May 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Top-ranked Florida State (40-9, 21-3 ACC) stays on the road this weekend traveling to face the Clemson Tigers (29-20, 14-10 ACC) in another key Atlantic Division showdown beginning Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
The Seminoles enter the weekend with a five-game lead over NC State for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, while Clemson sits six games back. All three teams have six ACC games remaining. FSU's magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament is two.
Florida State leads the all-time series 65-55-1, while the Tigers hold the advantage inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 28-18. The two schools split the four games last year with the Tigers taking the regular season series in Tallahassee, while the Noles evened the series with a win in the ACC Tournament.
Clemson has won six of the last nine games in the series including the last two regular season series in 2010 and 2011. Prior to Clemson's recent success over the `Noles, FSU won the regular season series in both 2008 and 2009 including a three-game sweep in Clemson in 2008.
Dating back to 2000, the series has been filled with streaks as Clemson began the 21st Century winning four straight before the Seminoles went on a run of nine consecutive victories. From 2001 to 2005, FSU defeated Clemson 15 of 18 times during that span. From 2006 to present, Clemson has won 12 of 20 meetings against the Seminoles.
Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992, the two schools have met 79 times during either the regular season or in the conference tournament with the Seminoles holding a 41-38 advantage.
Ten of the last 13 games in the series have been closely contested decided by three runs or less. FSU is 6-4 in those games including 1-2 in one-run games. Two of the last 13 have been decided in extra innings with each school winning one.
Freshman Brandon Leibrandt will take the mound on Saturday for FSU with fellow freshman Mike Compton making his 13th start of the season on Sunday. The Seminoles have yet to announce their starter for Monday night's ESPNU coverage.
Both games on Saturday and Sunday will air live over the internet on ESPN3. Fans can listen to the games locally on 100.7 FM (Saturday and Sunday), 1270 AM (Monday) and online at Seminoles.com. Live stats will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball.