Series Preview: Florida State-Clemson

In the final weekend of the regular season Florida State has a lot to play for as it plays host to No. 19 Clemson.

No. 8 Florida State (42-10, 18-9 ACC) brings the regular season to a close this weekend as the Seminoles play host to No. 19 Clemson (38-15, 17-10 ACC) beginning Thursday night.

Despite the Seminoles already being a lock to receive a top-16 seed in the NCAA tournament and host a regional, there is still a lot on the line. With the Tigers trailing the Seminoles by just one game in conference play; the winner of the three game series will also win the ACC Atlantic Division title. With two wins this weekend, the Seminoles would clinch its seventh consecutive division title.

As if the division title on the line weren't enough, the two teams are also fighting for the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC Tournament, which will begins on May 22 in Durham.

FSU leads the all-time series against the Tigers by a slim margin(66-58-1), but when playing inside the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium the Noles' hold a much more significant advantage (35-15-1). However, the Tigers are the last team to come into Tallahassee and take a series which they did winning 2-of-3 in 2011.

The Tigers have won nine of the last 13 games in the series including the last three regular season series from 2010 to 2012. 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 15 of 24 meetings against the Seminoles.

With the Seminoles having a short week to get ready for Clemson, head coach Mike Martin will be forced to change up the pitching rotation. Scott Sitz, the Noles' typical Sunday starter, pitched on Monday and therefore won't have the proper rest to fill in the back end and instead RHP Peter Miller will start game one. The rest of the rotation will remain the same with Luke Weaver starting Friday and Brandon Leibrandt going in game three.

On Thursday, Florida State will recognize the four Seminoles who earned their diplomas this spring including seniors Scott Sitz and Seth Miller and juniors Brandon Johnson and Stephen McGee. Saturday's regular season home finale will also be Senior Day at the ballpark as Florida State will honor the two members of this year's class including RHP Scott Sitz and outfielder Seth Miller. Saturday's Senior Day festivities will begin at 2:45 p.m.

Thursday's game will be carried on ESPN3 while Friday (8 pm) and Saturday's (3 pm) game will be aired on ESPNU.


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