#18 Clemson Baseball preview vs. WCU


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#18 Clemson Baseball preview vs. WCU

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers conclude their home-and-home series with Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

GAME SETUP

• Who - Western Carolina (17-13) vs. Clemson (23-9)

• Rankings - WCU - NR; CU - No. 23 CB, No. 18 USA

• When - Tuesday (6:30 p.m.)

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

• Watch - TigerCast

• Listen - TigerCast, WCCP (105.5FM)

• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com

• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

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

• Promotion No. 1 - Family Four Pack - Purchase four tickets and a $10 concession voucher for only $30.

• Promotion No. 2 - Two on Tuesday - Buy one regular-price ticket and get one of equal value for free.

• Promotion No. 3 - $1 Hot Dog Night - Buy a hot dog for only $1.

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record - Clemson leads 60-16 (1974-16)

• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 41-5 (1974-15)

STARTING PITCHERS

• LHP Brendan Nail (WCU) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• Clemson won one of three games at Duke last weekend, as the three games were decided by a combined four runs.

• The Tigers are averaging 6.8 runs per game and hitting .282 with a .394 on-base percentage and 26 stolen bases.

• The pitching staff has a 3.57 ERA, .242 opponents’ batting average and 2.48 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .962.

WESTERN CAROLINA OVERVIEW

• Western Carolina is led by ninth-year head coach Bobby Moranda.

• The Catamounts swept Virginia Military on the road last weekend. They are hitting .317 and have a 6.33 ERA and .960 fielding percentage.

• Matt Smith is hitting .420 with nine homers and 33 RBIs, while Bryson Bowman is batting .339 with 11 homers, nine doubles and 37 RBIs.

QUICK HITS

• Clemson defeated Western Carolina 10-8 in Cullowhee on March 30. The Tigers scored five runs in the ninth inning and held on for the win.

• Western Carolina has a 6-0 record, all games on the road, since Clemson’s 10-8 win over the Catamounts in Cullowhee on March 30.

• This week marks the last of seven straight weeks where Clemson plays at least two games away from home.

LEE RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

• First-year head coach Monte Lee has Clemson off to a 23-9 record in 2016.

• He was named national midseason coach-of-the-year by D1Baseball on April 8.

• In eight seasons as a head coach at the Division I level, he has a record of 299-154 (.660).

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