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Dogs, Noles ready for NCAA regionals

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) - The road to the college world series will start this weekend with NCAA regional play.

The Florida State Seminoles are hosting a regional for tenth time in the last 11 years.

FSU not missing a beat after losing the likes of Buster Posey, Jack Rye and Tony Delmonico from last year's team that made it to the College World Series.

The Seminoles won 18 of their last 20 games of the regular season and the ACC's Atlantic Division title.

The goal now for this team as for every FSU baseball squad is to make it to Omaha.

Florida State infielder Jack Posey said. "It is going to be tough. It is going to be a real good regional. Hopefully, we can get it done."

Florida State infielder Stuart Tapley said. "We have been looking forward to this all year. This is what we strive for and work hard in the early days in the fall and the spring. We are ready to go."

The Georgia Bulldog baseball team came within one win of a national championship last season.

The Bulldogs started this year strong when they were ranked number one in the nation.

David Perno's team struggled at the end with 11 losses in their final 13 regular season games.

A skid that has Georgia on the road in the regionals for the first time since 2002.

Georgia showed signs of turning things around at the SEC tournament last weekend the Dogs hope the improved play will continue this weekend in Tallahassee.

Georgia first baseman Rich Poythress said. "It is a fresh start for everybody 0-0 going into the tournament. I think everybody is in the same boat. If we play our game of baseball I think we will have a lot of success."

Georgia catcher Bryce Massanari said. "We just have got to come together as a team. We have got to hit better basically. I think today we had a good round of BP as a team and hopefully that translates on to the field."

Georgia will open against Ohio State at 12:00 p.m. on Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.

Florida State will play Marist at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and the tournament will run through Sunday or Monday depending on how many games are needed to produce a regional.

The winner of this series will play the Oklahoma regional winner in the Super Regionals next week.

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