Clemson wraps ACC schedule at Pitt


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Spencer Strider will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday.
Spencer Strider will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday.

The Tigers close the 2018 regular season with a Thurday-Saturday series at Pittsburgh.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Clemson (40-13, 19-8 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (27-22, 11-16 ACC)
• Best Rankings - CU - No. 4 Collegiate Baseball; PIT - NR
• When - Thursday (6 p.m.), Friday (3 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Pittsburgh, Pa. (Charles L. Cost Field)
• Watch - ACC Network Extra
• Video Announcers - Jeff Hatthorn, Josh Rowntree
• 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 4-2 (2014-16)
• Record at Pittsburgh - Clemson leads 2-1 (2014)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Thursday - RHP Spencer Strider (CU - 4-1, 3.67 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Hammer (PIT - 2-4, 6.79)
• Friday - RHP Brooks Crawford (CU - 7-2, 3.60) vs. RHP Matt Pidich (PIT - 5-1, 2.74)
• Saturday - LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU - 6-1, 3.39) vs. TBA (PIT)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson defeated Kennesaw State on the road 7-2 on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.2 runs per game and hitting .256 with a .374 on-base percentage and 47 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.41 ERA, .233 opponents’ batting average and 2.28 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .974.

PITTSBURGH OVERVIEW
• Pittsburgh is led by 21st-year head coach Joe Jordano.
• The Panthers were swept at home by Louisville last weekend. They are hitting .240 and have a 4.27 ERA and .976 fielding percentage.
• Liam Sabino is hitting .299 with 15 homers, 16 doubles, 43 RBIs and 18 steals, while Frank Maldonado is batting .295 with five homers.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson’s eight-game winning streak in ACC regular-season road games is its longest since winning 10 in a row from 1994 (1) to 1995 (9).
• Clemson’s 40 regular-season wins are its most since the 2006 team totaled 43 regular-season victories.
• Clemson finished its non-conference schedule with a 21-5 record in 2018. The Tigers were 22-4 in both 2016 and 2017 in non-conference games.

TIGERS RECOGNIZED FOR APR SCORE
• Baseball was one of seven Tiger programs in the top-10 percent of their sport in the eligibility, graduation and retention metric.
• It was the second year in a row the Clemson baseball program was lauded by the NCAA for its APR.
• Clemson was one of only three ACC institutions (Notre Dame, Virginia Tech) to earn recognition for baseball.

STRIDER PITCHING AS TOP FRESHMAN
• Righthander Spencer Strider has been Clemson's most impactful freshman in 2018 as a reliever and spot starter.
• He is 4-1 with a save, a 3.67 ERA, .195 opponents' batting average and 60 strikeouts in 41.2 innings pitched over 19 outings (three starts).
• He leads the team in strikeouts and has allowed four extra-base hits, including only one home run.
• In ACC regular-season games, he is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 16.0 innings pitched over eight relief appearances.

Tags: Brooks Crawford, Jake Higginbotham, Spencer Strider
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