Florida State was named a top-eight seed Monday as the NCAA Division I baseball tournament field was set, and Miami and Florida also were among the 64 teams selected.
The Seminoles (44-15), seeded seventh, will host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regions. FSU opens against Savannah State at 5 p.m. Friday at Dick Howser Stadium. Troy and Alabama, who meet at noon Friday, are also in the Tallahassee region.
FSU lost three straight games in pool play last week in the ACC tournament.
"There is no way that I can say that I was confident that we would be a top eight seed," coach Mike Martin told seminoles.com. "…There is no question in my mind that the major emphasis should be on what you accomplish through the first 56 games."
Florida (29-28) is the No. 3 seed in the Bloomington, Ind., region and opens against Austin Peay at 1 Friday. Host Indiana and Valparaiso are also in that region. The Gators had the nation's No. 2 strength of schedule, helping overcome a mediocre record. This is UF's sixth consecutive appearance under Kevin O'Sullivan — the first time in school history a coach has accomplished that feat.
"What we're trying to do is build a program here and develop some consistency," O'Sullivan said. "This is an important year for us to get in. It wasn't the greatest season, but I'm as proud of this team as I am with any team that we've had here."
Miami extended its record streak of consecutive tournament appearances to 41 (FSU, which makes its 36th appearance in a row, is second all-time). The Hurricanes (36-23), seeded second in Louisville, Ky., face Oklahoma State at 2 Friday and are joined by Louisville and Bowling Green, the only team in the field with a losing record at 24-29.
ACC champion North Carolina (52-8) was named the No. 1 overall seed followed by Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, FSU and Oregon. The Tar Heels will host Florida Atlantic, the only other Florida team in the field.
USF, which was eliminated from the Big East tournament Friday in Clearwater, missed out, as did defending national champ Arizona.
Region winners advance to best-of-three Super Regions next week, with those winners moving to June's College World Series in Omaha, Neb. FSU would host the Super Region round should it advance, and would meet UF should the Gators advance.
The SEC had the most bids, a record-tying nine, and the ACC eight. No other league had more than four.
Duke takes title: Duke rallied to beat top seed Syracuse 16-10 and win its second NCAA men's lacrosse title. The Blue Devils (16-5) trailed 5-0 in the second quarter. Jordan Wolf had four goals for the seventh-seeded Blue Devils. Dylan Donahue led Syracuse (16-4) with three goals.
Tennis: Blaz Rola earned Ohio State's first individual men's national title, defeating Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford repeated as women's champion by beating Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska 6-2, 6-4, in Champaign, Ill. Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, the duo that eliminated Florida's Bob Overbeek and Stephane Piro in the quarterfinals, won the men's doubles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 over Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas. Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC defeated Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton of UCLA 6-4, 6-3 for the women's title.
Football: Rutgers defensive end Michael Larrow was dismissed from the team this month for disciplinary reasons, coach Kyle Flood said. … Quarterback Brent Stockstill, who signed with Cincinnati this year, was granted his release and will transfer to Middle Tennessee State to play for his father, coach Rick Stockstill.
Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.