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Feb 21, 2019

Clemson Hosts VMI in Weekend Series

By: Brian Hennessy

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The Tigers continue their homestand with a three-game series against Virginia Military this weekend.


SERIES SETUP
Who – Virginia Military (2-3) vs. Clemson (3-1)
Best Rankings – VMI – NR; CU – No. 14 Baseball America
When – Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
Where – Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch – ACC Network Extra
Video Announcers – Fred Cunningham (Saturday), Ron Smith, Pete Yanity (Friday, Sunday)
Listen (Radio) – WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate
Listen (Internet) – ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn
Live Stats – ClemsonTigers.com
Social Media – ClemsonBaseball
Tickets – ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
Promotion (Sunday) – Game Highlight – Kids run the bases


SERIES HISTORY
Overall Record – Clemson leads 1-0 (1916)
Record at Clemson – 0-0


STARTING PITCHERS
Friday – RHP Jacob Menders (VMI) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU)
Saturday – RHP Adam Jewell (VMI) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)
Sunday – RHP Zak Kent (VMI) vs. LHP Justin Wrobleksi (CU)


CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson built a 6-0 lead and edged Charlotte 7-6 at home on Monday behind four home runs and five stolen bases.
• The Tigers are averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .229 with a .386 on-base percentage and 12 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA, .195 opponents’ batting average and 6.57 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .986.


VIRGINIA MILITARY OVERVIEW
• Virginia Military is led by fifth-year head coach Jonathan Hadra.
• The Keydets lost at Virginia 9-0 on Tuesday. They are hitting .237 and have a 4.50 ERA and .960 fielding percentage.
• Jake Huggins has both of the team’s home runs and is hitting .391 with seven RBIs. Will Knight is batting .389 with two steals.


QUICK HITS
• The only previous meeting between Virginia Military and Clemson took place on April 29, 1916 in a game Clemson won 2-0 at Lexington, Va.
• Seventeen of Clemson’s 23 runs in 2019 have come on its 10 home runs.
• Grayson Byrd, Michael Green, Jordan Greene, Sam Hall and Bryce Teodosio have all reached base in all four games in 2019.


POWER & SPEED SURGE
• Many prognosticators predicted Clemson’s power numbers to drop off from 2018, when the Tigers hit 98 homers, tied for third in the nation.
• Clemson has belted 10 home runs in four games, good for 2.5 per game. The Tigers were second in the nation in that category in 2018 (1.6).
• Clemson has hit at least two homers in all four games, including a season-high four homers in the Tigers’ 7-6 win over Charlotte on Feb. 18.
• Seven Tigers have accounted for the 10 homers. Logan Davidson, Davis Sharpe and Bryce Teodosio are tied for the team lead with two apiece.
• Clemson has also showed a penchant for stealing bases in 2019. The Tigers have 12 steals, an average of 3.0 per game.
• Six Tigers have accounted for the 12 steals. Logan Davidson has a team-high four steals, while Sam Hall is second with three stolen bases.
• Clemson is the only team in the nation with both seven homers and seven stolen bases in 2019 (through games of Feb. 19).

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