Tigers Travel to South Bend to Face Fighting Irish

by - 2014-05-08 13:35:12.0
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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers travel to South Bend, Ind. this weekend to take on Notre Dame for the first time as ACC members.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Clemson (30-19, 12-11 ACC) vs. Notre Dame (17-30, 4-20 ACC)
• Rankings - CU - No. 24 USA; UND - NR
• When - Friday (7:30 p.m.), Saturday (2:05 p.m.), Sunday (12:05 p.m.)
• Where - South Bend, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
• Watch - ESPNU (Friday)
• TV Announcers - Gabe Gross, Clay Matvick
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Notre Dame leads 1-0 (1994)
• Record at Notre Dame - 0-0

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - LHP Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
So. LH Pitcher
#44 5-11, 205
Ringgold, GA

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(CU) vs. RHP Pat Connaughton (UND)
• Saturday - RHP Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Jr. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 180
Lyman, SC

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(CU) vs. LHP Michael Hearne (UND)
• Sunday - TBA (CU) vs. TBA (UND)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson has won five games in a row, including its 1-0 win over High Point at home Wednesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .284 with a .358 on-base percentage and 78 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.72 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 1.98 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .964.

NOTRE DAME OVERVIEW
• Notre Dame is led by fourth-year Head Coach Mik Aoki.
• The Fighting Irish were swept at Maryland last weekend. Notre Dame is hitting .246 and has a 3.19 ERA and .963 fielding percentage.
• Blaise Lezynski is hitting a team-high .308.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson is on a five-game winning streak, its third-longest streak in 2014. The Tigers had two six-game winning streaks earlier this season.
• Tiger pitchers have combined for 14 pickoffs even though no Tiger has more than three pickoffs.
Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
Sr. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 195
Roswell, GA

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has 15 RBIs in his last 12 games.
Clay BatesClay Bates
RS Jr. RH Pitcher
#42 5-11, 180
Rock Hill, SC

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, Matt CampbellMatt Campbell
Sr. RH Pitcher
#36 5-11, 195
Alpharetta, GA

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, Joe CostiganJoe Costigan
Sr. Outfielder
#5 5-11, 190
Naples, FL

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, Mike DunsterMike Dunster
Sr. Infielder
#10 5-10, 185
Greenwich, CT

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, Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
Sr. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 220
Lindenhurst, NY

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and Steve Wilkerson will graduate Friday.
• The six Tigers who are graduating will not be on hand at commencement ceremonies due to Clemson’s road series to Notre Dame.

BATES SOLIDIFYING BULLPEN
• Junior righthander Clay Bates has made a team-high 22 appearances this season.
• He has a 4.78 ERA, one save and a .250 opponents’ batting average.
• He has only allowed five extra-base hits in 26.1 innings pitched.
• He has allowed only four steals in eight attempts.
• He has 38 groundball outs compared to only 13 flyball outs.

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