Clemson vs. Georgia
Clemson (15-8) will play Georgia (8-16) in a two-game, home-and-home
series on Tuesday and Wednesday. The two teams will face off on
Tuesday at Foley Field in Athens, then the two teams will match up on
Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson. Both games are
scheduled to start at 7:00 PM.
Both games will be televised by CSS, while Wednesday's game will also
be available via webcast on ESPN3. Both games will also be broadcast
live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network. Live stats will be
available online at ClemsonTigers.com for both games as well.
Clemson and Georgia have met 222 times on the diamond, with Georgia
holding a 118-102-2 lead in the series dating back to 1900. The two
teams have played at least one game every year since 1959. Georgia is
Clemson's second-most-played rival in history, trailing only South
Last season, the two teams split the home-and-home series, as the
visiting team won each game. Clemson won at Georgia on March 27, 2012
behind 16 hits. Fifteen days later, the Bulldogs edged the Tigers 8-7
at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Georgia rallied from a 5-0 deficit and
scored six runs in the fifth inning. That Bulldog victory snapped
Clemson's five-game winning streak in the series.
The Bulldogs lead 68-44 in games played at Georgia, while the Tigers
lead 55-47-2 in games played at Clemson, including a 35-12 advantage
at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Jack Leggett is 24-17 against Georgia as Clemson's head coach,
including a 10-13 record at Foley Field and a 14-4 record at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett was also 3-12 against the Bulldogs as
Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he is 27-29 all-time against
The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Georgia will start sophomore righthander Luke Crumley
(1-3, 7.85 ERA) on the mound. The Cleveland, GA native has made five
starts and one relief appearance for a total of 18.1 innings pitched.
He has allowed 29 hits (.367 opponents' batting average) and two walks
with 10 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with freshman lefthander Matthew Crownover
(2-0, 3.57 ERA) on Tuesday. The Ringgold, GA native has made four
starts and one relief appearance for a total of 17.2 innings pitched.
He has surrendered 14 hits (.222 opponents' batting average) and two
walks with nine strikeouts.
Both teams' starting pitchers for Wednesday's game have yet to
Georgia, led by 12th-year Head Coach David Perno, enters the series
against Clemson with an 8-16 overall record and an 0-6 SEC mark after
being swept at home by Alabama last weekend. The Bulldogs, who have
lost eight games in a row, are 7-10 at home and 1-6 on opponents' home
fields in 2013.
Georgia is averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .287 with a .398
slugging percentage and .356 on-base percentage thanks to 85 walks and
13 hit-by-pitches against 163 strikeouts. The team has also totaled
36 doubles, nine triples, 13 home runs, and six stolen bases in 15
Curt Powell leads the team with a .400 batting average and 11 RBIs,
Nelson Ward is hitting .359, and Kyle Farmer is batting .358 with a
team-high 10 doubles and 26 RBIs. Brett DeLoach has added a team-high
three home runs as well.
The pitching staff has a 4.79 ERA and .278 opponents' batting average
along with 155 strikeouts against 94 walks in 214.1 innings pitched.
Sophomore lefthander Jared Walsh has two of the team's three saves
along with a 1.88 ERA and .174 opponents' batting average in 14.1
innings pitched over nine relief appearances. Georgia, who has
allowed 34 steals in 45 attempts, is fielding at a .976 clip as well.
Clemson enters the series against Georgia with a 15-8 overall record
and 5-4 ACC mark after defeating Duke twice in three games at home last
weekend. The Tigers are 2-2 on opponents' home fields and 12-6 at home
The Tigers are averaging 5.2 runs per game and hitting .272 with a
.359 slugging percentage and .337 on-base percentage thanks to 67
walks and 13 hit-by-pitches against 156 strikeouts. Clemson has also
totaled 37 doubles, three triples, eight homers, and 33 stolen bases
in 51 attempts.
Garrett Boulware leads the team in batting average (.370), homers (4),
and RBIs (23). Thomas Brittle is batting .321 with a .417 on-base
percentage and nine steals, while Steve Wilkerson is hitting .304.
Shane Kennedy has two homers and 16 RBIs as well.
The pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA and .259 opponents' batting average
in 209.0 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 70 walks against 153
strikeouts, good for a 2.19 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Junior righty
Matt Campbell has four of the team's six saves, while freshman
lefthander Zack Erwin is 2-0 with one save and an 0.59 ERA in 15.1
innings pitched over nine relief appearances. The Tigers are fielding
at a .970 clip as well.
• Clemson is 8-0 when scoring in the first inning and 9-1 when scoring
• Clemson is 10-1 when it outhits the opposition and 4-6 when it is
• Three Tiger freshmen, Matthew Crownover, Brody Koerner, and Clate
Schmidt, have combined to start 10 games on the mound. Clemson has a 9-1
record in those 10 games.
The Tigers in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with
a 5-4 league record. Florida State is in first place in the division
with a 7-2 record. North Carolina is atop the overall ACC standings at
7-1. In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is tied for fifth place
with Virginia Tech. The top-eight teams in the overall ACC standings
will play in the 2013 ACC Tournament at Durham, NC.
Boulware a Triple Threat
Catcher Garrett Boulware leads the team in batting average (.370),
homers (4), and RBIs (23) in 2013 a year after serving as a backup most
of the season. He leads the team in batting average by 49 points,
homers by two, and RBIs by seven.
No Tiger has won the team "Triple Crown" since 2009, when Ben Paulsen
(.367 batting average, 13 homers, 61 RBIs) did so. However, Paulsen
tied for the team lead in homers with Jeff Schaus. The last Tiger to
win the team "Triple Crown" outright in all three categories was
Khalil Greene (.470 batting average, 27 homers, 91 RBIs) in 2002. No
Tiger catcher has ever won the team "Triple Crown."
Boulware Earns ACC Weekly Honor
Garrett Boulware received ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week honors for his
performance in five games from Mar. 19-23. It was the first time he
won ACC Player-of-the-Week honors in his career. Boulware, who had
multiple hits in four of the five games, went 8-for-16 (.500) with one
homer, eight RBIs, three runs, and three walks to lead the Tigers to
Duggar Digging in in Right Field
Freshman outfielder Steven Duggar (Moore, SC) has been the everyday
starter in right field this season. And there is good reason why.
Besides the fact that he has been one of the team's most consistent
hitters, hitting safely in 18 of the 23 games, he has a team-high four
outfield assists thanks to his strong right arm. He also has 52
putouts without committing an error.
On the season, Duggar is hitting .281 with four doubles, 12 RBIs, and
15 runs in 23 games. He is also batting .429 with runners in scoring
Gossett Delivers Goose Egg
Daniel Gossett delivered against Duke at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on
March 22 when he did what no Tiger had done since 2008...pitch a
shutout. In 9.0 innings pitched, he gave up just five hits, no runs,
and no walks with three strikeouts in Clemson's 7-0 victory over the
Blue Devils. He also retired the first 13 batters of the game.
It was the first shutout by a Tiger since March 23, 2008, when
righthander Graham Stoneburner pitched a two-hit shutout in Clemson's
2-0 win over N.C. State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. It was also the
first complete game by a Tiger since 2011.
Clemson ready for UGA series
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