Clemson heads to Wake Forest


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Chris Williams hit two grand slams in the Miami series last weekend.
Chris Williams hit two grand slams in the Miami series last weekend.

The Tigers face one of the ACC's best pitching rotations when they play at Wake Forest in a three-game series this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Clemson (26-11, 11-7 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (18-20, 10-8 ACC)
• Best Rankings - CU - No. 12 Perfect Game; WFU - NR
• When - Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Winston-Salem, N.C. (David F. Couch Ballpark)
• Watch - ACC Network Extra
• Video Announcers - Stan Cotten, Lary Sorensen
• Listen (Radio) - WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate
• Listen (Internet) - ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - ClemsonBaseball

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 132-58-1 (1901-2017)
• Record at Wake Forest - Clemson leads 50-32 (1952-16)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU - 3-2, 2.70 ERA) vs. RHP Griffin Roberts (WFU - 4-3, 2.67)
• Saturday - RHP Brooks Crawford (CU - 3-2, 3.48) vs. RHP Morgan McSweeney (WFU - 2-4, 3.72)
• Sunday - LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU - 5-1, 3.80) vs. RHP Colin Peluse (WFU - 6-0, 2.88)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• No. 12 Georgia defeated Clemson 6-1 at Athens, Ga., on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .242 with a .363 on-base percentage and 24 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.43 ERA, .241 opponents’ batting average and 2.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .975.

WAKE FOREST OVERVIEW
• Wake Forest is led by ninth-year head coach Tom Walter.
• The Demon Deacons rallied to win 11-9 at UNC Greensboro on Tuesday. They are hitting .260 and have a 4.38 ERA and .967 fielding percentage.
• Bobby Seymour is hitting .328, while Jake Mueller is hitting .327. Griffin Roberts has an ACC-high 90 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched.

QUICK HITS
• Nine Tigers have at least two wins on the mound.
• Clemson is outscoring its opponents in each of the first eighth innings in 2018.
• Clemson has started Jacob Hennessy, Brooks Crawford and Jake Higginbotham on the mound in that order for all nine weekend series in 2018.

BULLPEN STRONG
• Tiger relievers have combined for a 13-4 record, 12 saves, a 2.84 ERA and .234 opponents' batting average in 158.2 innings pitched in 2018.
• The bullpen also has 159 strikeouts against 69 walks, good for a 2.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Ryley Gilliam leads with a 2-1 record, five saves, a 1.10 ERA, .235 opponents' batting average and 26 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.


Tags: Brooks Crawford, Ryley Gilliam, Jake Higginbotham, Jacob Hennessy
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