Along with bragging rights of best in the conference comes an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, which would be the Eagles 14th appearance in postseason play and the fifth under current skipper Rodney Hennon.
However, Hennon, heading into his fifth appearance in the tournament at the helm of the Eagles, faces a daunting task. GSU is tabbed as the No. 4 seed in the Tallahassee regional hosted by Florida State University (43-15).
For those who don’t know how the NCAA Baseball Tournament works, here’s a quick guide on it:
There are 16 regions that host four teams each, bringing the total teams to 64. Each team in the 16 regions is seeded at No. 1-4. Each team will play in a double elimination tournament for that region, and the winner moves on to the Super Regionals. The Super Regionals cuts the teams down to 16 teams that then play a best-of-three series to determine who moves on to the College World Series. The College World Series is comprised of eight teams that have won their Regions and also Super Regions and participate in a double elimination tournament followed by a best-of-three series to determine the National Champion.
To put it simply: if you win, you advance.
The remaining teams that the Eagles will have to play are No. 2-seeded University of Alabama (34-22) and also No. 3 Kennesaw State University (37-31).
To say the odds are stacked against GSU is fair. A No. 4 seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament is the equivalent to a No.13-16 seed in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament.
While the lowest seed to ever win a national championship in basketball was eighth-seeded Villanova, college baseball has had a four seed win the national championship via the Bulldogs of Fresno State back in 2008.
The Eagles take on host FSU on Friday, May 30 on ESPN3 at 6 p.m.