Tigers set to visit Charlottesville

The Tigers hit the road to face the Cavaliers in Charlottesville this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Clemson (20-12, 9-5 ACC) vs. Virginia (28-5, 12-3 ACC)
• Rankings - CU - No. 14 BA, No. 22 CB, No. 14 USA; UVA - No. 2 BA, No. 3 CB, No. 2 USA
• When - Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2:30 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Charlottesville, Va. (UVa Baseball Stadium)
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball) SPORTSMANSHIP WEEK IN THE ACC
• The ACC is sponsoring "ACC Sportsmanship Week" from April 7-13. The two teams will shake hands prior to each game this weekend. SERIES HISTORY • Overall Record - Clemson leads 103-50 (1955-13)
• Record at Virginia - Clemson leads 40-27 (1956-12)
STARTING PITCHERS
• Friday - LHP Matthew Crownover (CU) vs. LHP Nathan Kirby (UVA)
• Saturday - TBA (CU) vs. RHP Josh Sborz (UVA)
• Sunday - TBA (CU) vs. LHP Brandon Waddell (UVA)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• The Tigers are coming off a 6-2 loss at home against Georgia on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.5 runs per game and hitting .292 with a .361 on-base percentage and 57 stolen bases.
• The pitching staff has a 4.17 ERA, .245 opponents' batting average and 2.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .957.

VIRGINIA OVERVIEW
• Virginia, who is 18-1 at home in 2014, is led by 11th- year Head Coach Brian O'Connor.
• The Cavaliers defeated James Madison on the road 9-3 Tuesday. They are hitting .283 and have a 2.01 ERA and .987 fielding percentage.
• Mike Papi is hitting .330 and leads the team in runs (33), homers (6), RBIs (30) and walks (31).

QUICK HITS
• Virginia is holding ACC opponents to a .177 batting average and only 16 extra-base hits in 15 games.
• Virginia has allowed more than four runs in a game only two times in 2014. Three of its five losses have been by one run as well.
• In its first 30 games, Clemson had three outfield assists. In the last two games, it has four outfield assists.

ACC STANDINGS
• Clemson is in third place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 9-5 league mark behind Florida State (13-2) and Wake Forest (10-5).
• In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is in fifth place behind Florida State, Virginia (12-3), Miami (Fla.) (11-4) and Wake Forest.

ATTENDANCE
• Clemson is averaging 4,629 fans per home date (20) in 2014, the eighth-highest figure in the nation (through games of April 6).
• Clemson has had a top-20 national figure in average attendance 20 straight seasons and a top-10 figure 12 years in a row (entering 2014).

ACC SPEED
• Clemson is second in the ACC in steals with 57, an average of 1.8 steals per game.
• Steven Duggar (15), Tyler Krieger (9) and Tyler Slaton (8) lead the team in steals.

ROCK SOLID ROTATION
• The regular weekend rotation of Daniel Gossett, Matthew Crownover and Jake Long has been a bright spot of the pitching staff in 2014.
• The trio has combined for an 11-2 record, a 2.72 ERA and 112 strikeouts and has allowed just 102 hits in 119.1 innings pitched.
• Gossett is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA, Crownover is 6-2 with a 2.23 ERA and Long is 2-0 with a 4.06 ERA.
• In ACC games, the trio has combined for a 7-1 record, 2.49 ERA and 64 strikeouts and has allowed just 52 hits in 72.1 innings pitched.
• In ACC games, Gossett is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA, Crownover is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA and Long is 1-0 with a 4.40 ERA.

LEGGETT BY THE NUMBERS
• Leggett was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame on Jan. 3, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
• In his 35th overall year, he has 1,284 wins, 10th- most in Division I history and fifth-most among active coaches.
• His 907 wins as head coach at Clemson (1994-14) are seventh-most in the nation during that span.
• He has led Clemson to a winning ACC regular-season record 19 times in 20 seasons at Clemson.
• He has 234 top-25 wins, 126 top-10 wins and 61 top-five wins as head coach at Clemson.

BAUM KEY TO CLEMSON'S OFFENSE
• Junior infielder/outfielder Jay Baum has been Clemson's best hitter in league games, as he is hitting .392 in ACC games.
• He has seven doubles, one triple, nine RBIs, 10 runs and five steals in ACC games.
• Overall, he is hitting .313 with 10 doubles, two triples, 16 RBIs, 21 runs and seven steals.
• He has started 23 games in left field and nine games at third base.
• Clemson is 7-0 when he totals multiple hits.

BOULWARE PICKING UP
• Junior catcher Garrett Boulware was Clemson's top offensive player in 2013 and has matched many of his numbers in 2014.
• He is hitting .298 with 10 doubles, two homers, 22 RBIs, 24 runs, 16 walks, 13 strikeouts and a .371 on-base percentage in 32 games.
• He is 16-for-40 (.400) with runners in scoring position.
• He was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List on March 6. It was the second year in a row he was named to the list.

CAMPBELL CLOSING
• Senior righty Matt Campbell has allowed just one earned run in 20.0 innings pitched (0.45 ERA) over 16 relief appearances as the closer.
• He is 2-0 and has given up just 12 hits (.167 opponents' batting average) with 32 strikeouts (14.40strikeouts per nine innings pitched).
• He has six of the team's nine saves.
• In 10.1 innings pitched in ACC games, he has allowed six hits (.162 opponents' batting average) and no runs with 16 strikeouts.
• In 96.2 innings pitched over 69 relief outings in his career, he is 5-3 with 17 saves, a 2.89 ERA and .183 opponents' batting average.
• His 17 career saves are fourth-most in Tiger history.
• He has 121 strikeouts in his career (11.27 strikeouts per nine innings pitched).

