TALLAHASSEE – Though he has won more NCAA regional and super regional games than any coach in college baseball, even Florida State’s Mike Martin had to do a double-take Sunday night.
After his Seminoles knocked off Samford 5-2 to sweep their way through the NCAA Tallahassee Regional with three consecutive victories, Martin found himself in a postgame press conference with two true freshmen and a sophomore who had barely seen the field before this season.
“If you had told me in September that these two guys (Mike Compton and Josh Delph) were gonna be sitting here after a regional tournament,” Martin said, “and Stephen McGee was gonna be sitting on this side after a regional tournament, I would have said they all have a long way to go.”
With the help of those scrappy newcomers and the leadership of veterans like James Ramsey, Devon Travis, Sherman Johnson, Jayce Boyd and Justin Gonzalez, Florida State steamrolled through its home regional. The Seminoles never trailed in any of the three games — a 2-1 win against Alabama-Birmingham, and 8-1 and 5-2 victories against Samford — and they now have won 16 consecutive NCAA regional games, dating back to 2008.