Red-hot Hurricanes come to Clemson

The Tigers host red-hot Miami (Fla.), winner of 16 of its last 17 games, this weekend in a pivotal ACC series.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Miami (Fla.) (29-13, 16-5 ACC) vs. Clemson (25-16, 12-8 ACC)
• Rankings - MIA - No. 15 BA, No. 11 CB, No. 19 USA; CU - No. 22 BA, No. 20 USA
• When - Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (7 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
• Watch - CSS, ESPN3
• TV Announcers - Rusty Ensor & Matt Stewart
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)
• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - Miami leads 32-27-1 (1977-13)
• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 11-7 (1989-12)

STARTING PITCHERS

• Friday - LHP Chris Diaz (MIA) vs. LHP Matthew Crownover (CU)
• Saturday - LHP Andrew Suarez (MIA) vs. RHP Daniel Gossett (CU)
• Sunday - LHP Bryan Radziewski (MIA) vs. RHP Jake Long (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• Clemson split a pair of midweek home games, losing to Liberty (4-3) on Tuesday and defeating Western Carolina (11-3) on Wednesday.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.1 runs per game and hitting .287 with a .359 on-base percentage and 68 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.95 ERA, .233 opponents' batting average and 1.96 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .962.

MIAMI OVERVIEW
• Miami, who is 10-1 in one-run games, is led by 21st year Head Coach Jim Morris.
• The Hurricanes defeated Florida Atlantic 10-9 on the road Wednesday. They are hitting .254 and have a 3.35 ERA and .970 fielding percentage.
• Dale Carey is hitting .299 with 12 doubles, one triple, five homers, 16 RBIs, a .401 on-base percentage and 10 steals.

QUICK HITS
• Jim Morris (1,420) and Jack Leggett (1,289) are the fourth and fifth-winningest, respectively, active head coaches in the nation.
• Jim Morris and Jack Leggett both became head coaches at their respective schools in 1994. Morris has 916 wins, while Leggett has 912 wins.
• Of Clemson pitchers' 343 strikeouts, 117 have been looking. In 2013, Tiger pitchers combined for 115 looking of their 407 total strikeouts.

ATTENDANCE
• Clemson is averaging 4,491 fans per home date (23) in 2014, the eighth-highest figure in the nation (through games of April 20).
• 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 STANDINGS
• Clemson is in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 12-8 league mark behind Florida State (16-5).
• In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is fourth behind Florida State, Miami (Fla.) (16-5) and Virginia (16-5).

ACC NUMBERS BETTER
• Many of Clemson's statistical numbers are better in ACC games compared to non-conference games.
• Clemson's ERA (3.54 ACC, 4.33 non-ACC) and fielding percentage (.974 ACC, .950 non-ACC) are both drastically better in ACC games.
• Clemson has hit 14 of its 21 home runs in ACC games and is slugging .418 in ACC games compared to .389 in non-ACC games.
• Clemson's opponent batting average is better in ACC games (.227) compared to non-ACC games (.237).
• Clemson is 7-4 in ACC road games and 2-3 in non-ACC road games.

ACC SPEED
• Clemson is second in the ACC in steals with 68, an average of 1.7 steals per game.
• Steven Duggar (18), Tyler Krieger (11) and Tyler Slaton (10) 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 a 13-5 record, a 2.68 ERA and 140 strikeouts and has allowed just 127 hits in 161.0 innings pitched.
• Gossett is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA, Crownover is 6-3 with a 2.28 ERA and Long is 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA.
• In ACC games, the trio has combined for a 9-4 record, 2.55 ERA and 91 strikeouts and has allowed just 77 hits in 113.0 innings pitched.
• In ACC games, Gossett is 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA, Crownover is 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and Long is 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA.

