TCI FSU Preview

TCI FSU Preview

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TCI FSU Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (37-16, 15-12 ACC), ranked as high as #15 in the nation, will travel to Florida State, ranked as high as #4 in the nation, this weekend in a series to determine the ACC Atlantic Division title. The Tigers need to sweep the series in order to win the title, while the Seminoles only need to win a single game. Games times at Dick Howser Stadium this weekend are 6:00PM on Thursday and Friday with Saturday’s finale scheduled for 1:00PM and televised on FSN. 

The Series

Clemson and Florida State have met 117 times on the diamond, with the Seminoles holding a 63-53-1 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1958 and have met at least three times every season since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992. Last season, Clemson swept three games at home to win the Atlantic Division. The last time the teams met in Tallahasse, the Seminoles won two of three games. Clemson leads the series 29-28 in ACC regular-seasons games while the Seminoles have a 8-10 lead in ACC Tournament games. The Tigers also hold a 4-2 advantage in games played in the NCAA Tournament. All-time, Florida State leads 34-13-1 in games in Tallahassee, while Clemson is 28-18 in games in Tigertown. The Tigers also hold a slim 12-1 lead in neutral site meetings.  

The Seminoles

Florida State, led by 32nd-year Head Coach Mike Martin, is 39-13 (18-9 ACC) on the season including a 24-5 mark at home. The Seminoles won two of three games last weekend at NC State and have won 15 of their last 18 games. Florida State is ranked #4 in the nation by Baseball America, #6 by USA Today/ESPN, and #9 by Collegiate Baseball. The Seminoles were picked to finish second in the ACC Atlantic Division by league coaches and are coming off a 48-20 (18-12 ACC) record, College World Series appearances, and final ranking of #6 in 2010. 

On the season, the Seminoles are hitting .294 as a team with 125 doubles, seven triples, 48 homers, 70 stolen bases, 68 hit-by-pitches, a national-best 319 walks, and 398 strikeouts while averaging 7.5 runs per game. Junior James Ramsey leads Florida State at the plate batting .354 with 17 doubles, two triples, eight homers, is tied for a team-high nine stolen bases, and leads the team with 51 RBI. Senior Mike McGee is hitting .339 with 12 doubles 37 walks, 50 runs, 48 RBI, and a team-leading nine homers while sophomore Devon Travis is batting .339 with a team-high 21 doubles. Sophomore Jayce Boyd is hitting .330 with 11 doubles, four homers, 50 RBI, and a team-leading four triples while redshirt senior Rafael Lopez is hitting .319 with 15 doubles and six homers. Sophomore Justin Gonzalez leads the team with 14 hit-by-pitches and junior Sherman Johnson has a team-high 51 walks. 

The Florida State pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA this season allowing 417 hits (.238 opponents’ batting average) and 185 walks against 399 strikeouts in 469.0 innings. Junior Sean Gilmartin is 9-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 14 appearances and leads the team in starts (13), innings (93.1), and strikeouts (107. Senior Daniel Bennett is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA with 11 saves in 32 appearances and is the Seminoles’ closer. Junior Gary Merians is 6-2 in 10 appearances while junior Brian Busch has five wins. Senior Mike McGree has five saves and is 2-2 in 14 appearances with 31 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 37-16 and winners of 23 of their last 27 games. The Tigers have won their last five ACC series and are 6-6 in ACC road games this season. Clemson is 11-9 away from Doug Kingsmore Stadium, including a 9-7 mark on their opponents’ home field. 

The Tigers are hitting .321 as a team with 108 doubles, 15 triples, 33 homers, 94 stolen bases, 40 hit-by-pitches, 250 walks, and 327 strikeouts while averaging 7.2 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .429 with 10 doubles, three triples, three homers, 34 walks, 20 stolen bases, and is tied for the team lead in RBI (43). Junior Will Lamb is hitting .344 with 11 doubles, three triples, one homer, and 11 stolen bases, while junior Phil Pohl is batting .342 with 17 doubles, four homers, and 29 RBI.Redshirt junior John Hinson is hitting .328 with 10 doubles, two triples, six homers, and leads the team with 20 stolen bases while sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .321 with 13 doubles, two triples, is tied for the team-high with 43 RBI and leads the team in homers (8), walks (37), and runs (55). Senior Jeff Schaus is hitting .316 with 16 doubles, two triples, 34 walks, and 38 RBI while sophomore Spencer Kieboom is batting .307 with 25 RBI. Senior Chris Epps has seven homers and nine stolen bases while junior Jason Stolz has a team-high 13 sacrifices and seven stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.01 ERA this season allowing 395 hits (.228 opponents’ batting average) and 152 walks against 416 strikeouts in 469.2 innings Graduate Justin Sarratt (6-1 with a 1.95 ERA) leads the team in wins and has only eight walks against 55 strikeouts in a team-high 64.2 innings while junior David Haselden (4-1 with two saves) has a 2.35 ERA in 61.1 innings over 19 appearances (four starts). Sophomore Jonathan Meyer (5-2 with a save) has a 2.89 ERA in 21 appearances (five starts) while sophomore Dominic Leone (5-1 with a 3.06 ERA) leads the team with 60 strikeouts in 53.0 innings. Freshman Kevin Pohle (5-1) has a 1.19 ERA in 30.1 innings over 15 appearances (two starts) while junior Scott Weismann (3-4) is the team’s closer with four saves and 45 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. Redshirt senior Alex Frederick has three saves and has made 20 appearances along with redshirt sophomore Joseph Moorefield. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.307 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 HR, 20 runs, and 25 RBI in 44 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.321 BA with 13 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 8 HRs, 43 RBI, and 55 runs in 53 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.275 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 7 SB, 24 runs, and 24 RBI in 53 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.429 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 3 HRs, 20 SB, and 43 RBI in 46 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (*JR/.328 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3B, 6 HRs, 51 runs, and 21 SB in 50 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.316 BA with 16 2Bs, 2 3B, 34 BBs, and 38 RBI in 53 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.344 BA with 11 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, 33 RBI, and 11 SB in 49 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.273 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 7 HRs, 30 BBs, and 32 RBI in 51 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.342 BA with 17 2Bs, 4 HRs, 38 runs, and 29 RBI in 50 games)

