3 things about Kennesaw’s and Georgia Southern’s regional

Three things about the NCAA baseball tournament’s Tallahassee regional, which will feature Florida State hosting Georgia Southern at 6 p.m., and Alabama taking on Kennesaw State at noon in Friday’s games:

It has the nation’s hottest team: Kennesaw State has won seven consecutive games and 23 out of 24. The Owls (37-21) are led by catcher Max Pentecost, who is projected to be a top-20 pick in June’s amateur baseball draft. He leads the team in most categories, including hitting (.423), runs (57), doubles (21), home runs (nine) and stolen bases (16).

It has the reigning Heisman Trophy winner: FSU’s Jameis Winston quarterbacked the football team to a national championship and is also a relief pitcher on the baseball team. He is 1-0 in 23 appearances with a 1.17 ERA.

It has mostly unfamiliar teams. Florida State didn’t play any of the teams in its region this year. Neither did Alabama. Kennesaw State defeated Georgia Southern twice in their two meetings this year by a combined score of 12-3.

Looking at some of the common opponents:

vs.

Georgia Southern

KSU

FSU

Alabama

Georgia

2-0

2-0

2-0

GT

1-1

1-1

1-2

Clemson

1-1

2-1

Samford

2-1

2-0

Jacksonville

1-0

1-2

2-0

Auburn

0-2

2-2

Florida-Gulf Coast

1-2

1-0

Stetson

5-0

3-0

Florida

0-3

0-3

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