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FSU baseball plays against Tennessee in opening game of College World Series

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The Florida State baseball team knows its first opponent in the 2024 College World Series.

The Seminoles (47-15) will face top-ranked Tennessee (55-12) on Friday at Charles Schwab Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, after the Volunteers posted a 12-1 victory over Evansville in the third game of their home Super Regional on Sunday.

FSU and UT play either at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.

The NCAA will announce the schedules of all eight teams that won the CWS on Monday night.

FSU defeated UConn in its super regional at Howser Stadium, beating the Huskies 24-4 on Friday and 10-8 in 12 innings on Saturday. The Seminoles are 5-0 this postseason and advanced to the CWS for the first time since 2019.

The Vols went 3-0 in the Knoxville Regional, winning two of three games against Evansville.

It will be the first time the Seminoles and Volunteers have faced each other since FSU swept visiting UT in a three-game series at the start of the 2007 season.

What should we know about Tennessee?

Tennessee was the SEC regular season and tournament champion.

The Vols have hit 173 home runs in 78 games, ranking first in the country in home runs. The Volunteers also ranked sixth with an earned run average of 3.90.

The Volunteers have four players who have received All-SEC honors.

UT is led by Christian Moore. Moore ranks second with 102 hits. He leads the team with 32 home runs (5th nationally), 71 RBI and a slugging percentage of .796.

AJ Causey leads the Volunteers with 117 strikeouts, ranking 15th nationally. Causey is Tennessee's best relief pitcher and has a 13-3 record on the mound.

Head coach Tony Vitello is in his sixth season with Tennessee. The Volunteers have reached the College World Series in the 2023 and 2021 seasons.

Link Jarrett's connection to Tennessee

FSU coach Link Jarrett knows the volunteers.

During his last tenure at Notre Dame, his Fighting Irish defeated Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional in 2022.

Even then, Tennessee was number 1. Notre Dame made it to the CWS.

What should we know about the College World Series?

All eight teams will be divided into two double-elimination groups. Virginia and North Carolina will be in the same group as FSU and Tennessee.

Both ACC teams also won the Super Regional and advanced to the CWS.

FSU has played Virginia once this season, beating the Cavs 12-7 in the ACC Tournament. FSU and UNC have not played each other this season.

The CWS Best-of-Three Championship will take place from June 22nd to 24th.

How can I watch the FSU vs. Tennessee baseball game on Friday?

  • TV: ESPN (Channel 206 on DirecTV, Channel 140 on Dish)
  • Streaming: ESPN+ ($10.99 per month), WatchESPN and the ESPN app (TV provider subscription required), fuboTV (7-day free trial), YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial)

How can I listen to FSU baseball on the radio?

  • Radio: WFLA FM 100.7
  • Streaming: Seminole Sports Network

Peter Holland Jr. covers Florida State athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Reach him via email at PHolland@Gannett.com or X @_Da_pistol

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