Kennesaw State heads to Tallahassee for NCAA Regional
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May 27, 2014 04:00 AM | 1660 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kennesaw State baseball players celebrate Monday after learning that they will open NCAA Regional play against Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida State.
Kennesaw State baseball players celebrate Monday after learning that they will open NCAA Regional play against Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida State.
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Third-seeded Kennesaw State will take on Alabama in the first round of the Tallahassee Regional of the NCAA tournament.

The Owls first-round game against the second-seeded Crimson Tide will start Friday at 1 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

Fourth-seeded Georgia Southern will face top-seed Florida State in the other half of the bracket.

“Georgia Southern, we’re obviously familiar with them,” coach Mike Sansing said. “We’ve played them the last five or six seasons. Tallahassee’s a great venue. I know Florida State will have a great team. Alabama is a great program. We’re in a situation where everyone has some history and has had some success, so we’ll see. It’s exciting for our players to play at Florida State.”

Florida State earned the No. 5 seed overall in the 64-team tournament.

Kennesaw State earned its first NCAA tournament bid by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament on Sunday with a 7-1, win over Lipscomb. The Owls scored nearly seven runs per game in the tournament and boast one of the nation’s top hit leaders in Max Pentecost. Kennesaw State has won 23 of their last 24 games dating back to the regular season.

Georgia Southern (39-21), which will be making its 14th regional appearance, enters the tournament by virtue of winning the Southern Conference tournament. The Owls swept the Eagles in two midweek meetings during the regular season, but trail in the all-time series 9-8.

The Eagles, who won five-straight games have faced Florida State 112 times and trails 83-29 in the all-time series. Georgia Southern has not faced Alabama since 2002 and trail 14-6 in that all-time series.

Alabama enters the NCAA tournament with a record of 34-22. The Tide finished fourth in the SEC Western Division in the regular season.

Florida State (43-15) won the ACC Atlantic Division title for the eighth consecutive year and have been nationally ranked all season.

Oregon State (42-12), Florida (40-21), Virginia (44-13), Indiana (42-13), La.-Lafayette (53-7), TCU (42-15) and LSU (44-14-1) round out the rest of the top eight seeds.

Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday to Monday. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on Monday night.

The 68th College World Series begins play Saturday, June 14, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tickets information for the Tallahassee Regional is as follows:

Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional can be purchased by calling 888-378-6653. Books good for each session of the regional are $50 for reserved seats and $35 for general admission.

Single game tickets for the Friday sessions will go on sale via the web at seminoles.com beginning Friday at 8 a.m.

Single game tickets for games on subsequent days will go on sale on the web following the last game of the previous day and at Dick Howser Stadium two hours prior to the start of the first game.

Prices for single game general admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for youth (ages 4-18). If available, reserved seats single game tickets are $15.00.

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May 27, 2014
If you don't get ESPN3 there is radio coverage of the game on Kennesaw State's website (www.ksuowls.com) under Multimedia-KSU All Access.
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