Opening Day Preview: Clemson vs. Wright State


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Opening Day Preview: Clemson vs. Wright State

CLEMSON, S.C. - The No. 10 Tigers begin their 120th season with a three-game weekend series against Wright State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

SERIES SETUP

• Who - Wright State (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)

• Rankings - WSU - NR; CU - No. 10 BA, No. 12 CB, No. 12 USA

• When - Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)

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

• Watch - ACC Network Extra

• TV Announcers (Sunday) - Marty Clary, Pete Yanity

• Listen - TigerCast (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), WCCP (105.5 FM) (Friday, Sunday)

• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com

• Social Media - ClemsonBaseball

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

• Promotion (Friday) - Baseball Trading Cards - The first 1,000 fans receive the Monte Lee trading card (part of a set of the entire roster).

• Promotion (Saturday) - Baseball Bingo

• Promotion (Sunday) - Kids can join the players on the field for the national anthem.

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record - Clemson leads 6-0 (2010-13)

• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 6-0 (2010-13)

STARTING PITCHERS

• Friday - LHP Danny Sexton (WSU) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (CU)

• Saturday - LHP Zane Collins (WSU) vs. LHP Pat Krall (CU)

• Sunday - RHP Trevor Swaney (WSU) vs. RHP Alex Eubanks (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• Clemson had a 44-20 overall record and 16-14 ACC mark in 2016.

• The Tigers, led by second-year head coach Monte Lee, return two first-team All-Americans in Seth Beer (1B) and Pat Krall (LHP).

• Clemson begins the season with a nine-game homestand and plays 17 of its first 20 games at home.

WRIGHT STATE OVERVIEW

• Wright State is led by first-year head coach Jeff Mercer.

• The Raiders had a 46-17 overall record and 23-6 Horizon League mark, good for first place, in 2016.

• Wright State, who set the school record for wins in a season in 2016, won two games in the Louisville Regional.

QUICK HITS

• Clemson (No. 12) is one of seven ACC teams ranked in the top 18 of the USA Today preseason coaches poll.

• Seth Beer reached base via a hit or walk in each of his last 60 games that he had a plate appearance in the 2016 season.

Chris Williams suffered a hand injury last weekend and will miss four to six weeks.

POLLS

• Clemson is ranked No. 10 by Baseball America, No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 12 in the USA Today coaches poll in the preseason.

• Clemson's top-12 rankings are its highest in the preseason since 2011, when it was as high as No. 4 (Collegiate Baseball).

PRESEASON HONORS

• Twenty Tigers earned preseason recognition. See the list below.

#23 CHARLIE BARNES, LHP

• No. 82 college prospect for the 2017 draft by Baseball America

• No. 147 starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball

#20 Jeremy Beasley, RHP

• Among the top-63 junior college transfers in the nation by Perfect Game

#28 SETH BEER, 1B/OF

• Golden Spikes Award Watch List member

• First-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game

• Second-team All-American by Baseball America

• No. 4 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game

• No. 2 college prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball

• No. 1 first baseman in the nation by D1Baseball

• ACC player-of-the-year by D1Baseball and Perfect Game

• First-team All-ACC by Perfect Game

• No. 1 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball and Perfect Game

#17 Paul Campbell, RHP

• No. 26 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by Perfect Game

#19 Brooks Crawford, RHP

• No. 26 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball

#25 Patrick Cromwell, INF

• Among the top-63 junior college transfers in the nation by Perfect Game

• No. 35 third baseman in the nation by D1Baseball

#8 Logan Davidson, INF

• No. 3 freshman in the nation by D1Baseball

• No. 156 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

• No. 6 prospect for the 2019 draft by Perfect Game

• No. 14 shortstop in the nation by Perfect Game

• ACC freshman-of-the-year by Perfect Game

• No. 30 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

• No. 2 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by Perfect Game

• No. 2 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball

#44 Ryley Gilliam, RHP

• No. 35 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball

#40 Owen Griffith, RHP

• No. 99 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

• No. 20 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#32 Jacob Hennessy, LHP

• No. 115 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#29 Blake Holliday, RHP

• No. 35 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball

• No. 91 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#37 Ryne Huggins, LHP

• No. 117 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#15 Weston Jackson, OF

• No. 57 outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball

#36 PAT KRALL, LHP

• First-team All-American by NCBWA

• Second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball

• No. 33 starting pitcher in the nation by D1Baseball

#39 Travis Marr, RHP

• No. 358 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

• No. 67 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#30 Mitchell Miller, LHP

• No. 49 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

• No. 9 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

• No. 27 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball

#35 Ryan Miller, RHP

• Among the top-63 junior college transfers in the nation by Perfect Game

#5 Chase Pinder, OF

• No. 88 college prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball

• No. 29 outfielder in the nation by D1Baseball

• No. 30 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball

#49 Kyle Wilkie, C

• No. 102 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#27 CHRIS WILLIAMS, C/INF

• No. 26 catcher in the nation by D1Baseball

• No. 34 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball

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