Two mid-week home games for Clemson

Steve Wilkerson

The Tigers return home for a pair of midweek games against Liberty and Western Carolina.

GAMES SETUP
• Who - Liberty (31-9) & Western Carolina (26-12) vs. Clemson (24-15)
• Rankings - LIB - NR; WCU - NR; CU - No. 22 BA, No. 20 USA
• When - Tuesday (6:30 p.m.), Wednesday (6:30 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - TigerCast
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network (Tuesday), WCCP (104.9 FM) (Wednesday)
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
• Promotion (Tuesday) - Fans can obtain free tickets by filling out a short form on ClemsonTigers.com.
• Promotion (Wednesday) - Get a Family Four Pack of tickets for $20 at ClemsonTigers.com or at the gate (additional tickets are $5).

SERIES HISTORY (LIBERTY)
• Overall Record - Liberty leads 5-2 (1988-13)
• Record at Clemson - Tied 2-2 (1988-99)

SERIES HISTORY (WESTERN CAROLINA)
• Overall Record - Clemson leads 56-16 (1974-14)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 39-5 (1974-13)

STARTING PITCHERS
• Tuesday - RHP Parker Bean (LIB) vs. RHP Clate Schmidt (CU)
• Wednesday - TBA (WCU) vs. TBA (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson won two of three games at Pittsburgh last weekend by scores of 3-2 (11 innings) and 3-0.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.1 runs per game and hitting .286 with a .356 on-base percentage and 65 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.97 ERA, .236 opponents' batting average and 1.94 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .961.

LIBERTY OVERVIEW
• Liberty is led by seventh-year Head Coach Jim Toman.
• The Flames won both games at Gardner-Webb last weekend. They are hitting .295 and have a 2.41 ERA and .972 fielding percentage.
• Ryan Seiz is hitting a team-high .414 with 15 doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 36 RBIs and a .713 slugging percentage in 40 games.

WESTERN CAROLINA OVERVIEW
• Western Carolina is led by seventh-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda.
• The Catamounts won both games at The Citadel last weekend. They are hitting .295 and have a 4.14 ERA and .964 fielding percentage.
• Adam Martin is hitting .331 with nine homers and 46 RBIs, while Jacob Hoyle is batting .313 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs.

QUICK HITS
• The Catamounts defeated the Tigers 18-10 in Cullowhee, N.C. on March 4.
• During the series at Pittsburgh last weekend, Clemson had a streak of 23 innings in a row without allowing a run.
• Clemson has a stellar .974 fielding percentage in ACC games.

ATTENDANCE
• Clemson is averaging 4,590 fans per home date (21) in 2014, the eighth-highest figure in the nation (through games of April 20).

• Clemson has had a top-20 national figure in average attendance 20 straight seasons and a top-10 figure 12 years in a row (entering 2014).

ACC STANDINGS
• Clemson is second in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 12-8 mark behind Florida State (16-5).
• In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is fourth behind Florida State, Virginia (16-5) and Miami (Fla.) (15-5 entering Monday night's game).

ACC NUMBERS BETTER
• Many of Clemson's statistical numbers are better in ACC games compared to non-conference games.
• Clemson's ERA (3.54 ACC, 4.42 non-ACC) and fielding percentage (.974 ACC, .947 non-ACC) are both drastically better in ACC games.
• Clemson has hit 14 of its 21 home runs in ACC games and is slugging .418 in ACC games compared to .397 in non-ACC games.
• Clemson's opponent batting average is better in ACC games (.227) compared to non-ACC games (.245).
• Clemson is 7-4 in ACC road games and 2-3 in non-ACC road games.

ACC SPEED
• Clemson is second in the ACC in steals with 65, an average of 1.7 steals per game.
• Steven Duggar (17), Tyler Krieger (11) and Tyler Slaton (10) lead the team in steals.

ROCK SOLID ROTATION
• The regular weekend rotation of Daniel Gossett, Matthew Crownover and Jake Long has been a bright spot of the pitching staff in 2014.
• The trio has combined for a 13-5 record, a 2.70 ERA and 139 strikeouts and has allowed just 127 hits in 160.0 innings pitched.
• Gossett is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA, Crownover is 6-3 with a 2.28 ERA and Long is 2-2 with a 4.65 ERA.
• In ACC games, the trio has combined for a 9-4 record, 2.55 ERA and 91 strikeouts and has allowed just 77 hits in 113.0 innings pitched.
• In ACC games, Gossett is 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA, Crownover is 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and Long is 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA.

