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Mar 14, 2019

Clemson Hosts Fighting Irish This Weekend

By: Brian Hennessy

Weekend Series Sponsor – GE Healthcare


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The Tigers host Notre Dame in a weekend series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


SERIES SETUP
Who – Notre Dame (6-9, 2-1 ACC) vs. Clemson (13-3, 3-0 ACC)
Best Rankings – UND – NR; CU – No. 12 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 (Friday, Saturday), Don Munson (Sunday), William Qualkinbush (Sunday), Pete Yanity (Friday, 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 (2/5) for the first 1,000 fans
Promotion (Saturday) – Giveaway – Mini bat for the first 1,000 fans
Promotion (Sunday) – Game Highlight – Kids run the bases


SERIES HISTORY
Overall Record – Clemson leads 11-6 (1994-18)
Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 4-3 (1994-17)


STARTING PITCHERS
Friday – LHP Tommy Sheehan (UND) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)
Saturday – LHP Cameron Brown (UND) vs. LHP Mat Clark (CU)
Sunday – RHP Cameron Junker (UND) vs. LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU)


CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson, who has won five games in a row, defeated No. 11 Coastal Carolina 8-5 at home on Wednesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.4 runs per game and hitting .279 with a .386 on-base percentage and 30 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.84 ERA, .224 opponents’ batting average and 3.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .975.


NOTRE DAME OVERVIEW
• Notre Dame is led by ninth-year head coach Mik Aoki.
• The Fighting Irish fell at Western Carolina 16-9 on Wednesday. They are hitting .255 and have a 6.44 ERA and .961 fielding percentage.
• Eric Gilgenbach is hitting .271 with five homers and 19 RBIs, while Cole Kmet has 27 strikeouts and two of the team’s three saves.


QUICK HITS
• Clemson is 42-for-112 (.375) with 30 runs in the last three games, two against No. 3 North Carolina and one against No. 11 Coastal Carolina.
• Logan Davidson (13), Davis Sharpe (12) and Kyle Wilkie (10) all have active double-digit on-base streaks.
• In each of Clemson’s last eight games, the team that scored first lost.


BYRD PROVIDING SENIOR LEADERSHIP
• Senior infielder Grayson Byrd has been a steadying influence as a team leader and due to his ability to play both first base and third base.
• He has started nine games at third base and seven games at first base.
• He is hitting .333 with two homers, four doubles, 14 RBIs, 13 runs, a .420 on-base percentage and two steals in 16 games in 2019.
• In the last three games, he is 8-for-13 (.615) with two doubles, five RBIs, four runs and a steal.
• In his three seasons as a Tiger, he is hitting .276 with 12 homers, 60 RBIs, 58 runs and eight steals in 121 games (109 starts).
• He is the son of former MLB pitcher Paul Byrd.

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