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The Tigers host an ACC series for the second weekend in a row when No. 10 NC State comes to town.
SERIES SETUP• Who – NC State (15-3, 2-1 ACC) vs. Clemson (16-1, 3-0 ACC)• Best Rankings – NCS – No. 10 PG; CU – No. 2 CB• When – Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)• Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)• Watch – ACC Network Extra• Video Announcers – Ron Smith, Pete Yanity• 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 – Clemson leads 117-82-1 (1921-17)• Record at Clemson – Clemson leads 59-27-1 (1921-16)
STARTING PITCHERS• Friday – RHP Michael Bienlien (NCS) vs. LHP Jacob Hennessy(CU)• Saturday – LHP Brian Brown (NCS) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford(CU)• Sunday – TBA (NCS) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)
CLEMSON OVERVIEW• Clemson blanked Charleston Southern 5-0 at home on Tuesday behind a Tiger-record-tying three home runs by Grayson Byrd.• The Tigers are averaging 6.9 runs per game and hitting .265 with a .390 on-base percentage and 11 steals.• The pitching staff has a 2.68 ERA, .231 opponents’ batting average and 2.85 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .980.
NC STATE OVERVIEW• NC State is led by 22nd-year head coach Elliott Avent.• The Wolfpack won both midweek home games against UNC Asheville. They are hitting .341 and have a 3.11 ERA and .971 fielding percentage.• Brett Kinneman is hitting .408 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs, while Evan Edwards is batting .375 with five homers and 13 RBIs.
QUICK HITS• Clemson’s 16-1 start is its best since 2002 (26-1).• Clemson has hit at least one home run in 12 of the last 14 games.• Seth Beer has reached base via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 22 straight games, which include the last five games of 2017.
BYRD TIES TIGER HOME RUN RECORD• Junior infielder Grayson Byrd had one career home run, which came in 2017, entering the game against Charleston Southern on March 13.• He hit three homers in his first three plate appearances and totaled a career-high five RBIs in Clemson’s 5-0 win over the Buccaneers.• He tied the school record for homers in a game and became the 14th Tiger with three and first since 2010 (John Hinson vs. USC Upstate).• He hit a solo homer to left in the second inning, a three-run homer to right field in the fourth and a solo homer to center in the seventh.• The son of former major league pitcher Paul Byrd is hitting .283 with three homers, 11 RBIs and two steals in 14 games (12 starts) in 2018.• In his two seasons as a Tiger, he is hitting .284 with four homers, 31 RBIs, 30 runs and five steals in 71 games (66 starts).
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