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#23 Carson Spiers

Position:
RHP
Height:
6-3
Weight:
205
Class:
Sr.
Hometown:
Greenville, S.C.
High School:
Greenville HS
B/T:
R-R
BIO

Career Stats

Righthander who was the 2017 team’s only two-way player and became one of the team’s top relievers in 2018 … became the closer in 2019 and 2020 … two-time All-ACC Academic selection … four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member … in 109.1 innings pitched over 71 relief appearances and four seasons, he had a 7-7 record, 19 saves and a 2.47 ERA while allowing 70 hits (.180 opponents’ batting average) and 38 walks with 103 strikeouts … third in Tiger history in hits-per-nine-innings pitched (5.76), tied for third in saves, ninth in ERA and tied for ninth in relief appearances … allowed only 14 of his 84 inherited baserunners to score in his career.

2020: Received a redshirt from the NCAA with the season’s suspension on March 12 and cancellation due to a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic … signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds in June … ACC Academic Honor Roll member … had a 3-0 record, four saves and an 0.00 ERA in nine relief appearances … in 15.1 innings pitched, he allowed five hits (.098 opponents’ batting average), no homers and three walks with 17 strikeouts … tied for 17th in the nation saves and tied for 23rd in wins … tied for third in the ACC in wins, appearances and saves … led the team in ERA, wins, appearances, games finished on the mound and saves … did not allow an extra-base hit … only allowed one of his 10 inherited baserunners to score … held righthanded batters to 2-for-34 (.059) … pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no earned runs and no walks with four strikeouts to record the save against Liberty on Feb. 14 … pitched a hitless and scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout to record the save against Furman on Feb. 19 … pitched 0.2 innings in relief, allowing no hits, no runs and no walks with one strikeout to record the save against Stony Brook on Feb. 21 … pitched 2.1 hitless and scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts to earn the win against Stony Brook on Feb. 23 … pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with one strikeout to record the save against South Carolina on March 1 … pitched 1.1 perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts to earn the win against Boston College on March 6 … pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing no runs and no walks with one strikeout to earn the win against Boston College on March 8 … pitched 2.1 perfect innings in relief with three strikeouts against Winthrop on March 11 … preseason third-team All-American by NCBWA … No. 47 relief pitcher in the nation in the preseason by D1Baseball.

2019: NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List member … Third-Team All-ACC selection … won the Tiger Baseball Award, given to the team’s best leader … team co-captain … All-ACC Academic selection … ACC Academic Honor Roll member … had a 2-5 record, 11 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 30 relief appearances … in 47.2 innings pitched, he allowed 39 hits (.220 opponents’ batting average) and 16 walks with 44 strikeouts … tied for third in Tiger history in saves, seventh in relief appearances and tied for seventh in appearances … second in the ACC in saves, third in games finished (24), tied for seventh in appearances and tied for seventh in relief appearances … led the team in appearances, saves and games finished … allowed no steals in one attempt … only allowed nine of his 40 inherited baserunners to score … had six saves, a 1.31 ERA, .181 opponents’ batting average and 22 strikeouts against two walks in 20.2 innings pitched over 12 relief appearances at night … held opponents to 2-for-17 (.118) with the bases loaded … had a 1.30 ERA, .167 opponents’ batting average and 34 strikeouts against five walks in 34.2 innings pitched in the eighth and ninth innings combined … pitched 1.1 perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts to record the save against South Alabama on Feb. 15 … pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no earned runs with three strikeouts to record the save against Charlotte on Feb. 18 … pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to record the save in the first game of a doubleheader against Virginia Military on Feb. 23 … pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs and no walks with two strikeouts to record the save at Furman on March 5 … pitched 2.0 innings in relief with two strikeouts to earn the win against No. 3 North Carolina on March 10 … pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs and no walks with one strikeout to record the save against No. 11 Coastal Carolina on March 13 … pitched 1.0 innings in relief, allowing no hits and no walks with two strikeouts to record the save against College of Charleston at Columbia, S.C. on March 20 … retired the only batter he faced to record the save at Boston College on March 23 … pitched 1.2 hitless and scoreless innings in relief at Boston College on March 24 … pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing two hits and no runs with three strikeouts to record the save at Virginia Tech on March 29 … pitched 0.2 hitless and scoreless innings in relief to record the save against No. 8 Louisville on April 6 … pitched 4.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs and no walks with six strikeouts at Georgia on April 16 … pitched 1.1 perfect innings in relief with three strikeouts to record the save against Tennessee Tech on April 24 … pitched 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings in relief with one strikeout against Presbyterian College on May 7 … pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs and one walk with two strikeouts to earn the win at No. 16 NC State on May 11 … pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs and no walks with two strikeouts to record the save against Wake Forest on May 16 … NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List member in the preseason … No. 34 reliever in the nation in the preseason by D1Baseball.

