Clemson heads to No. 11 Louisville

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Clemson heads to No. 11 Louisville

The Tigers continue their Spring Break trip with their first ACC road series at No. 11 Louisville this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Clemson (16-5, 3-3 ACC) vs. Louisville (17-4, 3-3 ACC)
• Best Rankings - CU - No. 10 CB; LOU - No. 11 CB
• When - Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Louisville, Ky. (Jim Patterson Stadium)
• Watch - ACC Network Extra
• Video Announcers - Jeff Gardner, Jim Kelch
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - ClemsonBaseball

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 9-8 (1970-17)
• Record at Louisville - Louisville leads 3-0 (2016)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU - 1-1, 2.54 ERA) vs. LHP Adam Wolf (LOU - 3-0, 1.80)
• Saturday - RHP Brooks Crawford (CU - 1-1, 2.86) vs. RHP Shay Smiddy (LOU - 2-0, 2.04)
• Sunday - LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU - 3-0, 3.29) vs. LHP Nick Bennett (LOU - 1-0, 3.60)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson fell on the road to Coastal Carolina 9-5 on a walkoff grand slam on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.0 runs per game and hitting .253 with a .375 on-base percentage and 11 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA, .235 opponents’ batting average and 2.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .975.

LOUISVILLE OVERVIEW
• Louisville is led by 12th-year head coach Dan McDonnell.
• The Cardinals defeated Western Kentucky 8-5 on the road on Wednesday. They are hitting .284 and have a 3.57 ERA and .966 fielding percentage.
• Drew Campbell is hitting .367, Logan Wyatt is batting .333 and Jake Snider is hitting .319 and has 12 of the team's 41 stolen bases.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson plays its first game outside the Palmetto State on Friday. Each of its first 21 games were played in the state of South Carolina.
• Clemson is 13-1 when scoring five or more runs and 3-4 when scoring less than five runs.
• Clemson played Virginia at Jim Patterson Stadium during the 2017 ACC Tournament.

SPIERS MAKING THE JUMP
• Sophomore righthander Carson Spiers saw limited action as a freshman, but he has made a big jump as one of the team's top relievers in 2018.
• He has made a team-high 11 appearances, all out of the bullpen, and has a team-high three saves.
• He is 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA, .167 opponents' batting average and 17 strikeouts against five walks in 15.1 innings pitched.
• He is holding opponents to an .074 batting average with runners on base.
• In his career, he is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA and 20 strikeouts against five walks in 18.1 innings pitched over 14 relief appearances.
• His cousin, Will Spiers, is the starting punter on the Tiger football team.
• His father, Michael Spiers, hit .301 with 16 homers, 110 RBIs and 32 steals in 184 games as a Tiger from 1988-91.
• His uncle, Bill Spiers, hit .325 with 17 homers, 119 RBIs and 60 steals in 173 games as a Tiger from 1985-87, then played 13 MLB seasons.
• His grandfather, Bud Spiers, hit .254 with seven homers and 44 RBIs as a Tiger from 1956-58.

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