Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Citadel


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Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Tigers travel to Charleston to play at The Citadel for the first time since 1990.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Clemson (11-3) vs. The Citadel (7-8)
• Rankings - CU - No. 19 CB, No. 21 USA; CIT - NR
• When - Tuesday (7 p.m.), Wednesday (6 p.m.)
• Where - Charleston, S.C. (Riley Park)
• Watch - SoCon Digital Network
• Listen - TigerCast, WCCP (105.5FM)
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 83-18 (1900-2004)
• Record at The Citadel - Clemson leads 30-11 (1902-90)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Tuesday - LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU) vs. RHP Alex Bialakis (CIT)
• Wednesday - TBA (CU) vs. RHP Morgan Foulks (CIT)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson won the final two games of the three-game series at Wake Forest last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.3 runs per game and hitting .286 with a .397 on-base percentage and 15 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 2.98 ERA, .219 opponents’ batting average and 2.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .967.

THE CITADEL OVERVIEW
• The Citadel is led by 26th-year head coach Fred Jordan.
• The Bulldogs won one of three games at Elon last weekend. They are hitting .235 and have a 4.84 ERA and .959 fielding percentage.
• Clay Martin is hitting .346, Mike Deese is batting .304 and Drew Ellis has a team-high 15 RBIs.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson’s 11-3 record is its best through 14 games since 2010, when it started 13-1.
• The Tigers have trailed entering the seventh inning in four of their 14 games and won two of those four games.
• Clemson is 9-0 when scoring five or more runs and 2-3 when scoring less than five runs.

ACC STANDINGS
• Clemson is tied for third in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 2-1 league mark behind Florida State (3-0) and Louisville (3-0).
• Overall in the ACC standings, Clemson is tied for third behind Florida State (3-0) and Louisville (3-0).

KRALL KEEPING TIGERS CLOSE
• Junior lefthander Pat Krall has been a long reliever in his two years (2015,16) as a Tiger and has kept Clemson in many games.
• In 15.2 innings pitched over five relief appearances in 2016, he is 1-0 with one save, a 1.15 ERA and .151 opponents’ batting average.
• He has allowed just eight hits (all singles) and three walks with 20 strikeouts.
• He pitched 15.2 innings before allowing his first run in 2016.
• In his career (one year at Temple, two at Clemson), he is 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA and .199 opponents’ batting average in 81.0 innings pitched.
• In 48 career appearances, all in relief, he has six saves and has not allowed a home run.

Tags: Pat Krall, Jake Higginbotham
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