Clemson Baseball Preview vs. CSU


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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers host Charleston Southern on Tuesday night.

GAME SETUP
• Who - Charleston Southern (16-14) vs. Clemson (28-5)
• Rankings - CSU - NR; CU - No. 5 BA, No. 4 CB, No. 4 USA
• When - Tuesday (6:30 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - ACC Network Extra
• Listen - TigerCast, WCCP (105.5 FM)
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - ClemsonBaseball
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
• Promotion - $1 Hot Dog Night
• Promotion - Two on Tuesday - Fans can buy one regular-price ticket and get one of equal value for free.

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 18-1 (1976-16)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 15-1 (1976-16)

STARTING PITCHERS
• LHP Cody Maw (CSU) vs. RHP Tyler Jackson (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson, who has won five games in a row and 27 of its last 30 games, swept Virginia Tech at home last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.4 runs per game and hitting .281 with a .392 on-base percentage and 34 stolen bases.
• The pitching staff has a 2.66 ERA, .232 opponents’ batting average and 4.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .969.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN OVERVIEW
• Charleston Southern is led by interim head coach Adam Ward, who lettered as a catcher at Clemson from 2007-09.
• The Buccaneers won two of three games at UNC Asheville last weekend. They are hitting .261 and have a 4.70 ERA and .957 fielding percentage.
• Jason Miller is hitting .347 with 10 steals, Brandon Gragilla is batting .300 with four homers and Chris Singleton has 13 steals.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson has not suffered back-to-back losses in one season since losing two in a row against Georgia Tech on April 23,24, 2016.
• In the three-game sweep of Virginia Tech, Clemson outhit the Hokies .362 to .192 and held their potent offense to three extra-base hits.
• In 2017, Clemson is 25-1 when scoring three or more runs and 21-0 when scoring five or more runs.

EARLY SUCCESS
• Clemson’s 28-5 record is due in large part to its success scoring runs early in games in 2017.
• The Tigers are outscoring the opposition 33-5 in the first inning and 24-7 in the second inning (combined 57-12 in the first two innings).
• Clemson’s highest-scoring innings are the first inning (33) and seventh inning (33).
• Clemson is hitting .305 with a .417 on-base percentage in the first inning.
Chris Williams is 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles, a homer, eight RBIs and four runs in the first inning.
Seth Beer is 8-for-22 (.364) with three doubles, a homer, five RBIs and 11 walks in the first inning.
• The Tigers are 13-0 when scoring in the first inning and 23-1 when scoring first.
• Opponents have scored in the first just four times (five combined runs), and Clemson is 4-0 in those games.
• Clemson has allowed 21 hits (.184 opponents’ batting average), four earned runs (1.09 ERA) and six walks with 39 strikeouts in the first inning.

THREE TIGERS ON MLB ROSTERS
• Former Tigers Dominic Leone, Brad Miller and Tony Sipp are on 2017 MLB rosters.
• Leone is in his fourth season in the majors, Miller is in his fifth season and Sipp is in his nine season.
• Leone, who had a 16-8 career record at Clemson, made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2014.
• Miller, the 2011 ACC Player-of-the-Year, hit .339 with 36 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers, 135 RBIs and 46 steals in 191 games as a Tiger.
• Sipp batted .280 and had a 2-2 pitching record for the Tigers in 2004.
• Every Tiger team from 1974 to 2012 has had at least one future major leaguer on its roster.

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