Omaha, NE--It is almost time to start playing in Omaha, and for FSU and Florida that means some pressure packed baseball.
FSU opens Friday night with a game against Arizona. The Gators start Saturday against two time defending champ South Carolina.
To say the least the expectations are high for both the Florida State and Florida faithful. The Seminoles making their 21st trip to Omaha, but have yet to break through and win it all.
This year's team talented enough and playing well enough at one point of the season to be ranked number one in the polls. So plenty of reason for Mike Martin and his crew to feel some pressure.
Ditto the Gators. They returned a ton of talent that made it to the final series in Omaha last year. They were the preseason number one, and then hit the postseason as the top overall seed. So pressure abounds, but the coaches no doubt working hard to make the players oblivious to that pressure.
"You know obviously we all want to win," says Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan "but our players will not perform if we put extra pressure on them. The bottom line is you get to this time of year, the players have to play. You know us as coaches, we can only do so much, and hopefully your team's playing the best at the end. You stay injury free. At this point of the year, they gotta go out and play."
That FSU-Arizona game tomorrow night at 8 central, Florida-South Carolina Saturday 4 central.