The 2016 SWAC Champion Alabama State baseball team will face Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
The Hornets (38-15), the fourth-seed in the region, will face top-seeded Florida State (37-20) in one of two opening round games on Friday at Dick Howser Stadium / Mike Martin Field. #2-seed Southern Miss (40-18) will face #3-seed South Alabama (40-20) at 11 a.m. Friday in the double elimination tournament. Every Hornets game will be broadcast live on bamastatesports.com, with Friday’s game also video streamed live on ESPN3.com.
This will be the second straight year the Hornets and Seminoles will play on the baseball diamond. FSU defeated Alabama State 8-7 on March 25 in Tallahassee. [easyazon_infoblock align=”right” cart=”y” identifier=”B0151ML2D0″ locale=”US” tag=”hbcusports-20″]
“Going to a place that we are familiar with definitely gives us an advantage,” said Alabama State head coach Mervyl Melendez, who makes his 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the Tallahassee Regional. “We know the environment, as we played there last year. We played very well against Florida State. Traditionally, we have played very well against them, but we don’t want to just play well. We want to win. South Alabama has a very good team. We’re not familiar with Southern Miss, although we know they are a very good team. We’re going down their thinking about ourselves, and the things we need to do to win.”
Courtesy: ASU Athletics