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Countdown to first pitch: Charleston So. at No. 4 Clemson

Fourth-ranked Clemson will host Charleston Southern today at 6:30 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

The Tigers are off to their best start since 2002 with their 28-5 overall record. Their 13-2 ACC mark is their best start in conference play since 1995.

 

Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, SC, Tuesday, 6:30PM

Rankings:      CSU – NR       Clemson – No. 4 CB/D1/USA, No. 5 BA

 

The Series

Meetings:                   19 (first met in 1976)

Series Record:             Clemson leads 18-1

Record at Clemson:     Clemson leads 15-1 (Clemson leads 15-1 at DKS)

Last Meeting(s):          Clemson won 3-2 at Clemson in 2016

  1. Lee: Lee leads 15-1 (1-0 at CU; 14-1 at CofC)

 

The Buccaneers

Head Coach:               Adam Ward (1st season at CSU)

2016 Record:               19-34 (6-18, 10th Big South) – N/A – NR

Preseason:                  9th in Big South (out of 10 teams)

Road Record:              5-8 (5-19 in 2016)

Last Week:                  Won two of three games at UNC Asheville (10-3, 19-3, 1-2) over the weekend after dropping an 8-6 home contest to The Citadel last Tuesday

 

2017 Batting Stats:       .261 (5.2 RPG) with 50 2B, 7 3B, 17 HR, 108 BB, 16 HBP, 211 K, 33-38 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:      4.70 ERA, .278 OBA (297 hits), 101 BB & 281 K in 266.1 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:      .957 (48 errors in 1109 chances)

 

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

Home Record:             18-4 (26-9 in 2016)

Last Week:                  Swept three home games from Virginia Tech (12-1, 6-3, 8-3) over the weekend after winning 4-0 at Georgia last Tuesday

 

2017 Batting Stats:       .281 (6.4 RPG) with 61 2B, 2 3B, 35 HR, 182 BB, 33 HBP, 229 K, 34-46 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:      2.57 ERA, .229 OBA (196 hits), 54 BB & 252 K in 231.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:      .969 (39 errors in 1261 chances)

 

Projected Starting Lineups

Charleston Southern

C        #25 Mike Sconzo (JR/.282 BA with 6 2B, 1 HR, & 13 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

1B      #13 Aaron Miller (FR/.264 BA with 3 2B, 2 HR, & 15 RBI in 29 games in 2017)

2B      #12 Nate Blanchard (SR/.292 BA with 9 2B, 2 HR, & 20 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

SS      #1 Kyle Vesnesky (JR/.245 BA with 7 2B, 12 RBI, & 15 R in 27 games in 2017)

3B      #5 Jason Miller (*SO/.347 BA with 7 2B, 1 HR, & 20 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

LF      #4 Cody Smith (JR/.278 BA with 5 RBI & 10 R in 25 games in 2017)

CF      #3 Chris Singleton (JR/.250 BA with 3 2B, 2 HR, & 11 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

RF      #6 Cole German (SO/.209 BA with 3 2B, 4 HR, & 10 RBI in 26 games in 2017)

DH      #21 Brandon Gragilla (SR/.300 BA with 9 2B, 4 HR, & 21 RBI in 29 games in 2017)

 

Clemson

C        #27 Chris Williams (JR/.287 BA with 9 2B, 8 HR, & 32 RBI in 26 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.275 BA with 3 2B, 3 HR, & 17 RBI in 32 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.286 BA with 6 2B, 12 RBI, & 13 R in 29 games in 2017)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.303 BA with 5 2B, 5 HR, & 20 RBI in 33 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.314 BA with 4 2B, 1 HR, & 11 RBI in 27 games in 2017)

LF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.265 BA with 9 2B, 9 HR, & 27 RBI in 33 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.306 BA with 8 2B, 17 RBI, & 29 R in 32 games in 2017)

RF      #13 Drew Wharton (JR/.308 BA with 1 2B, 4 RBI, & 3 R in 15 games in 2017)

DH      #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.346 BA with 9 2B, 3 HR, & 17 RBI in 32 games in 2017)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

*SO LHP #29 Cody Maw (2-2/10 app/4 GS/4.42 ERA (36.2 IP)/.282 OBA (42 hits)/7 BB/40 K)

*GR RHP #22 Tyler Jackson (5-1/9 app/7 GS/3.38 ERA (42.2 IP)/.244 OBA (40 hits)/7 BB/43 K)

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 40-18 all-time on April 11 with a 25-8 mark at home.
  • Charleston Southern interim head coach Adam Ward was a member of the Tiger baseball team from 2007-09. In 23 career games (one start), he hit .286 with one RBI and two runs scored.
  • This is the second and final meeting against a Big South opponent for Clemson in 2017. The Tigers previously defeated Winthrop 6-5 (11) on March 29.
  • Clemson has faced eight of the 10 programs currently in the Big South (missing Longwood & Radford). The Tigers are 131-37 all-time against those schools, including a 97-19 mark at home.
  • Monte Lee is 35-11 all-time against current Big South members (has not faced Gardner-Webb, Liberty, or Longwood), including a 4-0 mark as Clemson’s head coach.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Charleston Southern

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

Weston Jackson      .364    6-6     22      4        8        3        2        3        0        3 2B, SF, 0-1 SB

Chris Williams         .333    1-1     3        0        1        0        1        1        0

Adam Renwick        .250    1-1     4        1        1        0        0        1        0

Drew Wharton        .250    1-1     4        0        1        0        0        1        0        SH

Andrew Cox            .200    2-1     5        0        1        1        0        1        0

Reed Rohlman         .125    2-2     8        1        1        2        1        2        0

Seth Beer               .000    1-1     2        0        0        0        2        1        0

Chase Pinder          .000    1-1     2        0        0        0        2        1        0        1-1 SB

Jordan Greene        .000    1-1     1        0        0        0        2        0        0

Robert Jolly            .000    1-0     1        0        0        1        0        0        0

KJ Bryant               N/A    1-0     0        1        0        0        0        0        0        1-1 SB

 

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

Patrick Andrews      0.00    2-0     1-0     2.2     1        0        0        0        2        .111

Alex Schnell            0.00    1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        0        0        1        .250

Pat Krall                 6.75    1-0     0-0     1.1     1        1        1        0        1        .200

Alex Eubanks ^        9.00    1-0     0-0     2.0     4        2        2        0        1        .400

Brooks Crawford     N/A    10-     0-0     0.0     0        0        0        1        0        N/A

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

^ – has one save.

 

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