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Tigers Open Season With Maine

Tigers Open Season With Maine

The Tigers open their 119th season with a three-game home series against Maine starting Friday afternoon.

 

SERIES SETUP• Who – Maine (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)• Rankings – Maine – NR; Clemson – NR• When – Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2 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 (all three games) – Family Four Pack – Purchase four tickets and a $10 concession voucher for only $20.• Promotion (Friday) – Baseball Trading Cards – The first 1,000 fans receive trading cards of their favorite players and coaches.

 

SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 22-1 (1991-15)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 18-1 (1996-14)

 

STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Justin Courtney (MAI) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (CU)• Saturday – RHP Chris Murphy (MAI) vs. RHP Clate Schmidt (CU)• Sunday – RHP Jeff Gelinas (MAI) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)

 

CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson had a 32-29 overall record and 16-13 ACC mark in 2015. Clemson won all three games against Maine in Augusta, Ga., in February 2015.• The Tigers, led by first-year head coach Monte Lee, return six of nine position starters and 32 percent of their innings pitched from 2015.• Clemson begins the season with a seven-game homestand, then plays 19 of its next 29 games away from home.

 

MAINE OVERVIEW• Maine is led by 11th-year head coach Steve Trimper.• The Black Bears had a 24-28 overall record and 10-10 America East Conference mark in 2015.• Maine is playing its third three-game series in the Palmetto State the past three years and fourth in the past five years.

 

QUICK HITS• This is Clemson’s latest start to a season since 2010 (also started on February 19).• Last year’s series against Maine was moved from Clemson to Augusta, Ga., due to unplayable field conditions.• Of Clemson’s 61 starts on the mound last season, only nine were made by Tigers on the 2016 team.

 

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

 

#23 CHARLIE BARNES, LHP• No. 20 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball

 

#28 SETH BEER, OF/1B• No. 13 freshman in the nation and No. 3 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball• No. 32 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game• No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game

 

#37 ALEX BOSTIC, LHP• No. 102 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball• No. 21 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball• No. 23 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Perfect Game

 

#44 RYLEY GILLIAM, RHP• No. 94 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game

 

#24 JAKE HIGGINBOTHAM, LHP• No. 58 freshman in the nation and No. 10 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game• No. 65 freshman in the nation by D1Baseball• No. 77 college prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball• No. 10 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by Baseball America• No. 16 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft by D1Baseball

 

#25 CHRIS OKEY, C• Golden Spikes Award Watch List member• First-team All-American by Baseball America and Perfect Game• Second-team All-American by College Sports Madness, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and NCBWA• First-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness and Perfect Game• No. 19 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball• No. 25 prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America• No. 20 junior in the nation by Perfect Game• No. 3 catcher in the nation by D1Baseball• No. 4 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America and Perfect Game• No. 5 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball• No. 1 defensive catcher in the ACC by Baseball America

 

#5 CHASE PINDER, OF/INF• No. 58 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game

 

#26 REED ROHLMAN, OF/1B• Second-team All-American by NCBWA• First-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness and Perfect Game

 

#32 CLATE SCHMIDT, RHP• No. 243 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball

 

#4 ELI WHITE, INF• No. 72 prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America• No. 165 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball• No. 13 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by Baseball America• No. 29 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball• No. 1 defensive shortstop and No. 1 infield arm in the ACC by Baseball America

 

#8 WESTON WILSON, INF• No. 234 college prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball• No. 38 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft by D1Baseball

 

DKS RENOVATIONS• Doug Kingsmore Stadium underwent renovations during and after the 2015 season to keep it among the best facilities in the country.• A new $9 million baseball facility was constructed behind the first-base dugout.• The three-story building houses a spacious lockerroom, auditorium, lounge, equipment room and coaches offices among other amenities.• A grass berm was created behind the third-base grandstand in what was an area outside the gates of Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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