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Tiger Baseball Team to Play Host to Florida State in Three-Game Series Starting Thursday

Tiger Baseball Team to Play Host to Florida State in Three-Game Series Starting Thursday

May 19, 2010

Complete Game Notes

Clemson vs. Florida State Clemson (34-19, 15-12 ACC), ranked as high as #22 in the nation, will host #7 Florida State (39-13, 18-9 ACC) in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from Thursday to Saturday to close the regular season. Game times are 7:00 PM (Thursday), 6:30 PM (Friday), and 1:00 PM (Saturday).

Thursday’s game will be televised live by CSS, Friday’s game will be available live via webcast on TigerCast, and Saturday’s game will be televised live by ClemsonTigers.com for all three games as well.

Watch Friday’s Game Live on TigerCast!

The Series Clemson and Florida State have met 114 times on the diamond, with the Seminoles holding a 63-50-1 lead in the series dating back to 1958.

The two teams last met in a three-game series in Tallahassee in March of 2009. The Seminoles won the first game 5-2, while the Tigers won game-two 8-7 in 11 innings. Florida State won game-three 7-4. In 2008 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Seminoles swept the three-game series by scores of 9-8 (10 innings), 13-4, and 4-2.

The Tigers hold a 25-18 lead over the Seminoles in games played at Clemson and a 23-14 lead at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Seminoles hold a 28-26 advantage in ACC regular-season games.

Doug Kingsmore Stadium. All 62 of Leggett’s games coached against Florida State have been against a top-25 ranked Seminole team.

The Starting Pitchers In game-one, Florida State will start sophomore lefthander Sean Gilmartin (6-6, 4.52 ERA) on the mound. The Moorpark, CA native has made 13 starts for a total of 77.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 84 hits (.281 opponents’ batting average) and 21 walks with 77 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior lefthander Casey Harman (6-2, 3.83 ERA) on Thursday. The South Burlington, VT native has made 13 starts for a total of 80.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 74 hits (.244 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks with 62 strikeouts.

In game-two, the Seminoles will send out sophomore lefty Brian Busch (4-0, 3.65 ERA) on the mound. The Boca Raton, FL native has made 11 relief appearances and five starts for a total of 56.2 innings pitched. He has yielded 45 hits (.224 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks with 59 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with sophomore righty Scott Weismann (5-2, 5.17 ERA) on Friday. The Boxborough, MA native has made 13 starts for a total of 69.2 innings pitched. He has given up 77 hits (.281 opponents’ batting average) and 23 walks with 58 strikeouts.

Both team’s starting pitchers for game-three on Saturday have yet to be determined.

The Seminoles Florida State, led by 31st-year Head Coach Mike Martin and ranked as high as #7 in the nation, enters the series at #22 Clemson with a 39-13 overall record and 18-9 ACC mark after winning two of three games at home over N.C. State last weekend. The Seminoles, who have lost back-to-back games just twice all year and have not lost three games in a row, are 11-5 on opponents’ home fields and 8-3 in one-run games.

Florida State is averaging 8.4 runs per game and hitting .301 with a .485 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage thanks to 327 walks. Florida State is second in the nation in walks, one spot ahead of Clemson (307). The team has also totaled 113 doubles, 17 triples, 59 home runs, and 83 stolen bases in 96 attempts.

Tyler Holt leads the Seminole offense with a .350 batting average, 11 homers, 18 doubles, three triples, 40 RBIs, 70 runs, 45 walks, and 25 steals in 26 attempts. Sherman Johnson is batting .344 with five homers and 41 RBIs, while Mike McGee is hitting .344 with 11 home runs and a team-high 59 RBIs. Stephen Cardullo has added five homers, 39 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases in 16 tries in 2010.

The pitching staff has a 4.24 ERA and .255 opponents’ batting average along with 424 strikeouts against 208 walks in 462.2 innings pitched. McGee, a junior righthander, has a 4-0 record, an 0.43 ERA, nine saves, and a .103 opponents’ batting average in 21.0 innings pitched over 14 appearances (one start). He has also allowed just seven hits (six singles, one homer) and 12 walks with 25 strikeouts. The Seminoles are fielding at a .970 clip as well.

The Tigers Clemson, ranked as high as #22 in the nation, enters the series against #7 Florida State with a 34-19 overall record and 15-12 ACC mark after downing Presbyterian at home 8-2 on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who also lost two of three games at Wake Forest last weekend, are 24-8 at home in 2010.

The Tigers are averaging 8.8 runs per game and hitting .303 with a .491 slugging percentage and .409 on-base percentage thanks to 307 walks and 52 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 112 doubles, 11 triples, 73 homers, and 89 stolen bases.

Kyle Parker leads the team with a .378 batting average along with 18 homers, 11 doubles, 53 RBIs, 65 runs, and a .517 on-base percentage in 50 games. John Hinson is batting .341 with 12 homers, 59 RBIs, and a team-high 21 stolen bases. Jeff Schaus has added 13 long balls and an ACC-high 70 RBIs, Brad Miller is hitting .352 with a .470 on-base percentage, and Will Lamb is riding a current 11-game hitting streak.

The pitching staff has a 4.64 ERA and .278 opponents’ batting average. The staff has allowed 174 walks against 358 strikeouts. Righthanders Alex Frederick, Tomas Cruz, and Jonathan Meyer all have two saves apiece. The Tigers are fielding at a .961 clip as well.

Firth’s Freshman Facts Freshman righthander Scott Firth (Buffalo Grove, IL) cemented his place as Clemson’s top midweek starter late in the regular season. He had strong starting outings in earning wins over Furman (May 11) and Presbyterian (May 18), his first two victories as a Tiger.

Against the Paladins, he tossed 6.0 innings, allowing just six hits, one run, and one walk with four strikeouts. He allowed the leadoff batter of the game to score and a two-out double in the first inning, but no Paladin advanced past first base during the rest of his outing. Then against the Blue Hose, he tossed 5.1 innings, allowing just two runs and no walks with six strikeouts.

Overall in 2010, Firth is 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA in 26.1 innings pitched over 13 appearances (three starts). He has also tallied 23 strikeouts against 11 walks.

Tigers Outlast Presbyterian 8-2 Doug Kingsmore Stadium on May 18. Stolz, who was making his first career start at shortstop, lined a two-run homer in the second inning, then Schaus blasted a long two-run long ball in the seventh inning. Kyle Parker added a double, RBI, three runs, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch. Starter Scott Firth pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs and no walks with six strikeouts to earn the win.

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