Tigers face ETSU Wednesday night

Clemson and East Tennessee State will play at Doug Kingsmore Stadium tonight at 6:30.

Clemson (33-15), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, will host East Tennessee State (31-16) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

Admission is free.

Wednesday's game against East Tennessee State will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com. Both games 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 East Tennessee State have met 25 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 19-6 lead in the series dating back to 1969. The two teams last met on April 23, 2003 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson was victorious that day 6-3. Michael Johnson, the Tigers' current volunteer assistant coach, hit a three-run walkoff homer in the 12th inning to send Clemson off in winning fashion.

The last eight games in the series, from 1986-03, have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, as the Tigers won all eight contests. Clemson also defeated the Buccaneers on the road on March 13, 1985, meaning the Tigers have a nine-game winning streak in the series since the Buccaneers' 10-6 victory on March 12, 1985.

The Tigers own a 17-4 advantage over the Buccaneers in games played at Clemson and lead 15-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett has a 3-0 record against East Tennessee State as Clemson's head coach, with all three games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett was also 17-6 against East Tennessee State as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he is 20-6 all-time against the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers
East Tennessee State, led by 12th-year Head Coach Tony Skole, enters Wednesday's game at #16 Clemson with a 31-16 overall record and 12-10 Atlantic Sun Conference mark after winning two of three games at N.C. State over the weekend and defeating UNC Asheville 9-5 at home on Monday. The Buccaneers, who are 13-7 on opponents' home fields, saw their eight-game winning streak snapped with N.C. State's 8-5 win on Sunday.

East Tennessee State is averaging 7.0 runs per game and hitting .303 with a .511 slugging percentage and .392 on-base percentage thanks to 197 walks and 49 hit-by-pitches against 355 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 96 doubles, seven triples, 74 home runs, and 28 stolen bases in 40 attempts. The Buccaneers lead the nation in home runs.

Derek Trent is hitting .367 with 12 homers, 12 doubles, and 50 RBIs, as he is one of four Buccaneers with at least 12 homers. Bo Reeder is hitting .335 with 13 homers, 16 doubles, and 50 RBIs. Paul Hoilman is hitting .316 with 16 homers, 19 doubles, and 41 RBIs, while Dylan Pratt is batting .310 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 5.00 ERA and .294 opponents' batting average along with 283 strikeouts against 139 walks in 409.0 innings pitched. Reeder, a righthander, is among the national leaders in saves (15) along with a 2.16 ERA, .170 opponents' batting average, and 31 strikeouts against 11 walks in 25.0 innings pitched over 21 relief appearances. East Tennessee State, who has allowed only 23 steals in 44 attempts, is fielding at a .960 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as #16 in the nation, enters Tuesday's game against Furman with a 32-15 overall record and 13-11 ACC mark after sweeping Gardner-Webb in three games over the weekend. The Tigers, who have won 18 of their last 21 games, sport a 1-2 neutral-site record and 24-7 home record in 2011.

The Tigers are averaging 7.0 runs per game and hitting .312 with a .445 slugging percentage and .402 on-base percentage thanks to 226 walks and 35 hit-by-pitches against 297 strikeouts. Clemson has also totaled 99 doubles, 14 triples, 28 homers, and 87 stolen bases in 109 attempts.

Brad Miller is hitting an ACC-best .422 with a .527 on-base percentage and 20 steals. Phil Pohl is batting .358 with 16 doubles, four homers, and 29 RBIs. Will Lamb is riding a 22-game hitting streak, while John Hinson has added 20 stolen bases. Richie Shaffer leads the team in homers (7), RBIs (38), and runs (50) as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.18 ERA and .228 opponents' batting average in 416.2 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 135 walks against 364 strikeouts, good for a 2.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Junior righthander Scott Weismann has a team-high four saves and 43 strikeouts against 14 walks in 17 appearances (eight starts). The Tigers are fielding at a .967 clip as well.


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