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Mar 07, 2019

Clemson Opens ACC Play Against No. 3 Tar Heels at DKS

By: Brian Hennessy

Weekend Series Sponsor – Founders Federal Credit Union


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The No. 20 Tigers begin ACC play with a three-game home series against No. 3 North Carolina this weekend.


SERIES SETUP
Who – North Carolina (12-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. Clemson (9-3, 0-0 ACC)
Best Rankings – UNC – No. 3 Baseball America, D1Baseball, USA Today; CU – No. 20 Collegiate Baseball
When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch – ACC Network Extra
Video Announcers – Jose Alvarez, Fred Cunningham (Sunday), Kendall Lewis (Friday), Nathan McCreary (Saturday)
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 (1/5) for the first 1,000 fans
Promotion (Saturday) – Giveaway – Pennant for the first 1,000 fans
Promotion (Sunday) – Game Highlight – Kids run the bases


SERIES HISTORY
Overall Record – Clemson leads 99-92-1 (1901-2017)
Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 47-32-1 (1901-2015)


STARTING PITCHERS
Friday – RHP Gianluca Dalatri (UNC) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)
Saturday – RHP Tyler Baum (UNC) vs. LHP Mat Clark (CU)
Sunday – RHP Austin Bergner (UNC) vs. LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU)


CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson defeated Furman 3-1 at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .257 with a .380 on-base percentage and 27 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA, .220 opponents’ batting average and 3.62 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .979.


NORTH CAROLINA OVERVIEW
• North Carolina is led by 21st-year head coach Mike Fox.
• The Tar Heels beat Charleston Southern at home 7-6 on Tuesday. They are hitting .268 and have a 2.59 ERA and .967 fielding percentage.
• Ike Freeman is hitting .390 with three homers and 15 RBIs, while Michael Busch is batting .343 with three homers and 10 RBIs.


QUICK HITS
• The Tar Heels swept Clemson in three games in Chapel Hill in 2017 in the most recent meetings between the two teams.
• In Clemson’s last series against North Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2015, the Tigers won two of three games.
• The last seven matchups (in 2015, 2017) between Clemson and North Carolina have been decided by a combined 14 runs, with four one-run games.


DAVIDSON DOING IT ALL
• Junior shortstop Logan Davidson has shown the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways.
• He was voted as a co-captain (alongside Carson Spiers) by his teammates prior to the 2019 season.
• He is hitting .250 with three doubles, four homers, 12 RBIs, 11 runs, a .407 on-base percentage and seven steals in 12 games.
• He has committed only two errors in 45 chances at shortstop, good for a .956 fielding percentage.
• In his career, he is hitting .286 with 30 doubles, 31 homers, 99 RBIs, 127 runs, a .399 on-base percentage and 27 steals in 138 games.
• He has started every Clemson game of his career.
• His father, Mark, a former Tiger and MLB player, was a student assistant coach on the 2018 team.

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