The Tigers travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State this weekend in Mike Martin’s final season as head coach of the Seminoles.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Clemson (25-8, 11-4 ACC) vs. Florida State (19-13, 7-8 ACC)• Best Ranking – CU – No. 13 Collegiate Baseball; FSU – NR• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Tallahassee, Fla. (Dick Howser Stadium)• Watch – ACC Network Extra (Friday, Saturday), ESPN2 (Sunday)• Video Announcers – Chip Baker (Friday, Saturday), Shawn Davison (Friday, Saturday), Tom Hart (Sunday), Kyle Peterson (Sunday)• Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Florida State leads 76-69-1 (1958-18)• Record at Florida State – Florida State leads 39-20-1 (1962-17)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Davis Sharpe (CU) vs. LHP Drew Parrish (FSU)• Saturday – LHP Mat Clark (CU) vs. RHP CJ Van Eyk (FSU)• Sunday – TBA (CU) vs. LHP Shane Drohan (FSU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson, who has a 7-2 road record, defeated Furman 2-0 at home on Wednesday night.• The Tigers are averaging 6.8 runs per game and hitting .268 with a .374 on-base percentage and 57 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.23 ERA, .227 opponents’ batting average and 2.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .969.
FLORIDA STATE OVERVIEW• Florida State is led by head coach Mike Martin, who is in his 40th and final season.• The Seminoles lost at home 3-1 to Florida on Tuesday. They are hitting .247 and have a 4.74 ERA and .969 fielding percentage.• Robby Martin is hitting .324, Drew Mendoza has eight homers and 23 RBIs and J.C. Flowers has a team-high six saves.
QUICK HITS• The Tigers have answered each of their last 15 losses with a win in their next game dating to back-to-back losses on April 13,14, 2018.• Clemson is 21-0 when scoring five or more runs and 4-8 when scoring less than five runs.• Clemson is outscoring its opponents 33-3 in the fifth inning. It is its highest-scoring inning and its opponents’ lowest-scoring inning.
WILKIE USING BAT & ARM• Junior catcher Kyle Wilkie has helped keep opponent running games in check with his ability to throw out basestealers.• He has thrown out 11 of 28 basestealers, and many of the successful steals have come with no throws due to great jumps.• He was named to the Buster Posey Award Watch List during the season.• He is hitting .275 with a homer, five doubles, 16 RBIs, 18 runs, a .369 on-base percentage and four steals in 30 games (28 starts) in 2019.• He had a 10-game hitting streak from February to March after ending the 2018 season on a 29-game hitting streak.• He had a 41-game on-base streak, which comprised the last 39 games of 2018 and the first two games of 2019.• In his career, he is hitting .298 with 16 doubles, six homers, 61 RBIs, a .400 on-base percentage and six steals in 116 games (106 starts).