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No. 24 Tigers Host West Virginia to Open Season

No. 24 Tigers Host West Virginia to Open Season

The Tigers open their 118th season with a three-game home series against West Virginia starting Friday.

 

SERIES SETUP• Who – West Virginia (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)• Rankings – WVU – NR; CU – No. 24 BA• When – Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2:30 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – TigerCast• Listen – TigerCast, WCCP (105.5 FM)• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON• Promotion (Saturday) – Present your ticket stub from Saturday’s men’s basketball game in Littlejohn Coliseum and receive free admission.• Promotion (Sunday) #1 – Family Four Pack – Purchase two reserved adult and two reserved youth tickets for only $20.• Promotion (Sunday) #2 – Sunday Funday – Fun and family-friendly activities during the game and throughout Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

 

SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 10-0 (1951-05)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 6-0 (1972-96)

 

STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP BJ Myers (WVU) vs. LHP Matthew Crownover (CU)• Saturday – LHP Ross Vance (WVU) vs. LHP Zack Erwin (CU)• Sunday – RHP Chad Donato (WVU) vs. RHP Brody Koerner (CU)

 

CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson had a 36-25 overall record and 15-14 ACC mark in 2014.• The Tigers return five of nine position starters and 59 percent of their innings pitched from the 2014 team.• Clemson begins the season with a nine-game homestand

 

WEST VIRGINIA OVERVIEW• West Virginia is led by third-year Head Coach Randy Mazey, who hit .331 with 20 homers and 65 steals in 216 games as a Tiger from 1985-88.• The Mountaineers, who will start three pitchers from the state of Texas, had a 28-26 overall record and 9-14 Big 12 Conference mark in 2014.• Senior outfielder Brad Johnson, who played at USC Sumter in 2013, returns after hitting .318 in 2014.

 

QUICK HITS• Clemson is 23-10 overall and 13-2 at home against the seven current Big 12 Conference teams it has played (has not faced TCU or Texas).• Clemson’s last game against a Big 12 Conference team came in the 2010 College World Series, a 6-4 Tiger win over Oklahoma.• Patrick Andrews, Andrew Cox, Matthew Crownover, Steven Duggar, Tyler Krieger, Chris Okey and Tyler Slaton are the 2015 team co-captains.

 

LEGGETT BY THE NUMBERS• In 35 overall years, he has 1,300 wins, tied for ninth-most in Division I history and fifth-most among active coaches.• He won his 1,300th career game in Clemson’s 3-2 walkoff win over No. 3 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. on May 22.• His 923 wins as head coach at Clemson (1994-14) are seventh-most in the nation during that span.• He has led Clemson to a winning ACC regular-season record 20 times in his first 21 seasons.• He has 236 top-25 wins, 128 top-10 wins and 63 top-five wins as head coach at Clemson.

 

DKS RENOVATIONS• Doug Kingsmore Stadium is undergoing renovations to keep it amongst the best facilities in the country.• This past offseason, 150 premium seats were added at field level directly behind home plate.• Both dugouts were expanded, making them two of the largest dugouts in the country.• A new baseball facility is under construction behind the first-base dugout and is scheduled to be completed in the spring.• The three-story building will house a spacious lockerroom, museum, meeting rooms and coaches offices among other amenities.

 

PRESEASON HONORS• Seven Tigers earned preseason recognition. See the list below.

#37 ALEX BOSTIC, LHP• No. 9 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America

#9 STEVEN DUGGAR, OF• Golden Spikes Award Watch List• Third-team All-American by Baseball America• Third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball• Third-team All-American by D1Baseball• Third-team All-American by Perfect Game• Fourth-team All-American by College Sports Madness• First-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness• First-team All-ACC by Perfect Game• No. 44 overall prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game• No. 45 overall prospect for the 2015 draft by MLB.com• No. 27 college prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game• No. 55 college prospect for the 2015 draft by College Sports Madness• No. 25 junior in the nation by Perfect Game• No. 6 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game• No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Baseball America

#33 ZACK ERWIN, LHP• No. 12 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Baseball America• No. 21 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game

#3 TYLER KRIEGER, INF• First-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness• First-team All-ACC by Perfect Game• No. 89 overall prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game• No. 46 college prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game• No. 40 junior in the nation by Perfect Game• No. 11 ACC prospect for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game

#25 CHRIS OKEY, C• Third-team All-American by Baseball America• Third-team All-American by Perfect Game• First-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness• No. 18 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game• No. 4 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America• No. 4 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Perfect Game

#5 CHASE PINDER, INF/OF• No. 88 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game• No. 12 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by Perfect Game

#8 WESTON WILSON, INF• No. 79 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game• No. 16 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Perfect Game

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