The Tigers travel to Louisville for the first time to face the Cardinals in an ACC Atlantic Division showdown.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Clemson (24-9, 8-7 ACC) vs. Louisville (26-7, 10-5 ACC)• Rankings – CU – No. 23 CB, No. 18 USA; LOU – No. 11 BA, No. 6 CB, No. 7 USA• When – Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Louisville, Ky. (Jim Patterson Stadium)• Watch – ESPN3 (Sunday)• TV Announcers – Jody Demling, Andy Treinen• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 8-2 (1970-15)• Record at Louisville – 0-0
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Clate Schmidt (CU) vs. LHP Brendan McKay (LOU)• Saturday – LHP Charlie Barnes (CU) vs. LHP Drew Harrington (LOU)• Sunday – TBA (CU) vs. RHP Kyle Funkhouser (LOU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson rallied for a dramatic 7-6 walkoff win in 10 innings over Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night.• The Tigers are averaging 6.8 runs per game and hitting .282 with a .394 on-base percentage and 28 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.60 ERA, .243 opponents’ batting average and 2.39 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .962.
LOUISVILLE OVERVIEW• Louisville is led by 10th-year head coach Dan McDonnell.• The Cardinals won midweek games over Western Kentucky and Kentucky. They are hitting .328 and have a 2.95 ERA and .978 fielding percentage.• Devin Hairston is hitting .383, Blake Tiberi is batting .377 and Corey Ray is hitting .315 with nine homers, 39 RBIs and 28 steals.
QUICK HITS• This week marks the last of seven straight weeks where Clemson plays at least two games away from home.• Clemson has a remarkable 7-7 record when trailing entering the seventh inning and 5-8 record when trailing entering the eighth inning.• Seth Beer and Chris Okey are tied for the team lead in multiple-hit games with 16.
NEVER OUT OF IT• Clemson has had a knack for coming from behind to win games in 2016.• Of their 24 wins, the Tigers have trailed at some point in 15 of the 24 games.• Each of Clemson’s last 10 wins have been come-from-behind wins.• When leading entering the seventh inning, Clemson is 16-0, while Clemson is 7-7 when trailing entering the seventh inning.• When leading entering the eighth inning, Clemson is 17-0, while Clemson is 5-8 when trailing entering the eighth inning.• When leading entering the ninth inning, Clemson is 18-0, while Clemson is 3-8 when trailing entering the ninth inning.• Those numbers are up from 2015, when Clemson was 1-15, 0-19 and 0-23 when trailing entering the seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.• Clemson is 7-4 in one-run games in 2016.• Clemson has three walkoff hits, victories over Winthrop on March 9, Boston College on March 20 and Western Carolina on April 12.
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