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Tigers need to sweep Seminoles to take division title

The scenario is simple for the Tigers: sweep Florida State in a three-game series beginning at 7 p.m. today at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and Clemson earns an Atlantic Division title and a No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament.

Lose just one game to the No. 7 Seminoles (39-13, 18-9 ACC) and the Tigers (34-19, 15-12) fall to a No. 5, 6 or 7 seed next week in Greensboro, N.C., making it difficult to improve their seeding in the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers have already clinched an ACC tournament bid, and have likely secured an at-large NCAA berth.

The Tigers were hoping the ebb and flow of their season was taking a V-like shape heading into the Wake Forest series last weekend.

There were the early heights -- a 17-2 start -- followed by a plunge into woeful April, a month that did not contain an ACC series win, and an early surge in May when the Tigers won two straight series. But the Tigers suffered a setback last weekend, losing a series against a Wake team that is 20 games below .500.

As Clemson reaches the unforgiving portion of the season, the question remains who are the real Tigers? Are they the team that was once ranked in the top 10, or the team that has struggled to play with consistency since a series win against Georgia in early April?

"It's been a rollercoaster season, but we are all staying positive," Clemson 's Chris Epps said. "We are all still banding together. This postseason will show us how well we band together."

To Clemson coach Jack Leggett, talking about the ebb and flow of the season has become tiresome and irrelevant.

"If you are a baseball coach or baseball player you are only as good as the last part of the season," Leggett said. "If we come on and play (well) at the end of the season that is what we'll be known for."

If the Tigers are to be known as a team that saved its best for last in 2010 it will likely be decided by pitching.

Casey Harman (6-2, 3.83 ERA) has been one of few consistent Tigers in the No. 1 spot where he will match up with Florida State's Sean Gilmartin (6-6, 4.52 ERA) tonight.

Leggett believes Scott Weismann's arm is in the best shape of the season, and with his low 90s velocity and new-found splitter Weismann could be a wildcard for the Tigers down the stretch as the team's No. 2 starter.

The problem begins after the Tigers' first two starters.

Freshman Dominic Leone has struggled as the No. 3 starter after some initial brilliance. Will Lamb has been moved to the bullpen in a hope to provide some stability. Tomas Cruz hasn't been the solid bullpen option as he was last season.

The Tigers have allowed at least five runs in 16 of their last 17 ACC games.

Leggett said "consistency" has been an often spoke word around the baseball complex, perhaps now joined by another -- urgency.

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