#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).

Tags: Jake Higginbotham
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