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Countdown to First Pitch: Duke vs. Clemson

Clemson opens ACC Tournament play today against Duke. The Clemson Insider previews tonight’s contest.

 

 

 

 

Duke (28-27) vs. Clemson (39-17)

Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Ky,  Tonight 7 p.m.

Rankings:      Duke – NR               Clemson – No. 14 USA, No. 17 BA/CB, No. 18 D1

 

The Series

Meetings:                     200 (first met in 1904)

Series Record:              Clemson leads 130-68-2

Record at Neutral:       Clemson leads 11-13 (Clemson leads 9-4 in ACC Championship)

Last Meeting(s):           Duke won 2 of 3 games at Duke in 2016 (3-5, 3-2, 1-2)

  1. Lee: Lee trails 1-2 (1-2 at CU)

 

The Blue Devils

Head Coach:                Chris Pollard (5th season at Duke

2016 Record:               33-24 (14-15, 3rd Coastal) – Columbia Regional – NR

Preseason:                   5th in ACC Coastal Division (7 teams)

Neutral Record:           0-4 (1-3 in 2016)

Last Week:                   Lost two of three games at #3 North Carolina (8-4, 2-3 in 10, 7-9) over the weekend after beating Liberty 6-5 at home last Tuesday

 

2017 Batting Stats:      .273 (6.3 RPG) with 117 2B, 11 3B, 38 HR, 220 BB, 60 HBP, 384 K, 68-86 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     4.90 ERA, .253 OBA (468 hits), 203 BB & 420 K in 485.1 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .973 (56 errors in 2080 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

Neutral Record:           2-0 (5-0 in 2016)

Last Week:                   Lost two of three games at NC State (2-3, 10-12, 16-5) over the weekend after beating #24 Coastal Carolina 11-8 at home last Tuesday

 

2017 Batting Stats:      .289 (6.4 RPG) with 109 2B, 6 3B, 65 HR, 280 BB, 57 HBP, 385 K, 48-66 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     3.44 ERA, .252 OBA (489 hits), 132 BB & 518 K in 507.2 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .970 (63 errors in 2134 chances)

 

Projected Starting Lineups

Duke

C        #23 Chris Proctor (SO/.246 BA with 4 2B, 2 3B, & 19 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

1B      #22 Jalen Phillips (GR/.203 BA with 5 2B, 3 HR, & 11 RBI in 37 games in 2017)

2B      #5 Max Miller (JR/.239 BA with 7 2B, 1 HR, & 22 RBI in 55 games in 2017)

SS       #2 Zack Kone (SO/.303 BA with 10 2B, 2 HR, & 28 RBI in 54 games in 2017)

3B      #6 Jack Labosky (JR/.264 BA with 16 2B, 6 HR, & 41 RBI in 54 games in 2017)

LF       #30 Jimmy Herron (SO/.326 BA with 17 2B, 5 HR, & 38 RBI in 55 games in 2017)

CF      #15 Kennie Taylor (SO/.320 BA with 12 2B, 3 HR, & 21 RBI in 42 games in 2017)

RF      #16 Michael Smiciklas (JR/.304 BA with 9 2B, 3 HR, & 28 RBI in 44 games in 2017)

DH      #9 Griffin Conine (SO/.307 BA with 11 2B, 13 HR, & 56 RBI in 55 games in 2017)

 

Clemson

C        #49 Kyle Wilkie (FR/.182 BA with 1 3B, 4 RBI, & 3 R in 17 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.292 BA with 8 2B, 5 HR, & 31 RBI in 55 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.280 BA with 8 2B, 17 RBI, & 20 R in 52 games in 2017)

SS       #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.270 BA with 8 2B, 10 HR, & 36 RBI in 56 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.293 BA with 5 2B, 1 HR, & 19 RBI in 50 games in 2017)

LF       #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.380 BA with 20 2B, 6 HR, & 33 RBI in 55 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.319 BA with 14 2B, 6 HR, & 30 RBI in 54 games in 2017)

RF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.302 BA with 17 2B, 14 HR, & 50 RBI in 56 games in 2017)

DH      #27 Chris Williams (JR/.272 BA with 14 2B, 14 HR, & 51 RBI in 45 games in 2017)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

JR LHP #47 Mitch Stallings (4-3/13 app/12 GS/4.48 ERA (70.1 IP)/.247 OBA (67 hits)/25 BB/68 K)

JR LHP #23 Charlie Barnes (5-4/14 app/14 GS/2.81 ERA (89.2 IP)/.242 OBA (79 hits)/21 BB/105 K)

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Duke

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

Drew Wharton         .500   2-0     2        0        1        0        1        1        0

Reed Rohlman        .350   5-5     20      2        7        2        1        2        0          2 2B

Seth Beer                .300   3-3     10      0        3        0        3        1        0

Chase Pinder           .263   5-5     19      2        5        2        1        3        0          2B, HBP

KJ Bryant                .250   1-1     4        0        1        0        0        2        0

Chris Williams         .200   3-3     10      0        2        0        0        2        0          HBP

Jordan Greene        .125   3-3     8        2        1        1        3        1        0          SF, SH

Andrew Cox            .000   3-2     8        0        0        0        0        0        0

Robert Jolly            .000   2-2     2        0        0        1        2        0        0          SF

Adam Renwick        .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0        1        0

 

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

Pat Krall ^              0.00   3-0     0-0     2.1     0        0        0        2        3          .000

Patrick Andrews ^   1.59   4-0     0-0     5.2     5        1        1        0        3          .278

Charlie Barnes        2.25   1-1     1-0     8.0     4        2        2        1        3          .143

Alex Eubanks          2.70   1-1     0-1     6.2     5        2        2        1        6          .200

Alex Schnell            27.00  1-0     0-0     0.1     1        1        1        0        0          .500

^ – has one save.

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