SIX REGULAR STARTERS
• Six Tigers (Jay Baum, Garrett Boulware, Steven Duggar, Tyler Krieger, Chris Okey, Tyler Slaton) have started all 36 games in 2014.
• Since 1989, when Clemson first tracked starts by position players, no Tiger team has had more than three players start every game of a year.
• Duggar (RF), Krieger (SS) and Slaton (CF) have started all 39 games of the 2014 season at the same position.
• Duggar (RF) and Krieger (SS), both sophomores, have started all 101 games the last two seasons at the same position.

LEGGETT BY THE NUMBERS
• Leggett was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame on Jan. 3, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
• In his 35th overall year, he has 1,288 wins, 10thmost in Division I history and fifth-most among active coaches.
• His 911 wins as head coach at Clemson (1994-14) are seventh-most in the nation during that span.
• He has led Clemson to a winning ACC regular-season record 19 times in 20 seasons at Clemson.
• He has 235 top-25 wins, 127 top-10 wins and 62 top-five wins as head coach at Clemson.

BAUM KEY TO CLEMSON'S OFFENSE
• Junior infielder/outfielder Jay Baum has been Clemson's best hitter in league games, as he is hitting .338 in ACC games.
• He has eight doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs, 12 runs and five steals in ACC games.
• Overall, he is hitting .295 with 11 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, 23 runs and seven steals.
• He has started 29 games in left field and 10 games at third base.
• Clemson is 7-0 when he totals multiple hits.

BOULWARE PICKING UP
• Junior catcher Garrett Boulware was Clemson's top offensive player in 2013 and has matched many of his numbers in 2014.
• He is hitting .331 with 12 doubles, four homers, 26 RBIs, 30 runs, 19 walks, 15 strikeouts and a .402 on-base percentage in 39 games.
• He is 19-for-49 (.388) with runners in scoring position.
• As a catcher, he is 28-for-68 (.412) with seven doubles, three homers, 18 RBIs, a .647 slugging percentage and .475 on-base percentage.
• He was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List on March 6. It was the second year in a row he was named to the list.

CAMPBELL CLOSING
• Senior righty Matt Campbell has allowed just one earned run in 21.2 innings pitched (0.42 ERA) over 17 relief appearances as the closer.
• He is 2-0 and has given up just 12 hits (.156 opponents' batting average) with 35 strikeouts (14.54 strikeouts per nine innings pitched).
• He has six of the team's 10 saves.
• In 12.0 innings pitched in ACC games, he has allowed six hits (.143 opponents' batting average) and no runs with 19 strikeouts.
• In 98.1 innings pitched over 70 relief outings in his career, he is 5-3 with 17 saves, a 2.84 ERA and .180 opponents' batting average.
• His 17 career saves are fourth-most in Tiger history.
• He has 124 strikeouts in his career (11.35 strikeouts per nine innings pitched).

CROWNOVER SPEEDS UP
• Sophomore lefthander Matthew Crownover had "Tommy John" surgery in March of 2012, therefore he was not 100 percent as a freshman in 2013.
• He is 6-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 50 strikeouts against only 13 walks in 59.1 innings pitched over 11 appearances (10 starts) in 2014.
• He has a 13-6 career record and 2.23 ERA along with 95 strikeouts against 30 walks in 129.1 innings pitched over 26 outings (24 starts).
• His 2.23 ERA is fifth in Clemson history and 2.09 walks per nine innings pitched is fourth.
• He pitched his first career game in Clemson's 7-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader at No. 25 Maryland on March 28.
• In his complete game against the Terrapins, he allowed just four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts.

DUGGAR RIDING LAST SEASON'S WAVE
• Sophomore outfielder Steven Duggar is hitting .315 with nine doubles, two triples, 27 RBIs, 25 runs and a team-high 17 steals in 2014.
• He is 21-for-52 (.404) with runners in scoring position.
• He is hitting .303 with four doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, 10 runs, a .376 on-base percentage and eight steals in ACC games.
• Thanks to his strong arm, he has three outfield assists in 2014 and 12 in his career.
• He had a 19-game hitting streak, which included the last nine games of 2013 and the first 10 games of 2014.
• He has started all 101 games of his career in right field.

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