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Mar 21, 2024

Tigers & Seminoles To Play In Top-10 Showdown

By: Brian Hennessy

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The No. 3 Tigers host No. 7 Florida State in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.

Who – Florida State (19-0, 3-0 ACC) vs. Clemson (19-2, 2-1 ACC)
Best Ranking – FSU – No. 7 Baseball America; CU – No. 3 Baseball America, NCBWA
When – Friday (8 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch – ACC Network (Friday), ACC Network Extra (Saturday, Sunday)
Video Announcers – Clay Matvick (Friday), Ron Smith (Saturday, Sunday), Devon Travis (Friday), Pete Yanity (Saturday, Sunday)
Listen (Radio) – Clemson Athletic Network (locally on WCCP (105.5 FM))
Listen (Internet) –
Live Stats –
Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
Tickets –, 1-800-CLEMSON

Overall Record – Florida State leads 83-74-1 (1958-23)
Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 37-24 (1962-22)

Friday – RHP Cam Leiter (FSU) vs. RHP Austin Gordon (CU)
Saturday – LHP Jamie Arnold (FSU) vs. LHP Tristan Smith (CU)
Sunday – RHP Conner Whittaker (FSU) vs. RHP Aidan Knaak (CU)

• Clemson, which has a 15-1 home record, won midweek games against Winthrop (13-3) on Tuesday and Presbyterian (11-1) on Wednesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 8.3 runs per game and hitting .297 with a .527 slugging percentage, .420 on-base percentage and 28 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.81 ERA, .234 opponents’ batting average and 2.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .965.

• Florida State, which has a 2-0 road record and is averaging 10.4 runs per game, is led by second-year Head Coach Link Jarrett.
• The Seminoles defeated Stetson 1-0 at home on Tuesday. They are hitting .356 and have a 2.79 ERA and .985 fielding percentage.
• Cam Smith is hitting .476 with six homers, James Tibbs III is batting .387 with eight homers and 33 RBIs and Brennen Oxford has three saves.

• Clemson’s 19-2 start is its best in its first 21 games since 2002, when it started 20-1. That team also started 26-1.
• Clemson’s bullpen has a 13-0 record, five saves, a 3.95 ERA, .217 opponents’ batting average and 112 strikeouts in 100.1 innings pitched.
• A total of 17 Tigers have started at least one game in the batting order in 2024.

• Senior infielder Blake Wright is having his best season as a Tiger.
• The co-captain has split time as the starter at second base (13 starts) and third base (eight starts) in 2024.
• He is hitting .356 with 10 homers, a triple, two doubles, 28 RBIs, 31 runs and a .733 slugging percentage in 21 games.
• He is hitting .412 with runners in scoring position.
• He has a team-high 10 multiple-hit games, including four three-hit games and a four-hit game.
• He has a .958 fielding percentage, committing only three errors in 72 chances.
• He is the only Tiger to play all 21 games in 2024.
• In the last seven games, he is 16-for-29 (.552) with six homers, 17 RBIs, 14 runs and a 1.172 slugging percentage.
• He went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs against Winthrop on March 19.
• He hit a Clemson-record-tying three homers with six RBIs against Presbyterian at Greenville, S.C. on March 20.
• He became the 17th Tiger in history to hit three home runs in a game.
• In his career, he is hitting .294 with 23 doubles, a triple, 30 homers, 118 RBIs, 100 runs and nine steals in 137 games (130 starts).