CROWNOVER SPEEDS UP
• Sophomore lefthander Matthew Crownover had "Tommy John" surgery in March of 2012, therefore he was not 100 percent as a freshman in 2013.
• He is 6-2 with a 2.23 ERA and 43 strikeouts against only nine walks in 44.1 innings pitched over nine appearances (eight starts) in 2014.
• He has a 13-5 career record and 2.20 ERA along with 88 strikeouts against 26 walks in 114.1 innings pitched over 24 outings (22 starts).
• His 2.20 ERA is fifth, 3.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio is sixth and 2.05 walks per nine innings pitched is third in Clemson history.
• He pitched his first career game in Clemson's 7-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader at No. 25 Maryland on March 28.
• In his complete game against the Terrapins, he allowed just four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts.

DUGGAR RIDING LAST SEASON'S WAVE
• Sophomore outfielder Steven Duggar is hitting .3120 with nine doubles, two triples, 23 RBIs, 23 runs and a team-high 15 steals in 2014.
• He is hitting .315 with four doubles, one triple, six RBIs, nine runs, a .383 on-base percentage and six steals in ACC games.
• He had a 19-game hitting streak, which included the last nine games of 2013 and the first 10 games of 2014.

GOSSETT TOPS ROTATION
• Junior righthander Daniel Gossett was Clemson's Friday starter all of 2013 and has been the same for most of the 2014 season.
• He has a 3-0 record, 2.25 ERA, .193 opponents' batting average and 46 strikeouts against 15 walks in 44.0 innings pitched (seven starts).
• In ACC games, he is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA, .168 opponents' batting average and 27 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched (four starts).
• He is holding opponents to 6-for-48 (.125) with two outs.
• He only has a 3-0 record, but Clemson had the lead in all seven games when he was replaced on the mound.
• He earned the win against No. 1 Florida State on March 21 by allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched.
• In his career, he is 19-7 with a 3.12 ERA, .212 opponents' batting average and 224 strikeouts against 92 walks in 219.1 innings pitched.
• His 9.19 career strikeout-per-nine-innings-pitched mark is ninth-best in Clemson history.

KENNEDY MAKES SPLASH WITH RETURN
• Senior utility player Shane Kennedy tore his ACL on Oct. 20, 2013, but made a quick recovery and only missed the first 18 games.
• He has taken over the starting job at first base and is hitting .222 with one double, one triple, one homer, seven RBIs and four steals.
• In the first game of a doubleheader at Maryland on March 28, he went 4-for-4 with a homer and the go- ahead, run-scoring triple in the ninth.
KRIEGER AMONG LEADERS AT THE PLATE
• Sophomore infielder Tyler Krieger is hitting .309 with eight doubles, one homer, 19 RBIs, a team-high 28 runs and nine steals.
• He had a 16-game hitting streak, which included the last game of 2013 and first 15 games of 2014.
• He has started all 94 games of his Tiger career at shortstop.

MOYER STEPPING UP IN BULLPEN
• Freshman righthander Drew Moyer has provided valuable innings in long relief.
• In 19.1 innings pitched over 12 relief appearances, he is 1-0 with one save, a 3.26 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
• In 17.0 innings pitched over his last eight outings, he has allowed just two earned runs (1.06 ERA) and 17 hits.
• He pitched 4.0 scoreless innings in relief at Wake Forest in the first game of a doubleheader on March 15 to earn his first career save.
• In his next outing, he tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball at Georgia Southern on March 19 to earn his first career win.
OKEY BETTER THAN OK AS FRESHMAN
• Freshman catcher Chris Okey is hitting .270 and leads the team in RBIs (30) along with three homers and five doubles.
• The last Tiger freshman to lead or tie for the team lead in RBIs was Jeff Baker, who tied sophomore Khalil Greene with 64 RBIs in 2000.
• He leads the team in two-out RBIs (12).
• He is hitting .358 with two doubles, two homers, 16 RBIs, 10 runs and two steals in ACC games.
• Against his home-state team in No. 1 Florida State in March, he went 6-for-12 (.500) and had two hits in each of the three games.

SCHMIDT INVOLVED
• Sophomore righthander Clate Schmidt has had a decision in nine games this season.
• He has a 4-5 record, but has a solid 3.92 ERA and .257 opponents' batting average in 13 appearances (three starts).
• He has not allowed a home run thanks to 60 groundball outs compared to just 13 flyball outs.

SLATON LEADING OFF SLATE
• Junior outfielder Tyler Slaton is hitting .328 with a .396 on-base percentage and eight steals as Clemson's leadoff batter.
• He has reached base as the leadoff batter of an inning 28 times in 58 opportunities (48 percent) and has a team-high 13 multiple-hit games.
• He had a 12-game hitting streak in 2014.
• He received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson's MVP of the South Carolina series from Feb. 28 to March 2, when he was 7-for-14.

WILKERSON STEADY AT SECOND
• Senior infielder Steve Wilkerson is hitting a team-high .347 with 11 doubles, one triple, four homers, 18 RBIs and four steals.
• He leads the team in slugging percentage (.594) and extra-base hits (16) despite missing three games early in the season.
• In the last nine games, he has six doubles and two homers.
• In three games during the week of March 24-30, he went 6-for-11 with five doubles and one homer to earn ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week honors.

WILSON SOLIDIFIES ROLE AT THIRD
• Freshman infielder Weston Wilson has cemented his starting spot at third base of late with his timely hitting and solid defense.
• He is hitting .321 with five doubles, two homers, 19 RBIs, 12 runs and two steals in 27 games (25 starts).
• He is hitting .400 with two outs.
• He has committed only four errors in 63 chances (.937 fielding percentage) and has made many diving stops.

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