The Tigers face Georgia Southern for the third year in a row in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Georgia Southern (27-21) vs. Clemson (25-24)• Rankings – GSU – NR; CU – NR• When – Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (6:30 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – TigerCast• Listen – TigerCast, WCCP (105.5 FM)• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON• Promotion (all three games) – Campers & Little Leaguers – Youth 12 & under receive free admission by wearing a camp or little league shirt.• Promotion (Friday) – Join us for an exciting 10-minute postgame fireworks show.• Promotion (Sunday #1) – Mother’s Day – Moms receive free admission with a reserved-seat purchase.• Promotion (Sunday #2) – Family Four Pack – Purchase two reserved adult and two reserved youth tickets for only $20.• Promotion (Sunday #3) – Sunday Funday – Fun and family-friendly activities, including an inflatable Tee-ball pen.
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Clemson leads 55-28-1 (1959-14)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 29-12 (1959-13)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – LHP Evan Challenger (GSU) vs. LHP Matthew Crownover (CU)• Saturday – RHP Tripp Sheppard (GSU) vs. LHP Zack Erwin (CU)• Sunday – LHP Connor Simmons (GSU) vs. TBA (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson defeated No. 18 College of Charleston 6-3 at home Wednesday night.• The Tigers are averaging 6.1 runs per game and hitting .281 with a .371 on-base percentage and 49 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.95 ERA, .258 opponents’ batting average and 2.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .964.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN OVERVIEW• Georgia Southern is led by 16th-year head coach Rodney Hennon.• South Alabama swept the Eagles in Statesboro last weekend. They are hitting .265 and have a 4.17 ERA and .952 fielding percentage.• Kody Adams is hitting a team-high .325, while Aaron Mizell is batting .303 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs. Dalton Busby has 19 steals as well.
QUICK HITS• Clemson and Georgia Southern split a two-game midweek series in Statesboro in 2014.• Clemson has won nine games in a row over Georgia Southern at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, including a three-game sweep in 2013.• Rodney Hennon played two seasons (1990,91) at Western Carolina under Head Coach Jack Leggett.
SENIOR DAY SUNDAY• On Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Clemson’s seniors will be honored prior to the last regular-season home game against Georgia Southern.• The seniors have helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Tournament each of the three previous seasons.
MOYER MISSED• Sophomore righty Drew Moyer was the closer in the first half of the season, but suffered an injury on March 31 and has not pitched since.• In 10.1 innings pitched over 10 relief appearances in 2015, he is 1-0 with two saves, a 1.74 ERA and .250 opponents’ batting average.• He has 15 strikeouts, good for 13.06 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.• Since he has been out of action due to injury, Clemson is 1-6 in one-run games and 1-2 in two-run games.• He is holding opponents to 1-for-12 (.083) with two outs.• In his career, he is 6-1 with four saves, a 3.10 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 49.1 innings pitched over 38 relief appearances.
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