Florida State Preview

Florida State Preview

Baseball

Florida State Preview

By

By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (29-20) will host top-ranked Florida State (40-9) in a three-game series this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Saturday’s game is at 6:30PM, Sunday’s contest is set for a 6:30PM start, and Monday’s finale is scheduled for 6:00PM on ESPNU.

The Series

Clemson and Florida State have met 121 times on the diamond, with the Seminoles holding a 65-55-1 lead in the series. The teams first met in the 1958 NCAA District III Playoffs and begin meeting as conference opponents in 1992. Last season, the teams split four meetings with the Tigers winning a series in Tallahassee and Florida State picking up a 6-3 win over Clemson at the ACC Tournament. The last time the two teams met in Doug Kingsmore Stadium, in 2010, the Tigers swept three games from the Seminoles by a combined score of 25-15 to win the Atlantic Division title. Clemson holds a 28-18 lead in games at Clemson and a 26-14 lead in games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers hold a slight 31-29 advantage in ACC regular-season contests and a 4-2 lead in NCAA Tournament games, while Florida State has the upper hand in ACC Tournament matchups (11-8). Jack Leggett is 31-38 all-time against the Seminoles, with all games coming as Clemson’s head coach and against top-25 Seminole teams, and is 17-10 against Florida State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett is also 1-4 against the Seminoles when Florida State is the top-ranked team in the nation.

The Seminoles

Florida State, led by 33rd-year Head Coach Mike Martin, is 40-9 (21-3 ACC) on the season including a 14-4 mark on their opponents’ home fields. The Seminoles are coming off a stretch of five games in five days that saw them win a home series over Maryland before splitting a two-game midweek series at Stetson. Florida State is ranked #1 in the country by all three major polls: Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Seminoles were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division (behind Clemson) by league coaches and also received a single vote as overall ACC champions. Florida State is coming off a 46-19 (19-11 ACC – Atlantic Division champs) record, Tallahassee Super Regional appearance, and final ranking of #8 in 2011.

On the season, the Seminoles are hitting .286 as a team with 108 doubles, nine triples, 34 homers, 53 stolen bases, 275 walks, 75 HBPs, and 342 strikeouts while averaging 7.0 runs per game. Florida State is led by two veterans at the plate, senior captain James Ramsey and junior Jayce Boyd. Ramsey, who is batting .400, has 10 doubles, 41 RBI, and 44 walks to go along with team-highs in triples (6), homers (11), and runs (61). Boyd, who is hitting .399, leads the team with 18 doubles and 52 RBI along with three homers, 36 runs, and eight stolen bases. Senior Sherman Johnson has a team-best 52 walks (in only 49 games) while junior Justin Gonzales has a team-high 10 stolen bases.

The Florida State pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA this season, allowing 404 hits (.245 opponents’ batting average) and 165 walks against 353 strikeouts in 438.0 innings. The staff is led by two freshmen, righthander Mike Compton and lefty Brandon Leibrandt, who have each made 12 starts. Compton (9-0, 2.59 ERA) leads the team in wins and has 42 strikeouts in 62.2 innings while Leibrandt (6-1, 2.71 ERA) has team-highs in innings (63.0) and strikeouts (51). Redshirt sophomore Gage Smith has made a team-best 29 appearances while junior Robert Benincasa is the team’s closer with 12 saves.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 29-20 after taking two of three games from College of Charleston at home and then recording a 9-8 (10 inning) win over Tennessee Tech on Tuesday. The Tigers are 18-13 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season, including 6-6 against ACC opponents.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .278 as a team with 75 doubles, 14 triples, 31 homers, 45 stolen bases, 213 walks, 40 HBPs, and 305 strikeouts while averaging 5.9 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .351 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (15), homers (9), and walks (47) along with 42 RBI, 39 runs, and five stolen bases.

Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is hitting .329 with 11 doubles, three triples, 27 RBI, and six stolen bases while scoring a team-best 44 runs while redshirt junior Thomas Brittle is batting .328 with six doubles, two homers, and 33 RBI with a team-high seven triples and is tied for the team-lead in stolen bases (8). Senior Phil Pohl is batting .301 with a team-best 44 RBI and 12 hit-by-pitches along with nine doubles and seven homers while graduate Brad Felder has five homers and eight stolen bases.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.81 ERA this season allowing 462 hits (.268 opponents’ batting average) and 178 walks against 375 strikeouts in 451.0 innings. Junior Dominic Leone (6-3, 5.31 ERA) leads the team in wins, starts (12), and innings (62.2) while Kevin Pohle is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts). Junior Jonathan Meyer (2-4, 3.51 ERA) has a save in a team-best 20 appearances while freshman Daniel Gossett (5-2, 5.54 ERA) has a team-best 63 strikeouts in 52.0 innings. Gossett, sophomore Matt Campbell, redshirt sophomore Mike Kent, and freshman Patrick Andrews are all tied for the team-lead in saves with two a piece.

