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Apr 04, 2019

Tigers Host No. 8 Cardinals in ACC Atlantic Division Showdown

By: Brian Hennessy

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The Tigers host No. 8 Louisville in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


SERIES SETUP
Who – Louisville (23-6, 9-3 ACC) vs. Clemson (22-7, 9-3 ACC)
Best Ranking – LOU – No. 8 NCBWA; CU – No. 13 Collegiate Baseball
When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (5 p.m.), Sunday (Noon)
Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch – ACC Network Extra
Video Announcers – Jose Alvarez, Pete Yanity
Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate
Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn
Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com
Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
Promotion (Friday) – Giveaway – Trading cards set (3/5) for the first 1,000 fans
Promotion (Sunday) – Game Highlight – Kids run the bases


SERIES HISTORY
Overall Record – Clemson leads 11-9 (1970-18)
Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 7-5 (1970-17)


STARTING PITCHERS
Friday – LHP Reid Detmers (LOU) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)
Saturday – LHP Nick Bennett (LOU) vs. LHP Mat Clark (CU)
Sunday – RHP Bobby Miller (LOU) vs. LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU)


CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• No. 4 Georgia defeated Clemson 5-3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .271 with a .380 on-base percentage and 53 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.32 ERA, .260 opponents’ batting average and 2.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .965.


LOUISVILLE OVERVIEW
• Louisville is led by 13th-year head coach Dan McDonnell.
• The Cardinals have won six in a row after beating Kentucky 8-3. They are hitting .258 and have a 2.83 ERA and .977 fielding percentage.
• Lucas Dunn is hitting .340, Tyler Fitzgerald is batting .293 with three homers and 25 RBIs and Michael McAvene has a team-high three saves.


QUICK HITS
• The Tigers have answered each of their last 13 losses dating to 2018 with a win in their next game.
• Clemson is 19-0 when scoring at least five runs and 3-7 when scoring less than five runs.
• Clemson (2.92 ERA) and Louisville (3.17 ERA) are first and second in the ACC in ERA in conference games. Third place is NC State (3.75 ERA).


HAWKINS PATCHING THE TIGERS
• Freshman infielder Bryar Hawkins has emerged as an everyday player at first base and designated hitter.
• He is hitting .321 with four doubles, two homers, 14 RBIs, 19 runs and a .418 on-base percentage in 23 games (20 starts).
• He is hitting .375 with a homer, four doubles, seven RBIs, 15 runs and a .455 on-base percentage in 12 ACC regular-season games.
• He hit a three-run homer in his first career plate appearance against Virginia Military in the second game of a doubleheader on Feb. 23.
• He had five straight two-hit games from March 24-31.

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