March 20, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (17-3) is looking to build off the momentum from last weekend’s series sweep of then-No. 7 NC State as the Seminoles head to Clemson, S.C., to face the 18th-ranked Tigers (13-7) for their first road weekend series of the season.
The series marks another early pivotal intra-divisional match-up between two schools that were picked to finish atop the ACC Atlantic Division at season’s end and are currently tied for first place with identical 5-1 records in the league.
FSU leads the all-time series at 68-59-1, while the Tigers hold the advantage inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 30-19. Last year, Florida State took 2-of-3 inside Dick Howser Stadium. After dropping game one, the Seminoles held the Tigers to just one run each in games two and three to win the series. It marked the first series win over Clemson since taking 2-of-3 from the Tigers in Tallahassee in 2009.
Luke Weaver pitched what was then a career-high 7.1 innings allowing just one run on seven hits as he walked two and struck out eight in game two. FSU’s two-run first inning held up in a 2-1 victory. The Noles clinched the series and the Atlantic Division the next day with a 6-1 win on Senior Day.
The Seminoles are in search of their first series win inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium since sweeping the three-game series back in 2008. Since that sweep, FSU is just 1-5 in Clemson.
Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992, the two schools have met 86 times during either the regular season or in the conference tournament with the Seminoles holding a 44-42 advantage. The series has been closely contested as of late as the two schools have split the last 20 games dating back to 2008. During that span, 13 games have been decided by three runs or less. FSU is 1-2 in one run games. Two of the last 20 games have been decided in extra innings with each school winning one.
From 2001 to 2005, FSU defeated Clemson 15 of 18 times during that span; from 2006 to present, Clemson has won 16 of 27 meetings against the Seminoles.
FSU head coach Mike Martin and Clemson head coach Jack Leggett currently rank third and seventh, respectively, in victories among NCAA active Division I coaches.
Florida State heads to Clemson after dropping a tough 3-1 contest at Florida on Tuesday. The Tigers split a two-game mid-week series at Georgia Southern falling in game one 14-5 before rebounding to take game two 5-4.
All three games this weekend will air on ESPN3, while Sunday’s game will broadcast live on CSS. Game times for this weekend are 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Audio for all three games will be available through the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the games on 1270 AM (Friday) and 100.7 FM (Saturday & Sunday). As always, fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Baseball team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball and to follow the team on Instagram (NoleBaseball). Live stats will be available through Clemson’s website at clemsontigers.com.