The Tigers travel to Pittsburgh this weekend for their first road series of the season.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Clemson (16-5, 1-2 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (10-10, 1-5 ACC)• Best Ranking – CU – No. 20 Baseball America; PIT – NR• When – Friday (3 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Pittsburgh, Pa. (Charles L. Cost Field)• Watch – ACC Network Extra• Video Announcers – Jason Earle, Matt Iannazzo• Listen (Radio) – Clemson Athletic Network (locally on WCCP (105.5 FM))• Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 7-2 (2014-18)• Record at Pittsburgh – Clemson leads 5-1 (2014-18)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Mack Anglin (CU) vs. RHP Matt Gilbertson (PIT)|• Saturday – RHP Nick Hoffmann (CU) vs. RHP Logan Evans (PIT)• Sunday – RHP Nick Clayton (CU) vs. RHP Billy Corcoran (PIT)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson, who has a 1-0 road record, split two midweek home games with Coastal Carolina (7-16) and Winthrop (10-2).• The Tigers are averaging 8.4 runs per game and hitting .292 with a .473 slugging percentage, .412 on-base percentage and 11 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.65 ERA, .221 opponents’ batting average and 2.46 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .975.
PITTSBURGH OVERVIEW• Pittsburgh, who has a 1-1 home record, is led by fourth-year Head Coach Mike Bell.• The Panthers won one of three games at Virginia Tech last weekend. They are hitting .282 and have a 5.79 ERA and .976 fielding percentage.• Bryce Hulett is hitting .388 with four homers, Tatem Levins is batting .347 with eight homers and Hayden Summers has a team-high two saves.
QUICK HITS• Friday’s game at Pittsburgh marks Clemson’s first game outside the state of South Carolina in 2022.• Friday’s game marks Clemson’s first game on artificial surface in 2022.• In the last three games, Clemson has 37 runs and 42 hits, including 10 homers and seven doubles.
AMMONS CLOSING THE DEAL• Sophomore lefthander Ryan Ammons has emerged as Clemson’s closer in 2022 after pitching a combined 4.1 innings his first two seasons.• He is 0-0 with a team-high four saves, an 0.84 ERA and 14 strikeouts against three walks in 10.2 innings pitched over 10 relief appearances.• He is holding opponents to a .143 batting average and one extra-base hit (double).• He gave up a run without recording an out in his first outing of the season, but has not allowed a run since in his 10.2 innings pitched.• In his career, he is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 23 strikeouts against nine walks in 15.0 innings pitched over 19 relief appearances.• He has a career .173 opponents’ batting average.• He has a 13.80 strikeouts-per-nine-innings-pitched mark in his career.