Tigers travel to Western Carolina

Clemson (26-14), ranked as high as No. 23 in the nation, will travel to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on Western Carolina (16-20-1) at Hennon Stadium on Wednesday at 6:00 PM.

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.

The Series
Clemson and Western Carolina have met 66 times, with the Tigers leading 53-13 in the series dating back to the 1974 season. The two have played at least one game every year since 1978.

Earlier this season on April 6, the Tigers defeated Western Carolina 12-3. During the 2010 season, the Catamounts downed the Tigers 7-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the only meeting between the two teams that season. In the 2009 season, Clemson won both games of a home-and-home midweek series by scores of 11-1 (at Western Carolina) and 13-2 (at Clemson).

The Tigers have a 14-9 advantage in games played at Western Carolina. Jack Leggett has a 27-8 mark against Western Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including a 7-5 record at Hennon Stadium. Leggett served as head coach at Western Carolina from 1983-91 and won 302 games in nine seasons there. He was also 3-15 against the Tigers as the Catamount skipper.

The Catamounts
Western Carolina, led by fourth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, enters Tuesday's game at High Point with a 16-20-1 overall record and 7-14 SoCon mark after winning two of three games at home against Wofford over the weekend. The Catamounts scored 43 runs in the three-game series. Western Carolina also sports an 11-9-1 home record in 2011.

Western Carolina is averaging 6.9 runs per game and hitting .299 with a .419 slugging percentage and .389 on-base percentage thanks to 159 walks and 48 hit-by-pitches against 274 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 89 doubles, seven triples, 19 home runs, and 59 stolen bases in 76 attempts.

Ross Heffley leads the team with a .425 batting average along with 16 doubles, two triples, five homers, 45 RBIs, and 39 runs. Stephen Notaro is hitting .395, while Matt Johns is batting .315 and is 17-17 on stolen bases. Cameron Dullnig has added 10 steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 5.84 ERA and .288 opponents' batting average along with 294 strikeouts against 199 walks in 328.0 innings pitched. Kyle Deese, who was a member of the Tiger baseball team in 2008 and 2009, has made nine relief appearances and has a .160 opponents' batting average in 2011. Western Carolina is fielding at a .966 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 23 in the nation, enters Wednesday's game with a 26-14 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 12 of their last 14 games, have a 20-6 home record and 5-6 record on opponents' home fields in 2011.

Entering Tuesday's game against Furman, the Tigers were 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).

Polls
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.


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