Clemson hosts East Tennessee for midweek game
|Monday, February 25, 2019, 4:46 PM-|
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers host East Tennessee State on Tuesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
• Who - East Tennessee State (6-1) vs. Clemson (6-1)
• Best Rankings - ETS - NR; CU - No. 14 Baseball America
• When - Tuesday (4 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - ACC Network Extra
• Video Announcers - Jose Alvarez, Fred Cunningham
• Listen (Radio) - WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate
• Listen (Internet) - ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
• Promotion - Fans can purchase a ticket for only $2.
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 20-6 (1969-11)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 18-4 (1969-11)
• LHP Colby Stuart (ETS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU, 1-0, 5.06)
• Clemson swept Virginia Military at home in three games by a combined score of 27-14 last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .237 with a .389 on-base percentage and 21 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA, .192 opponents’ batting average and 4.05 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .976.
EAST TENNESSEE STATE OVERVIEW
• East Tennessee State is led by second-year head coach Joe Pennucci.
• The Buccaneers swept Wagner at home in three games last weekend. They are hitting .326 and have a 3.26 ERA and .975 fielding percentage.
• Cullen Smith is hitting .458, Jackson Greer is batting .400 with three homers and 12 RBIs and James Giambalvo has a team-high two saves.
• Thirty of Clemson's 50 runs have come on its 15 home runs in 2019.
• Clemson has not allowed a steal. East Tennessee has 19 steals in 21 attempts in 2019.
• Nine Tigers have hit at least one home run. No Tiger has hit more than two home runs.
POWER & SPEED SURGE
• Many prognosticators predicted Clemson's power numbers to drop off from 2018, when the Tigers hit 98 homers, tied for third in the nation.
• Clemson has belted 15 home runs in seven games, good for 2.1 per game. The Tigers were second in the nation in that category in 2018 (1.6).
• Clemson has at least one homer in all seven games, including a season-high four homers in the Tigers' 7-6 win over Charlotte on Feb. 18.
• Nine Tigers have accounted for the 15 homers. Six Tigers lead the team with two long balls apiece.
• Clemson has also showed a penchant for stealing bases in 2019. The Tigers have 21 steals, an average of 3.0 per game.
• Eight Tigers have accounted for the 21 steals. Logan Davidson and Sam Hall are tied for the team lead with six steals.
• Clemson is the only team in the nation with at least 15 homers and 20 stolen bases in 2019 (through games of Feb. 24).
SPIERS MOVES INTO CLOSER ROLE
• Junior righthander Carson Spiers was one of Clemson's best relievers in 2018 and has moved into the closer role in 2019.
• He has all of the team's three saves in three relief appearances.
• He is 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA, .071 opponents' batting average and six strikeouts against one walk in 4.1 innings pitched.
• He has not allowed any of his three inherited baserunners to score in 2019.
• In his career, he is 2-2 with seven saves, a 1.95 ERA and 48 strikeouts against 20 walks in 50.2 innings pitched over 35 relief appearances.
• His cousin, Will Spiers, was the starting punter on the Tigers' 2018 national championship 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.