Florida State

C        #29 Rafael Lopez (SR/.319 BA with 15 2Bs, 6 HRs, 30 BBs, 32 runs, and 31 RBI in 47 games)

1B      #16 Jayce Boyd (SO/.330 BA with 11 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 4 HRs, 9 SB, and 50 RBI in 52 games)

2B      #8 Devon Travis (SO/.339 BA with 21 2Bs, 6 HRs, 36 BBs, 49 runs, and 32 RBI in 48 games)

SS      #10 Justin Gonzalez (SO/.281 BA with 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 HRs, 46 runs, and 28 RBI in 52 games)

3B      #32 Sherman Johnson (SO/.268 BA with 15 2Bs, 1 HR, 51 BBs, and 42 runs in 52 games)

LF      #1 Taiwan Easterling (JR/.294 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, 21 runs, and 16 RBI in 42 games)

CF      #25 Mike McGree (SR/.339 BA with 12 2Bs, 9 HRs, 37 BBs, 50 runs, and 48 RBI in 50 games)

RF      #23 James Ramsey (JR/.354 BA with 17 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 8 HRs, 9 SB, and 51 RBI in 52 games)

DH     #7 Parker Brunelle (SR/.232 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 17 BBs, and 18 runs in 41 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Clemson will start sophomore righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts) in 2011. In 53.0 innings, he has allowed 36 hits (.193 opponents’ batting average) and 21 walks against 60 strikeouts. 

Florida State will counter with junior lefthander Sean Gilmartin. The Moorpark, CA native is 9-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts) in 2011. In 93.1 innings, he has allowed 60 hits (.181 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks against 107 strikeouts. 

In game two, the Tigers will start graduate righthander Justin Sarratt. The Gaffney, SC native is 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 15 appearances (10 starts) in 2011. In 64.2 innings, he has allowed 53 hits (.219 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 55 strikeouts. 

The Seminoles’ starting pitcher for game two has yet to be determined. 

In game three, Clemson will start sophomore righthander Jonathan Meyer. The San Diego, CA native is 5-2 with a save and a 2.89 ERA in 21 appearances (five starts) in 2011. In 62.1 innings, he has allowed 48 hits (.212 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks against 55 strikeouts. 

Florida State will counter with senior righthander Mike McGee. The Port St. Lucie, FL native is 2-2 with a five saves and a 4.39 ERA in 14 appearances (three starts) in 2011. In 26.2 innings, he has allowed 23 hits (.223 opponents’ batting average) wand 18 walks against 31 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 29-36 all-time against Florida State with all 65 games coming against top-25 Seminole teams.
  • Leggett is 7-17 all-time against Florida State in Tallahassee. He is 17-10 against the Seminoles at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and 5-9 in the ACC Tournament.
  • Clemson is 11-9 all-time on May 19, including a 3-2 mark on the road. The Tigers are 11-8-1 all-time on May 20, including a 1-3 mark on the road. Clemson is 10-8 all-time on May 21, including a 2-4 mark on the road.
  • This will mark the sixth straight year (or since the ACC went to divisions in 2006) that either Clemson or Florida State has won the Atlantic Division. The Seminoles have won three titles, while the Tigers have won two. The two teams have finished first and second in four of the five previous years. The two teams have also combined to win 14 ACC Tournament titles,

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Florida State

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   BB     SO     HR     Other

Richie Shaffer         .429   2-2     7        1        3        3        1        3        0        2B, SB

Jason Stolz             .391   6-6     23      2        9        5        1        4        0        SF, SH, 2-3 SB

Addison Johnson     .357   9-7     28      4        10      4        1        5        1        2B, 2 SH, HBP, 2 SB

Brad Miller              .346   6-6     26      8        9        6        5        4        1        2B, SB

Jeff Schaus             .243   9-9     37      7        9        1        6        4        0        2B, 1-2 SB

John Hinson           .188   6-3     16      2        3        1        2        5        0        CS

Will Lamb               .125   4-2     8        1        1        1        1        3        0       

Chris Epps              .000   4-2     8        0        0        1        2        2        0

Phil Pohl                .000   3-2     4        0        0        0        0        1        0       

Player                  ERA   G-S    W-L   IP      H       ER     BB     SO     OBA

Alex Frederick         2.57   2-0     2-0     7.0     4        2        4        7        .160

David Haselden       3.38   1-0     0-0     2.2     1        1        1        1        .111

Scott Weismann      4.26   1-1     1-0     6.1     3        3        4        5        .150

Dominic Leone        8.10   1-1     0-0     3.1     3        3        3        2        .250

Will Lamb               13.50 1-0     0-0     0.2     2        1        0        1        .500

Justin Sarratt                   22.50 3-0     0-1     2.0     4        5        3        1        .667

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