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Feb 22, 2024

No. 8 Tigers Face Kennesaw State In Weekend Series

By: Brian Hennessy

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No. 8 Clemson hosts Kennesaw State in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.

Who – Kennesaw State (2-3) vs. Clemson (4-0)
Best Ranking – KSU – NR; CU – No. 8 NCBWA
When – Friday (5 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (2 p.m.)
Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch – ACC Network Extra
Video Announcers – Faxon Childress (Saturday), Bob Mahony (Friday, Sunday), Don Munson (Friday, Sunday), Ron Smith (Saturday)
Listen (Radio) – Clemson Athletic Network (locally on WCCP (105.5 FM))
Listen (Internet) –
Live Stats –
Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
Tickets –, 1-800-CLEMSON

Overall Record – Clemson leads 4-0 (2018-23)
Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 2-0 (2018-23)

Friday – RHP Braden Osbolt (KSU) vs. RHP Billy Barlow (CU)
Saturday – RHP Blake Aita (KSU) vs. LHP Tristan Smith (CU)
Sunday – RHP Smith Pinson (KSU) vs. RHP Aidan Knaak (CU)

• Clemson, who has a 4-0 home record, defeated Presbyterian 8-2 at home on Tuesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 10.3 runs per game and hitting .356 with a .600 slugging percentage, .494 on-base percentage and three steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA, .160 opponents’ batting average and 2.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and Clemson is fielding .966.

• Kennesaw State, who has a 2-2 road record and is averaging 4.6 runs per game, is led by third-year Head Coach Ryan Coe.
• The Owls split midweek games against Mercer (L) and at Wofford (W). They are hitting .184 and have a 5.86 ERA and .931 fielding percentage.
• Spencer Hanson is hitting .333, Donovan Cash is batting .308 and Tanner Franklin has the team’s lone save.

• Clemson and North Carolina are tied for the eighth-most all-time Division I wins with 2,999 each.
• Every Tiger starter in the batting order in each of the four games has reached base via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch.
• No Tiger has pitched more than one game and 12 Tigers have started a game in the batting order.

• Clemson is averaging 4,969 fans per home date (4), the ninth-highest figure in the nation and first in the ACC (through games of Feb. 20).
• Entering 2024, Clemson had a top-20 national figure in average attendance for 30 straight seasons.

• Clemson has hit three grand slams in four games in 2024.
• Clemson hit six grand slams in 2023.
• The Tiger record for grand slams in a season is eight, set in 2010.
• In the season opener against Xavier on Feb. 16, Clemson hit two grand slams (Alden Mathes, Nolan Nawrocki) to tie the school record.
• It was the third time Clemson hit two grand slams in a game, as it did so on March 3, 1991 (Louisiana) and March 7, 2010 (South Carolina).
• Jarren Purify hit a grand slam in Clemson’s 8-3 win against Presbyterian on Feb. 20 for his first career hit.