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Tigers Host W&M in 2018 Opener

Tigers Host W&M in 2018 Opener

The Tigers begin their 121st season with a three-game home series against William & Mary this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
• Who – William & Mary (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)
• Best Ranking – W&M – NR; CU – No. 12 Baseball America
• When – Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (3 p.m.)
• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch – ACC Network Extra (Friday, Saturday)
• Video Announcers – Kyle Parker, Pete Yanity
• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Network
• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
• Promotion (Friday) – The first 1,000 fans receive an Assa Abloy Rally Towel
• Promotion (Saturday) – Scout Day – All local scouts are invited to join us at the ballpark, as special ticket packages are available.
• Promotion (Saturday) – Young fans can enjoy inflatables, face painting, standing on the field during the national anthem and running the bases after the game.
• Promotion (Sunday) – Tiger players are available for autographs postgame.

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record – Clemson leads 5-1 (2000-13)
• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 5-1 (2000-13)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday – LHP Bodie Sheehan (W&M) vs. LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU)
• Saturday – RHP Jamie Sara (W&M) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU)
• Sunday – RHP Jacob Haney (W&M) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson had a 42-21 overall record and 17-13 ACC mark in 2017.
• The Tigers, led by third-year head coach Monte Lee, return players who accounted for 46 of the 2017 team’s 73 home runs.
• Clemson begins the season with an eight-game homestand and plays 17 of its first 20 games at home.

WILLIAM & MARY OVERVIEW
• William & Mary is led by fifth-year head coach Brian Murphy.
• The Tribe had a 32-25 overall record and 15-8 CAA mark, good for third place, in 2017.
• William & Mary returns 16 of its 19 position players and 10 of its 16 pitchers from the 2017 team.

QUICK HITS
• No current Tiger started a game on the mound in 2017.
• The last time Clemson won a season opener was Feb. 15, 2013, when the Tigers defeated William & Mary 2-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
• Head coach Monte Lee has 42+ wins each of the last four seasons, one of only four head coaches in the nation who can make that claim.

POLLS
• Clemson is ranked as high as No. 12 by Baseball America in the preseason.
• Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll for 27 straight weeks dating to 2016.

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

#28 SETH BEER, 1B/OF
• National player-of-the-year by Collegiate Baseball
• National field player-of-the-year by College Sports Madness
• Golden Spikes Award Watch List
• First-team All-American by Baseball America, College Sports Madness, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and Perfect Game
• Second-team All-American by NCBWA
• No. 20 college prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America and College Sports Madness
• No. 32 college prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 35 college prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game
• No. 1 first baseman in the nation by D1Baseball
• No. 2 corner infielder prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 32 junior in the nation by Perfect Game
• ACC player-of-the-year by Baseball America and D1Baseball
• First-team All-ACC by Perfect Game
• No. 3 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America
• No. 5 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game

#48 BRYCE BOWEN, LHP/1B
• No. 304 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 57 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#26 MATT COOPER, C/OF/1B
• No. 247 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 48 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#8 LOGAN DAVIDSON, SS
• No. 11 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 5 shortstop in the nation by D1Baseball
• No. 5 college prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball
• First-team All-ACC by Perfect Game
• No. 1 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by Perfect Game
• No. 2 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by Baseball America
• No. 2 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball

#51 DREW DONATHAN, C
• No. 115 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#44 RYLEY GILLIAM, RHP
• NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List
• No. 87 college prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 74 junior in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 14 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game
• No. 15 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 16 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America

#40 OWEN GRIFFITH, RHP
• No. 21 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball

#5 SAM HALL, INF/OF
• No. 116 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 22 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
• No. 33 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball

#17 JUSTIN HAWKINS, INF
• No. 27 third baseman in the nation by D1Baseball

#45 HOLT JONES, RHP
• No. 136 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#16 BO MAJKOWSKI, OF
• No. 201 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 40 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#1 KIER MEREDITH, OF
• No. 39 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 3 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball
• No. 4 freshman in the ACC by Baseball America
• No. 8 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
• No. 8 ACC prospect for the 2020 draft by Perfect Game

#30 MITCHELL MILLER, LHP
• No. 66 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 13 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 15 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by Perfect Game

#35 RYAN MILLER, RHP
• No. 18 senior in the nation by Perfect Game
• One of the top-75 seniors in the nation by D1Baseball
• No. 43 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball

#29 SPENCER STRIDER, RHP
• No. 28 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 3 freshman in the ACC by Baseball America
• No. 5 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
• No. 26 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball
• No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2020 draft by Perfect Game

#31 BRYCE TEODOSIO, OF
• No. 113 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#22 SAM WEATHERLY, LHP/OF/1B
• No. 23 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
• No. 11 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
• No. 16 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball

#27 CHRIS WILLIAMS, C/INF
• Second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
• No. 5 catcher in the nation by D1Baseball
• No. 6 senior in the nation by Perfect Game
• One of the top-75 seniors in the nation by D1Baseball
• No. 20 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America
• No. 24 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
• No. 29 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game

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