March 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (9-7, 1-3 ACC) returns home after a four-game road stand in which two games were cancelled due to rain to face the Clemson Tigers (13-4, 4-2 ACC). The Seminoles lead the all-time series at 61-49-1 and are coming off a sweep of the Tigers in Clemson a season ago. FSU also leads the series at home posting a record of 32-12-1 inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium.
Clemson has had the upper hand in the series as of late taking seven of the last 11 games including two of three from the Seminoles in Tallahassee back in 2007. 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 69 times during either the regular season or in the conference tournament with the Seminoles holding a slight advantage at 36-33.
Last year, Florida State went in to Clemson and swept the three-game series to capture its second straight ACC Atlantic Division title. The Seminoles outscored the Tigers 26-14 to claim just their second road sweep of Clemson and fourth all-time since joining the ACC. Stuart Tapley went 5-for-9 with a home run, three RBI and four runs scored. Tommy Oravetz registered three hits in 10 at-bats as the Seminoles went on to hit .386 for the weekend. On the mound, Geoff Parker went 7.2 innings in the series finale allowing just two runs on eight hits to pick up the victory. Jimmy Marshall made two appearances and worked 2.1 scoreless innings while earning a save.
Florida State vs. Clemson Weekend Series Pitching Match-up
Friday, March 20, – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (3-1) vs. Clemson – RHP, Trey Delk (1-0)
Saturday, March 21 – 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Brian Busch (0-1) vs. Clemson – LHP, Chris Dwyer (2-0)
Sunday, March 22 – 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – TBA vs. Clemson – TBA
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Clemson enters this weekend’s series in Tallahassee all alone in first place in the ACC Atlantic Division with an overall record of 13-4 and a 4-2 mark in league play. The Tigers have won seven straight including a three-game series sweep of Wake Forest in their last conference series last weekend. The last loss for Clemson came at the hands of North Carolina in which the Tar Heels took 2-of-3 from the Tigers in Chapel Hill. Clemson’s pitching staff has been the story through the first 17 games posting a team ERA of 2.27 while registering three shutouts. In fact, the Tigers have posted consecutive shutouts over Presbyterian and USC Upstate and have not allowed a run in 19 straight innings. In the 14-0 victory over USC Upstate, five Clemson pitchers combined for a no-hitter, the first in 25 years of Clemson baseball. Offensively, Ben Paulsen leads the way with a .397 average. Six Tigers have already recorded double-digit RBI totals, while Paulsen and Jeff Schaus are tied for the team lead in home runs with three.
When it comes to pitting the Seminoles versus the Tigers, give the edge to the Seminoles. FSU is 13-1 against `Tiger’ schools dating back to the start of the 2008 season. The Seminoles had won 13 straight games against Tiger schools before falling to Auburn 10-9 on February 28, 2009 in Alabama. Last year, FSU posted four-game sweeps over Auburn and Savannah State, while sweeping Clemson in South Carolina. FSU has outscored Tiger teams 160-60 during that 14 game stretch while seven of the 14 games have been decided by two runs or less.
Sean Gilmartin has made a very successful transition to college baseball. The Moorpark, Calif., native has started four games, has posted a 3-1 record and has been one of the most durable pitchers on the staff, averaging 6.1 innings per appearance. His only loss came against currently undefeated (18-0) and 14th-ranked Virginia. He has allowed opposing batters to hit only .209 against him, and has held ACC foes to only a .200 average. His 28 strikeouts on the season leads the team, places him tied for fourth in the conference, and his average of 10.1 K/9 innings exceeds that of any of the starters that helped lead the Seminoles to the College World Series in 2008.
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