Tigers face off with Presbyterian

Clemson (7-6), ranked as high as No. 16 in the nation, will face Presbyterian College (10-6) on Wednesday at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Clemson will be the designated home team and occupy the first-base dugout. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson and can be heard live on the internet at WCCPFM.com. Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com as well.

The Series
Clemson and Presbyterian College have met 78 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 59-19 lead in the series dating to 1906. The two teams last met on May 18, 2010 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, as the Tigers were victorious 8-2.

In 2009, the Tigers won by a score of 8-0, and in 2008 at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC, the Tigers topped the Blue Hose 12-7. Prior to that game, the two teams had not met since 1950, when Clemson won both meetings by scores of 15-2 at Presbyterian College and 11-10 (10 innings) in Tigertown.

The Tigers lead 3-2 in neutral-site matchups, including a 1-0 advantage at Fluor Field. Jack Leggett has a 3-0 mark against Presbyterian College as Clemson's head coach, including a 1-0 record at Fluor Field.

The Starting Pitchers
Presbyterian College will start junior lefthander Steven Richardson (1-2, 4.50 ERA) on the mound. The Howe, TX native has made four relief appearances and two starts for a total of 18.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 19 hits (.275 opponents' batting average) and eight walks with seven strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior lefthander Will Lamb (0-0, 6.35 ERA) on Wednesday. The Seaford, VA native has made one start and one relief appearance for a total of 5.2 innings pitched. He has yielded six hits (.286 opponents' batting average) and one walk with seven strikeouts.

The Blue Hose
Presbyterian College, led by seventh-year Head Coach Elton Pollock, enters Wednesday's game against #16 Clemson with a 10-6 overall record after sweeping North Carolina Central in a three-game series at home over the weekend. The Blue Hose has yet to play a neutral-site contest in the 2011 season.

Presbyterian College won its first four games of the season, then it lost its next six games. But the Blue Hose has won its last six games entering Wednesday's game and has scored at least 11 runs in four straight contests. The team is averaging 7.3 runs per game and hitting .340 with a .476 slugging percentage and .414 on-base percentage. The Blue Hose has also totaled 32 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, and 21 steals.

Brad Zebedis is hitting a team-high .450 with six doubles, five homers, and 21 RBIs. Tony Micklon is batting .426 with seven doubles, three home runs, and 20 RBIs, while Mack Hite is hitting .393. Andrew Williams leads the team with five stolen bases.

The pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA and .282 opponents' batting average along with 87 strikeouts against 49 walks in 142.0 innings pitched. Righthanders Chandler Knox and Nick Ferguson have one save apiece. The Blue Hose is fielding at a .965 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as #16 in the nation, enters Wednesday's game against Presbyterian College with a 7-6 overall record and 0-3 ACC mark after #6 Virginia swept the Tigers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium over the weekend. The Tigers sport a 1-1 neutral-site record, with both games at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC.

The Tigers are averaging 7.8 runs per game and hitting .315 with a .429 slugging percentage and .427 on-base percentage. Clemson has also totaled 21 doubles, four triples, seven homers, and 22 stolen bases. Clemson has cumulatively outscored its opponents in each of the nine innings this season as well.

Spencer Kieboom is hitting a team-high .425 with a team-tying-high 12 RBIs. Brad Miller is batting .385 with a .545 on-base percentage and four steals, but he suffered a broken finger on March 11 and will likely be out of action for at least two weeks. Phil Pohl is hitting .379 with a team-high five extra-base hits, while Chris Epps has a team-tying-high five steals.

The pitching staff has a 3.52 ERA and .236 opponents' batting average in 115.0 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 29 walks against 85 strikeouts. David Haselden has the team's lone save, while Jonathan Meyer has a 2.61 ERA and .194 opponents' batting average in 10.1 innings pitched over five relief appearances. The Tigers are fielding at a .977 clip as well.


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