Tigers battle Chanticleers

Clemson (14-12) will host Coastal Carolina (18-10) on Tuesday.

First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6:30 PM. Both games will also be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com.

Tuesday's game will be broadcast by live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network, while Wednesday's 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 for both games as well.

The Series
Clemson and Coastal Carolina have met 45 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 38-7 lead in the series that dates back to 1986.

Clemson had won seven games in a row in the series before Coastal Carolina downed the Tigers 4-3 in 11 innings at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 31, 2010. In 2009, Jeff Schaus hit a walkoff grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Chanticleers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In 2008, the Tigers downed Coastal Carolina 9-6 thanks to Doug Hogan's two home runs and five RBIs.

The Tigers lead 28-5 over the Chanticleers in games played at Clemson, all of which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett possesses a 25-5 career record against Coastal Carolina in his tenure as Clemson's head coach, including a 21-4 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.



The Starting Pitchers
Coastal Carolina will start junior lefthander Keith Hessler (1-0, 3.21 ERA) on the mound. The Silver Spring, MD native has made 11 relief appearances for a total of 14.0 innings pitched. He has surrendered 11 hits (.212 opponents' batting average) and eight walks with 13 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with graduate righthander Justin Sarratt (1-1, 2.05 ERA) on Tuesday. The Gaffney, SC has made five relief appearances and three starts for a total of 22.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 20 hits (.238 opponents' batting average) and three walks with 23 strikeouts.

The Chanticleers
Coastal Carolina, led by 16th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore, enters Tuesday's game at Clemson with an 18-10 overall record and 4-2 Big South Conference mark after sweeping Liberty at home over the weekend. The Chanticleers are 5-5 on opponents' home fields, while 11 of their 28 games have been decided by one run (5-6 record).

Coastal Carolina is averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .252 with a .384 slugging percentage and .358 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 46 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, and 44 stolen bases in 51 attempts.

Tommy La Stella is batting .350 with six doubles, three triples, six homers, 30 RBIs, and a .446 on-base percentage. Scott Woodward is hitting .337 with 20 walks, 12 hit-by-pitches, and 19 steals in 20 attempts. Daniel Bowman has added five homers and 21 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 2.90 ERA and .222 opponents' batting average along with 232 strikeouts against 90 walks in 260.2 innings pitched. Righthanders Jordan Coons and Ryan Connolly both have two saves apiece, while Coons has a 1.00 ERA and .164 opponents' batting average in 18.0 innings pitched over 12 relief appearances. Coastal Carolina is fielding at a .968 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters Tuesday's game against Coastal Carolina with a 14-12 overall record and 4-8 ACC mark after defeating being swept at #6 North Carolina over the weekend. The Tigers sport a 12-4 home record in 2011.

The Tigers are averaging 7.2 runs per game and hitting .314 with a .437 slugging percentage and .415 on-base percentage thanks to 141 walks and 27 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 49 doubles, seven triples, 15 homers, and 36 stolen bases.

Phil Pohl is hitting a team-high .417 with nine doubles, two homers, and 17 RBIs. Spencer Kieboom is batting .406 with 17 RBIs, while Brad Miller is hitting .333 with five steals. Pohl, Kieboom, and Miller are all tied for the ACC lead with a .500 on-base percentage. Richie Shaffer is batting .330 with four homers and 19 RBIs as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.87 ERA and .244 opponents' batting average in 227.2 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 82 walks against 198 strikeouts. Senior righty Alex Frederick has a team-high two saves and a .190 opponents' batting average in 13 relief appearances. The Tigers are fielding at a .959 clip as well.

Worth Noting
• Thirteen Tigers have combined for a .339 batting average off the bench this season. Meanwhile, Clemson opponents have a .109 batting average off the bench.

ACC Standings
The Tigers are tied for fourth place (with Wake Forest) in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 4-8 league record. In the division, Florida State is in first place with an 8-4 record, while N.C. State is second at 5-7 and Boston College is third at 4-7. Maryland is sixth in the division with a 2-10 record. Virginia and Georgia Tech are tied for the overall ACC lead at 11-1, while Georgia Tech is third at 10-2. In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is tied for eighth place.

Shaffer Earns ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week Honor
Sophomore corner infielder Richie Shaffer (Charlotte, NC) was named ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week on April 4 for his performance in four games from March 29 to April 3. He was 7-for-15 (.467) with seven runs, a double, triple, grand slam, five RBIs, three walks, and a steal while not committing an error in 12 combined chances at third base and first base. His sixth-inning grand slam against Georgia on March 29 broke open a close game in Clemson's 11-5 victory. Then in the final two games at #6 North Carolina, he went 5-for-7 with two walks.

On the season, Shaffer is hitting .330 with a team-high 31 runs, three doubles, one triple, four homers, 19 RBIs, a .470 on-base percentage, and three steals. He is batting .386 with a .491 on-base percentage in ACC regular-season games. In the last 11 games, he is 18-for-38 (.474) with a homer, 12 RBIs, and a .563 on-base percentage. He is not a prototypical leadoff batter, however, he has reached base in 20 of the 30 times he has led off an inning in 2011.

Shaffer began the season as the starting first-baseman, but he has also made six starts at third base. He has not committed an error in 164 chances, including 19 at third base, this season. Shaffer was also perfect in the field as a freshman in 2010, when he was errorless in 327 chances. Therefore, he has not committed an error in 491 career chances.

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