First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6:30 PM. The games will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com. The games will also 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.
Clemson and Elon have met 17 times (all at Clemson) on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 10-7 lead in the series. In 1920, Elon defeated the Tigers 6-3. The two teams did not meet again until 80 years later, when Clemson came away with a 17-5 victory in 2000.
In 2010, Elon won both games of the midweek series by scores of 15-10 and 4-3 (10 innings). Clemson won both games over Elon in 2009 by scores of 5-3 and 8-7. In 2008, the Tigers also won both games by scores of 5-4 and 2-1.
Jack Leggett is 10-6 against Elon as Clemson's head coach and was 1-3 against the Phoenix as Western Carolina's head coach. Therefore, he is 11-9 all-time against Elon.
The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Elon will start senior righthander Thomas Girdwood (2-1, 5.40 ERA) on the mound. The Charlotte, NC native has made five relief appearances and two starts for a total of 16.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 12 hits (.203 opponents' batting average) and nine walks with 13 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with graduate righthander Justin Sarratt (0-1, 1.93 ERA) on Tuesday. The Gaffney, SC has made five relief appearances and one start for a total of 14.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 11 hits (.212 opponents' batting average) and one walk with 11 strikeouts.
Both team's starting pitchers for Wednesday's game have yet to be determined.
Elon, led by 15th-year Head Coach Mike Kennedy, enters the series at #15 Clemson with a 15-6 overall record and 6-0 SoCon mark after sweeping Western Carolina on the road over the weekend. The Phoenix, who is 10-3 on opponents' home fields, has won 10 of its last 12 games after starting the season with a 5-4 record.
Elon is averaging 7.4 runs per game and hitting .264 with a .385 slugging percentage and .397 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 33 doubles, seven triples, 13 home runs, 19 sacrifice bunts, and 47 stolen bases.
Jake Luce is hitting a team-high .380 with nine doubles, one triple, one homer, and 12 RBIs. Neal Pritchard is batting .370 with three homers and 14 RBIs, while Niko Fraser leads the team in RBIs (19) and stolen bases (11). Eleven different Elon players have multiple stolen bases in 2011.
The pitching staff has a 4.98 ERA and .271 opponents' batting average along with 144 strikeouts against 88 walks in 195.1 innings pitched. Senior righthander Mitch Conner has a 1-1 record, 1.64 ERA, and a team-high three saves in 11.0 innings pitched over 10 relief appearances. The Phoenix is fielding at a .965 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation, enters the series against Elon with a 10-7 overall record and 3-3 ACC mark after sweeping Duke at home over the weekend. The Tigers sport a 9-4 home record in 2011.
The Tigers are averaging 8.2 runs per game and hitting .333 with a .467 slugging percentage and .433 on-base percentage. Clemson has also totaled 36 doubles, six triples, 10 homers, and 25 stolen bases.
Spencer Kieboom is hitting a team-high .429 with 12 RBIs. Phil Pohl is batting .422 with six doubles, two homers, and 14 RBIs in only 45 at-bats. Jeff Schaus is up to .339 with eight doubles and 17 RBIs, while Chris Epps is batting .300 with four homers, 12 RBIs, and five stolen bases.
The pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA and .238 opponents' batting average in 151.0 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 37 walks against 127 strikeouts. Senior righthander Alex Frederick has a .185 opponents' batting average and one of the team's two saves. The Tigers are fielding at a .957 clip as well.
The Tigers moved up one spot to #15 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week after going 3-1 in four games last week. Clemson also fell three spots to #19 in the Baseball America poll and dropped two spots to #19 in the Sports Weekly poll. With Clemson's top-25 ranking this week, it marks the 43rd week in a row the Tigers have been ranked in the top 25 of at least one of the three major polls dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
Clemson has had at least one final top-25 ranking in 14 of Head Coach Jack Leggett's first 17 seasons in Tigertown. The Tigers have also been ranked #1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the three major polls under Leggett. Their last #1 ranking came on February 12, 2007 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
Schaus Nearing Several Top-10 Lists
Senior outfielder Jeff Schaus (Naples, FL) returned for his senior season in 2011 after being drafted in the 27th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2010. His numbers through his junior season already put him among some of the best Clemson outfielders in recent history. And after a slow start to the 2011 season, he has come on strong of late and is nearing the top 10 in several career categories.
On the season, Schaus is hitting .339 with eight doubles, one triple, 17 RBIs, 11 runs, 12 walks and three hit-by-pitches against only six strikeouts, and a stolen base. In the first eight games of the season, he did not tally an extra-base hit. Therefore, he has his nine extra-base hits in the last nine games. Schaus has also been stellar in his six ACC games this year, as he is 14-for-26 (.538) with six doubles, one triple, nine RBIs, and seven runs.
In the last nine games, he is 17-for-37 (.459) with eight doubles, one triple, 12 RBIs, and nine runs. He was especially good in the Duke series from March 18-20, when he had three hits in each game and was 9-for-14 (.643) with four doubles, one triple, five RBIs, and seven runs in leading Clemson to a series sweep.
In 212 games (210 starts) in his career, he is hitting .320 with 49 doubles, five triples, 31 homers, 185 RBIs, 181 runs, 119 walks and 21 hit-by-pitches against only 89 strikeouts, and 23 stolen bases. His marks for games, at-bats (806), hits (258), doubles, RBIs, total bases (410), runs, and walks are all within range of the top 10 in the Clemson recordbook.
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