During the NCAA Baseball Selection Show on Monday, May 30, Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman learned their opponents for the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Both teams will begin play in separate regionals in Florida. Both teams had earned automatic bids as SWAC and MEAC conference champions
SWAC Champion Alabama State will face Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional Friday at 6 p.m. ET. This will be the second straight year the Hornets and Seminoles will play on the baseball diamond. FSU defeated Alabama State 8-7 on March 25, 2015 in Tallahassee.
Alabama State head coach Mervyl Melendez, who previously coached at BCU, will be making his 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the Tallahassee Regional. “We know the environment, as we played there last year," Melendez said. We played very well against Florida State. Traditionally, we have played very well against them, but we don’t want to just play well. We want to win."
MEAC Champion Bethune Cookman is slated to meet host Florida in the Gainesville Regional at McKethan Stadium. First pitch for the Wildcats is also set for 6 p.m. on Friday.
For the Wildcats, this will mark the program’s 15th appearance in an NCAA Regional, not including three (3) NCAA play-in appearances. It also marks the fifth time in school history that Bethune-Cookman will travel to the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional, with the last being a visit in 2012 – the first NCAA postseason appearance under current head coach Jason Beverlin.