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Countdown to First Pitch: No. 3 Clemson at No. 4 North Carolina

Third-ranked Clemson travels to No. 4 North Carolina for a three-game series between two of the top teams in the nation.

The Clemson Insider previews the ACC showdown which begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.

 

 

 

 

#3 Clemson (34-8, 16-5) @ #3 North Carolina (33-9, 16-5)

Boshamer Stadium v Chapel Hill, NC

Friday, 6:30PM v Saturday, 4:00PM v Sunday, 1:00PM

Rankings:     Clemson – #3 D1/USA, #5 CB, #6 BA      UNC – #3 BA, #4 CB/D1/USA

 

The Series

Meetings:                   189 (first met in 1901)

Series Record:            Clemson leads 99-89-1

Record at UNC:           North Carolina leads 43-37

Last Meeting(s):          Teams split four meetings in 2015; CU won 2 of 3 regular season game (5-2, 5-4 (11), 7-8) at Clemson & UNC won 6-3 in ACC Championship in Durham

  1. Lee: Series tied 2-2 (2-2 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:              9-3 (13-11 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Beat College of Charleston 7-2 at home on Tuesday after winning two of three home games over #17 Wake Forest (8-7, 11-0, 3-8) last weekend

 

2017 Batting Stats:      .288 (6.6 RPG) with 81 2B, 3 3B, 46 HR, 217 BB, 44 HBP, 289 K, 40-53 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     2.71 ERA, .233 OBA (273 hits), 79 BB & 331 K in 315.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .969 (50 errors in 1609 chances)

 

The Tar Heels

Head Coach:               Mike Fox (19th season at UNC)

2016 Record:               34-21 (13-17; 5th Coastal) – N/A – NR

Preseason:                 1st in ACC Coastal (out of 7 teams)/1 vote (of 14) for overall champion

Home Record:            21-7 (25-9 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Won midweek home games over Elon (11-2) and Campbell (7-1) after winning two of three games at Pittsburgh (5-2, 3-1, 9-11) last weekend

 

2017 Batting Stats:      .278 (7.0 RPG) with 74 2B, 12 3B, 42 HR, 195 BB, 45 HBP, 267 K, 56-77 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     2.68 ERA, .215 OBA (299 hits), 160 BB & 381 K in 382.2 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .977 (36 errors in 1591 chances)

 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #27 Chris Williams (JR/.279 BA with 11 2B, 10 HR, & 42 RBI in 35 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.287 BA with 5 2B, 3 HR, & 22 RBI in 41 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.280 BA with 7 2B, 13 RBI, & 17 R in 38 games in 2017)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.272 BA with 7 2B, 7 HR, & 31 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.298 BA with 4 2B, 1 HR, & 14 RBI in 36 games in 2017)

LF      #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.413 BA with 14 2B, 4 HR, & 24 RBI in 41 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.318 BA with 10 2B, 2 HR, & 23 RBI in 41 games in 2017)

RF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.285 BA with 12 2B, 12 HR, & 39 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

DH     #12 Robert Jolly (JR/.329 BA with 7 2B, 1 HR, & 12 RBI in 28 games in 2017)

 

North Carolina

C        #11 Cody Roberts (SO/.291 BA with 10 2B, 2 HR, & 19 RBI in 41 games in 2017)

1B      #15 Michael Busch (FR/.189 BA with 3 2B, 2 HR, & 16 RBI in 37 games in 2017)

2B      #10 Zack Gahagan (JR/.231 BA with 7 2B, 5 HR, & 27 RBI in 41 games in 2017)

SS      #7 Logan Warmoth (JR/.348 BA with 14 2B, 7 HR, & 32 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

3B      #3 Kyle Datres (SO/.276 BA with 9 2B, 6 HR, & 35 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

LF      #14 Tyler Lynn (SR/.322 BA with 4 2B, 5 HR, & 21 RBI in 38 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Brian Miller (JR/.322 BA with 11 2B, 5 HR, & 34 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

RF      #1 Brandon Riley (SO/.305 BA with 4 2B, 4 HR, & 34 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

DH     #36 Ashton McGee (FR/.309 BA with 8 2B, 5 HR, & 28 RBI in 38 games in 2017)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

Game One

JR LHP #23 Charlie Barnes (4-2/10 app/10 GS/2.83 ERA (63.2 IP)/.241 OBA (56 hits)/14 BB/74 K)

JR RHP #38 J.B. Bukauskas (7-0/10 app/10 GS/1.53 ERA (64.2 IP)/.167 OBA (37 hits)/19 BB/89 K)

 

Game Two

*SO RHP #15 Alex Eubanks (6-3/10 app/10 GS/3.36 ERA (64.1 IP)/.239 OBA (59 hits)/9 BB/67 K)

FR RHP #42 Luca Dalatri (5-2/10 app/10 GS/2.22 ERA (69.0 IP)/.218 OBA (54 hits)/13 BB/58 K)

 

Game Three

SR LHP #36 Pat Krall (6-1/10 app/10 GS/2.62 ERA (58.1 IP)/.274 OBA (63 hits)/16 BB/46 K)

North Carolina has not named a starter for game three

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 18-21 all-time on April 28 with an 8-14 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers are 18-16 all-time on April 29 with an 8-10 mark on the road.
  • Clemson is 25-15-1 all-time on April 30 with an 11-4 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers make the trip to Chapel Hill for the first time since 2013.
  • Clemson and North Carolina played at least one game every season from 1951-2006 but ACC expansion has caused two one-year breaks in the series (2007,2014) since that time.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. North Carolina

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

Reed Rohlman        .600    4-4     15      6        9        1        3        2        0        2B

Chase Pinder                   .333    2-2     6        0        2        2        1        1        0        2B, 0-1 SB

Andrew Cox           .214    4-4     14      1        3        0        2        3        0        0-1 SB

Adam Renwick       .000    2-1     5        0        0        0        0        3        0

Robert Jolly           .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        0.00    1-0     0-0     3.1     2        1        0        1        4        .154

Pat Krall                 0.00    2-0     1-0     1.1     0        0        0        1        3        .000

Paul Campbell        0.00    1-0     0-0     0.1     1        0        0        1        0        .500

Patrick Andrews     4.15    3-0     0-0     4.1     5        2        2        4        5        .294

Alex Schnell           16.20  1-0     0-0     1.2     2        3        3        3        0        .286

 

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