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Mar 29, 2023

Clemson Hosts No. 2 Wake Forest

By: Brian Hennessy

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Clemson returns home to host No. 2 Wake Forest in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from Thursday to Saturday.

Who – Wake Forest (23-3, 7-2 ACC) vs. Clemson (16-10, 2-4 ACC)
Best Ranking – WFU – No. 2 D1Baseball, USA Today; CU – NR
When – Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.)
Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch – ACC Network (Thursday), ACC Network Extra (Friday, Saturday)
Video Announcers – Chris Cotter (Thursday), William Qualkinbush (Friday, Saturday), Gaby Sanchez (Thursday), Ron Smith (Friday, Saturday)
Listen (Radio) – Clemson Athletic Network (locally on WCCP (105.5 FM))
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Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
Tickets –, 1-800-CLEMSON

Overall Record – Clemson leads 142-60-1 (1901-2022)
Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 72-23-1 (1901-2021)

Thursday – RHP Rhett Lowder (WFU) vs. RHP Austin Gordon (CU)
Friday – LHP Sean Sullivan (WFU) vs. TBA (CU)
Saturday – LHP Josh Hartle (WFU) vs. LHP Caden Grice (CU)

• Clemson, who has a 13-5 home record, defeated College of Charleston 10-3 at Columbia, S.C. on Tuesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .291 with a .444 slugging percentage, .392 on-base percentage and 54 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 4.79 ERA, .269 opponents’ batting average and 2.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .973.

• Wake Forest, who has a 5-2 road record and is averaging 10.1 runs per game, is led by 14th-year Head Coach Tom Walter.
• The Demon Deacons downed High Point 12-3 on the road on Tuesday. They are hitting .310 and have a 2.12 ERA and .979 fielding percentage.
• Tommy Hawke is hitting .436, Brock Wilken is batting .333 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs and Cam Minacci has a team-high six saves.

• Five Tigers have active double-digit-game on-base streaks, Cannarella (23), Ingle (20), Taylor (17), Blackwell (13), Bertram (10).
• Clemson’s bullpen has a 4.61 ERA, .284 opponents’ batting average and 132 strikeouts against 58 walks in 130.2 innings pitched in 2023.
• A total of 13 Tigers have pitched at least 10.0 innings in 2023.

• Junior righty Nick Clayton changed his arm slot to the side prior to the season, and it has paid dividends.
• He is 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA, .241 opponents’ batting average and 15 strikeouts against three walks in 16.1 innings pitched over 11 outings.
• He has only allowed two extra-base hits thanks in large part to 23 groundball outs compared to nine flyball outs.
• He is holding opponents to .179 with runners on base.
• He has only allowed one of eight inherited baserunners to score.
• He pitched 3.0 perfect innings in relief with four strikeouts to earn the win in Clemson’s 8-5 walkoff victory over Winthrop on March 21.
• In his career, he is 9-3 with a save, 4.10 ERA, .255 opponents’ batting average and 86 strikeouts in 94.1 innings pitched over 47 outings.