Tigers look to bounceback hosting Blue Devils


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Clemson is coming off of a 20-inning outing that extended into Wednesday morning and looks to bounce back from ACC series sweep last weekend.
Clemson is coming off of a 20-inning outing that extended into Wednesday morning and looks to bounce back from ACC series sweep last weekend.

The Tigers host Duke in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.

SERIES SETUP

• Who – Duke (21-16, 8-10 ACC) vs. Clemson (25-12, 11-7 ACC)

• Best Ranking – DUK – NR; CU – No. 16 Collegiate Baseball

• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)

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

• Watch – ACC Network Extra

• Video Announcers – Jose Alvarez (Saturday, Sunday), Ron Smith, Pete Yanity

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

• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn

• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com

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

• Promotion (Friday) – Giveaway – Trading cards set (4/5) for the first 1,000 fans

• Promotion (Saturday) – Game Highlight – Military Appreciation Day

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

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record – Clemson leads 130-69-2 (1904-2017)

• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 68-25-1 (1905-2015)

STARTING PITCHERS

• Friday – RHP Ben Gross (DUK - 5-2, 2.14 ERA) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU - 5-2, 2.06)

• Saturday – LHP Bill Chillari (DUK - 2-2, 4.29) vs. LHP Mat Clark (CU - 7-1, 2.84)

• Sunday – TBA (DUK) vs. LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU - 3-0, 3.13)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• Clemson, who has a 16-6 home record, lost at No. 4 Georgia 3-2 in 20 innings on Tuesday night. It was the longest game in school history.

• The Tigers are averaging 6.3 runs per game and hitting .254 with a .358 on-base percentage, .418 slugging percentage and 63 steals.

• The pitching staff has a 3.59 ERA, .227 opponents’ batting average and 2.51 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Clemson is also fielding .970.

DUKE OVERVIEW

• Duke is led by seventh-year head coach Chris Pollard.

• The Blue Devils defeated No. 16 Texas Tech 13-6 at home on Tuesday. They are hitting .277 and have a 3.72 ERA and .962 fielding percentage.

• Matt Mervis is hitting .341, Kennie Taylor is batting .337 with four homers and 34 RBIs and Thomas Girard has a team-high five saves.

QUICK HITS

• Duke won two of three games at Jack Coombs Field in the most-recent series against Clemson in 2016.

• The Tigers won both games of a rain-shortened series the last time the Blue Devils visited Clemson in 2015.

• Clemson is 21-0 when scoring at least five runs and 4-12 when scoring less than five runs.

LONGEST GAME IN CLEMSON HISTORY

• Georgia defeated Clemson 3-2 in 20 innings in Athens on April 16 in the longest game in both Bulldog and Tiger history.

• The previous longest game in Tiger history was 19 innings in an NCAA Tournament game against Fordham at New Britain, Conn. on May 26, 1988.

• Clemson scored two runs in the sixth and Georgia scored two runs in the seventh before the Bulldogs scored a walkoff run in the 20th inning.

• The game lasted six hours and 33 minutes and ended at 1:35 a.m.

• Clemson’s seven pitchers combined for a school-record 24 strikeouts, besting the previous mark of 23 set against Elon on Feb. 24, 2017.

• Tiger pitchers combined to allow just nine hits (eight singles, one double) and one earned run in 19.1 innings pitched.

Grayson Byrd and Bryar Hawkins tied the school record with nine at-bats apiece in the game.

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