2018: All-ACC Academic selection … ACC Academic Honor Roll member … had a 2-2 record, four saves and a 2.08 ERA in 29 relief appearances … in 43.1 innings pitched, he allowed 22 hits (.149 opponents’ batting average) and 19 walks with 39 strikeouts … fifth in Tiger history in hits per nine innings pitched (4.57), tied for eighth in relief appearances and tied for 10th in appearances … tied for 10th in the ACC in appearances … led the team in ERA, appearances and opponents’ batting average … only allowed four of his 32 inherited baserunners to score … held opponents to an .075 batting average with runners on base, an .054 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .113 batting average with two outs … in 18.1 innings pitched over his last 11 appearances, he allowed only five hits and one run … pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts to record his first career save against William & Mary on Feb. 17 … pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with two strikeouts against Winthrop on Feb. 27 … pitched 3.2 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs and no walks with three strikeouts to earn his first career win against Wofford on March 6 … retired both batters he faced with the bases loaded to record the save against Michigan State at Greenville, S.C. on March 7 … pitched 2.2 innings in relief, allowing two hits with two strikeouts to record the save in the first game of a doubleheader against Georgia Tech on March 10 … pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs in the first game of a doubleheader at No. 11 Louisville on March 25 … pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs and no walks with two strikeouts at Virginia on April 28 … pitched 1.1 hitless and scoreless innings in relief against No. 15 Florida State on May 6 … pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with one strikeout to earn the win against No. 13 Florida State on May 7 … pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing no hits and no runs with two strikeouts to record the save against Austin Peay on May 12 … pitched 2.1 hitless and scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts at Kennesaw State on May 15 … pitched 2.2 perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts at Pittsburgh on May 18 … pitched 1.1 perfect innings in relief with one strikeout against Morehead State in the Clemson Regional on June 1 … pitched 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs with four strikeouts against Vanderbilt in the Clemson Regional on June 2 … played for Falmouth in the Cape Cod League in the summer, where he was 1-1 with an 0.84 ERA and five strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched over seven relief appearances.

2017: ACC Academic Honor Roll member … had an 0-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in three relief appearances … in 3.0 innings pitched, he allowed four hits (.308 opponents’ batting average), no homers and no walks with three strikeouts … appeared in one game at third base … held opponents to 1-for-8 with runners on base … did not allow his two inherited baserunners to score … pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing two hits, no runs and no walks with a strikeout against Nevada on May 7; was his first career appearance … retired the only batter he faced in relief at NC State on May 19 … played for Charlottesville in the Valley Baseball League in the summer, where he had a 5.68 ERA and six strikeouts against no walks in 6.1 innings pitched over two relief appearances; was 3-for-21 (.143) with four runs, two RBIs and four walks in 11 games in the field.

Before Clemson: All-state as a senior … all-region as a junior and senior … team MVP … set the school record for career passing yards and career passing touchdowns … lettered four times in baseball and four times in football at Greenville High School, where he was coached by Joey Golinski.

Personal: His cousin, Will, was a junior starting punter on Clemson’s 2019 team … his father, Michael, hit .301 with 16 homers, 110 RBIs and 32 steals in 184 games over four seasons (1988-91) at Clemson; was the MVP of the 1991 ACC Tournament … his uncle, Bill, hit .325 with 34 doubles, 17 triples, 17 homers, 119 RBIs, 169 runs and 60 steals in 173 games over three seasons (1985-87) at Clemson and has been a member of the Tiger football staff since 2016; first-team All-American in 1987 before being drafted in the first round; played 13 seasons (1989-01) in the majors with the Brewers, Mets and Astros and totaled 922 hits, most by a former Tiger … his grandfather, Bud, hit .254 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in three seasons (1956-58) at Clemson … graduated May 7, 2020 with a degree in management … born William Carson Spiers on Nov. 11, 1997 in Greenville, S.C.

Favorite hobbies – Hunting, fishing and cooking
Interesting facts about family/parents – Has had 10 close family members graduate from Clemson, and four of them currently attend Clemson
One fact that most people don’t know – Has never broken a bone
Favorite food or candy – Skittles and any kind of meat
Proudest childhood accomplishment – Leading Greenville High School in passing yards and touchdowns
Ideal vacation spot – Bora Bora
Childhood hero – His father, Michael Spiers
One person, living or dead, to eat dinner with – Taco Tuesday dinner with LeBron James