Clemson Baseball preview vs. Maine


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The Tigers open their 119th season with a three-game home series against Maine starting Friday afternoon.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Maine (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)
• Rankings - Maine - NR; Clemson - NR
• When - Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - TigerCast
• Listen - TigerCast, WCCP (105.5 FM)
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
• Promotion (all three games) - Family Four Pack - Purchase four tickets and a $10 concession voucher for only $20.
• Promotion (Friday) - Baseball Trading Cards - The first 1,000 fans receive trading cards of their favorite players and coaches.

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 22-1 (1991-15)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 18-1 (1996-14)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - RHP Justin Courtney (MAI) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (CU)
• Saturday - RHP Chris Murphy (MAI) vs. RHP Clate Schmidt (CU)
• Sunday - RHP Jeff Gelinas (MAI) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson had a 32-29 overall record and 16-13 ACC mark in 2015. Clemson won all three games against Maine in Augusta, Ga., in February 2015.
• The Tigers, led by first-year head coach Monte Lee, return six of nine position starters and 32 percent of their innings pitched from 2015.
• Clemson begins the season with a seven-game homestand, then plays 19 of its next 29 games away from home.

MAINE OVERVIEW
• Maine is led by 11th-year head coach Steve Trimper.
• The Black Bears had a 24-28 overall record and 10-10 America East Conference mark in 2015.
• Maine is playing its third three-game series in the Palmetto State the past three years and fourth in the past five years.

QUICK HITS
• This is Clemson’s latest start to a season since 2010 (also started on February 19).
• Last year’s series against Maine was moved from Clemson to Augusta, Ga., due to unplayable field conditions.
• Of Clemson’s 61 starts on the mound last season, only nine were made by Tigers on the 2016 team.

PRESEASON HONORS
• Eleven Tigers earned preseason recognition. See the list below.

#23 CHARLIE BARNES, LHP
• No. 20 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball

#28 Seth Beer, OF/1B
• No. 13 freshman in the nation and No. 3 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball
• No. 32 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game

#37 Alex Bostic, LHP
• No. 102 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 21 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 23 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Perfect Game

#44 Ryley Gilliam, RHP
• No. 94 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

#24 JAKE HIGGINBOTHAM, LHP
• No. 58 freshman in the nation and No. 10 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
• No. 65 freshman in the nation by D1Baseball
• No. 77 college prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 10 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by Baseball America
• No. 16 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball

#25 Chris Okey, C
• Golden Spikes Award Watch List member
• First-team All-American by Baseball America and Perfect Game
• Second-team All-American by College Sports Madness, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and NCBWA
• First-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness and Perfect Game
• No. 19 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 25 prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America
• No. 20 junior in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 3 catcher in the nation by D1Baseball
• No. 4 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America and Perfect Game
• No. 5 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 1 defensive catcher in the ACC by Baseball America

#5 Chase Pinder, OF/INF
• No. 58 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game

#26 Reed Rohlman, OF/1B
• Second-team All-American by NCBWA
• First-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness and Perfect Game

#32 CLATE SCHMIDT, RHP
• No. 243 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball

#4 Eli White, INF
• No. 72 prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America
• No. 165 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 13 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America
• No. 29 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 1 defensive shortstop and No. 1 infield arm in the ACC by Baseball America

#8 Weston Wilson, INF
• No. 234 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 38 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball

DKS RENOVATIONS
• Doug Kingsmore Stadium underwent renovations during and after the 2015 season to keep it among the best facilities in the country.
• A new $9 million baseball facility was constructed behind the first-base dugout.
• The three-story building houses a spacious lockerroom, auditorium, lounge, equipment room and coaches offices among other amenities.
• A grass berm was created behind the third-base grandstand in what was an area outside the gates of Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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