Projected Starting Lineups

Florida State

C        #9 Stephen McGee (*SO/.243 BA with 8 2Bs, 27 RBI, 47 BBs, & 27 runs in 49 games)

1B      #16 Jayce Boyd (JR/.399 BA with 18 2Bs, 3 HRs, 52 RBI, & 36 runs in 48 games)

2B      #8 Devon Travis (JR/.333 BA with 17 2Bs, 5 HRs, 30 RBI, & 46 runs in 49 games)

SS      #10 Justin Gonzalez (JR/.256 BA with 9 2Bs, 7 HRs, 32 RBI, & 10 SB in 46 games)

3B      #32 Sherman Johnson (SR/.261 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 HRs, 23 RBI, & 52 BBs in 49 games)

LF      #53 Jose Brizuela (FR/.228 BA 9 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 32 RBI in 48 games)

CF      #23 James Ramsey (SR/.400 BA with 10 2Bs, 6 3Bs, 11 HRs, & 41 RBI in 49 games)

RF      #18 Seth Miller (JR/.209 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HRs, & 23 RBI in 47 games)

DH     #2 Josh Delph (FR/.262 BA with 8 2Bs, 11 RBI, 11 runs, & 7 BBs in 41 games)

 

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.261 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 HRs, 24 RBI, & 17 BBs in 44 games)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.242 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 23 RBI in 45 games)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.329 BA with 11 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 27 RBI, & 44 runs in 46 games)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.266 BA with 8 2Bs, 4 HRs, 17 RBI, & 26 runs in 49 games)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.351 BA with 15 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 9 HRs, & 42 RBI in 49 games)

LF      #13 Jay Baum (FR/.231 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 9 RBI, & 20 BBs in 41 games)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.328 BA with 6 2Bs, 673Bs, 2 HRs, & 33 RBI in 44 games)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.242 BA with 5 2Bs, 5 HRs, 21 RBI, & 8 SB in 40 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.301 BA with 9 2Bs, 7 HRs, 44 RBI, & 12 HBPs in 49 games)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Florida State will start freshman lefthander Brandon Leibrandt. The Alpharetta, GA native is 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 12 starts in 2012. In 63.0 innings, he has allowed 58 hits (.250 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks against 51 strikeouts.

 

Clemson will counter with junior righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 6-3 with a 5.31 ERA in 12 starts in 2012. In 62.2 innings, he has allowed 67 hits (.288 opponents’ batting average) and 29 walks against 48 strikeouts.

 

In game two, the Seminoles will start freshman righthander Mike Compton. The Branson, MO native is 9-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 12 starts in 2012. In 62.2 innings, he has allowed 49 hits (.222 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks against 42 strikeouts.

 

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Kevin Pohle. The St. Louis, MO native is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts) in 2012. In 58.2 innings, he has allowed 59 hits (.269 opponents’ batting average) and 24 walks against 34 strikeouts.

 

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

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 26-18-1 all-time on May 12 with an 11-5-1 mark at home. The Tigers are 35-15 all-time on May 13 with a 17-3 mark at home. Clemson is 22-23 all-time on May 14 with a 6-5 mark at home.
  • Thomas Brittle is on a 22-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the ACC and tied for the eighth-longest hitting streak in school history.
  • Richie Shaffer has reached base via a hit or walk in 27 straight games.
  • Steve Wilkerson is on an 11-game hitting streak, has two four-hit games, 20 multi-hit contests, and had a 19-game hitting streak earlier in the year.
  • Jon McGibbon has reached base safely in 22 straight games.
  • Since the ACC went to divisions in 2006, Clemson or Florida State has won every Atlantic Division title. The Seminoles have won four titles with the Tigers winning two. The two teams have also finished first and second in the division in five of those six seasons and have combined to win 14 ACC Tournament titles all-time.
  • The teams have faced seven common opponents so far in 2012: Maine and six ACC opponents (Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), and Virginia). The Seminoles swept three games from Maine and are 16-2 against the common ACC opponents while the Tigers took two of three games from Maine and are 13-5 against the common ACC opponents.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Florida State

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Jon McGibbon         .500   4-1     4        0        2        0        0

Jason Stolz             .324   10-10 34      4        11      6        0

Richie Shaffer         .261   6-6     23      5        6        5        2

Spencer Kieboom    .222   3-3     9        1        2        2        0

Phil Pohl                .150   7-6     20      1        3        2        0

Dominic Attanasio   .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0

Steve Wilkerson      —–    2-0     0        1        0        0        0

 

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

David Haselden       1.29   3-0     1-0     7.0     3        1        3        2

Matt Campbell        4.50   1-0     0-0     2.0     2        1        0        1

Kevin Brady            5.40   3-0     0-0     3.1     3        2        0        5

Jonathan Meyer      6.23   1-1     0-0     4.1     5        3        3        7

Scott Firth              6.75   1-0     0-0     1.1     2        1        0        1

Dominic Leone        10.80 2-2     0-1     6.2     9        8        6        5

Joseph Moorefield   27.00 3-0     0-0     1.0     2        3        1        1

Latest

More The Clemson Insider
Home