May 3, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Despite dropping the last three games and seven of the last eight overall, Florida State leads the all-time series 58-49-1. Clemson owns the advantage at home with a record of 25-15 having won four straight over the Seminoles. The last time these two schools faced off in Clemson, the Tigers swept the Seminoles outscoring the Garnet and Gold 24-6. That sweep currently stands as the last time FSU was swept in a three-game ACC series on the road. Florida State’s last victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium was back on May 2, 2004 (10-1).
Dating back to 2000, the series has been filled with streaks as Clemson began the 21st century winning four straight before the Seminoles went on a run of nine consecutive victories. From 2001 to 2005, FSU defeated Clemson 15 of 18 times during that span.
Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992, the two schools have met 66 times during either the regular season or in the conference tournament. Each team has won 33 games.
Florida State Seminole Baseball Information
Saturday, May 3, 7:00 pm
Florida State – LHP, Matt Fairel (8-1) vs. Clemson – RHP, D.J. Mitchell (5-3)
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Against The Tigers
Recently, the Tigers have had the upper hand in the series both at the plate and on the mound. Over the last three years, Clemson has out hit Florida State .313 (111-for-355) to .257 (83-for-323), while Tiger pitchers have posted a team ERA of 3.46 compared to FSU’s 6.56 staff ERA. Senior Jack Rye has had the most success against Clemson registering a career average of .387 (12-for-31) in 9 games. The Irvine, Calif., native has amassed four runs scored, a pair of doubles and three RBIs the last three years. Dennis Guinn’s only action against Clemson came in 2006 as he hit .300 (3-for-10) with a double. In his freshman season last year, Jason Stidham collected four hits for a .286 average in four starts. He scored three runs and drove in a pair.
On the mound, Jimmy Marshall has kept Clemson off the scoreboard in five career relief appearances. The junior right hander has thrown 5.1 scoreless innings allowing four hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ryan Strauss is the only pitcher on staff to record a start against the Tigers that coming last year. Clemson tagged Strauss for four runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work in an 11-6 loss in the rubber game last year. Trent Jarvis has two career appearances against the Tigers, while Matt Fairel and Bo O’Dell have each appeared once.
In ACC Play
Dating back to the final series of the 2006 season, Florida State has won 16 of its last 19 ACC series including 10 sweeps. Of the three series that FSU has lost only one has come on the road that coming last weekend against North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The first series loss during this span came at the hands of Clemson as the Tigers took 2-of-3 from FSU in Tallahassee. With only two conference series remaining in 2008, Florida State has swept Maryland, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College and took 2-of-3 from Wake Forest to start the season 17-1 in the conference. FSU sits atop the Atlantic Division and currently has a 3.5 game lead over second place NC State. The Seminoles’ 10-0 start marked the third time in school history that FSU started a season undefeated through the first 10 games. It was FSU’s best start in the conference since starting 13-0 back in 1999. In 1996, the Seminoles ran out to a 17-0 start.
Divisional Conference Breakdown
Now in its third season of using a divisional breakdown in the ACC, Florida State has posted a record of 29-9 against team in the Atlantic Division including a mark of 14-6 on the road. FSU is 1-5 against Clemson since the conference adopted the two division format and 0-3 against the Tigers on the road. The Seminoles are 30-15 against teams in the Coastal Division. Last year, FSU claimed its first ACC Atlantic Division title en route to earning the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament. With a mark of 24-6 last year, the Seminoles set the school record for the most conference wins in a season surpassing the previous record of 22-2 set in 1999. The 24 victories also tied for the most wins recorded in ACC history (Clemson – 24 in 2006).
Clemson owns a record of 28-14 against Atlantic Division foes including a mark of 17-14 inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers are 24-17-1 versus the Coastal Division.
Posey In Rare Company
Buster Posey is having one of those seasons that many college baseball players only dream of having. The junior catcher leads the ACC in hitting with a .470 average, a mark that also sits second nationally. Posey also sits atop the conference in five more offensive categories while ranking in the top 10 in five others. On top of that he is also batting .489 in 24 league games to pace the ACC. When comparing his numbers nationally, Posey is the only player to rank in the top 10 in batting average (2nd), on-base percentage (2nd), hits (t-7th), slugging percentage (7th) and total bases (8th).
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