ACC Powers Collide

Clemson (36-13, 18-6 ACC), ranked as high as #7 in the country, will play host to #13 Florida State (37-12, 14-9 ACC) this weekend in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Game times are 7:15 PM (Friday), 4:00 PM (Saturday), and 1:00 PM (Sunday). Friday's game will be televised live by Sun Sports, while Saturday's game will be televised live by CSS. Saturday's game was originally scheduled for a 7:00 PM start, but was changed to a 4:00 PM start to accomodate live television. All three games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.

The Series
Clemson and Florida State have met 101 times on the diamond, with the Seminoles holding a 57-43-1 lead in the series dating back to the 1958 season. Last year at Tallahassee, FL, the Seminoles won the first two games of the series by scores of 3-1 and 5-4 before the Tigers won the final game by a score of 7-3. Two years ago, Florida State won two of three games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Seminoles have also won 15 of the last 18 games in the series.

The Tigers hold a 22-15 advantage over Florida State all-time in games played at Clemson and are 20-11 in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Seminoles hold a 22-20 lead in ACC regular-season games.

Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett is 19-30 against the Seminoles as Clemson's head coach, including an 11-7 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. All 49 games Leggett has coached against Florida State have been against a Seminole team ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll, including 46 games against a top-10 Florida State squad.

The Starting Pitchers
In game one, Florida State will start junior righthander Tyler Chambliss (10-3, 2.01 ERA) on the mound. The Live Oak, FL native has made 14 starts and one relief appearance for a total of 94.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 74 hits (.220 opponents' batting average), 39 walks, and just two home runs with 93 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Stephen Faris (6-2, 2.69 ERA) on Friday. The Richmond, VA native had made 12 starts for a total of 63.2 innings pitched. He has a .223 opponents' batting average, allowing 51 hits and 12 walks with 55 strikeouts.

In game two, the Seminoles will send out junior righty Bryan Henry (9-2, 1.88 ERA) on the mound. The Tallahassee, FL native has made 14 starts (91.0 innings pitched). He has yielded 68 hits (.208 opponents' batting average), 23 walks, and no wild pitches with 90 strikeouts in 91.0 innings pitched.

The Tigers will counter with senior righthander Josh Cribb (8-0, 2.66 ERA) on Saturday. The Lake View, SC native has made 11 starts and one relief appearance for a total of 67.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 49 hits (.204 opponents' batting average) and 18 walks with 70 strikeouts.

In game three, Florida State will start senior righty Mark Sauls (1-0, 2.70 ERA) on the mound. The Panama City, FL native has made one start and four relief appearances for a total of 10.0 innings pitched. He made his one and only start of 2006 in the Seminoles' 9-2 win over Jacksonville on May 3. He has allowed 10 hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with junior righthander Jason Berken (7-3, 2.77 ERA) on Sunday. The De Pere, WI native has made 12 starts for a total of 61.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 60 hits and 27 walks with 61 strikeouts.

The Seminoles
Florida State, led by 27th-year Head Coach Mike Martin, enters the series with a 37-12 overall record and 14-9 ACC mark. In their last games, the Seminoles played a rain-shortened series at Wake Forest, as they split with the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, NC. In the second game, the two teams battled for 20 innings. Florida State was victorious 4-3 and did not allow an earned run in the contest.

The Seminoles, who are 11-5 on the road, started the season 32-4, including a 17-game winning streak, but are 5-8 since. They are hitting .301 with a .404 on-base percentage, thanks to 5.3 walks per game, and 85 stolen bases in 110 attempts.

Shane Robinson, the 2005 National Player-of-the-Year, is hitting a team-best .359 with 26 steals in 29 attempts. Freshman Buster Posey is second at .356, while Dennis Guinn is hitting .346 with 10 homers and 56 homers, both team-bests. Jack Rye is hitting .337 with nine homers, 38 RBIs, and a team-best .477 on-base percentage thanks to 41 walks.

The pitching staff has a 3.07 ERA and .245 opponents' batting average. It has allowed 165 walks and 18 home runs with 415 strikeouts. The team is fielding at a .966 clip as well.

Righty closer Luke Tucker is one of four Seminoles with 22 relief appearances, and has a 1.52 ERA, eight saves, 38 strikeouts, and a .113 opponents' batting average in 23.2 innings pitched. He also has allowed just nine hits (eight singles and one double).

The Tigers
Clemson enters the series with a 36-13 overall record and 18-6 ACC mark. After the Tigers were off seven days for final exams, they swept Duke in a three-game series by a combined score of 29-6 on May 8,9 in Durham, NC. Clemson is in first place in the Atlantic Division standings and tied for first place overall in the league with North Carolina (18-6).

