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Countdown to First Pitch: Nevada at No. 6 Clemson

Sixth-ranked Clemson host Nevada starting today in a three-game series as the Tigers return to the diamond. The Clemson Insider previews the weekend series.

 

 

 

Nevada (14-29) at No. 6 Clemson (34-11)

Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, S.C.

Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m., Monday, noon

Rankings:  Nevada – NR Clemson – No. 6 USA, No. 8 D1, No. 9 CB, No. 10 BA

The Series

Meetings:                   2 (first met in 1997)

Series Record:            Series tied 1-1

Record at Clemson:     Teams have never faced off in Clemson

Last Meeting(s):          Nevada won 7-5 at the UNLV/Coors Desert Classic in 1997

  1. Lee: Never faced

The Wolf Pack

Head Coach:               T.J. Bruce (2nd season at Nevada)

2016 Record:               37-24 (20-10, T-2nd MWC) – N/A – NR

Preseason:                 3rd in Mountain West Conference (out of 7 teams)

Road Record:              9-11 (15-15 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Won 6-5 at Sacramento State on Tuesday after losing two games at Air Force (7-10, 3-4) last weekend

2017 Batting Stats:      .271 (4.7 RPG) with 73 2B, 12 3B, 20 HR, 167 BB, 48 HBP, 289 K, 29-47 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     5.85 ERA, .312 OBA (467 hits), 149 BB & 241 K in 377.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .970 (50 errors in 1672 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:            23-5 (26-9 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Swept in three games at #3 North Carolina (1-5, 4-5, 2-3 in 10) last weekend

2017 Batting Stats:      .282 (6.3 RPG) with 86 2B, 3 3B, 48 HR, 224 BB, 47 HBP, 313 K, 41-54 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     3.11 ERA, .245 OBA (382 hits), 109 BB & 424 K in 410.2 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .970 (52 errors in 1717 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Nevada

C        #23 Marco Valenzuela (FR/.313 BA with 3 2B, 1 HR, & 8 RBI in 24 games in 2017)

1B      #5 Grant Fennell (JR/.326 BA with 11 2B, 15 RBI, & 21 R in 38 games in 2017)

2B      #4 Keaton Smith (SO/.310 BA with 11 2B, 4 HR, & 20 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

SS      #3 Justin Bridgman (SR/.310 BA with 9 2B, 1 3B, & 13 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

3B      #21 Jordan Pearce (JR/.287 BA with 4 2B, 4 HR, & 19 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

LF      #10 Chase Grant (JR/.275 BA with 3 2B, 1 HR, & 11 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

CF      #7 Cole Krzmarzick (JR/.252 BA with 7 2B, 3 HR, & 18 RBI in 43 games in 2017)

RF      #15 Mike Echavia (JR/.278 BA with 12 2B, 5 HR, & 29 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

DH     #32 Kaleb Foster (SO/.198 BA with 5 2B, 2 3B, & 11 RBI in 33 games in 2017)

Clemson

C        #27 Chris Williams (JR/.282 BA with 12 2B, 12 HR, & 45 RBI in 38 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.279 BA with 5 2B, 3 HR, & 22 RBI in 44 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.279 BA with 7 2B, 14 RBI, & 17 R in 41 games in 2017)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.266 BA with 7 2B, 7 HR, & 31 RBI in 45 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.280 BA with 4 2B, 1 HR, & 14 RBI in 39 games in 2017)

LF      #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.396 BA with 14 2B, 4 HR, & 24 RBI in 44 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.296 BA with 10 2B, 2 HR, & 23 RBI in 44 games in 2017)

RF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.283 BA with 14 2B, 12 HR, & 40 RBI in 45 games in 2017)

DH     #12 Robert Jolly (JR/.329 BA with 9 2B, 1 HR, & 13 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Game One

SR RHP #35 Trevor Charpie (2-5/11 app/11 GS/5.27 ERA (66.2 IP)/.337 OBA (88 hits)/18 BB/47 K)

JR LHP #23 Charlie Barnes (4-3/11 app/11 GS/3.07 ERA (70.1 IP)/.234 OBA (60 hits)/16 BB/82 K)

Game Two

*JR RHP #24 Mark Nowaczewski (3-5/11 app/11 GS/3.68 ERA (73.1 IP)/.271 OBA (77 hits)/27 BB/43 K)

*SO RHP #15 Alex Eubanks (6-3/11 app/11 GS/3.39 ERA (71.2 IP)/.239 OBA (66 hits)/10 BB/73 K)

Game Three

Nevada has not named a starter for game three

SR LHP #36 Pat Krall (6-1/11 app/11 GS/2.31 ERA (66.1 IP)/.262 OBA (68 hits)/18 BB/50 K)

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 30-25 all-time on May 6 with a 15-11 mark at home.
  • The Tigers are 35-17 all-time on May 7 with a 19-7 mark at home.
  • Clemson is 37-28-1 all-time on May 8 with a 16-6-1 mark at home.
  • The Tigers have faced four of the seven programs in the MWC (missing Air Force, New Mexico, and San Diego State). Clemson is 11-9 against those schools (Fresno State 2-4, Nevada 1-1, San Jose State 1-0, and UNLV 7-4), including a 3-1 mark at home (all against UNLV).
  • Coach Lee has never faced a team from the Mountain West Conference.

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