Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Winthrop


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Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Winthrop

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tigers former Clemson assistant coach & current Eagle head coach Tom Riginos when they host Winthrop on Wednesday.

GAME SETUP
• Who - Winthrop (7-5) vs. Clemson (8-2)
• Rankings - WIN - NR; CU - No. 20 CB
• When - Wednesday (4 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 - BOGO Wednesday - Purchase 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 19-6 (1981-15)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 15-5 (1981-15)

STARTING PITCHERS
• LHP Thad Harris (WIN) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson, who has won eight of its last nine games, defeated No. 18 South Carolina twice in three games last weekend.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.5 runs per game and hitting .291 with a .401 on-base percentage and 10 stolen bases.
• The pitching staff has a 1.92 ERA, .209 opponents’ batting average and 3.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .973.

WINTHROP OVERVIEW
• Winthrop is led by sixth-year head coach Tom Riginos, who was an assistant coach at Clemson (2003-10).
• The Eagles won two of three games over Rhode Island last weekend. They are hitting .302 and have a 6.04 ERA and .966 fielding percentage.
• Anthony Paulsen is hitting a team-high .423 with two homers, 12 RBIs, 20 runs and two steals in 12 games.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson is ranked as high as No. 20 (Collegiate Baseball) in the polls. It is Clemson’s first top-25 ranking since the 2015 preseason poll.
• The 8-2 start is Clemson’s best after the first 10 games of a season since 2010 (9-1).
• Clemson’s pinch-hitters are 7-for-16 (.438), while its opponent pinch-hitters are 1-for-16 (.063).

PINDER PROVIDING SPARK
• Sophomore Chase Pinder sat out the entire fall after suffering an injury late in 2015 that cut his season short.
• He has rebounded from that injury in 2015, when he was a second-baseman, to become Clemson’s starter in center and leadoff batter.
• He is hitting .371 with four homers, one triple, 12 RBIs, 13 runs, a .488 on-base percentage and two steals in 10 games.
• He leads the team in runs, homers, on-base percentage and multiple-hit games (5).
• He received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson’s MVP of the South Carolina series, as he was 4-for-9 with a homer, triple and two RBIs.
• In his career, he is hitting .277 with eight doubles, two triples, seven homers, 38 RBIs, 31 runs and four steals in 56 games (56 starts).

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