Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Miami & Notes

by - 2014-04-24 16:04:06.0
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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers host red-hot Miami (Fla.), winner of 16 of its last 17 games, this weekend in a pivotal ACC series.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Miami (Fla.) (29-13, 16-5 ACC) vs. Clemson (25-16, 12-8 ACC)
• Rankings - MIA - No. 15 BA, No. 11 CB, No. 19 USA; CU - No. 22 BA, No. 20 USA
• When - Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (7 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - CSS, ESPN3
• TV Announcers - Rusty Ensor & Matt Stewart
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Miami leads 32-27-1 (1977-13)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 11-7 (1989-12)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - LHP Chris Diaz (MIA) vs. LHP Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
So. LH Pitcher
#44 5-11, 205
Ringgold, GA

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(CU)
• Saturday - LHP Andrew Suarez (MIA) vs. RHP Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Jr. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 180
Lyman, SC

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(CU)
• Sunday - LHP Bryan Radziewski (MIA) vs. RHP Jake LongJake Long
RS Jr. RH Pitcher
#39 5-10, 180
Anderson, SC

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(CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson split a pair of midweek home games, losing to Liberty (4-3) on Tuesday and defeating Western Carolina (11-3) on Wednesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.1 runs per game and hitting .287 with a .359 on-base percentage and 68 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.95 ERA, .233 opponents’ batting average and 1.96 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .962.

MIAMI OVERVIEW
• Miami, who is 10-1 in one-run games, is led by 21st-year Head Coach Jim Morris.
• The Hurricanes defeated Florida Atlantic 10-9 on the road Wednesday. They are hitting .254 and have a 3.35 ERA and .970 fielding percentage.
• Dale Carey is hitting .299 with 12 doubles, one triple, five homers, 16 RBIs, a .401 on-base percentage and 10 steals.

QUICK HITS
• Jim Morris (1,420) and Jack Leggett (1,289) are the fourth and fifth-winningest, respectively, active head coaches in the nation.
• Jim Morris and Jack Leggett both became head coaches at their respective schools in 1994. Morris has 916 wins, while Leggett has 912 wins.
• Of Clemson pitchers’ 343 strikeouts, 117 have been looking. In 2013, Tiger pitchers combined for 115 looking of their 407 total strikeouts.

LONG BOOKENDING ROTATION
• Junior righthander Jake Long has been the Sunday starter all season after sitting out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
• In 41.2 innings pitched over 11 appearances (nine starts), he is 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA and 33 strikeouts.
• He has an outstanding .213 opponents’ batting average and has not allowed a home run.
• In ACC games, he is holding opponents to a .198 batting average.
• He is holding opponents to a .167 batting average with two outs.
• He is tied for the team lead in pickoffs (3).
• Against No. 1 Florida State in the second game of a doubleheader on March 22, he allowed just one run on three hits in 6.0 innings pitched.
• He gave up just one run on four hits in 5.0 innings pitched at No. 2 Virginia on April 13.

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