April 14, 2017 - by
Baseball to Host No. 4 Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (21-14, 7-8 ACC) will continue ACC play this weekend when they host No. 4 Clemson (29-5, 13-2 ACC). The series will begin with a 6:00 p.m. game time on Saturday, followed by 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. starts on Sunday and Monday on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee.

Saturday and Sunday’s games will stream live on ACC Network Extra, while Eric Luallen will provide live play-by-play on the radio (106.1 FM in Tallahassee) and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.

Monday’s finale will air nationwide on ESPNU with Anish Shroff and Chris Burke on the call.

Florida State is coming off a 10-7 loss to UF on Tuesday. Clemson is riding a winning streak that was extended to six games following a 6-5 extra inning walkoff win on Tuesday against Charleston Southern.

The starting rotation for the Seminoles this weekend will consist of Cole Sands (5-2, 3.53 ERA) and Tyler Holton (4-1, 2.47 ERA), but the coaching staff has not announced a starter for Monday.

Swinging a hot bat for the Seminoles is freshman Drew Mendoza, who has raised his batting average to .312 after starting his season with a 0-for-10 stint. Against the Gators on Tuesday, Mendoza smacked two doubles and knocked in three runs, helping FSU outhit UF 12-10, before the Noles ultimately fell in the series finale.

Florida State is now 18-1 on the season in games in which they have outhit the opponent.

Taylor Walls hit his fourth home run of the season when he opened the game with a leadoff shot, which was FSU’s first to start a game since Sherman Johnson did so against Samford in the 2012 NCAA Regionals.

Florida State has an all-time winning record of 72-66-1 against Clemson, with a 37-19-1 winning record in games played in Tallahassee.

The last meeting between the two teams came on May 29, 2016 in the ACC Championship game, which ended in a 18-13 Clemson win after a nearly five hour marathon. Dylan Busby helped the Seminoles rally with a 3-for-5 outing that came with two home runs; the first multi-home run performance of his collegiate career.

Baseball to Host No. 4 Clemson

Noles to Retire Drew’s 39 Jersey
Prior to Saturday’s game on April 15, Florida State will be holding a ceremony to retire J.D. Drew’s No. 39 jersey on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

In 1997, Drew became the first player in college baseball history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in one season, finishing with 31 and 32, respectively. Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and Sporting News also named Drew the National Player of the Year in 1997.

In 2011, Drew was named to the College World Series Legends Team after leading Florida State to Omaha in both 1995 and 1996. In 2003, the Valdosta, Ga. native was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame and was later enshrined into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Drew will join FSU All-American and head coach Dick Howser as the only Seminoles to have their jersey numbers retired.

Holton Named to Midseason Golden Spikes Watch List
Sophomore pitcher Tyler Holton was named to the Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate player.

Holton is 4-1 with a 2.47 earned run average. The three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week has 64 strikeouts and just 12 walks on the season.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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