CLEMSON BASEBALL

Aidan Knaak leads Clemson's rotation statistically and takes the mound on Sunday in Winston-Salem.
Aidan Knaak leads Clemson's rotation statistically and takes the mound on Sunday in Winston-Salem.

No. 2 Tigers head to No. 12 Wake Forest for key ACC series


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The No. 2 Tigers travel to No. 12 Wake Forest for an ACC showdown this weekend.

SERIES SETUP

• Who – Clemson (37-10, 17-7 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (33-16, 12-12 ACC)

• Best Ranking – CU – No. 2 D1Baseball; WFU – No. 12 D1Baseball, NCBWA

• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.), Sunday (Noon p.m.)

• Where – Winston-Salem, N.C. (David F. Couch Ballpark)

• Watch – ACC Network Extra (Friday), ACC Network (Saturday), ESPN2 (Sunday)

• Video Announcers – Stan Cotten (Friday), Clay Matvick (Saturday, Sunday), Kyle Peterson (Saturday, Sunday), Lary Sorensen (Friday)

• Listen (Radio) – Clemson Athletic Network (locally on WCCP (105.5 FM))

• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com

• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com

• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record – Clemson leads 142-63-1 (1901-2023)

• Record at Wake Forest – Clemson leads 55-33 (1952-22)

STARTING PITCHERS

• Friday – LHP Ethan Darden (CU: 5-2, 4.11 ERA) vs. RHP Chase Burns (WFU: 9-1, 3.00)

• Saturday – LHP Tristan Smith (CU: 2-0, 3.58) vs. RHP David Falco (WFU: 2-2, 4.85)

• Sunday – RHP Aidan Knaak (CU: 4-0, 2.57) vs. LHP Josh Hartle (WFU: 5-2, 5.40)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• Clemson, which has a 10-4 road record, rallied to defeat Charlotte 14-12 at Truist Field on Tuesday night.

• The Tigers are averaging 8.3 runs per game and hitting .298 with a .518 slugging percentage, .402 on-base percentage and 51 steals.

• The pitching staff has a 4.24 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 2.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .967.

WAKE FOREST OVERVIEW

• Wake Forest, which has a 22-7 home record and is averaging 8.6 runs per game, is led by 15th-year Head Coach Tom Walter.

• The Demon Deacons defeated North Carolina A&T 24-7 on Tuesday. They are hitting .286 and have a 5.16 ERA and .974 fielding percentage.

• Seaver King is hitting .329 with 14 homers, Nick Kurtz has a team-high 19 homers and Cole Roland and David Falco both have four saves.

QUICK HITS

• Clemson has scored 63 runs in the fourth inning, its highest-scoring inning.

• Clemson is hitting .330 with runners in scoring position.

• Clemson’s bullpen has a 25-6 record, 13 saves, a 4.65 ERA, .221 opponents’ batting average and 224 strikeouts in 213.0 innings pitched.

GRADUATES

• Five Tiger players received their diplomas during commencement ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum on May 9.

• B.J. Bailey, Tristan Bissetta, Ty Olenchuk, Will Taylor and Blake Wright earned their bachelor’s degrees.

• Bissetta and Taylor earned their degrees in only three years.

Andrew Ciufo, Nick Clayton, Rob Hughes, Alden Mathes and Jimmy Obertop earned their certificates.

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