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Clemson Baseball Preview vs. E. Michigan

Clemson Athletic Communications - Thursday, February 13, 2014 5:52 PM
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SERIES SETUP
• Who - Eastern Michigan (0-0) at Clemson (0-0)
• Rankings - EMU - NR; CU – #13 BA, #21 CB, #16 USA
• Where - Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• When - Friday (4 PM), Saturday (2:30 PM), Sunday (1 PM)
• Watch - TigerCast (ClemsonTigers.com)
• Listen - TigerCast (ClemsonTigers.com), WCCP (104.9 FM)
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
• Promotion (Friday) - Free candy hearts for first 1,000 fans
• Promotion (Saturday) - Show Saturday’s men’s basketball ticket stub and receiving half-price admission.
• Promotion (Sunday) - Show voucher at @ClemsonBaseball on Twitter or Instagram and receive $2 bag of popcorn

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Eastern Michigan leads 3-2 (1975-11)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 2-1 (2011)

THE STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - RHP Jake Andrews vs. RHP Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Jr. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 180
Lyman, SC

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• Saturday - RHP Sterling Sharp vs. LHP Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
So. LH Pitcher
#44 5-11, 205
Ringgold, GA

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• Sunday - LHP Paul Schaak vs. RHP Jake LongJake Long
RS Jr. RH Pitcher
#39 5-10, 180
Anderson, SC

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EASTERN MICHIGAN OVERVIEW
• Led by sixth-year Head Coach Jay Alexander.
• Had a 26-28 overall record and 12-15 MAC record in 2013.
• Outfielder Sam Ott returns after leading the 2013 team with a .327 batting average.

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Had a 40-22 overall record and an 18-12 ACC mark in 2013.
• Returns eight of nine position starters and 77 percent of its innings pitched from 2013.
• Starts the season with a seven-game homestand (February 14-25).

QUICK HITS
• Clemson is 8-1 in its last nine season-openers. Its only loss during that span came in 2012 against UAB.
• Junior catcher Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
Jr. Catcher
#30 6-1, 210
Anderson, SC

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, junior righthander Daniel Gossett, and senior first-baseman Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
Sr. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 220
Lindenhurst, NY

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were named 2014 team co-captains.
• The last Tiger pitcher to start on opening day in back-to-back years was Ryan Mottl (1999,00). Daniel Gossett started in the 2013 opener.

LEGGETT LISTS
• Was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame on January 3, 2014 in Dallas, TX.
• In 34 overall seasons, he has 1,264 wins, 11th-most in Division I history (10th place has 1,267 wins) and fifth-most among active coaches.
• His 887 victories as head coach of the Clemson program (1994-14) are tied for sixth-most in the country during that time span.
• Has led Clemson to a winning ACC regular-season record 19 times in 20 seasons at Clemson.
• Has 231 top-25 wins, 125 top-10 wins, and 60 top-five wins as head coach at Clemson.

PRESEASON HONORS
Several Tigers earned preseason recognition. See the list below.

#30 GARRETT BOULWARE, C
• #20 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Baseball America

#44 MATTHEW CROWNOVER, LHP
• #65 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
• #13 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Perfect Game

#9 Steven DuggarSteven Duggar
So. Outfielder
#9 6-1, 185
Moore, SC

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, OF
• #21 sophomore in the nation by Baseball America
• #33 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
• #4 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Baseball America and Perfect Game

#23 DANIEL GOSSETT, RHP
• Third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA
• Second-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com
• #77 player in the nation by Baseball America
• #63 junior in the nation by Perfect Game
• #8 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Perfect Game
• #15 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Baseball America

#11 Shane KennedyShane Kennedy
Sr. Infielder
#11 6-2, 190
Orlando, FL

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, OF/INF
• Second-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com

#3 Tyler KriegerTyler Krieger
So. Infielder
#3 6-2, 170
Johns Creek, GA

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, INF
• #54 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
• #9 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game
• #10 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Baseball America

#25 Chris OkeyChris Okey
Fr. Catcher
#25 6-0, 180
Mount Dora, FL

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, C
• #3 freshman in the nation by Baseball America
• #5 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• #1 freshman in the ACC by Baseball America and Perfect Game
• #1 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Perfect Game

#4 Eli WhiteEli White
Fr.
#4 6-3, 175
Easley, SC

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, INF
• #100 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

#17 Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
Sr. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 195
Roswell, GA

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, INF
• #36 senior in the nation by Baseball America
• #41 senior in the nation by Perfect Game
• First-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com and Perfect Game

#8 Weston WilsonWeston Wilson
Fr.
#8 6-3, 195
High Point, NC

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, INF
• #84 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
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