The Tigers host Miami (Fla.) for the first time since 2014 when the Hurricanes come to town for a three-game series this weekend.
SERIES SETUP• Who – Miami (Fla.) (13-19, 7-8 ACC) vs. Clemson (25-8, 10-5 ACC)• Best Rankings – MIA – NR; CU – No. 3 Collegiate Baseball• When – Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (5 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – ACC Network Extra• Video Announcers – Fred Cunningham (Friday), Wes Durham (Sunday), Kyle Parker, Pete Yanity (Saturday)• Listen – TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Network• Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com• Social Media – ClemsonBaseball• Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON• Promotion (Friday) – The first 1,000 fans receive trading cards of Tiger players and coaches.• Promotion (Saturday) – Young fans can stand on the field during the national anthem and run the bases after the game.
SERIES HISTORY• Overall Record – Miami leads 38-28-1 (1977-16)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 11-10 (1989-14)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – LHP Jeb Bargfeldt (MIA) vs. LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU)• Saturday – RHP Evan McKendry (MIA) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU)• Sunday – RHP Andrew Cabezas (MIA) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• No. 10 Georgia downed Clemson 6-3 at SRP Park in North Augusta, S.C., on Tuesday night.• The Tigers are averaging 5.9 runs per game and hitting .248 with a .369 on-base percentage and 24 steals.• The pitching staff has a 3.20 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 2.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .976.
MIAMI OVERVIEW• Miami is led by 25th-year head coach Jim Morris.• Central Florida defeated the Hurricanes 4-0 on Wednesday. They are hitting .246 and have a 3.81 ERA and .964 fielding percentage.• Isaac Quinones is hitting .317, Willy Escala is batting .306 and Freddy Zamora is hitting .302.
QUICK HITS• Clemson has won seven of its eight weekend series in 2018.• Clemson has hit 16 home runs in the last nine games.• Eight different Tigers have started as the designated hitter in 2018.
CRAWFORD FINDING HOME ON WEEKEND• Junior righty Brooks Crawford was a long reliever most of his first two seasons at Clemson, but he has become the Saturday starter in 2018.• He is 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA, .259 opponents’ batting average and 23 strikeouts against 10 walks in 38.1 innings pitched over eight starts.• Clemson has a 7-1 record in his eight starts in 2018.• He is holding opponents to a .143 batting average with runners in scoring position.• In his career, he is 10-1 with one save, a 2.86 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 107.0 innings pitched over 51 appearances (10 starts).
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