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Clemson vs. Western Carolina & Presbyterian College
Clemson (21-11), ranked as high as #17 in the nation, will travel to Cullowhee, NC to face Western Carolina (19-15) on Tuesday, then the Tigers will host Presbyterian College (18-15) on Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch for Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 6:00 PM, while Wednesday’s contest is slated to start at 6:30 PM.
Wednesday’s game will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson. Live stats will be available online at ClemsonTigers.com for both games as well.
The Series (Western Carolina)
Clemson and Western Carolina have met 69 times, with the Tigers leading 54-15 in the series dating back to the 1974 season. The two have played at least one game every year since 1978.
Western Carolina defeated Clemson twice in one year for the first time ever in 2012 when the Catamounts won both games of the home-and-home series. Western Carolina won 8-4 in Cullowhee on March 14, then totaled 22 hits in its 13-8 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 4.
The Tigers hold a 15-10 advantage in games played at Western Carolina. Jack Leggett has a 28-10 mark against Western Carolina as Clemson’s head coach, including an 8-6 record at Hennon Stadium. Leggett served as head coach at Western Carolina from 1983-91 and won 302 games in nine seasons there. He was also 3-15 against the Tigers as the Catamount skipper.
The Series (Presbyterian College)
Clemson and Presbyterian College have met 81 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 60-21 lead in the series dating to 1906.
In 2012, the Blue Hose topped the Tigers 8-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In 2011, Presbyterian College defeated Clemson 4-3 at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC before the Tigers downed the Blue Hose 7-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium later in the season.
The Tigers own a 35-8 advantage over the Blue Hose in games played at Clemson, while Clemson leads 3-1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett has a 4-2 record against Presbyterian College as Clemson’s head coach, including a 3-1 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Starting Pitchers (Western Carolina)
Western Carolina will start senior lefthander Adam Curtis (1-1, 3.05 ERA) on the mound. The Arden, NC native has made four starts for a total of 20.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 24 hits (.282 opponents’ batting average) and five walks with 17 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with senior righthander Jonathan MeyerJonathan Meyer
Sr. RH Pitcher
#28 6-0, 195
San Diego, CA
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The Starting Pitchers (Presbyterian College)
Both teams’ starting pitchers for Wednesday’s game have yet to be determined.
Western Carolina, led by sixth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, enters Tuesday’s game against #17 Clemson with a 19-15 overall record and 9-6 Southern Conference mark after winning two of three games at Furman over the weekend. The Catamounts are 11-6 at home in 2013.
Western Carolina is averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .284 with a .436 slugging percentage and .346 on-base percentage thanks to 96 walks and 28 hit-by-pitches against 240 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 75 doubles, 11 triples, 29 home runs, and 28 stolen bases in 40 attempts.
Tyler White leads the team with a .329 batting average, 13 doubles, eight homers, and 31 RBIs. Aaron Attaway is batting .323 with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs, and 30 RBIs. Julian Ridings is batting .385 with six stolen bases as well.
The pitching staff has a 4.33 ERA and .271 opponents’ batting average along with 280 strikeouts against 146 walks in 307.2 innings pitched. Senior righthander Preston Hatcher has seven of the team’s nine saves along with a 4-2 record and 2.84 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched over 18 relief appearances. Western Carolina, who has allowed 38 steals in 56 attempts, is fielding at a .963 clip as well.
The Blue Hose
Presbyterian College, led by ninth-year Head Coach Elton Pollock, enters Wednesday’s game at #17 Clemson with an 18-15 overall record and a 5-4 Big South Conference mark after being swept at home by Campbell. Presbyterian College is 9-7 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.
Presbyterian College is averaging 4.3 runs per game and hitting .256 with a .338 slugging percentage and .329 on-base percentage thanks to 96 walks and 31 hit-by-pitches against 176 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 50 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, and 39 stolen bases in 52 attempts.
Cam McRae is hitting a team-best .338 with two homers, while Brandon Paul is batting .312 wtih eight doubles and seven steals against only nine strikeouts. Nathan Chong has a team-high five homers, while Brad Zebedis has three homers and a team-high 19 RBIs.
The pitching staff has a 4.00 ERA and .257 opponents’ batting average along with 193 strikeouts against 101 walks in 294.2 innings pitched. Sophomore lefthander Michael Ricchi and freshman righty Michael Trebendis have three saves apiece. Presbyterian College, who has allowed 50 steals in 60 attempts, is fielding at a .972 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as #17 in the nation, enters Tuesday’s game at Western Carolina with a 21-11 overall record and 9-6 ACC mark after sweeping Boston College on the road over the weekend. The Tigers, who have won five games in a row, are 7-4 on opponents’ home fields and 13-7 at home in 2013.
The Tigers are averaging 5.1 runs per game and hitting .272 with a .357 slugging percentage and .336 on-base percentage thanks to 98 walks and 14 hit-by-pitches against 213 strikeouts. Clemson has also totaled 55 doubles, four triples, 10 homers, and 44 stolen bases in 67 attempts.
Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
#18 5-7, 200
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#30 6-1, 210
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#11 6-2, 190
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RS Sr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 180
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The pitching staff has a 3.32 ERA and .256 opponents’ batting average in 290.0 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 100 walks against 201 strikeouts, good for a 2.01 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Junior righthander Matt CampbellMatt Campbell
Jr. RH Pitcher
#36 5-11, 195
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• Clemson’s bullpen has pitched 13.1 innings in a row without allowing a run.
• Clemson is 10-1 when committing no errors and 11-10 when committing at least one error.
For the first time in 2013, the Tigers entered the top 25 of two polls after going 5-1 in six games last week. Clemson is ranked #17 by Collegiate Baseball and #22 by Baseball America. The Tigers are outside the top 25 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll. The top-25 ranking means that Clemson has had at least least one top-25 ranking during all 20 of Jack Leggett’s 20 seasons as head coach at Clemson.
Clemson has had at least one final top-25 ranking in 15 of Leggett’s first 19 seasons. The Tigers have also been ranked #1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the three major polls under Leggett. Their last #1 ranking came on February 12, 2007 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
The Tigers are in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 9-6 league record. Florida State is in first place in the division with a 10-5 record. North Carolina is atop the overall ACC standings at 12-2. In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is tied for fourth place with Georgia Tech. The top-eight teams in the overall ACC standings will play in the 2013 ACC Tournament at Durham, NC.
Junior righthander Mike KentMike Kent
RS Jr. RH Pitcher
#15 6-0, 195
View Full Profile (Springfield, VA) has been one of the team’s top long relievers in 2013. That is thanks in large part to his excellent control. In 12.0 innings pitched over seven relief appearances, he is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and has allowed just two walks against nine strikeouts. In the last two seasons, Kent has issued only 12 walks in 50.1 innings pitched, good for a 2.15 walks-per-nine-innings-pitched mark.