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Clemson Baseball Preview vs. FSU & Notes

Clemson Athletic Communications - Thursday, March 20, 2014 2:46 PM
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Clemson's Jake Long pitching against Eastern Michigan.
CLEMSON, S.C. - First place in the ACC Atlantic Division up for grabs as top-ranked Florida State comes to Tigertown for a three-game series this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Florida State (17-3, 5-1 ACC) at Clemson (13-7, 5-1 ACC)
• Rankings - FSU - No. 2 BA, No. 2 CB, No. 1 USA; CU - No. 13 BA, No. 18 USA
• When - Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (6:30 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - ESPN3, CSS (Sunday)
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
• Promotion (Sunday) - Social Sunday. Show coupon on Twitter/Instagram at @ClemsonBaseball and receive $2 mini pretzels.

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Florida State leads 68-59-1 (1958-13)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 30-19 (1962-12)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - RHP Luke Weaver (FSU) vs. RHP Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Jr. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 180
Lyman, SC

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(CU)
• Saturday - LHP Brandon Leibrandt (FSU) vs. LHP Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
So. LH Pitcher
#44 5-11, 205
Ringgold, GA

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(CU)
• Sunday - RHP Mike Compton (FSU) vs. RHP Jake LongJake Long
RS Jr. RH Pitcher
#39 5-10, 180
Anderson, SC

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(CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson split a pair of midweek games at Georgia Southern after winning two of three games at Wake Forest last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.0 runs per game and hitting .299 with a .370 on-base percentage and 40 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 4.68 ERA, .254 opponents’ batting average, 2.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .961 fielding percentage.

FLORIDA STATE OVERVIEW
• Florida State is led by 35th-year Head Coach Mike Martin.
• The Seminoles fell at Florida 3-1 Tuesday after sweeping N.C. State. They are hitting .305 and have a 2.72 ERA and .971 fielding percentage.
• DJ Stewart is hitting .378 with nine doubles, three homers, 19 RBIs, 23 runs and a .505 on-base percentage in 20 games.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson or Florida State has finished first in the ACC Atlantic Division standings every year since division format started in 2006.
• Two of the top-10 winningest all-time head coaches will match up this weekend, Mike Martin (third - 1,787) and Jack Leggett (10th - 1,277).
• All 76 of Head Coach Jack Leggett’s games (35-41 record) coached against Florida State have been against a top-25 ranked Seminole team.
• Jack Leggett is 4-5 against a top-ranked Florida State team as Clemson’s head coach.
Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Jr. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 200
Cumming, GA

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’s grandfather, Paul Slaton, played football at Florida State and was a roommate of Burt Reynolds.

OKEY BETTER THAN OK AS FRESHMAN
• Freshman catcher Chris OkeyChris Okey
Fr. Catcher
#25 6-0, 180
Mount Dora, FL

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is hitting .267, but he leads the team in RBIs with 24 along with one homer and three doubles.
• The last Tiger freshman to lead or tie for the team lead in RBIs is Jeff BakerJeff Baker
1st Base
# 6-2, 210
Clemson, SC

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, who tied sophomore Khalil Greene with 64 RBIs in 2000.
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