The Tigers travel for the second weekend in a row, this time to Virginia Tech for a three-game series.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Clemson (19-6, 6-3 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (16-9, 4-5 ACC)• Best Ranking – CU – No. 15 Collegiate Baseball; VAT – NR• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Blacksburg, Va. (Union Park)• Watch – ACC Network Extra• Video Announcers – Evan Hughes, Andrew Wells• Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 44-24-2 (1902-2017)• Record at Virginia Tech – Virginia Tech leads 15-12-1 (1916-15)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Davis Sharpe (CU) vs. LHP Ian Seymour (VAT)• Saturday – LHP Mat Clark (CU) vs. LHP Peyton Alford (VAT)• Sunday – LHP Keyshawn Askew (CU) vs. TBA (VAT)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson defeated Charlotte 8-5 at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday night.• The Tigers are averaging 6.8 runs per game and hitting .270 with a .380 on-base percentage and 45 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.29 ERA, .232 opponents’ batting average and 3.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .967.
VIRGINIA TECH OVERVIEW• Virginia Tech is led by second-year head coach John Szefc.• Liberty defeated the Hokies 6-1 in Blacksburg on Tuesday. They are hitting .269 and have a 3.03 ERA and .976 fielding percentage.• Jack Owens is hitting .345, Kerry Carpenter has six homers and 26 RBIs and Luke Horanski has seven homers and 26 RBIs.
QUICK HITS• Clemson won two of three games in its last series at Virginia Tech in 2015.• The Tigers have answered each of their last 13 losses dating to 2018 with a win in their next game.• Clemson is 16-2 when outhitting the opponent and 3-4 when getting outhit.
FAMILY CONNECTIONS• Clemson has several players who have family ties to current and former professional athletes as well as former Tigers.• Grayson Byrd’s father, Paul Byrd, was a righthander at Louisiana State and played 14 seasons (1995-02,04-09) in the major leagues.• Logan Davidson’s father, Mark Davidson, played at Clemson in 1982 and played six seasons (1986-91) in the majors with the Twins and Astros.• Chad Fairey’s uncle, Burke Fairey, played baseball at Clemson (1985-88) and his grandfather, Jim Fairey, played six MLB seasons (1968-73).• Adam Hackenberg’s brother, Christian Hackenberg, was a quarterback at Penn State from 2013-15.• Ryne Huggins’ father, Mike Huggins, played three seasons (1986,87,89) at Clemson and had a 4-3 record and four saves in 41 relief outings.• Bo Majkowski’s father, Don Majkowski, played football at Virginia, then played 10 years (1987-96) in the NFL, totaling 12,700 passing yards.• James Parker’s father, Tim Parker, was a pitcher at Clemson in 1987,88,90 and was a third-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs.• Carson Spiers’ cousin, Will Spiers, was a sophomore starting punter on Clemson’s 2018 national championship team.• Carson Spiers’ father, Michael Spiers, hit .301 with 16 homers, 110 RBIs and 32 steals in 184 games over four seasons (1988-91) at Clemson.• Carson Spiers’ uncle, Bill Spiers, played three seasons (1985-87) at Clemson and played 13 seasons (1989-01) in the major leagues.• Carson Spiers’ grandfather, Bud Spiers, hit .254 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in three seasons (1956-58) at Clemson.