The Tigers return home to host Pittsburgh for the first time in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.
Advisory: On Saturday, Clemson University is hosting The Color Run in the morning. Portions of Perimeter Road around Doug Kingsmore Stadium will be closed until noon.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Pittsburgh (12-9, 4-5 ACC) vs. Clemson (19-6, 5-4 ACC)• Rankings – PIT – NR; CU – No. 17 CB, No. 22 USA• When – Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – TigerCast• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON• Promotion (all three games) – Family Four Pack – Purchase four tickets and a $10 concession voucher for only $30.• Promotion (Friday) – Emoji Day – The first 500 fans receive a Clemson baseball emoji.• Promotion (Saturday) – Spring Family Picnic – Celebrate spring with the entire family and receive trading card set No. 2.• Promotion (Sunday) – Greek Life Day – Clemson fraternities and sororities compete for bragging rights and a good cause.
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 2-1 (2014)• Record at Clemson – 0-0
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Josh Falk (PIT) vs. RHP Clate Schmidt (CU)• Saturday – RHP T.J. Zeuch (PIT) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (CU)• Sunday – RHP Aaron Sandefur (PIT) vs. TBA (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson won both midweek games on the road over Furman (9-7) and Western Carolina (10-8).• The Tigers are averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .283 with a .395 on-base percentage and 23 stolen bases.• The pitching staff has a 3.14 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 2.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .961.
PITTSBURGH OVERVIEW• Pittsburgh is led by 19th-year head coach Joe Jordano.• The Panthers defeated Kent State 13-5 on Wednesday at home. They are hitting .292 and have a 4.65 ERA and .950 fielding percentage.• Charles LeBlanc is hitting .395, while Alex Kowalczyk is batting .351 with seven homers, eight doubles, one triple and 26 RBIs.
QUICK HITS• Clemson’s current 12-game home winning streak is its longest since its 18-game home winning streak from May 31, 2009 to March 20, 2010.• Tiger batters have reached base 47.9 percent of the time when leading off an inning.• K.J. Bryant, who filled in for Seth Beer, had five RBIs in the two midweek games earlier this week. No other Tiger had more than two RBIs.
POWER NUMBERS UP• Clemson has hit 31 homers this season, already approaching or surpassing previous season totals.• The Tigers hit 35 in 2015, 28 in 2014, 22 in 2013, 44 in 2012 and 48 in 2011, the first year with the new bat standards.• Clemson’s .455 slugging percentage is its best mark since 2011, when it had a .460 slugging percentage.• Clemson hit nine home runs in the first 11 games, but has hit 22 home runs in the last 14 games.• Seth Beer leads the team with 11 home runs and a .936 slugging percentage, while Chase Pinder is second with eight long balls.• The Tigers have hit 19 home runs in their nine ACC games. No other ACC team has hit double-digit homers in ACC contests.• Beer has slugged eight home runs in nine ACC games.
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