Countdown to First Pitch: No. 4 Clemson at Kennesaw State

Countdown to First Pitch: No. 4 Clemson at Kennesaw State

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Countdown to First Pitch: No. 4 Clemson at Kennesaw State

Fourth-ranked Clemson makes its first trip to Stillwell Stadium in Kennesaw, GA,  to take on Kennesaw State today at 6:00 p.m.

The Series

Meetings:                                    1 (first met in 2018)

Series Record:                            Clemson leads 1-0

Record at KSU:                          N/A

Last Meeting(s):                       Clemson won 9-4 at Clemson on April 24

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

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 28-10 all-time on May 15 with a 17-6 mark on the road.
  • Kennesaw State assistant head coach Kevin Erminio was a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson from 1996-1998.
  • The Tigers are 16-4 all-time against current Atlantic Sun programs, including a 2-3 record on the road. Clemson has faced Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Stetson, and USC Upstate while missing Lipscomb, NJIT, and North Florida.
  • Coach Monte Lee has faced three current Atlantic Sun programs (Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, and USC Upstate). Lee is 17-2 all-time against the programs with all the but Kennesaw State game earlier this season coming during his time at College of Charleston.

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:                             11-5 (11-8 in 2017)

Last Week:                                  Won two of three home games over Austin Peay (3-6, 10-1, 3-2 in 11) after beating Western Carolina last Wednesday

2018 Batting Stats:                   .255 (6.2 RPG) with 74 2B, 2 3B, 79 HR, 286 BB, 47 HBP, 438 K, 46-61 SB

2018 Pitching Stats:                 3.45 ERA, .234 OBA (412 hits), 192 BB & 433 K in 474.2 innings

2018 Fielding Stats:                 .975 (50 errors in 1974 chances)

The Owls

Head Coach:                               Mike Sansing (27th season at Kennesaw State

2017 Record:                              25-32 (10-11, 5th A-Sun) – N/A – NR

Preseason:                                 4th in Atlantic Sun (out of 8 teams)

Home Record:                           19-14 (12-19 in 2017)

Last Week:                                  Won one of three home games against NJIT (5-12, 7-2, 2-3) last weekend after dropping midweek home games to Georgia State (4-7) and Georgia Southern (3-9)

2018 Batting Stats:                   .280 (6.2 RPG) with 92 2B, 9 3B, 37 HR, 193 BB, 43 HBP, 374 K, 38-56 SB

2018 Pitching Stats:                 5.11 ERA, .256 OBA (419 hits), 238 BB & 394 K in 434.2 innings

2018 Fielding Stats:                 .969 (57 errors in 1854 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C             10 Kyle Wilkie (SO/.310 BA with 8 2B, 4 HR, & 31 RBI in 51 games in 2018)

1B           27 Chris Williams (SR/.249 BA with 8 2B, 14 HR, & 51 RBI in 52 games in 2018)

2B           9 Jordan Greene (JR/.250 BA with 4 2B, 5 HR, & 16 RBI in 37 games in 2018)

SS           8 Logan Davidson (SO/.302 BA with 15 2B, 11 HR, & 35 RBI in 52 games in 2018)

3B           25 Patrick Cromwell (SR/.243 BA with 5 2B, 5 HR, & 21 RBI in 48 games in 2018)

LF            5 Sam Hall (FR/.268 BA with 2 2B, 1 HR, & 6 RBI in 15 games in 2018)

CF           13 Drew Wharton (SR/.230 BA with 11 2B, 6 HR, & 33 RBI in 52 games in 2018)

RF           28 Seth Beer (JR/.280 BA with 7 2B, 16 HR, & 40 RBI in 52 games in 2018)

DH          4 Grayson Byrd (*JR/.256 BA with 2 2B, 9 HR, & 25 RBI in 40 games in 2018)

Kennesaw State

C             34 Griffin Helms (SR/.305 BA with 12 2B, 4 HR, & 29 RBI in 36 games in 2018)

1B           10 Forrest Bramlett (*SR/.214 BA with 4 2B, 5 HR, & 19 RBI in 36 games in 2018)

2B           11 Grant Williams (SR/.306 BA with 16 2B, 5 HR, & 37 RBI in 49 games in 2018)

SS           18 David Chabut (JR/.257 BA with 8 2B, 14 RBI, & 29 R in 47 games in 2018)

3B           2 Tyler Simon (FR/.325 BA with 10 2B, 3 HR, & 25 RBI in 40 games in 2018)

LF            14 LaDonis Bryant (*SR/.302 BA with 7 2B, 1 HR, & 18 RBI in 44 games in 2018)

CF           9 Jake Franklin (JR/.282 BA with 8 2B, 7 HR, & 34 RBI in 47 games in 2018)

RF           6 Terence Norman (SO/.355 BA with 7 2B, 2 HR, & 31 RBI in 46 games in 2018)

DH          3 Jaylen Smith (JR/.292 BA with 5 2B, 3 HR, & 20 RBI in 25 games in 2018)

Projected Starting Pitchers

* FR LHP 20 Mat Clark (2-0/15 app/ 0 GS/1.59 ERA (11.1 IP)/.200 OBA (8 hits)/3 BB/14 K)

vs.

FR LHP 31 Ryan Kennedy (2-6/12 app/8 GS/7.88 ERA (37.2 IP)/.340 OBA (53 hits)/24 BB/30 K)

Tiger Career Stats vs. Kennesaw State

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

Patrick Cromwell             1.000     1-1          2              2              2              1              2              0              0

Drew Wharton  .667        1-1          3              1              2              2              0              0              0              SF

Logan Davidson                .500        1-1          4              1              2              4              1              0              1

Kyle Wilkie                         .500        1-1          4              1              2              1              1              1              1              1-1 SB

Jordan Greene  .500        1-1          2              0              1              0              2              0              0

Grayson Byrd                     .250        1-1          4              1              1              0              0              2              0

Chris Williams   .200        1-1          5              0              1              0              0              2              0

Seth Beer                            .000        1-1          4              1              0              0              1              0              0

Kier Meredith   .000        1-1          3              2              0              1              2              0              0

Robert Jolly                        N/A        1-0          0              0              0              0              1              0              0

Bryce Teodosio N/A        1-0          0              0              0              0              0              0              0

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

Spencer Strider                0.00        1-0          1-0          2.2          1              0              0              2              6              9

Ryan Miller ^                     0.00        1-0          0-0          2.1          0              0              0              0              1              7

Sam Weatherly 6.75        1-1          0-0          4.0          2              4              3              5              3              11

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