May 15, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 8 Florida State (42-10, 18-9 ACC) closes out the 2013 ACC schedule with a three-game home series against No. 19 Clemson (38-15, 17-10 ACC) beginning Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.
The ACC Atlantic Division title is on the line this weekend as the Seminoles enter the series atop the division with a one-game lead over the Tigers and 1.5 game lead on NC State. With two wins this weekend, FSU will secure its seventh consecutive division title and no lower than the #2 seed in the ACC Tournament which begins May 22 in Durham.
FSU leads the all-time series against Clemson at 66-58-1 and holds the advantage at home with a mark of 35-15-1. The Tigers are the last team to win an ACC series in Tallahassee taking 2-of-3 in 2011. FSU has won nine straight league series at home.
Last year, Clemson took 2-of-3 inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium and then defeated the Noles at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro on a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth off the bat of Jon McGibbon.
The Tigers have won nine of the last 13 games in the series including the last three regular season series from 2010 to 2012. 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; from 2006 to present, Clemson has won 15 of 24 meetings against the Seminoles.
Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992, the two schools have met 83 times during either the regular season or in the conference tournament with the Seminoles holding a 42-41 advantage.
Twelve of the last 17 games in the series have been closely contested decided by three runs or less. Both schools have won six games during that span while FSU is 1-2 in one run games. Two of the last 13 games have been decided in extra innings with each school winning one.
FSU head coach Mike Martin and Clemson head coach Jack Leggett currently rank third and sixth, respectively, in victories among NCAA active Division I coaches.
On Thursday, Florida State will recognize the four Seminoles who earned their diplomas this spring including seniors Scott Sitz and Seth Miller and juniors Brandon Johnson and Stephen McGee. Saturday’s regular season home finale will also be Senior Day at the ballpark as Florida State will honor the two members of this year’s class including RHP Scott Sitz and outfielder Seth Miller. Saturday’s Senior Day festivities will begin at 2:45 p.m.
Thursday’s game will air on ESPN3 with ESPNU covering both games on Friday (8 pm) and Saturday (3 pm).
Fans can listen to all three games on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally, fans can listen to the games on 1270 AM (Thursday & Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday). Live stats will be available through gametracker. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball).