No. 3 Tigers host Hurricanes


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No. 3 Tigers host Hurricanes

The Tigers host Miami (Fla.) for the first time since 2014 when the Hurricanes come to town for a three-game series this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Miami (Fla.) (13-19, 7-8 ACC) vs. Clemson (25-8, 10-5 ACC)
• Best Rankings - MIA - NR; CU - No. 3 Collegiate Baseball
• When - Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (5 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - ACC Network Extra
• Video Announcers - Fred Cunningham (Friday), Wes Durham (Sunday), Kyle Parker, Pete Yanity (Saturday)
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - ClemsonBaseball
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
• Promotion (Friday) - The first 1,000 fans receive trading cards of Tiger players and coaches.
• Promotion (Saturday) - Young fans can stand on the field during the national anthem and run the bases after the game.

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Miami leads 38-28-1 (1977-16)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 11-10 (1989-14)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - LHP Jeb Bargfeldt (MIA - 2-3, 3.71 ERA) vs. LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU - 3-2, 2.42)
• Saturday - RHP Evan McKendry (MIA - 4-4, 4.14) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU - 3-1, 2.82)
• Sunday - RHP Andrew Cabezas (MIA - 3-3, 4.30) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU - 4-1, 4.05)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• No. 10 Georgia downed Clemson 6-3 at SRP Park in North Augusta, S.C., on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 5.9 runs per game and hitting .248 with a .369 on-base percentage and 24 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.20 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 2.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .976.

MIAMI OVERVIEW
• Miami is led by 25th-year head coach Jim Morris.
• Central Florida defeated the Hurricanes 4-0 on Wednesday. They are hitting .246 and have a 3.81 ERA and .964 fielding percentage.
• Isaac Quinones is hitting .317, Willy Escala is batting .306 and Freddy Zamora is hitting .302.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson has won seven of its eight weekend series in 2018.
• Clemson has hit 16 home runs in the last nine games.
• Eight different Tigers have started as the designated hitter in 2018.

CRAWFORD FINDING HOME ON WEEKEND
• Junior righty Brooks Crawford was a long reliever most of his first two seasons at Clemson, but he has become the Saturday starter in 2018.
• He is 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA, .259 opponents' batting average and 23 strikeouts against 10 walks in 38.1 innings pitched over eight starts.
• Clemson has a 7-1 record in his eight starts in 2018.
• He is holding opponents to a .143 batting average with runners in scoring position.
• In his career, he is 10-1 with one save, a 2.86 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 107.0 innings pitched over 51 appearances (10 starts).

Tags: Kyle Parker, Brooks Crawford, Jake Higginbotham, Jacob Hennessy

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