Tigers Face N.C. State This Weekend

Clemson (12-6, 2-4 ACC) will play host to N.C. State (12-5, 3-3 ACC) this weekend in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Game times are 6:00 (Friday), 7:00 (Saturday), and 1:00 (Sunday).

The Friday and Saturday games will be shown live via webcast at ACCSelect.com. All three games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.

The Series
Clemson and N.C. State have met 166 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 99-66-1 lead in the series dating back to the 1921 season. Last year at N.C. State, the Wolfpack won two of three games, including wins by scores of 11-4 and 6-5 before the Tigers won game-three 6-3. The Tigers also swept N.C. State in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2006. The Tigers hold a 50-21-1 lead over the Wolfpack in games played at Clemson and 37-13 lead at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers also hold a 77-53 advantage in ACC regular-season games. Jack Leggett has a 33-16 record against N.C. State as Clemson's head coach, including a 16-4 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett was 7-18 against N.C. State as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he has a 40-34 all-time record against the Wolfpack.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, N.C. State will start junior lefty Eric Surkamp (1-2, 4.00 ERA) on the mound. The Cincinnati, OH native has made four starts for a total of 18.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 19 hits (.284 opponents' batting average) and 11 walks with 21 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior lefthander Ryan Hinson (1-3, 5.40 ERA) on Friday. The Rock Hill, SC native has made four starts for a total of 21.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 27 hits (.307 opponents' batting average) and seven walks with 20 strikeouts.

In game-two, the Wolfpack will send out junior righthander Clayton Shunick (2-1, 0.78 ERA) on the mound. The Alpharetta, GA native has made two starts and two relief appearances for a total of 23.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 15 hits (.179 opponents' batting average) and three walks with 23 strikeouts. He has also not allowed a home run this season.

Clemson will counter with junior righthander D.J. Mitchell (1-2, 4.10 ERA) on Saturday. The Rural Hall, NC native has made four starts and two relief appearances for a total of 26.1 innings pitched. He has yielded 25 hits (.250 opponents' batting average) and 14 walks with 26 strikeouts.

In game-three, N.C. State will start senior righty Eryk McConnell (2-0, 5.40 ERA) on the mound. The Waynesville, NC native has made four starts for a total of 18.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 21 hits (.288 opponents' batting average) and nine walks with nine strikeouts. He has also not allowed a home run this season. The Tigers will counter with freshman righthander Graham Stoneburner (3-0, 3.86 ERA) on Sunday. The Richmond, VA native has made four starts and one relief appearance for a total of 21.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 19 hits (.247 opponents' batting average) and four walks with 17 strikeouts.

The Wolfpack
N.C. State, led by 12th-year Head Coach Elliott Avent, enters the series at Clemson with a 12-5 overall record and 3-3 ACC mark after winning two games over Towson by scores of 4-3 and 9-5 on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Wolfpack also fell twice in three games at home against #5 Miami (FL) last weekend. Like the Tigers, N.C. State has played many close games. Ten of its 17 games have been decided by three runs or less.

N.C. State, who has a 1-0 record on opponents' home fields, is averaging 6.4 runs per game and hitting .291 with a .385 on-base percentage. The Wolfpack has also totaled 22 stolen bases in 29 attempts.

Matt Payne is hitting a team-best .382 with a homer and 12 RBIs, while Marcus Jones is batting .364 with two homers, 14 RBIs, and five steals. Ryan Pond has a team-high three home runs as well.

The pitching staff has a 2.98 ERA and .244 opponents' batting average along with 144 strikeouts and 59 walks in 154.0 innings pitched. Lefthander Jimmy Gillheeney has an 0.82 ERA and team-high three saves along with 15 strikeouts in 11.0 innings pitched over six relief appearances. N.C. State is fielding at a .962 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters the series against N.C. State with a 12-6 overall record and 2-4 ACC mark after defeating #21 Coastal Carolina 9-6 on Tuesday and topping Furman 14-2 on Wednesday. The Tigers also fell twice in three games against Boston College at home last weekend. Clemson, who is 10-3 at home, has had 11 of its 18 games decided by three runs or less.

The Tigers are hitting .325 with a .404 on-base percentage and .526 slugging percentage thanks to 28 home runs in 18 games. Wilson Boyd is hitting .385 with five homers and 24 RBIs, while Kyle Parker is hitting .362 with five homers and 14 RBIs. Doug Hogan has totaled seven homers and 25 RBIs, including four homers and 11 RBIs in the last two games.

The pitching staff has a 4.75 ERA and .281 opponents' batting average. Righthander Matt Vaughn has struck out 17 against just four walks in 10.1 innings pitched and has five saves in nine relief appearances. The Tigers are fielding at a .962 clip as well.

Eight Tigers hail from the state of North Carolina, including Boyd (Hickory), John Hinson (Asheville), Addison Johnson (Pfafftown), Alex Martin (Charlotte), D.J. Mitchell (Rural Hall), Trent Rothlin (Hickory), Matt Sanders (New Bern), and Josh Thrailkill (Arden).

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