FIVE REGULAR STARTERS
• Five Tigers (Jay Baum, Garrett Boulware, Steven Duggar, Chris Okey, Tyler Slaton) have started all 41 games in 2014.
• Since 1989, when Clemson first tracked starts by position players, no Tiger team has had more than three players start every game of a year.
• Duggar (RF) and Slaton (CF) have started all 41 games of the 2014 season at the same position.
• Duggar (RF), a sophomore, has started all 103 games the last two seasons at the same position.

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 1,289 wins, 10thmost in Division I history and fifth-most among active coaches.
• His 912 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 235 top-25 wins, 127 top-10 wins and 62 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 .338 in ACC games.
• He has eight doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs, 12 runs and five steals in ACC games.
• Overall, he is hitting .300 with 11 doubles, two triples, 19 RBIs, 24 runs and eight steals.
• He has started 30 games in left field and 11 games at third base.
• Clemson is 8-0 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 .327 with 12 doubles, four homers, 27 RBIs, 32 runs, 21 walks, 15 strikeouts and a .402 on-base percentage in 41 games.
• He is 19-for-52 (.365) with runners in scoring position.
• As a catcher, he is 29-for-72 (.403) with seven doubles, three homers, 19 RBIs, a .625 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage.
• 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 21.2 innings pitched (0.42 ERA) over 17 relief appearances as the closer.
• He was one of 50 players named to the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Award Midseason Watch List in April.
• He is 2-0 and has given up just 12 hits (.156 opponents' batting average) with 35 strikeouts (14.54 strikeouts per nine innings pitched).
• He has six of the team's 10 saves.
• In 12.0 innings pitched in ACC games, he has allowed six hits (.143 opponents' batting average) and no runs with 19 strikeouts.
• In 98.1 innings pitched over 70 relief outings in his career, he is 5-3 with 17 saves, a 2.84 ERA and .180 opponents' batting average.
• His 17 career saves are fourth-most in Tiger history.
• He has 124 strikeouts in his career (11.35 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 6-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 50 strikeouts against only 13 walks in 59.1 innings pitched over 11 appearances (10 starts) in 2014.
• He has a 13-6 career record and 2.23 ERA along with 95 strikeouts against 30 walks in 129.1 innings pitched over 26 outings (24 starts).
• His 2.23 ERA is fifth in Clemson history and 2.09 walks per nine innings pitched is fourth.
• 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 .310 with nine doubles, two triples, 28 RBIs, 27 runs and a team-high 18 steals in 2014.
• He is 22-for-57 (.386) with runners in scoring position.
• He is hitting .303 with four doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, 10 runs, a .376 on-base percentage and eight steals in ACC games.
• Thanks to his strong arm, he has three outfield assists in 2014 and 12 in his career.
• He had a 19-game hitting streak, which included the last nine games of 2013 and the first 10 games of 2014.
• He has started all 103 games of his Tiger career in right field.

ERWIN LIMITING DAMAGE
• Sophomore lefthander Zack Erwin has been valuable as both a long and short reliever along with being a starter in 2014.
• He is 3-2 with two saves, a 4.05 ERA and .203 opponents' batting average in 53.1 innings pitched over 19 appearances (five starts).
• He has 51 strikeouts against 21 walks.
• As a reliever, he is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and .175 opponents' batting average along with 23 strikeouts against 12 walks in 14 outings.
• He has allowed only four of 20 inherited runners to score.
• Against Western Carolina on April 23, he struck out 13 batters, the most by a Tiger since 2012, in 7.0 innings pitched to earn the win.

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 5-0 record, 1.80 ERA, .183 opponents' batting average and 57 strikeouts against 19 walks in 60.0 innings pitched (nine starts).
• In ACC games, he is 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA, .163 opponents' batting average and 38 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched (six starts).
• He is holding opponents to 8-for-65 (.123) with two outs.
• He only has a 5-0 record, but Clemson had the lead in all nine games when he was replaced or finished the game 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.
• He earned the victory at No. 2 Virginia on April 12 by allowing just one run on five hits in 7.0 innings pitched.
• He tossed a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in Clemson's 3-0 win at Pittsburgh on April 19 to earn ACC Pitcher-of-the-Week honors.
• In his career, he is 21-7 with a 2.94 ERA, .208 opponents' batting average and 235 strikeouts against 96 walks in 235.1 innings pitched.

