NCAA Baseball Tournament: Tallahassee Regional Preview

The yearly tradition of Florida State hosting a Regional is back in 2015.

The Seminoles won the ACC Tournament after finishing tied for 3rd in the regular season with a 17-13 ACC record. They find success by walking and getting hit by pitches. FSU is the national leader in walks (359) and are sixth in HBPs (88). The craziest thing about this team is that they’re 233rd in batting average, but with all those walks and hit batters, still check in at 20th in the country in on base percentage.

The Seminole player to keep an eye on is outfielder DJ Stewart. He’s sure to have his name called early in the MLB Draft this season, and his 66 walks lead the country. His OBP of .506 is 4th in the nation.

The 2-seed in the Tallahassee Regional is College of Charleston, who possess the best pitcher in this group of four teams. Right-hander Taylor Clarke leads the country with 13 wins, and is second in strikeouts with 136, trailing only Missouri State’s Matt Hall, who has 152 punchouts. The Cougars have the 8th-best team batting average, and have the fourth-most home runs.

C of C will open the regional at Noon ET against 3-seed Auburn. The Tigers went 13-17 in the SEC, but still managed to get an at-large spot despite losing seven of their last ten games.

Mercer rounds out the Regional field as the 4-seed. The Bears won the SoCon behind the third-most home runs in the nation. There’s a lot of home runs in this group.

I would imagine Florida State gets out of their home regional without many problems, but College of Charleston could make it interesting with their pitching staff. I don’t see Auburn or Mercer making any noise here, and the Seminoles advancing to the Super Regionals against the winner of the Gainesville Regional.

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