Clemson opens ACC play with a road series at Wake Forest this weekend.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Clemson (9-2, 0-0 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (10-4, 0-0 ACC)• Rankings – CU – No. 20 CB; WFU – NR• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Baseball Park)• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 127-56-1 (1901-2015)• Record at Wake Forest – Clemson leads 48-31 (1952-14)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – LHP Charlie Barnes (CU) vs. RHP Parker Dunshee (WFU)• Saturday – RHP Clate Schmidt (CU) vs. RHP Connor Johnstone (WFU)• Sunday – RHP Alex Eubanks (CU) vs. RHP Drew Loepprich (WFU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson rallied for a 4-3 walkoff win over Winthrop on Wednesday after defeating No. 18 South Carolina twice in three games last weekend.• The Tigers are averaging 7.2 runs per game and hitting .286 with a .407 on-base percentage and 11 steals.• The pitching staff has a 2.02 ERA, .206 opponents’ batting average and 3.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .973.
WAKE FOREST OVERVIEW• Wake Forest is led by seventh-year head coach Tom Walter.• The Demon Deacons split a midweek series at Coastal Carolina. They are hitting .270 and have a 3.95 ERA and .981 fielding percentage.• Will Craig leads the team with a .455 batting average, six doubles, five homers, 22 RBIs, 15 runs and a .586 on-base percentage in 14 games.
QUICK HITS• Clemson has 19 hit-by-pitches in 10 games after totaling just 35 (2013), 30 (2014) and 45 (2015) the last three seasons.• Clemson plays Wake Forest on FieldTurf this weekend. Four of the Tigers’ five ACC road series are on FieldTurf.• Reed Rohlman and Weston Wilson have both reached base in all 11 games.
EUBANKS STARTS ON WEEKEND• Freshman righthander Alex Eubanks redshirted in the 2015 season after suffering an injury in the fall and started 2016 in the bullpen.• In his first career start against No. 18 South Carolina on March 6, he allowed six hits and one run with eight strikeouts to earn the win.• He earned ACC Pitcher-of-the-Week honors for his performance against the Gamecocks in Clemson’s 4-1 victory.• On the season, he is 2-1 with a 1.06 ERA, .167 opponents’ batting average and 20 strikeouts against only two walks in 17.0 innings pitched.
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