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 .244 with three doubles, one triple, one homer, 11 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 goahead, run-scoring triple in the ninth.
• He hit the game-winning double with two outs in the 11th inning to lift Clemson to a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh on April 18.

KRIEGER AMONG LEADERS AT THE PLATE
• Sophomore infielder Tyler Krieger is hitting a team-high .340 with 11 doubles, one homer, 22 RBIs, a team-high 35 runs and 11 steals.
• He had a 16-game hitting streak, which included the last game of 2013 and first 15 games of 2014.
• He started each of his first 101 games as a Tiger at shortstop before suffering an injury that forced him to miss a game on April 22.

LONG BOOKENDING ROTATION
• Junior righthander Jake Long has been the Sunday starter all season after sitting out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
• In 41.2 innings pitched over 11 appearances (nine starts), he is 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA and 33 strikeouts.
• He has an outstanding .213 opponents' batting average and has not allowed a home run.
• In ACC games, he is holding opponents to a .198 batting average.
• He is holding opponents to a .167 batting average with two outs.
• He is tied for the team lead in pickoffs (3).
• Against No. 1 Florida State in the second game of a doubleheader on March 22, he allowed just one run on three hits in 6.0 innings pitched.
• He gave up just one run on four hits in 5.0 innings pitched at No. 2 Virginia on April 13.

MOYER STEPPING UP IN BULLPEN
• Freshman righthander Drew Moyer has provided valuable innings in long relief.
• In 25.1 innings pitched over 16 relief appearances, he is 3-0 with one save, a 2.49 ERA and 24 strikeouts.
• In 23.0 innings pitched over his last 12 outings, he has allowed just two earned runs (0.78 ERA) and 20 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 .256 and leads the team in RBIs (36) along with four homers and seven 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 is hitting .286 with two doubles, three homers, a team-high 20 RBIs, 12 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 4-6 record and has a 4.30 ERA and .262 opponents' batting average in 15 appearances (five starts).
• He has allowed just one homer thanks to 66 groundball outs compared to just 20 flyball outs.

SLATON LEADING OFF SLATE
• Junior outfielder Tyler Slaton is hitting .310 with a .399 on-base percentage and 10 steals as Clemson's leadoff batter.
• He has reached base as the leadoff batter of an inning 36 times in 76 chances (47 percent) and has a teamtying- high 15 multiple-hit games.
• He had a 12-game hitting streak in 2014.
• He reached base safely 20 straight games from March to April.
• 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 .326 with 13 doubles, one triple, four homers, 25 RBIs and six steals.
• He leads the team in slugging percentage (.522) and extra-base hits (18) despite missing three games early in the season.
• 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 .284 with five doubles, two homers, 21 RBIs, 14 runs and two steals in 36 games (32 starts). • He is hitting .333 with two outs.
• He has committed only five errors in 79 chances (.937 fielding percentage) and has made many diving stops.

THREE FORMER TIGERS ON MLB ROSTERS
• Former Tigers Jeff Baker (2000-02), Dominic Leone (2010-12) and Brad Miller (2009-11) are all on major league rosters in 2014.
• Baker (Marlins) is in his 10th MLB season, Leone (Mariners) is in his first MLB season and Miller (Mariners) is in his second MLB season.
• Leone and Miller were teammates at Clemson for two seasons (2010,11) and are again teammates with the Mariners.
• Baker batted .334 in his Clemson career, is tied for the Tiger record with 59 career homers and was a two-time, first-team All-American.
• Leone, who had a 16-8 career record at Clemson, made his major league debut April 6 and pitched a scoreless inning against Oakland.
• Miller, the 2011 ACC Player-of-the-Year, hit .339 with 36 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers, 135 RBIs and 46 steals in 191 games as a Tiger.

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