Tigers host No. 8 Louisville for three-game series


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Tigers host No. 8 Louisville for three-game series

The Tigers host No. 8 Louisville in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

SERIES SETUP

• Who – Louisville (23-6, 9-3 ACC) vs. Clemson (22-7, 9-3 ACC)

• Best Ranking – LOU – No. 8 NCBWA; CU – No. 13 Collegiate Baseball

• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (5 p.m.), Sunday (Noon)

• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)

• Watch – ACC Network Extra

• Video Announcers – Jose Alvarez, Pete Yanity

• Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate

• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn

• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com

• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball

• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON

• Promotion (Friday) – Giveaway – Trading cards set (3/5) for the first 1,000 fans

• Promotion (Sunday) – Game Highlight – Kids run the bases

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record – Clemson leads 11-9 (1970-18)

• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 7-5 (1970-17)

STARTING PITCHERS

• Friday – LHP Reid Detmers (LOU) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)

• Saturday – LHP Nick Bennett (LOU) vs. LHP Mat Clark (CU)

• Sunday – RHP Bobby Miller (LOU) vs. LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• No. 4 Georgia defeated Clemson 5-3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night.

• The Tigers are averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .271 with a .380 on-base percentage and 53 steals.

• The pitching staff has a 3.32 ERA, .260 opponents’ batting average and 2.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .965.

LOUISVILLE OVERVIEW

• Louisville is led by 13th-year head coach Dan McDonnell.

• The Cardinals have won six in a row after beating Kentucky 8-3. They are hitting .258 and have a 2.83 ERA and .977 fielding percentage.

• Lucas Dunn is hitting .340, Tyler Fitzgerald is batting .293 with three homers and 25 RBIs and Michael McAvene has a team-high three saves.

QUICK HITS

• The Tigers have answered each of their last 13 losses dating to 2018 with a win in their next game.

• Clemson is 19-0 when scoring at least five runs and 3-7 when scoring less than five runs.

• Clemson (2.92 ERA) and Louisville (3.17 ERA) are first and second in the ACC in ERA in conference games. Third place is NC State (3.75 ERA).

HAWKINS PATCHING THE TIGERS

• Freshman infielder Bryar Hawkins has emerged as an everyday player at first base and designated hitter.

• He is hitting .321 with four doubles, two homers, 14 RBIs, 19 runs and a .418 on-base percentage in 23 games (20 starts).

• He is hitting .375 with a homer, four doubles, seven RBIs, 15 runs and a .455 on-base percentage in 12 ACC regular-season games.

• He hit a three-run homer in his first career plate appearance against Virginia Military in the second game of a doubleheader on Feb. 23.

• He had five straight two-hit games from March 24-31.

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