The Tigers continue their Spring Break trip with their first ACC road series at No. 11 Louisville this weekend.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Clemson (16-5, 3-3 ACC) vs. Louisville (17-4, 3-3 ACC)• Best Rankings – CU – No. 10 CB; LOU – No. 11 CB• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Louisville, Ky. (Jim Patterson Stadium)• Watch – ACC Network Extra• Video Announcers – Jeff Gardner, Jim Kelch• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 9-8 (1970-17)• Record at Louisville – Louisville leads 3-0 (2016)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU) vs. LHP Adam Wolf (LOU)• Saturday – RHP Brooks Crawford (CU) vs. RHP Shay Smiddy (LOU)• Sunday – LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU) vs. LHP Nick Bennett (LOU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson fell on the road to Coastal Carolina 9-5 on a walkoff grand slam on Tuesday night.• The Tigers are averaging 6.0 runs per game and hitting .253 with a .375 on-base percentage and 11 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA, .235 opponents’ batting average and 2.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .975.
LOUISVILLE OVERVIEW• Louisville is led by 12th-year head coach Dan McDonnell.• The Cardinals defeated Western Kentucky 8-5 on the road on Wednesday. They are hitting .284 and have a 3.57 ERA and .966 fielding percentage.• Drew Campbell is hitting .367, Logan Wyatt is batting .333 and Jake Snider is hitting .319 and has 12 of the team’s 41 stolen bases.
QUICK HITS• Clemson plays its first game outside the Palmetto State on Friday. Each of its first 21 games were played in the state of South Carolina.• Clemson is 13-1 when scoring five or more runs and 3-4 when scoring less than five runs.• Clemson played Virginia at Jim Patterson Stadium during the 2017 ACC Tournament.
SPIERS MAKING THE JUMP• Sophomore righthander Carson Spiers saw limited action as a freshman, but he has made a big jump as one of the team’s top relievers in 2018.• He has made a team-high 11 appearances, all out of the bullpen, and has a team-high three saves.• He is 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA, .167 opponents’ batting average and 17 strikeouts against five walks in 15.1 innings pitched.• He is holding opponents to an .074 batting average with runners on base.• In his career, he is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA and 20 strikeouts against five walks in 18.1 innings pitched over 14 relief appearances.• His cousin, Will Spiers, is the starting punter on the Tiger football team.• His father, Michael Spiers, hit .301 with 16 homers, 110 RBIs and 32 steals in 184 games as a Tiger from 1988-91.• His uncle, Bill Spiers, hit .325 with 17 homers, 119 RBIs and 60 steals in 173 games as a Tiger from 1985-87, then played 13 MLB seasons.• His grandfather, Bud Spiers, hit .254 with seven homers and 44 RBIs as a Tiger from 1956-58.
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