Tigers host Furman Tuesday

Clemson (25-14), ranked as high as #23 in the nation, will host Furman (19-23) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday at 6:30 PM.

The Series
Clemson and Furman have met 197 times on the diamond, with the Tigers leading 136-57-4 in the series dating back to the 1896 season. Clemson's first two games in history were against the Paladins, both losses in 1896, which were the Tigers' only games that season. The two teams have played at least one game every year since 1983.

During the 2010 season, Clemson won both meetings, an 8-5 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on February 21 and a 12-1 victory at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on May 11. The two teams played two games in 2009, as the two teams split the games.

The Tigers lead 75-26-1 in games played at Clemson and 26-5 in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 17-5 against the Paladins as Clemson's head coach. He was also 29-7 against Furman as Western Carolina's head coach from 1983-91, meaning he is 46-12 all-time against the Paladins as a head coach.

The Starting Pitchers
Furman will start junior lefthander Kevin Gottlieb (0-1, 5.79 ERA) on the mound. The Palm Beach Gardens, FL native, who will be making his first career start on Tuesday, has made 10 relief appearances for a total of 9.1 innings pitched in 2011. He has allowed 17 hits (.386 opponents' batting average) and three walks with four strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with graduate righthander Justin Sarratt (3-1, 2.61 ERA) on Tuesday. The Gaffney, SC native has made six starts and five relief appearances for a total of 38.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 36 hits (.250 opponents' batting average) and four walks with 30 strikeouts.

The Paladins
Furman, led by 18th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, enters Tuesday's game at #23 Clemson with a 19-23 overall record and 9-11 SoCon mark after being swept at College of Charleston over the weekend. The Paladins sport a 4-15 record on opponents' home fields.

Furman is averaging 5.2 runs per game and hitting .268 with a .373 slugging percentage and .360 on-base percentage thanks to 185 walks and 30 hit-by-pitches against 265 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 77 doubles, 12 triples, 16 home runs, and 43 stolen bases in 61 attempts.

Aaron Thompkins is leading the team with a .331 batting average, 11 doubles, two triples, and 22 RBIs. Will Owens is batting .329 with 10 stolen bases, while Will Miller is hitting .284 with seven doubles, two triples, and three homers. Miller also leads the team in RBIs (24) and steals (11).

The pitching staff has a 5.44 ERA and .301 opponents' batting average along with 202 strikeouts against 147 walks in 370.2 innings pitched. Sophomore righthander Dylan Cole has all eight of the team's saves along with a 3.18 ERA and .222 opponents' batting average in 28.1 innings pitched over 20 relief appearances. Furman is fielding at a .967 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 23 in the nation, enters Tuesday's game against Furman with a 25-14 overall record and 11-10 ACC mark after winning two of three games against Wake Forest at home over the weekend. The Tigers, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, have a 19-6 home record and 5-6 record on opponents' home fields in 2011.

The Tigers are averaging 7.2 runs per game and hitting .314 with a .450 slugging percentage and .408 on-base percentage thanks to 199 walks and 33 hit-by-pitches against 257 strikeouts. Clemson has also totaled 82 doubles, 13 triples, 24 homers, and 72 stolen bases in 90 attempts.

Brad Miller is hitting an ACC-best .413 with a .519 on-base percentage and 16 steals. In the last 14 games, Miller is 29-for-56 (.518). Phil Pohl is hitting .369 with 14 doubles, three homers, and 28 RBIs, while Richie Shaffer leads the team in runs (45) and RBIs (31) along with a team-tying-high five homers. Will Lamb is riding a 14-game hitting streak as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.51 ERA and .238 opponents' batting average in 345.2 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 122 walks against 304 strikeouts, good for a 2.49 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Junior righty David Haselden has two saves, a 2.49 ERA, and .230 opponents' batting average in 50.2 innings pitched over 16 appearances (four starts). The Tigers are fielding at a .967 clip as well.

Three Tigers hail from the state of North Carolina, John Hinson (Asheville), Addison Johnson (Pfafftown), and Shaffer (Charlotte).

After a three-week absence, the Tigers moved back into the top 25 of two of the three polls this week after going 3-1 in four games last week. Clemson is ranked No. 23 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll and No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Tigers are unranked in this week's Baseball America rankings.

ACC Standings
The Tigers are in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with an 11-10 league record. In the division, Florida State is in first place with a 14-7 record, while N.C. State is third at 9-12. Virginia holds the overall ACC lead at 18-3. In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is in sixth place. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are tied for eighth place at 7-14. The top-eight teams in the overall ACC standings will make the ACC Tournament at Durham, NC. Virginia and Georgia Tech have clinched spots in the ACC Tourney.

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