Tigers to face two righthanders, one lefty in series against Florida State

Clemson will pitch Daniel Gossett, Matt Crownover, Zack Erwin in decisive series

Clemson's Zack Erwin throws a pitch in the first inning of their baseball game against Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson Wednesday night.

Mark Crammer Independent Mail

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Clemson's Zack Erwin throws a pitch in the first inning of their baseball game against Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson Wednesday night. Mark Crammer Independent Mail

Two of the ACC's top pitching staffs will square off when Clemson visits Florida State for a three-game, division title-deciding series at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee.

Florida State ranks second to North Carolina in team pitching with a 2.66 ERA and a .234 opponents' batting average, while Clemson is third with a 2.88 ERA and a .257 average.

The Clemson staff has combined for eight shutouts, while FSU has five; and the Seminoles have given up just 11 home runs, while the Tigers have allowed 20.

Florida State has the edge in strikeouts, 410-340.

Both teams have set their pitching lineups for the series. Clemson will start two lefties and one righthander, while FSU will start two righthanders and one lefty.

In game-one on Thursday, Florida State will start junior righthander Peter Miller (6-1, 3.04 ERA) on the mound. The Lutz, Fla. native has made 11 starts for a total of 53.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 51 hits (.252 opponents’ batting average) and 18 walks with 43 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Daniel Gossett (8-3, 2.36 ERA) on Thursday. The Lyman, S.C. native has made 13 starts for a total of 80.0 innings pitched. He has surrendered 64 hits (.213 opponents’ batting average) and 28 walks with 80 strikeouts.

In game-two, the Seminoles will start sophomore righty Luke Weaver (5-2, 2.17 ERA) on the mound. The DeLand, Fla. native has made 11 starts and two relief appearances for a total of 70.2 innings pitched. He has given up 55 hits (.214 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks with 83 strikeouts.

Starting for Clemson in the second game will be ACC pitcher of the week and freshman lefty Matthew Crownover (7-1, 1.90 ERA). The Ringgold, Ga. native has made 12 starts and one relief appearance for a total of 61.2 innings pitched. He has yielded 54 hits (.241 opponents’ batting average) and 16 walks with 39 strikeouts.

In game-three, Florida State will start sophomore lefty Brandon Leibrandt (8-4, 3.41 ERA). The Alpharetta, Ga. native has made 13 starts for a total of 74.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 66 hits (.245 opponents’ batting average) and 25 walks with 69 strikeouts.

Clemson will start freshman lefthander Zack Erwin (5-0, 2.88 ERA) on Saturday. The Duluth, Ga. native has made 16 relief appearances and three starts for a total of 50.0 innings pitched. He has surrendered 38 hits (.221 opponents’ batting average) and 17 walks with 26 strikeouts.

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