Clemson Baseball preview vs. #17 Pittsburgh
The Tigers return home to host Pittsburgh for the first time in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.
• Who - Pittsburgh (12-9, 4-5 ACC) vs. Clemson (19-6, 5-4 ACC)
• Rankings - PIT - NR; CU - No. 17 CB, No. 22 USA
• When - Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - TigerCast
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• 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 $30.
• Promotion (Friday) - Emoji Day - The first 500 fans receive a Clemson baseball emoji.
• Promotion (Saturday) - Spring Family Picnic - Celebrate spring with the entire family and receive trading card set No. 2.
• Promotion (Sunday) - Greek Life Day - Clemson fraternities and sororities compete for bragging rights and a good cause.
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 2-1 (2014)
• Record at Clemson - 0-0
• Clemson won both midweek games on the road over Furman (9-7) and Western Carolina (10-8).
• The Tigers are averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .283 with a .395 on-base percentage and 23 stolen bases.
• The pitching staff has a 3.14 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 2.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .961.
• Pittsburgh is led by 19th-year head coach Joe Jordano.
• The Panthers defeated Kent State 13-5 on Wednesday at home. They are hitting .292 and have a 4.65 ERA and .950 fielding percentage.
• Charles LeBlanc is hitting .395, while Alex Kowalczyk is batting .351 with seven homers, eight doubles, one triple and 26 RBIs.
• Clemson’s current 12-game home winning streak is its longest since its 18-game home winning streak from May 31, 2009 to March 20, 2010.
• Tiger batters have reached base 47.9 percent of the time when leading off an inning.
• K.J. Bryant, who filled in for Seth Beer, had five RBIs in the two midweek games earlier this week. No other Tiger had more than two RBIs.
POWERS NUMBERS UP
• Clemson has hit 31 homers this season, already approaching or surpassing previous season totals.
• The Tigers hit 35 in 2015, 28 in 2014, 22 in 2013, 44 in 2012 and 48 in 2011, the first year with the new bat standards.
• Clemson’s .455 slugging percentage is its best mark since 2011, when it had a .460 slugging percentage.
• Clemson hit nine home runs in the first 11 games, but has hit 22 home runs in the last 14 games.
• Seth Beer leads the team with 11 home runs and a .936 slugging percentage, while Chase Pinder is second with eight long balls.
• The Tigers have hit 19 home runs in their nine ACC games. No other ACC team has hit double-digit homers in ACC contests.
• Beer has slugged eight home runs in nine ACC games.