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Countdown to First Pitch: Georgia at No. 3 Clemson

Third-ranked Clemson returns to Doug Kingsmore on Wednesday night to host Georgia for the first of five straight home games for the Tigers. The Clemson Insider previews the rivalry game.

 

 

 

 

Georgia (15-22) at No. 3 Clemson (30-7)

Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, SC,  Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Rankings:     UGA – NR      Clemson – No. 3 D1, No. 4 USA, No. 5 BA/CB

The Series

Meetings:                   231 (first met in 1900)

Series Record:            Georgia leads 122-107-2

Record at Clemson:     Clemson leads 56-50-2 (Clemson leads 36-15 at DKS)

Last Meeting(s):          Clemson won 4-0 at Georgia on April 4 after sweeping two games in 2016 (11-6 at UGA/12-0 at Clemson)

  1. Lee: Lee leads 3-1 (3-0 at Clemson; 0-1 at CofC)

The Bulldogs

Head Coach:               Scott Stricklin (4th season at UGA)

2016 Record:               27-30 (11-19, 5th East) – N/A – NR

Preseason:                 T-4th in SEC East (out of 7 teams)

Road Record:              5-9 (8-12 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Swept on the road by #11 Arkansas (4-14, 4-5 in 10, 3-11) over the weekend after beating Georgia Tech 5-1 at home last Tuesday

2017 Batting Stats:      .262 (4.6 RPG) with 61 2B, 4 3B, 28 HR, 123 BB, 40 HBP, 275 K, 16-25 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     4.94 ERA, .248 OBA (315 hits), 158 BB & 351 K in 326.1 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .953 (66 errors in 1394 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:            19-4 (26-9 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Dropped two of three games at Florida State (12-10, 3-7, 6-7) over the weekend after beating Charleston Southern 6-5 in 11 last Tuesday

2017 Batting Stats:      .283 (6.5 RPG) with 70 2B, 2 3B, 41 HR, 198 BB, 39 HBP, 264 K, 37-49 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     3.02 ERA, .240 OBA (307 hits), 92 BB & 358 K in 340.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .969 (44 errors in 1408 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Georgia

C        #8 Austin Biggar (FR/.183 BA with 5 2B, 2 HR, & 9 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

1B      #24 Adam Sasser (SO/.220 BA with 1 2B, 2 HR, & 7 RBI in 32 games in 2017)

2B      #11 Will Proctor (FR/.256 BA with 6 2B, 3 HR, & 13 RBI in 34 games in 2017)

SS      #7 Cam Shepherd (FR/.325 BA with 12 2B, 2 HR, & 16 RBI in 37 games in 2017)

3B      #22 Aaron Schunk (FR/.290 BA with 6 2B, 1 HR, & 18 RBI in 36 games in 2017)

LF      #32 Keegan McGovern (JR/.308 BA with 7 2B, 2 HR, & 12 RBI in 36 games in 2017)

CF      #1 Tucker Maxwell (FR/.192 BA with 4 2B, 4 HR, & 12 RBI in 33 games in 2017)

RF      #20 Will Campbell (JR/.237 BA with 5 2B, 3 HR, & 13 RBI in 29 games in 2017)

DH     #13 Michael Curry (SO/.348 BA with 7 2B, 8 HR, & 38 RBI in 37 games in 2017)

Clemson

C        #27 Chris Williams (JR/.297 BA with 10 2B, 9 HR, & 37 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.273 BA with 3 2B, 3 HR, & 19 RBI in 36 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.269 BA with 7 2B, 12 RBI, & 13 R in 33 games in 2017)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.288 BA with 6 2B, 6 HR, & 26 RBI in 37 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.306 BA with 4 2B, 1 HR, & 11 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

LF      #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.374 BA with 11 2B, 3 HR, & 18 RBI in 36 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.316 BA with 9 2B, 19 RBI, & 36 R in 36 games in 2017)

RF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.282 BA with 10 2B, 12 HR, & 35 RBI in 37 games in 2017)

DH     #12 Robert Jolly (JR/.351 BA with 6 2B, 1 HR, & 11 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

Projected Starting Pitchers

SO LHP #15 Kevin Smith (1-4/11 app/6 GS/7.67 ERA (27.0 IP)/.310 OBA (36 hits)/14 BB/34 K)

*GR RHP #22 Tyler Jackson (5-1/10 app/8 GS/4.11 ERA (46.0 IP)/.258 OBA (47 hits)/7 BB/46 K)

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 38-17 all-time on April 19 with a 21-6 mark at home.
  • The Tigers are 400-371-7 all-time against current SEC programs (have faced every program but LSU and Missouri), including a 203-124-2 mark at home.
  • Coach Lee has faced six SEC programs (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, & South Carolina). Lee is 14-18 all-time against current SEC teams (7-2 at CU, 7-16 at CofC).

Tiger Career Stats vs. Georgia

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

Seth Beer               .400    2-2     8        3        4        6        4        1        1        2 HBP, 1-1 SB

Chase Pinder                   .375    5-4     16      4        6        1        0        2        1        2-2 SB

Robert Jolly           .333    4-0     3        0        1        1        1        1        0        2B

Chris Williams        .273    3-3     11      2        3        6        0        6        2        2B, HBP, SH

KJ Bryant               .250    3-3     8        2        2        1        1        2        0        2 HBP

Weston Jackson     .250    4-2     8        0        2        0        0        3        0

Grayson Byrd                   .250    2-1     4        0        1        2        0        0        0        2B, SF

Logan Davidson      .200    1-1     5        1        1        0        0        2        0

Drew Wharton        .200    3-1     5        1        1        0        0        1        0

Reed Rohlman        .167    5-5     18      1        3        3        2        3        0        2B, HBP, 1-1 SB

Jordan Greene       .167    2-2     6        2        1        0        2        0        0

Andrew Cox           .000    4-2     11      0        0        0        1        2        0

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

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

Tyler Jackson                  0.00    1-1     1-0     7.2     4        0        0        0        5        .154

Ryley Gilliam          0.00    3-1     1-0     6.2     1        0        0        2        2        .045

Brooks Crawford    0.00    1-0     0-0     2.2     1        2        0        1        2        .125

Alex Eubanks                   0.00    1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        0        0        0        N/A

Jacob Hennessy     0.00    1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        0        1        0        .000

Pat Krall                 3.86    3-0     1-0     4.2     4        2        2        0        8        .222

Patrick Andrews     4.26    5-0     0-1     6.1     6        3        3        3        9        .240

Alex Schnell           5.40    2-0     0-0     1.2     0        1        1        2        1        .000

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

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