Clemson hosts East Tennessee for midweek game


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Keyshawn Askew is set to make his second career start.
Keyshawn Askew is set to make his second career start.

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers host East Tennessee State on Tuesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

GAME SETUP

• 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.

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record - Clemson leads 20-6 (1969-11)

• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 18-4 (1969-11)

STARTING PITCHERS

• LHP Colby Stuart (ETS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU, 1-0, 5.06)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• 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.

QUICK HITS

• 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.

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