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Projections suggest FSU and FAMU Baseball could meet in the postseason

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Seventh-ranked Florida State and its neighbor Florida A&M last faced each other in baseball 22 years ago.

That could change later this month.

Near the end of the regular season, the Seminoles (34-10) are projected to host an NCAA Regional as one of the top eight nationally, according to Baseball America and D1Baseball.com.

And the Rattlers (23-21) are projected by the same publications as the SWAC tournament champion as the No. 4 seed in FSU's four-team regional.

In this scenario, FSU and FAMU would face off in a first-round game at Howser Stadium.

It would also be a reunion for head coaches Link Jarrett of FSU and Jamey Shouppe of FAMU.

The pair played at FSU and Shoppe was the program's longtime pitching coach and recruiting coordinator under the legendary Mike Martin.

FSU and FAMU Baseball are looking to finish the regular season on a high note

Of course, both teams need to finish well in May for this to even happen.

FSU was expected to compete this weekend to host a regional tournament as a No. 6 seed by Baseball America and a No. 7 seed by D1Baseball.com.

“We’re not done yet,” Jarrett said last Thursday.

“You have to finish. And it's important to be one of those seeds. It gives you a chance to obviously feel at home for a regional and hopefully you're also at home for a super regional team. Their goal is to get to Omaha, and the best way to get to Omaha would be to play the postseason series here.”

FSU is scheduled to close its ACC series against visiting North Carolina State on Sunday at 1 p.m.; FAMU takes on state rival Bethune-Cookman at home on Sunday at 1 p.m.

To close out the regular season, the Seminoles also play Pittsburgh, a non-conference game at Stetson, and Georgia Tech. The ACC Tournament will take place May 21-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

FAMU faces North Florida in a non-conference game and ends its regular season against Alabama State and Mississippi Valley State. The SWAC tournament will take place May 22-26 in Atlanta and will be hosted by Georgia Tech at Russ Chandler Stadium.

FAMU must win the tournament to earn an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The field of 64 teams that will compete for the 2024 NCAA College Baseball Championship will be announced Monday, May 27, at noon on ESPN2. Teams will be placed in 16 different four-team regions, with teams one through four seeded to compete in a double-elimination format.

Anna Harden

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