Tigers Travel to Athens Tuesday

Clemson (18-9), ranked as high as No. 16 in the country, will travel to Athens to take on Georgia (10-17) at Foley Field on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:06 PM.

The Bulldogs will make the return trip to Clemson on Wednesday night at 7:15 PM. Tuesday's game will televised live by CSS and will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.

The Series
Clemson and Georgia have met 210 times on the diamond, with the Bulldogs holding a 114-94-2 lead in the series that dates back to 1900. Georgia is Clemson's second-most played rival in school history, trailing only South Carolina (277).

Last year, the two teams split the two games, as each team won on its home field. At Foley Field, the Bulldogs outlasted Clemson 12-11 thanks to Josh Morris' walkoff single with two outs in the 10th inning. A day later, the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 10-7 behind four RBIs by Andy D'Alessio.

The Bulldogs lead 67-39 in games played at Georgia, including winning eight of the last 10 meetings at Foley Field. Each of the last three meetings in Athens have been one-run victories by the Bulldogs as well. Jack Leggett is 17-12 against Georgia as Clemson's head coach, including 6-11 in Athens.

The Starting Pitchers
Georgia will start freshman righthander Dean Weaver (1-1, 9.20 ERA) on the mound Tuesday. The Douglasville, GA native has made three starts and four relief appearances for a total of 14.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 23 hits (.359 opponents' batting average) and four walks with 11 strikeouts. He has also not given up a home run.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty D.J. Mitchell (1-0, 4.32 ERA) on Tuesday. The Rural Hall, NC native has made six relief appearances and one start for a total of 16.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 14 hits (.219 opponents' batting average) and four walks with 16 strikeouts.

The Bulldogs
Georgia, led by sixth-year Head Coach David Perno, enters Tuesday's game against Clemson with a 10-17 overall record and 3-6 SEC mark after losing all three games to Florida at Foley Field this past weekend. The Bulldogs, who are 9-14 at home, have lost six of their last seven games despite totaling double-digit hits in five of those seven games. Georgia was the SEC's lone representative in the 2006 College World Series.

The team is hitting .270 with a .344 on-base percentage. Georgia has also totaled 17 homers and 35 stolen bases in 42 attempts. Rich Poythress leads the team with a .385 batting average in 39 at-bats, while Gordon Beckham, son of a former South Carolina quarterback (also named Gordon) from 1979-82, is hitting .316 with seven homers and 28 RBIs, both team-highs.

The pitching staff has a solid 3.55 ERA and .245 opponents' batting average. The Bulldog pitchers have combined to strike out 186 against 107 walks. Junior righthander Joshua Fields has both of Georgia's saves along with a 5.23 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched. The team sports a .963 fielding percentage as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters Tuesday's game against Georgia with an 18-9 overall record and 5-4 mark in the ACC after falling twice in three games against Miami (FL) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium over the weekend. The Tigers, who are 1-4 on the road this season, also bring a #16 national ranking into the game.

The team is hitting .290 with a .369 on-base percentage. Brad Chalk is hitting a team-best .413 with a .522 on-base percentage. His streak of reaching base via a hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch ended at 50 games on Friday. Doug Hogan is hitting .378 with four homers and 14 RBIs. Marquez Smith and Taylor Harbin are tied for the team lead with 23 RBIs apiece. First-baseman Andy D'Alessio, who suffered a pulled groin in the second inning on Sunday, is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game.

The pitching staff has a 3.19 ERA and .238 opponents' batting average. It has combined to strike out 232 against 81 walks. Daniel Moskos has a team-high six saves, while Stephen Clyne has an 0.41 ERA and .154 opponents' batting average in 12 outings. The team is fielding .967 as well.

Clemson has two players from the state of Georgia on its 2007 roster. Sophomore lefthander William Bond (Lawrenceville) and freshman infielder Ben Paulsen (Acworth) both hail from the state of Georgia.

Clemson fell to #18 in the Baseball America poll and #16 in the Collegiate Baseball poll on Monday after going 3-2 in five games last week. Clemson also fell to #17 in the Sports Weekly poll.

The Tigers' #1 ranking by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball on February 12 was their first since February 27, 2006, when Clemson was ranked #1 by those same two polls. The Tigers have been ranked #1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the major polls in Head Coach Jack Leggett's 14th season at Clemson.

Smith Heating Up in Late Innings
Senior third-baseman Marquez Smith (Ocala, FL) is hitting .320 overall with four homers and 23 RBIs this season. But as the game progresses, his batting average rises drastically. In the first four innings of games, Smith is just 10-for-48 (.208). From the fifth inning on, he is 23-for-55 (.418).

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