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Countdown to First Pitch: Vanderbilt

CLEMSON, SC – The Tigers battle Vanderbilt Saturday night in the winners bracket of the Clemson Regional.  TCI previews tonight’s contest.

 

 

 

 

No. 2 Vanderbilt (34-22-1) @ No. 1 Clemson (40-19)

Doug Kingsmore Stadium v Clemson, SC v Saturday, 7:00PM (ESPNU)

Rankings:      Vanderbilt – NR       CU – #15 USA, #17 CB, #19 BA, #21 D1

 

The Series

Meetings:                     3 (first met in 1984)

Series Record:              Clemson leads 2-1

Record at Clemson:      Series tied 1-1 (Series tied 1-1 at DKS)

Last Meeting(s):           Teams split two games at Clemson in 1986 (12-2, 3-6)

  1. Lee: N/A

 

The Commodores

Head Coach:                Tim Corbin (15th season at Vanderbilt

2016 Record:               43-19 (18-12, 3rd East) – Vanderbilt Regional – #17 USA, #20 BA, #22 D1, #23 CB

Preseason:                   3rd in SEC East (out of 7 teams)

Road Record:               10-10 (9-10 in 2016)

Clemson Regional:       Beat #3 St. John’s (NY) 13-4 on Friday afternoon

 

2017 Batting Stats:      .282 (6.8 RPG) with 102 2B, 17 3B, 48 HR, 279 BB, 42 HBP, 435 K, 50-74 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     3.55 ERA, .221 OBA (419 hits), 206 BB & 500 K in 514.2 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .975 (54 errors in 2195 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:              27-9 (26-9 in 2016)

Clemson Regional:       Beat #4 UNC Greensboro 5-4 on Friday night

 

2017 Batting Stats:      .285 (6.3 RPG) with 111 2B, 6 3B, 69 HR, 289 BB, 58 HBP, 406 K, 49-68 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     3.54 ERA, .257 OBA (526 hits), 136 BB & 536 K in 533.2 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .970 (67 errors in 2245 chances)

 

Projected Starting Lineups

Vanderbilt

C        #5 Jason Delay (SR/.302 BA with 16 2B, 2 HR, & 37 RBI in 54 games in 2017)

1B      #22 Julian Infante (SO/.332 BA with 16 2B, 11 HR, & 65 RBI in 57 games in 2017)

2B      #10 Ethan Paul (SO/.250 BA with 13 2B, 5 HR, & 27 RBI in 48 games in 2017)

SS       #12 Connor Kaiser (SO/.223 BA with 6 2B, 1 HR, & 17 RBI in 57 games in 2017)

3B      #9 Will Toffey (JR/.350 BA with 12 2B, 9 HR, & 55 RBI in 51 games in 2017)

LF       #1 Ro Coleman (SR/.297 BA with 2 2B, 1 3B, & 7 RBI in 51 games in 2017)

CF      #3 Jeren Kendall (JR/.310 BA with 7 2B, 15 HR, & 48 RBI in 57 games in 2017)

RF      #51 JJ Bleday (FR/.250 BA with 8 2B, 2 HR, & 21 RBI in 47 games in 2017)

DH      #24 Reed Hayes (JR/.291 BA with 8 2B, 2 3B, & 36 RBI in 44 games in 2017)

 

Clemson

C        #49 Kyle Wilkie (FR/.171 BA with 1 3B, 4 RBI, & 3 R in 20 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.290 BA with 8 2B, 6 HR, & 33 RBI in 58 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.276 BA with 9 2B, 17 RBI, & 21 R in 55 games in 2017)

SS       #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.278 BA with 8 2B, 11 HR, & 38 RBI in 59 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.286 BA with 5 2B, 1 HR, & 19 RBI in 53 games in 2017)

LF       #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.374 BA with 21 2B, 6 HR, & 33 RBI in 58 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.313 BA with 14 2B, 7 HR, & 31 RBI in 57 games in 2017)

RF      #15 Weston Jackson (*GR/.248 BA with 3 2B, 7 HR, & 28 RBI in 47 games in 2017)

DH      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.290 BA with 17 2B, 14 HR, & 51 RBI in 59 games in 2017)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

JR RHP #44 Kyle Wright (4-5/14 app/14 GS/2.91 ERA (89.2 IP)/.206 OBA (67 hits)/27 BB/104 K)

JR LHP #23 Charlie Barnes (5-4/15 app/15 GS/2.73 ERA (95.2 IP)/.244 OBA (85 hits)/21 BB/109 K)

 

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