The team is hitting .296 with a .368 on-base percentage and 67 stolen bases in 85 attempts. Clemson also has 102 doubles, 56 home runs, and 38 sacrifice bunts in 49 games. The Tigers sport a .971 fielding percentage as well. In the last nine games, Clemson has committed just three errors.

All nine Tiger regulars in the field are hitting between .284 and .335. Tyler Colvin leads the team with a .335 batting average, 19 doubles, four triples, nine homers, 42 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Andy D'Alessio hit four home runs in the Duke series and has 17 long balls along with 64 RBIs on the season. Herman Demmink is riding a 10-game hitting streak as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.32 ERA and .247 opponents' batting average. Lefty Daniel Moskos has eight of the team's 14 saves. In Clemson's last 10 games (9-1 record), Tiger relievers have combined for 35.0 innings pitched, allowing 21 hits (.178 opponents' batting average), one earned run (0.26 ERA), and nine walks with 37 strikeouts.

Demmink (economics) along with righthanders Josh Cribb (PRTM) and Sean Clark (economics) all received their undergraduate degress in commencement ceremonies on Friday.

Clemson climbed one spot to #7 in the Baseball America poll on Monday after a week off for final exams. The Tigers also remained at #9 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and jumped to #7 in the Sports Weekly poll.

The Tigers' #1 ranking by Baseball America on February 6, which Clemson held on to for a total of four weeks, was their first since May 13, 2002, when Clemson was ranked #1 in all three major polls. It was the earliest #1 ranking for the Clemson program in history, as the earliest #1 ranking prior to that was on March 20, 2000, when Collegiate Baseball had the Tigers #1. The Tigers have been ranked #1 for 19 weeks by at least one of the major polls in Head Coach Jack Leggett's 13th season at Clemson.

Cribb, D'Alessio Added to Wallace Watch List
Senior righthander Josh Cribb and junior first-baseman Andy D'Alessio were both added to the 2006 Wallace Award Watch List in May, which goes to the nation's top player.

Double Dose of D'Alessio
Andy D'Alessio's home runs have come in bunches this year. In the three-game series at Duke on May 8,9, he had two, two-homer games. He has gone deep twice in a game on four occasions this season, therefore eight of his 17 home runs, nearly half, have come in multi-homer games. He had two, two-homer games in 2005 and has six in his career. D'Alessio also has 36 career long balls, ninth-most in Clemson history. Only Michael Johnson has hit more home runs in a season (25) among Tiger lefthanded batters than D'Alessio (17).

Demmink on His Second 10-Game Hitting Streak
Graduate third-baseman Herman Demmink is riding a 10-game hitting streak. He is hitting .351 (13-for-37) during the streak and .296 overall as the leadoff batter in the lineup this season. It is his second 10-game hitting streak of the season, as he did the same earlier in 2006.

Clemson Sweeps Duke in Durham
Clemson swept Duke in three games by a combined score of 29-6 in Durham on May 8,9. The Tigers out-hit the Blue Devils .371 to .157 and totaled 20 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles, three triples, and seven home runs along with a .690 slugging percentage. Adrian Casanova was 6-for-9, while Andy D'Alessio was 5-for-10 with four home runs and six RBIs. Clemson's pitching staff had a 1.33 ERA, as it allowed just 14 hits, four earned runs, and eight walks with 29 strikeouts.

In game one, Clemson hit nine extra-base hits and rallied for a 7-4 win over Duke in the first game of a doubleheader on May 8. Marquez Smith belted the go-ahead home run to break a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning, then D'Alessio followed with his second home run of the game. The Tigers had just gotten out of a bases-loaded jam the previous inning. Smith was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer, as Clemson had 11 hits in the game. P.J. Zocchi pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, while Daniel Moskos pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save. Josh Cribb struck out 10 batters in 6.2 innings pitched.

In game two, 12 different Tigers contributed to Clemson's 21-hit attack in a 14-0 victory over Duke in the second game of a doubleheader on May 8. Clemson scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back, as it had at least one hit in every inning. Casanova, Tyler Colvin, and Taylor Harbin all had three hits, while Colvin had a two-run homer in the first inning. Brad Chalk set the Tiger single-season record with his 16th sacrifice bunt as well. Five pitchers limited Duke to three hits, no runs, and no walks with 10 strikeouts, as the Blue Devils did not advance a baserunner past first base. Stephen Faris earned the win in a scheduled short start.

In game three, D'Alessio hit two home runs to lead Clemson to an 8-2 victory over Duke on May 9. Colvin added a home run, while Harbin added two hits, including a two-run single in the seventh inning. Jason Berken earned the win in a scheduled short start, while four other Tiger pitchers shut out the Blue Devils over the final 5.0 innings to close out the game. Duke, who had six hits, including four doubles, scored single runs in each of the first two innings, but were shut out the rest of the way. Top Stories