TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State's journey to a 22nd College World Series in Omaha, Neb. got a little clearer late Sunday night. About two hours after the Seminoles clinched a nation-leading 13th trip to the NCAA Super Regionals, Indiana earned a spot in the next round, as well.
Both teams were the No. 1 seeds in their respective Regionals, and both escaped without having to play an if necessary game Monday night.
The Seminoles beat Troy 11-4 in the Tallahassee Regional final. Indiana dispatched of Austin Peay, 6-1. Both Regionals were matched up for the second round of the NCAA Tournament which begins in Tallahassee either Friday or Saturday. Complete dates and times for the 16 Super Regional sites will be announced late Monday night.
Since FSU (47-15) held one of the top eight national seedings entering the tournament, it automatically earned the right to host the Super Regional.
In the 15 year history of the Super Regional format in the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles have advanced into the round 13 times. Their six consecutive Super Regional appearances is a national record.
The Hoosiers (46-14) are making their first Super Regional appearance in school history.
FSU leads the all-time series with Indiana, 6-0. The teams last met in a three-game regular season series in Tallahassee in 2007. The Seminoles swept the series by winning 6-0, 8-2 and 9-0.
Last season, FSU breezed past perennial power Stanford in a Super Regional that also was hosted in Tallahassee. The Seminoles got past the Cardinal in two games, even overpowering No. 8 overall draft pick pitcher Mark Appel in the opener of the best-of-three series.
While we'll have much more on the blog later this week to preview the matchup with Indiana, here are a few items about the Hoosiers to be aware of:
Fun fact: Hoosiers are making their first Super Regional appearance. ... Indiana also has a freshman pitcher named Nick Moody. In April, former FSU linebacker Nick Moody was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.
How they got here: Won all three games they played at the Bloomington, Ind. Regional. In the Regional championship game, they beat Austin Peay, 6-1.
Key wins: Beat Louisville in a season-opening win at a tournament in Dunedin, and at home in March. ... Took two of three from Florida in Gainesville in March. ... Took two of three from Illinois at home in April. ... Took two of three from Nebraska on the road in May. ... Won the Big Ten Tournament with a championship victory over Nebraska. (Louisville, Florida and Illinois all reached the NCAA Tournament)
Team batting average: .305
Opponent's batting average: .246
Team ERA: 2.56
Opponent's ERA: 5.98
Hitters to watch: INF Dustin DeMuth (.396, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 22 2B, 89 hits, 45 runs, 11-for-16 stolen bases, 18 errors); C Kyle Schwarber (.372, 17 HR, 50 RBI, 80 hits, 59 runs, .665 slugging, 38 walks);INF Scott Donley (.357, 4 HR, 56 RBI, 79 hits, 36 runs); INF Sam Travis (.317, 9 HR, 51 RBI, 20 2B, 71 hits, 52 runs); INF Michael Basil (.310, 3 HR, 46 RBI, 70 hits, 41 runs, 18 errors); OF Justin Cureton (.222, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 48 hits, 56 runs, 21-for-28 stolen bases)
Pitchers to watch: SP Joey DeNato (9-2, 2.65 ERA, 91.2 IP, 78 Ks, 92 hits); SP Aaron Slegers (9-1, 1.94 ERA, 92.2 IP, 53 Ks, 92 hits); SP Kyle Hart (8-2, 3.01 ERA, 83.2 IP, 50 Ks, 83 hits); SP/RP Will Coursen-Carr (4-0, 1.80 ERA, 55.0, 30 Ks, 47 hits); RP Scott Effross (6-1, 1.97 ERA, 26 appearances, 59.1 IP, 33 Ks, 44 hits); CP Ryan Halstead (4-4, 2.06 ERA, 11 saves, 39.1 IP, 44 Ks, 24 hits, .173 opponent's batting average)
Quick scouting report: Indiana is a power-hitting team with a dominating pitching staff. The mix of speed in the batting order allows the Hoosiers to put runners in motion at times by executing steals and hit-and-runs. Of the teams that participated in FSU's Regional this past weekend, Indiana is most like Troy. The left-handed bats of DeMuth, Schwarber and Donley could pose challenges for FSU's right-handed pitching heavy starting rotation.