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Countdown to first pitch: Wright State at Clemson

Clemson begins what it hopes is another run to Omaha this weekend as the Tigers host Wright State on opening weekend.

Below, The Clemson Insider previews the first series of the season.

 

 

Wright State at Clemson

Doug Kingsmore Stadium v Clemson, SC

Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.

Rankings:     WSU – NR      Clemson – #10 BA, #12 CB/USA, #15 D1

The Series

Meetings:                   6 (first met in 2010)

Series Record:            Clemson leads 6-0

Record at Clemson:     Clemson leads 6-0 (Clemson leads 6-0 at DKS)

Last Meeting(s):          Clemson swept three games at Clemson in 2013 (5-3, 6-0, 7-0)

  1. Lee: Lee has never faced Wright State

The Raiders

Head Coach:               Jeff Mercer (1st season at WSU)

2016 Record:               46-17 (23-6; 1st Horizon League) – Louisville Regional – NR

2016 Road Record:      26-12 (22-10 on road, 4-2 at neutral sites)

Preseason:                 1st place in Horizon League (out of 7 teams)

 

2016 Batting Stats:      .284 (7.1 RPG) with 107 2B, 27 3B, 47 HR, 296 BB, 85 HBP, 394 K, 101-128 SB

2016 Pitching Stats:     3.49 ERA, .246 OBA (521 hits), 153 BB & 402 K in 561.2 innings

2016 Fielding Stats:     .974 (67 errors in 2529 chances)

The Tigers

2016 Record:               44-20 (16-14; 4th Atlantic) – Clemson Regional – #15 USA, 17 BA, #18 CB/D1

Home Record:            26-9

Preseason:                 3rd in ACC Atlantic Division (7 teams); 1 vote for Overall Champion

 

2016 Batting Stats:  .273 (7.2 RPG) with 106 2B, 10 3B, 75 HR, 359 BB, 72 HBP, 449 K, 58-83 SB

2016 Pitching Stats:     4.43 ERA, .268 OBA (599 hits), 216 BB & 468 K in 575.0 innings

2016 Fielding Stats:     .960 (99 errors in 2470 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Wright State

C        #33 Brandon Giltrow (SO/.129 BA in 22 games in 2016)

1B      #30 Gabe Snyder (*JR/.256 BA with 9 2B, 10 HR, & 48 RBI in 63 games in 2016)

2B      #1 Matt Morrow (JR/.267 BA with 10 2B, 1 HR, & 32 RBI in 62 games in 2016)

SS      #11 Kevin Whatley (SR/.150 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, & 3 RBI in 20 games in 2016)

3B      #18 Seth Gray (FR/first season at Wright State)

LF      #35 JD Orr (SO/.346 BA with 7 2B, 4 3B, & 27 RBI in 60 games in 2016)

CF      #13 Zach Weatherford (*SO/.205 BA with 4 2B, 2 HR, & 9 RBI in 58 games in 2016)

RF      #27 Alex Alders (*FR/redshirted in 2016)

DH     #7 Daniel Arthur (*SR/.252 BA with 11 2B, 5 HR, & 29 RBI in 45 games in 2016)

Clemson

Wright State

C        #33 Brandon Giltrow (SO/.129 BA in 22 games in 2016)

1B      #30 Gabe Snyder (*JR/.256 BA with 9 2B, 10 HR, & 48 RBI in 63 games in 2016)

2B      #1 Matt Morrow (JR/.267 BA with 10 2B, 1 HR, & 32 RBI in 62 games in 2016)

SS      #11 Kevin Whatley (SR/.150 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, & 3 RBI in 20 games in 2016)

3B      #18 Seth Gray (FR/first season at Wright State)

LF      #35 JD Orr (SO/.346 BA with 7 2B, 4 3B, & 27 RBI in 60 games in 2016)

CF      #13 Zach Weatherford (*SO/.205 BA with 4 2B, 2 HR, & 9 RBI in 58 games in 2016)

RF      #27 Alex Alders (*FR/redshirted in 2016)

DH     #7 Daniel Arthur (*SR/.252 BA with 11 2B, 5 HR, & 29 RBI in 45 games in 2016)

Clemson

C        #12 Robert Jolly (JR/.217 BA with 3 2B & 12 RBI in 51 games in 2016)

1B      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.369 BA with 13 2B, 18 HR, & 70 RBI in 62 games in 2016)

2B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/sat out 2016 after transferring from LSU)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/first season at Clemson)

3B      #25 Patrick Cromwell (JR/first season at Clemson; Junior College transfer)

LF      #15 Weston Jackson (*GR/.341 BA with 27 2B, 10 HR, & 55 RBI in 57 games at PC in 2016)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.294 BA with 8 2B, 11 HR, & 46 RBI in 64 games in 2016)

RF      #10 KJ Bryant (*SO/.257 BA with 1 2B, 2 HR, & 8 RBI in 45 games in 2016)

DH     #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.274 BA with 21 2B, 2 HR, & 43 RBI in 64 games in 2016)

Projected Starting Pitchers (2016 stats listed)

Game One

JR LHP #3 Danny Sexton (redshirted in 2016)

JR LHP #23 Charlie Barnes (6-4/16 app/16 GS/4.66 ERA (94.2 IP)/.256 OBA (97 hits)/24 BB/84 K)

Game Two

SO LHP #25 Zane Collins (3-1/22 app/3 GS/3.02 ERA (44.2 IP)/.260 OBA (44 hits)/20 BB/33 K)

SR LHP #36 Pat Krall (10-2/29 app/3 GS/1.67 ERA (80.2 IP)/.203 OBA (58 hits)/17 BB/65 K)

Game Three

SR RHP #38 Trevor Swaney (9-2/17 app/12 GS/3.00 ERA (72.0 IP)/.247 OBA (67 hits)/9 BB/38 K)

*SO RHP #15 Alex Eubanks (6-5/23 app/11 GS/4.09 ERA (81.1 IP)/.283 OBA (93 hits)/21 BB/70 K)

Worth Noting

Clemson is 7-4 all-time on February 17 with a 4-3 mark at home.

  • The Tigers are 11-1 all-time on February 18 with a 7-1 mark at home.
  • Clemson is 7-4 all-time on February 19 with a 5-2 mark at home.
  • The Tigers have not faced any other members of the Horizon League besides Wright State.
  • Coach Lee is 3-0 against teams currently in the Horizon League, going 3-0 versus Youngstown State while at the College of Charleston.

Tiger Career Stats vs. Wright State

Player                             ERA    G-S     W-L    IP       H       R        ER      BB      SO      OBA

Patrick Andrews     0.00    1-0     0-0     1.1     0        0        0        2        0        .000

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