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#13 Tigers Open Season Against Eastern Michigan Friday

#13 Tigers Open Season Against Eastern Michigan Friday

SERIES SETUP• Who – Eastern Michigan (0-0) at Clemson (0-0)• Rankings – EMU – NR. CU – #13 BA, #21 CB, #16 USA• Where – Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• When – Friday (4 PM), Saturday (2:30 PM), Sunday (1 PM)• Watch – TigerCast (ClemsonTigers.com)• Listen – TigerCast (ClemsonTigers.com), WCCP (104.9 FM)• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)• Promotion (Friday) – Free candy hearts for first 1,000 fans• Promotion (Saturday) – Show Saturday’s men’s basketball ticket stub and receiving half-price admission.• Promotion (Sunday) – Show voucher at @ClemsonBaseball on Twitter or Instagram and receive $2 bag of popcorn

SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Eastern Michigan leads 3-2 (1975-11)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 2-1 (2011)

THE STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Jake Andrews vs. RHP Daniel Gossett• Saturday – RHP Sterling Sharp vs. LHP Matthew Crownover• Sunday – LHP Paul Schaak vs. RHP Jake Long

EASTERN MICHIGAN OVERVIEW• Led by sixth-year Head Coach Jay Alexander.• Had a 26-28 overall record and 12-15 MAC record in 2013.• Outfielder Sam Ott returns after leading the 2013 team with a .327 batting average.

CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Had a 40-22 overall record and an 18-12 ACC mark in 2013.• Returns eight of nine position starters and 77 percent of its innings pitched from 2013.• Starts the season with a seven-game homestand (February 14-25).

QUICK HITS• Clemson is 8-1 in its last nine season-openers. Its only loss during that span came in 2012 against UAB.• Junior catcher Garrett Boulware, junior righthander Daniel Gossett, and senior first-baseman Jon McGibbon were named 2014 team co-captains.• The last Tiger pitcher to start on opening day in back-to-back years was Ryan Mottl (1999,00). Daniel Gossett started in the 2013 opener.

LEGGETT LISTS• Was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame on January 3, 2014 in Dallas, TX.• In 34 overall seasons, he has 1,264 wins, 11th-most in Division I history (10th place has 1,267 wins) and fifth-most among active coaches.• His 887 victories as head coach of the Clemson program (1994-14) are tied for sixth-most in the country during that time span.• Has led Clemson to a winning ACC regular-season record 19 times in 20 seasons at Clemson.• Has 231 top-25 wins, 125 top-10 wins, and 60 top-five wins as head coach at Clemson.

PRESEASON HONORS Several Tigers earned preseason recognition. See the list below.

#30 GARRETT BOULWARE, C• #20 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Baseball America

#44 MATTHEW CROWNOVER, LHP• #65 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game• #13 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Perfect Game

#9 STEVEN DUGGAR, OF• #21 sophomore in the nation by Baseball America• #33 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game• #4 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Baseball America and Perfect Game

#23 DANIEL GOSSETT, RHP• Third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA• Second-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com• #77 player in the nation by Baseball America• #63 junior in the nation by Perfect Game• #8 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Perfect Game• #15 ACC prospect for the 2014 draft by Baseball America

#11 SHANE KENNEDY, OF/INF• Second-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com

#3 TYLER KRIEGER, INF• #54 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game• #9 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game• #10 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Baseball America

#25 CHRIS OKEY, C• #3 freshman in the nation by Baseball America• #5 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game• #1 freshman in the ACC by Baseball America and Perfect Game• #1 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Perfect Game

#4 ELI WHITE, INF• #100 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

#17 STEVE WILKERSON, INF• #36 senior in the nation by Baseball America• #41 senior in the nation by Perfect Game• First-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com and Perfect Game

#8 WESTON WILSON, INF• #84 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

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