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Countdown to first pitch: No. 5 Clemson at Georgia Tech

Fifth-ranked Clemson travels to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech this weekend in a three-game series. The Tigers enter the ACC series with an eight-game winning streak. Game 1 is set for 6 p.m tonight at Russ Chandler Stadium.

 

 

Clemson (22-4, 8-1) at Georgia Tech (14-9, 3-6)

Russ Chandler Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.

Friday, 6 p.m., Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.Rankings:      Clemson – No. 5 BA/D1/USA, No. 6 CB             GT – NR

The Series

Meetings:                   220 (first met in 1902)

Series Record:             Clemson leads 109-108-3

Record at GT:             Georgia Tech leads 73-42-2

Last Meeting(s):          GT won two of three games at CU in 2016 (7-8 in 10, 16-1, 7-5)

  1. Lee: Lee trails 1-4 (1-2 at CU; 0-2 at CofC)

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

Road Record:              5-0 (13-11 in 2016)

Last Week:                  Beat Furman 8-0 Tuesday & Winthrop 6-5 in 11 innings on Wednesday after sweeping three “road” games from Boston College (8-2, 1-0, 2-0) last weekend

2017 Batting Stats:       .269 (6.0 RPG) with 44 2B, 2 3B, 26 HR, 145 BB, 25 HBP, 183 K, 27-38 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:      2.53 ERA, .233 OBA (209 hits), 59 BB & 262 K in 242.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:      .967 (33 errors in 1003 chances)

The Yellow Jackets

Head Coach:               Danny Hall (24th season at GT)

2016 Record:               38-25 (13-16; 4th Coastal) – Gainesville Regional – NR

Preseason:                  4th in ACC Coastal (out of 7 teams)

Home Record:             10-5 (23-11 in 2016)

Last Week:                  Won 11-3 at Mercer on Tuesday after dropping two of three games at Wake Forest (7-6 in 11, 8-17, 4-8) last weekend

2017 Batting Stats:       .302 (7.7 RPG) with 59 2B, 2 3B, 41 HR, 90 BB, 20 HBP, 197 K, 16-21 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:      4.69 ERA, .250 OBA (142 hits), 84 BB & 111 K in 151.2 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:      .966 (29 errors in 859 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #27 Chris Williams (JR/.279 BA with 5 2B, 6 HR, & 22 RBI in 19 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.298 BA with 3 2B, 3 HR, & 13 RBI in 25 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.250 BA with 3 2B, 7 RBI, & 9 R in 22 games in 2017)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.271 BA with 4 2B, 3 HR, & 12 RBI in 26 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.295 BA with 3 2B, 9 RBI, & 2 R in 20 games in 2017)

LF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.253 BA with 5 2B, 8 HR, & 23 RBI in 26 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.327 BA with 8 2B, 16 RBI, & 22 R in 25 games in 2017)

RF      #15 Weston Jackson (*GR/.233 BA with 1 2B, 4 HR, & 15 RBI in 24 games in 2017)

DH      #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.307 BA with 6 2B, 1 3B, & 7 RBI in 25 games in 2017)

Georgia Tech

C        #9 Joey Bart (SO/.374 BA with 8 2B, 11 HR, & 29 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

1B      #25 Kel Johnson (JR/.286 BA with 5 2B, 8 HR, & 26 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

2B      #3 Wade Bailey (JR/.352 BA with 11 2B, 2 HR, & 19 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

SS      #14 Austin Wilhite (FR/.377 BA with 6 2B, 1 HR, & 14 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

3B      #22 Trevor Craport (JR/.354 BA with 7 2B, 3 HR, & 16 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

LF      #10 Chase Murray (FR/.263 BA with 6 2B, 2 HR, & 15 RBI in 21 games in 2017)

CF      #6 Ryan Peurifoy (SR/.214 BA with 6 2B, 3 HR, & 10 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

RF      #16 Coleman Poje (*SR/.329 BA with 7 2B, 5 HR, & 9 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

DH      #21 Brandt Stallings (SO/.214 BA with 1 2B, 2 HR, & 4 RBI in 14 games in 2017)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Game One

JR LHP #23 Charlie Barnes (2-2/6 app/6 GS/1.12 ERA (40.1 IP)/.217 OBA (31 hits)/7 BB/49 K)

FR RHP #1 Xzavion Curry (3-2/6 app/6 GS/4.60 ERA (31.1 IP)/.291 OBA (34 hits)/12 BB/31 K)

Game Two

*SO RHP #15 Alex Eubanks (4-1/6 app/6 GS/2.23 ERA (40.1 IP)/.209 OBA (32 hits)/6 BB/39 K)

FR LHP #36 Jay Shadday (1-1/9 app/2 GS/2.50 ERA (18.0 IP)/.236 OBA (17 hits)/5 BB/16 K)

Game Three

SR LHP #36 Pat Krall (4-0/6 app/6 GS/3.31 ERA (35.1 IP)/.294 OBA (40 hits)/7 BB/27 K)

Georgia Tech has not named a starter for game three

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 38-14 all-time on March 31 with an 11-10 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers are 36-20 all-time on April 1 with a 14-8 mark on the road.
  • Clemson is 32-21 all-time on April 2 with an 8-11 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers and Yellow Jackets have played at least once every season in all but one (1973) since 1955.
  • Since the teams began playing three-game weekend series in 1992, Clemson is 12-24 in Atlanta. The Tigers have won three of the 12 series, including only one (2012) of the last nine.

Tiger Career Stats vs. Georgia Tech

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

Reed Rohlman         .308    6-6     26      2        8        3        2        4        0        0-1 SB

Andrew Cox            .300    6-5     20      2        6        3        1        2        0        1-1 SB

Robert Jolly            .250    4-1     4        1        1        0        1        1        0

Seth Beer               .222    3-3     9        2        2        2        4        1        0        2B, HBP, SH

Chase Pinder          .190    6-6     21      3        4        1        5        3        1

Chris Williams         .167    3-3     12      1        2        0        0        4        0

Jordan Greene        .000    3-1     4        1        0        0        1        1        0

KJ Bryant               .000    2-0     1        0        0        0        0        0        0

Drew Wharton        .000    2-0     1        0        0        0        0        1        0

Adam Renwick        N/A    2-0     0        1        0        0        0        0        0        HBP

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

Pat Krall                 0.00    2-0     1-0     3.2     2        0        0        2        0        .154

Patrick Andrews      2.45    1-0     0-0     3.2     2        1        1        1        3        .154

Brooks Crawford     5.40    1-0     0-0     1.2     5        2        1        0        1        .556

Charlie Barnes        8.44    1-1     0-0     5.1     8        5        5        1        2        .333

Jake Higginbotham  18.00  1-0     0-0     3.0     7        7        6        3        1        .438

Alex Eubanks         108.00  1-1     0-1     0.1     5        4        4        0        0        .714

Ryley Gilliam         108.00  1-1     0-1     0.1     2        4        4        2        0        .667

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