The Tigers play their first midweek game when they host Furman at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
GAME SETUP• Who – Furman (3-0) vs. Clemson (3-0)• Best Rankings – FUR – NR; CU – No. 11 BA• When – Tuesday (4 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – ACC Network Extra• Video Announcers – Bob Mihalic, Kyle Parker• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON• Promotion – Fans can purchase a ticket for only $2.
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 150-57-4 (1896-2017)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 81-26-1 (1896-2017)
STARTING PITCHERS• RHP Trent Alley (FUR) vs. LHP Sam Weatherly (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson swept William & Mary at home in three one-run games last weekend.• The Tigers are averaging 4.7 runs per game and hitting .230 with a .398 on-base percentage and three steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.54 ERA, .192 opponents’ batting average and 18.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .991.
FURMAN OVERVIEW• Furman is led by second-year head coach Brett Harker.• The Paladins swept Marist in three games at home last weekend. They are hitting .311 and have a 2.57 ERA and .956 fielding percentage.• Jake Crawford is 7-for-9 (.778) with a homer and three RBIs, while Jason Costa has totaled two homers and four RBIs.
QUICK HITS• Clemson is 3-0 for the first time since 2010.• The Tigers committed just one error in the series against William & Mary. That error was by a pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt.• Taylor Harbin, an assistant coach at Furman, played three seasons (2005-07) at Clemson.
HIGGINBOTHAM BACK ON THE MOUND• Sophomore lefthander Jake Higginbotham was a midweek starter as a freshman in 2016, but suffered an arm injury and missed all of 2017.• He returned to action against William & Mary on Feb. 18 and earned the win in 5.1 strong innings pitched, allowing just one run on two hits.• In his career, he is 4-0 with a 4.19 ERA and 31 strikeouts against 21 walks in 38.2 innings pitched over nine appearances (eight starts).
ATTENDANCE• Clemson is averaging 5,393 fans per home date (3), the fifth-highest figure in the nation and first in the ACC (through games of Feb. 18).• Entering 2018, Clemson had a top-20 national figure in average attendance 24 straight seasons and a top-15 figure 16 years in a row.
POLLS• Clemson is ranked as high as No. 11 by Baseball America in the polls this week.• Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll for 28 straight weeks dating to 2016.
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