Clemson vs Maine Series moved to Augusta, GA


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Doug Kingsmore's field "is currently frozen and unsafe for play." - Kyle Young

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weekend's series between Clemson and Maine has been altered. The two teams were scheduled to play one game each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Every attempt was made to play the series at Clemson, however, freezing temperatures, forecasted precipitation and unplayable field conditions have forced the move to Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, Ga.

Tickets for the originally-scheduled games in Clemson will be honored for the games in Augusta. Any tickets not used for admission in Augusta will be honored for general admission to any remaining home game, excluding the February 27 game against South Carolina. Please bring your unused ticket to a Doug Kingsmore Stadium ticket booth to exchange on gameday.

Tickets will be sold at Lake Olmstead Stadium for $5 for Friday's game. Fans can also purchase a ticket for $5 for Saturday's doubleheader. Parking at Lake Olmstead Stadium is free all weekend as well.

Below is the new series schedule:

• Game 1 - Friday - 11 a.m. - Lake Olmstead Stadium
• Game 2 - Saturday - 11 a.m. - Lake Olmstead Stadium
• Game 3 - Saturday - 30 minutes following Game 2 - Lake Olmstead Stadium

"Our field is currently frozen and unsafe for play," said Associate Athletic Director Kyle Young. "Per discussions with experts at the National Weather Service office in Greer, temperatures over the next two days are not likely to rise above freezing, meaning the field will not be playable at all on Friday.

"With additional frozen precipitation forecasted for Friday night and Saturday morning, we've determined that we will not be able to play, as originally scheduled, in Clemson. We regret having to move these games away from Clemson. We reached out to numerous locations in South Carolina where more favorable conditions are being forecasted, but many were not playable or were already booked.

"We have been in discussions and looking for options with Head Coaches Jack Leggett and Steve Trimper since Monday, and along with travel considerations for both teams, we have determined, if the games are going to be played at all, that it's imperative to make this change.

“There are several teams across the Mid-Atlantic region and Southeast that have been scrambling to locate a site where they can play. North Carolina and UCLA, who were scheduled to play a three-game series in Chapel Hill, N.C. this weekend, have moved their series to Orlando, Fla.

"We are very appreciative of the willingness of the staffs at the Augusta GreenJackets and Georgia Regents University to accommodate us only two hours from Clemson, where the weather forecast and field conditions are more favorable.”

All three games will be broadcast on the radio by WCCP (105.5 FM) out of Clemson. Live audio will also be available on TigerCast. However, there will be no video on TigerCast.

Preview vs. Maine & Notes

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers and Maine, Head Coach Jack Leggett’s alma mater, travel to Augusta, Ga. for a three-game series this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Maine (1-3) vs. Clemson (1-2)
• Rankings - MAI - NR; CU - NR
• When - Friday (11 a.m.), Saturday (11 a.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.)
• Where - Augusta, Ga. (Lake Olmstead Stadium)
• Listen - TigerCast, WCCP (105.5 FM)
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 19-1 (1991-14)
• Record at Neutral - 0-0

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - RHP Jake Marks (MAI) vs. LHP Matthew Crownover (CU)
• Saturday (Game 1) - RHP Justin Courtney (MAI) vs. LHP Zack Erwin (CU)
• Saturday (Game 2) - LHP Scott Heath (MAI) vs. RHP Brody Koerner (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson fell twice in three games at home against West Virginia last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 1.7 runs per game and hitting .253 with a .318 on-base percentage and two steals.
• The pitching staff has a 2.33 ERA, .223 opponents’ batting average and 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .962.

MAINE OVERVIEW
• Maine is led by 10th-year Head Coach Steve Trimper.
• The Black Bears won one of four games last weekend in Florida. They are hitting .262 and have a 7.64 ERA and .948 fielding percentage.
• Senior Luke Morrill is hitting a team-high .583 (7-for-12) with one double and a .667 on-base percentage in four games.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson has played one game in its history in Augusta, Ga., a 14-7 Tiger win at Georgia Regents on May 6, 1986.
• Head Coach Jack Leggett, who played baseball and football at Maine, still holds the school record for longest field goal made (52).
• Clemson has held lefthanded batters to 2-for-22 (.091) in 2015.

ATTENDANCE
• Clemson is averaging 4,600 fans per home date (3) in 2015, the eighth-highest figure in the nation (through games of February 15).
• Clemson has had a top-20 national figure in average attendance 21 straight seasons and a top-10 figure 13 years in a row.

ROTATION OFF TO STRONG START
• The weekend rotation of Matthew Crownover (LHP), Zack Erwin (LHP) and Brody Koerner (RHP) has been solid to start the season.
• The trio has combined for to allow just 10 hits, two runs (1.13 ERA) and four walks with 21 strikeouts in 16.0 innings pitched.
• Crownover is 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA, Erwin is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and Koerner is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

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