After five days off for final exams, the Tigers host No. 3 Florida State in a three-game series beginning Saturday night.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Florida State (28-11, 13-4 ACC) vs. Clemson (26-14, 9-12 ACC)• Rankings – FSU – No. 5 BA, No. 3 CB, No. 6 USA; CU – NR• When – Saturday (6:30 p.m.), Sunday (4 p.m.), Monday (7 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – ESPN3 (Saturday, Sunday), ESPNU (Monday)• TV Announcers – Marty Clary (Saturday, Sunday), Steve Lenox (Monday), Jay Walker (Monday), Pete Yanity (Saturday, Sunday)• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON• Promotion (Saturday) – IPTAY/Alumni Reunion – We welcome back former Tiger greats.• Promotion (Saturday) – Trading Card Set Giveaway – The first 750 fans receive a pack of player trading cards.• Promotion (Sunday, Monday) – Family Four Pack – Purchase four tickets and a $10 concession voucher for only $30.
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Florida State leads 71-63-1 (1958-15)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 31-21 (1962-14)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Mike Compton (FSU) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (CU)• Saturday – RHP Drew Carlton (FSU) vs. TBA (CU)• Sunday – RHP Cole Sands (FSU) vs. LHP Alex Schnell (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson won one of three games against Georgia Tech at Doug Kingsmore Stadium last weekend.• The Tigers are averaging 6.6 runs per game and hitting .275 with a .386 on-base percentage and 34 steals.• The pitching staff has a 4.32 ERA, .264 opponents’ batting average and 2.26 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .960.
FLORIDA STATE OVERVIEW• Florida State is led by 37th-year head coach Mike Martin.• The Seminoles have won five in a row and swept Notre Dame last week. They are hitting .303 and have a 3.49 ERA and .968 fielding percentage.• John Sansone is hitting .395 with five homers, 15 doubles and 48 RBIs, while Cal Raleigh is batting .322 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs.
QUICK HITS• Clemson, who has won four of the last six regular-season series against the Seminoles, is 38-34 against them in ACC regular-season games.• Chris Okey has a team-high .409 batting average on balls in play (excludes homers and strikeouts).• Seminole catcher Cal Raleigh, son of former Western Carolina head coach Todd Raleigh, originally signed with Clemson out of high school.
BOSTIC HAVING STRONG JUNIOR YEAR• Junior lefthander Alex Bostic has stepped up as a junior to have his best season as a Tiger in 2016.• He is 3-2 with two saves, a 3.09 ERA, .183 opponents’ batting average and 30 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched over 17 outings (one start).• He leads the team in opponents’ batting average.• In his 16 relief outings, he has a 2.49 ERA, .182 opponents’ batting average and 27 strikeouts against nine walks in 21.2 innings pitched.• He has a 2.79 ERA and .206 opponents’ batting average in 9.2 innings pitched over seven relief appearances in ACC regular-season games.• In his nine appearances at home, he has pitched 13.0 innings, allowing just four hits, no runs and three walks with 18 strikeouts.• In his career, he has two saves, a .250 opponents’ batting average and 44 strikeouts in 39.2 innings pitched over 40 outings (two starts).
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