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Countdown to First Pitch: Clemson vs. Michigan State

Fresh off a series win over South Carolina No. 9 Clemson returns to Fluor Field for a battle with Michigan State. The Clemson Insider previews the game against the 9-1 Spartans.

 

 

 

 

 

No. 9 Clemson (8-3) vs. Michigan State (9-1)

Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C., today, 7 p.m.

Rankings: Clemson – No. 9 BA, No. 11 USA, No. 14 D1, No. 15 CB; MSU – NR

The Series

Meetings:                   18 (first met in 1935)

Series Record:            Michigan State leads 10-7-1

Record at neutral:       Clemson leads 3-1 (Clemson leads 3-1 at Fluor Field)

Last Meeting(s):          Michigan State won 8-6 at Fluor Field in 2015

  1. Lee: N/A

The Tigers

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

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

Neutral Record:           1-0 (5-0 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Beat Wofford 9-2 at home last Tuesday before taking two of three games from #4 South Carolina over the weekend (0-2 at CU, 8-7 at Fluor, 5-3 in 11 at SC)

2017 Batting Stats:      .280 (5.6 RPG) with 16 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 66 BB, 12 HBP, 79 K, 12-19 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     2.83 ERA, .240 OBA (93 hits), 28 BB & 121 K in 105.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .968 (14 errors in 432 chances)

The Spartans

Head Coach:               Jake Bass, Jr. (6th season at MSU)

2016 Record:               36-20 (13-11; T-6th Big Ten) – N/A – NR

Preseason:                 5th in Big Ten (out of 13 teams)

Neutral Record:           3-0 (17-3 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Swept three games in the First Pitch Invitational (3-2 vs. Furman, 10-2 vs. Presbyterian College, and 6-1 vs. UT-Martin) last weekend

2017 Batting Stats:      .340 (9.8 RPG) with 32 2B, 2 3B, 12 HR, 58 BB, 16 HBP, 74 K, 28-35 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     3.54 ERA, .269 OBA (94 hits), 23 BB & 81 K in 89.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .957 (17 errors in 399 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #27 Chris Williams (JR/.286 BA with 1 RBI in 4 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.333 BA with 2 2B, 1 HR, & 6 RBI in 10 games in 2017)

2B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.275 BA with 2 2B, 7 RBI, & 1 R in 11 games in 2017)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.295 BA with 2 2B, 1 HR, & 7 RBI in 11 games in 2017)

3B      #25 Patrick Cromwell (JR/.200 BA with 2 HR, 2 RBI, & 3 R in 11 games in 2017)

LF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.265 BA with 1 2B, 4 HR, & 9 RBI in 11 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.4357 BA with 2 2B, 12 RBI, & 7 R in 10 games in 2017)

RF      #15 Weston Jackson (*GR/.188 BA with 1 HR, 6 RBI, & 3 R in 10 games in 2017)

DH     #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.359 BA with 2 2B, 1 3B, & 2 RBI in 11 games in 2017)

Michigan State

C        #28 Matt Byars (SR/.263 BA with 3 2B, 1 HR, & 6 RBI in 10 games in 2017)

1B      #55 Zack McGuire (JR/.395 BA with 6 2B, 2 HR, & 12 RBI in 10 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Dan Durkin (SR/.381 BA with 5 2B, 2 HR, & 15 RBI in 10 games in 2017)

SS      #13 Ando Royce (SO/.310 BA with 4 2B, 1 HR, & 6 RBI in 9 games in 2017)

3B      #2 Marty Bechina (SO/.400 BA with 3 2B, 4 HR, & 9 RBI in 10 games in 2017)

LF      #1 Danny Gleaves (FR/.396 BA with 4 2B, 1 HR, & 12 RBI in 10 games in 2017)

CF      #33 Brandon Hughes (JR/.262 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, & 6 RBI in 10 games in 2017)

RF      #21 Dan Chmielewski (*SO/.333 BA with 4 2B, 3 RBI, & 9 R in 9 games in 2017)

DH     #24 Chad Roskelly (*JR/.360 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, & 10 RBI in 9 games in 2017)

Projected Starting Pitchers

*GR RHP #22 Tyler Jackson (1-1/3 app/2 GS/4.91 ERA (11.0 IP)/.256 OBA (11 hits)/3 BB/12 K)

SR LHP #31 Joe Mockbee (3-0/3 app/7.00 ERA (9.0 IP)/.308 OBA (12 hits)/3 BB/17 K)

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 22-10 all-time on March 8 with a 0-1 mark at neutral sites.
  • The Tigers are 20-6 all-time at Fluor Field (1-0 in 2017) while Michigan State is 22-13 all-time at Fluor Field (2-0 In 2017).
  • Clemson is 150-66-1 all-time against current Big Ten teams (including a 123-41 record against former ACC member Maryland), including a 19-11 mark (including 11-4 vs. Maryland) mark at neutral sites.
  • Monte Lee is 3-1 all-time against current Big Ten members with all games taking place during his time at College of Charleston (1-1 vs. Indiana, 2-0 vs. Michigan).

Tiger Career Stats vs. Michigan State

Player                             AVG   G-S     AB      R        H       RBI     BB      K        HR     Other

Andrew Cox           .333    1-1     3        0        1        0        0        0        0        2B

Weston Jackson     .250    1-1     4        1        1        1        1        1        0        2B

Reed Rohlman        .250    1-1     4        0        1        1        1        1        0

Chase Pinder                   .000    1-1     4        0        0        0        0        1        0

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

Charlie Barnes        8.31    1-1     0-1     4.1     6        4        4        2        5        .273

** Weston Jackson played at Presbyterian College from 2013-2016.

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