Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Notre Dame


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Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Notre Dame

The Tigers conclude the regular season with a three-game series at Notre Dame from Thursday to Saturday.

SERIES SETUP

• Who - Clemson (35-18, 13-14 ACC) vs. Notre Dame (27-24, 11-14 ACC)

• Rankings - CU - No. 23 BA, No. 18 USA; UND - NR

• When - Thursday (6:05 p.m.), Friday (6:05 p.m.), Saturday (1:05 p.m.)

• Where - Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

• Watch - WatchND (Thursday, Friday), ESPN3 (Saturday)

• TV Announcers - Sean Stires, Nik Valdisarri

• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network

• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com

• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record - Notre Dame leads 5-2 (1994-15)

• Record at Notre Dame - Notre Dame leads 2-1 (2014)

STARTING PITCHERS

• Thursday - LHP Charlie Barnes (CU) vs. RHP Brandon Bielak (UND)

• Friday - TBA (CU) vs. LHP Michael Hearne (UND)

• Saturday - TBA (CU) vs. TBA (UND)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

•Clemson edged Charleston Southern 3-2 on Tuesday night after beating Georgia Southern twice in three games on the road last weekend.

•The Tigers are averaging 6.9 runs per game and hitting .275 with a .386 on-base percentage and 50 steals.

•The pitching staff has a 4.41 ERA, .265 opponents’ batting average and 2.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .961.

NOTRE DAME OVERVIEW

• Notre Dame is led by sixth-year head coach Mik Aoki.

• The Fighting Irish won one of three at North Carolina last weekend. They are hitting .263 and have a 4.22 ERA and .978 fielding percentage.

• Cavan Biggio is hitting .315 with four homers, 28 RBIs and 14 steals, while Zak Kutsulis is batting .313 with 11 steals.

QUICK HITS

• If Clemson plays all three games at Notre Dame, it will mark the 15th straight year the Tigers play a full 56-game, regular-season schedule.

• Clemson has the third-best overall winning percentage (66.0) in the ACC, trailing only Louisville and Miami (Fla.).

• Clemson's 22-4 record in non-conference games was its best mark since 2011, when it also had a 22-4 record in non-conference games.

WILLIAMS ADDING POWER

• Sophomore infielder and catcher Chris Williams has seen action at first base, third base and catcher, and has added a power dimension.

• He is batting .238 with five homers, four doubles, one triple, 27 RBIs, 23 runs and two steals in 46 games (41 starts).

• He has started 36 games at first base and five games at third base.

• He hit two three-run homers in the Georgia Southern series from May 13-15 and has hit three home runs in the last eight games.

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