The Tigers wrap up their third straight five-game week with a three-game home series against Duke this weekend.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Duke (22-15, 5-13 ACC) vs. Clemson (20-18, 9-9 ACC)• Rankings – DUK – NR; CU – NR• When – Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (Doubleheader) (2 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – ESPN3• TV Announcers – Marty Clary, Roy Philpott• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON• Promotion (Friday #1) – 90s Night• Promotion (Friday #2) – The first 500 students get a free hot dog.
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 127-66-2 (1904-2014)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 66-25-1 (1905-2013)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – LHP Dillon Haviland (DUK) vs. LHP Matthew Crownover (CU)• Saturday (Game 1) – RHP Andrew Istler (DUK) vs. LHP Zack Erwin (CU)• Saturday (Game 2) – RHP Bailey Clark (DUK) vs. RHP Brody Koerner (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson won midweek home games against Western Carolina (14-2) and Gardner-Webb (7-5).• The Tigers are averaging 6.2 runs per game and hitting .282 with a .369 on-base percentage and 42 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.76 ERA, .252 opponents’ batting average and 2.57 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .962.
DUKE OVERVIEW• Duke is led by third-year head coach Chris Pollard.• The Blue Devils won one of three games at home against Louisville. They are hitting .252 and have a 3.14 ERA and .964 fielding percentage.• Peter Zyla is hitting .333, while Andy Perez is batting .302 with 26 steals.
QUICK HITS• Clemson and Duke have played at least one game every year since 1990. The two did not play in 1989.• Clemson and Duke wrapped up their last series in 2013 with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23.• Reed Rohlman is fourth in the ACC in batting average at .373 and Tyler Krieger is ninth (.361).
RIGHTY DUO• Righthanders Jake Long and Clate Schmidt have given Clemson a much-needed boost as midweek starters on the mound in recent weeks.• Long, a senior, is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA, .187 opponents’ batting average and 21 strikeouts against seven walks in 21.0 innings pitched.• Long did not pitch during the first half of the season while recovering from injury.• Schmidt, a junior, is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and .250 opponents’ batting average in 39.0 innings pitched.
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