Tigers In Control Own Destiny Against FSU This Weekend
|2002-05-17 01:07:54.0- -|
CLEMSON - No matter what level of baseball you're talking about, it doesn't
get any better than No. 1 vs. No. 2.
Such is the scenario this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, where top-ranked
Clemson (44-9 overall, 16-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) hosts No. 2 Florida
State (48-12, 15-6).
At stake: Not only the No. 1 ranking in the country, but the top seed in next
week's ACC Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla.
"There's a lot of baseball to be played after this weekend," said Clemson
head coach Jack Leggett. "But what more could you ask for to come down to two
teams that have been ranked No. 1 in the country at some point in the season
playing for the lead in the
There is, however, a bit of a twist to this matchup.
Because of the conference success of North Carolina (16-5) and Wake Forest
(15-5), the Clemson-FSU series winner isn't necessarily guaranteed the top
seed in the ACC. Depending on the outcome of the UNC-Ga. Tech and Wake
Forest-Duke series, Clemson could finish anywhere from first to fourth in the
ACC; the Seminoles anywhere from first to fifth.
Of course the Tigers can solve the whole convoluted equation with a
three-game sweep of FSU, a move that would guarantee Clemson the top spot in
"We have nobody to look at but ourselves," said Leggett. "We don't have to
look at the
scoreboard and see if anybody won or lost. We know if we win three ballgames,
we get it done. If we don't, then we need to get some help from somebody."
Clemson will start ace Steve Reba (11-1, 3.48 ERA) in tonight's 7:15 start,
while the Seminoles counter with lefty Matt Lynch (11-1, 3.31).
Florida State leads the all-time series 46-40-1, but since joining the ACC
the Seminoles are just 2-13 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett is 10-2 at
home vs. FSU in his career.