Countdown to First Pitch: Clemson at Notre Dame

Countdown to First Pitch: Clemson at Notre Dame

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Countdown to First Pitch: Clemson at Notre Dame

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Clemson battles Notre Dame this weekend in a crucial ACC series in South Bend.

The Clemson Insider previews the three-game series in this edition of Countdown to First Pitch. Game 1 starts today at 1 p.m.

Sophomore Jacob Hennessy will start Game 1 for the Tigers.

No. 6 Clemson (23-6, 8-4 ACC) at Notre Dame (12-16, 4-8 ACC)

Sixth-ranked Clemson travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame in a three-game ACC series this weekend. The series at Frank Eck Stadium has had some schedule changes with Saturday’s first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. followed by a Sunday doubleheader (game times to be announced).

The Series

Meetings:                     13 (first met in 1994)

Series Record:              Clemson leads 8-5

Record at ND:              Clemson leads 4-2

Last Meeting(s):           Clemson swept three games at Clemson in 2017 (4-1, 6-5, 4-0)

  1. Lee: Lee leads 6-0 (6-0 at CU)

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 35-21-1 all-time on April 6 with a 14-8-1 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers are 41-21-1 all-time on April 7 with a 16-12 mark on the road.
  • Clemson is 44-17 all-time on April 8 with a 14-10 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers have won six in a row against Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish won five of the first seven meetings in the series.
  • While 12 of the 13 all-time meetings have come as ACC foes, the initial meeting in 1994 was an 8-1 Notre Dame win in the NCAA East Regional at Clemson.

The Tigers

2017 Record:               42-21 (17-13; 3rd Atlantic) – Clemson Regional – 22 USA, 23 BA, 24 D1, 25 CB

2018 Preseason:           3rd in ACC Atlantic Division (7 teams)

Road Record:               3-3 (11-8 in 2017)

Last Week:                   Beat #18 Coastal Carolina 6-1 at home on Tuesday after sweeping three home games from Boston College (10-2, 9-4, 8-3) over the weekend

2018 Batting Stats:      .249 (6.1 RPG) with 41 2B, 1 3B, 39 HR, 164 BB, 20 HBP, 242 K, 18-27 SB

2018 Pitching Stats:     3.11 ERA, .234 OBA (228 hits), 105 BB & 247 K in 260.2 innings

2018 Fielding Stats:     .974 (29 errors in 1100 chances)

The Fighting Irish

Head Coach:                Mik Aoki (8th season at NC)

2017 Record:               26-32 (10-20; 7th Atlantic) – N/A – NR

2018 Preseason:           7th in ACC Atlantic (out of 7 teams)

Home Record:              4-3 (18-9 in 2017)

Last Week:                   Beat Chicago State 18-4 at home on Tuesday after being swept in a three-game road series at #13 Duke (4-5, 3-6, 4-16) last weekend

2018 Batting Stats:      .268 (5.7 RPG) with 46 2B, 8 3B, 17 HR, 126 BB, 38 HBP, 197 K, 35-46 SB

2018 Pitching Stats:     5.44 ERA, .258 OBA (237 hits), 160 BB & 188 K in 246.1 innings

2018 Fielding Stats:     .974 (27 errors in 1024 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        10 Kyle Wilkie (SO/.226 BA with 4 2B, 14 RBI, & 13 BB in 28 games in 2018)

1B      27 Chris Williams (SR/.278 BA with 6 2B, 7 HR, & 30 RBI in 29 games in 2018)

2B      9 Jordan Greene (JR/.300 BA with 1 2B, 2 HR, & 4 RBI in 16 games in 2018)

SS       8 Logan Davidson (SO/.275 BA with 5 2B, 4 HR, & 13 RBI in 29 games in 2018)

3B      25 Patrick Cromwell (SR/.253 BA with 3 2B, 2 HR, & 13 RBI in 29 games in 2018)

LF       12 Robert Jolly (SR/.275 BA with 6 2B, 1 HR, & 16 RBI in 28 games in 2018)

CF      13 Drew Wharton (SR/.223 BA with 7 2B, 4 HR, & 24 RBI in 29 games in 2018)

RF      28 Seth Beer (JR/.286 BA with 4 2B, 10 HR, & 25 RBI in 29 games in 2018)

DH      4 Grayson Byrd (*JR/.260 BA with 1 2B, 4 HR, & 13 RBI in 22 games in 2018)

Notre Dame

C        3 David LaManna (FR/.242 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, & 7 RBI in 28 games in 2018)

1B      31 Daniel Jung (SO/.202 BA with 7 2B, 2 HR, & 7 RBI in 28 games in 2018)

2B      7 Nick Podkul (JR/.347 BA with 7 2B, 3 HR, & 22 RBI in 28 games in 2018)

SS       6 Cole Daily (JR/.293 BA with 9 2B, 1 HR, & 15 RBI in 28 games in 2018)

3B      16 Jared Miller (FR/.185 BA with 4 RBI, 7 R, & 5 BB in 22 games in 2018)

LF       39 Jake Johnson (SR/.297 BA with 2 2B, 1 HR, & 14 RBI in 21 games in 2018)

CF      24 Matt Vierling (JR/.292 BA with 2 2B, 4 HR, & 23 RBI in 28 games in 2018)

RF      15 Eric Gilgenbach (JR/.224 BA with 4 2B, 5 HR, & 20 RBI in 20 games in 2018)

DH      8 Alex Kershner (SR/.338 BA with 7 2B, 2 3B, & 11 RBI in 25 games in 2018)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Game One

SO LHP 32 Jacob Hennessy (3-1/7 app/7 GS/1.94 ERA (41.2 IP)/.197 OBA (30 hits)/11 BB/40 K)

GR LHP 38 Scott Tully (3-1/7 app/7 GS/3.03 ERA (38.2 IP)/.172 OBA (23 hits)/21 BB/21 K)

Game Two

JR RHP 19 Brooks Crawford (2-1/7 app/7 GS/3.16 ERA (31.1 IP)/.273 OBA (33 hits)/9 BB/22 K)

FR LHP 40 Tommy Sheehan (1-2/7 app/7 GS/5.40 ERA (31.2 IP)/.248 OBA (27 hits)/27 BB/11 K)

Game Three

*SO LHP 24 Jake Higginbotham (3-1/7 app/7 GS/4.11 ERA (35.0 IP)/.241 OBA (32 hits)/7 BB/27 K)

SO RHP 32 Cameron Junker (0-2/8 app/7 GS/6.57 ERA (24.2 IP)/.281 OBA (27 hits)/17 BB/28 K)

Tiger Career Stats vs. Notre Dame

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

Chris Williams         .227   6-6     22      4        5        6        3        3        2          2B, HBP

Seth Beer                .190   6-6     21      5        4        3        5        4        0          2B, 2 HBP

Patrick Cromwell    .167   3-2     6        0        1        0        1        2        0          SH

Jordan Greene        .167   3-2     6        0        1        0        2        2        0

Logan Davidson       .111   3-3     9        0        1        1        4        2        0          0-1 SB

Robert Jolly            .000   3-2     5        1        0        1        2        0        0          SF, 1-1 SB

Grayson Byrd          .000   2-2     4        0        0        0        1        4        0          SH

Drew Wharton         .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        1        1        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      AB

Jacob Hennessy ^    0.00   1-0     0-0     2.2     0        0        0        0        3          .000

Ryan Miller             0.00   1-0     0-0     2.0     2        0        0        1        1          .250

Brooks Crawford     2.25   3-0     2-0     8.0     6        2        2        1        4          .194

Alex Schnell            9.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        2        1        0        1          .500

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