 1 behind Quincy Nieporte). His line on the year includes: a team-high 20 doubles, a team-high 14 home runs, and a team-high .596 slugging percentage.
The 6’2” southpaw Tyler Holton has led the way for the Seminoles starting staff all year in this his sophomore campaign, compiling a 10-2 record in 17 starts with an ERA of 2.25 in 112 innings pitched. He has stayed true to form in the postseason, eating up innings and keeping his team in both ballgames that he’s pitched in during the NCAA Tournament. Holton threw a complete game to beat UCF, 6-1, in the regionals, scattering six hits while ringing up a baker’s dozen (that’s 13 FYI) in the strikeout column. More to the point, his 6.2 innings of work against Sam Houston State in the Super Regional round kept the Seminoles in a game they’d eventually storm back to win, 7-6. Last but not least, Holton’s last three starts before the NCAA Tournament featured a complete game shutout of Wake Forest and a pair of strong outings against Louisville (two NCAA Tournament teams, mind you). In short, this Tallahassee, Florida, native brings his best stuff when the stage is brightest. Lights are on him now.Top starter:
Top reliever: Junior Drew Carlton has been arguably the best arm out of the pen due to his performances on a number of fronts. First and foremost, his 1.98 ERA is the lowest on the team, albeit in just 59 innings over 33 appearances. However, he also boasts one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios (4.23; 55 K's, 13 BBs) when it comes to the Seminoles bullpen. Managers can ill afford to have extra baserunners in the latter stages of the game and Carlton has shown a deft ability to navigate through trouble without surrending to the scoreboard. His six saves is tops on the team, but he has been a tad likely to give up some hits while he works (62 hits in 59 innings). Skipper Mike Martin will work to coax the best out of his junior righthander, who has thrown 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball over his last three appearances.