The Tigers travel to Athens to take on Georgia on Tuesday night in the first of two games of the home-and-home season series.
GAME SETUP• Who – Clemson (19-14) vs. Georgia (18-14)• Best Ranking – CU – NR; UGA – NR• When – Tuesday (7 p.m.)• Where – Athens, Ga. (Foley Field)• Watch – SEC Network• Video Announcers – David Dellucci, Matt Schick• 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 – Georgia leads 128-110-2 (1900-2022)• Record at Georgia – Georgia leads 72-49 (1900-2022)
STARTING PITCHERS• LHP Rocco Reid (CU) vs. LHP Luke Wagner (UGA)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson, who has a 4-4 road record, won two of three games at Florida State last weekend.• The Tigers are averaging 6.9 runs per game and hitting .291 with a .437 slugging percentage, .390 on-base percentage and 59 steals.• The pitching staff has a 4.70 ERA, .263 opponents’ batting average and 2.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .974.
GEORGIA OVERVIEW• Georgia, who has a 12-8 home record and is averaging 8.0 runs per game, is led by 10th-year Head Coach Scott Stricklin.• The Bulldogs won two of three home games vs. Kentucky last weekend. They are hitting .299 and have a 6.14 ERA and .979 fielding percentage.• Charlie Condon is hitting .453 with 13 homers and 45 RBIs, Connor Tate is batting .386 with 11 homers and Parks Harber has 10 homers.
QUICK HITS• Clemson has an 8-1 record in midweek games, including seven wins in a row.• Clemson’s bullpen has a 13-8 record, six saves, a 4.53 ERA, .276 opponents’ batting average and 163 strikeouts in 159.0 innings pitched.• Clemson has four Georgia natives, Cooper Blauser (Johns Creek), Nathan Dvorsky (Suwanee), Lleyton Lackey (Evans) & Casey Tallent (Hartwell).
DARDEN A TIGER WINNER• Freshman lefthander Ethan Darden was a reliever and spot starter in the first half of the season, but he has emerged as a weekend starter.• He is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA, .250 opponents’ batting average and 24 strikeouts in 28.1 innings pitched over 11 outings (five starts) in 2023.• He has 46 groundball outs compared to only 10 flyball outs.• He has not allowed a steal.• He has a 2-0 record, 3.38 ERA, .259 opponents’ batting average and 20 strikeouts against seven walks in 21.1 innings pitched in five starts.• Clemson has a 5-0 record in his five starts.• He pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of four-hit ball to earn the win in his first career ACC start at Florida State on April 7.