Tigers Face Elon

Clemson (14-7) will play host to Elon (19-4) in a two-game, midweek series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Game times are 7:15 (Tuesday) and 7:15 (Wednesday).

The series will conclude Clemson's 12-game homestand.

Tuesday's game will be shown live via webcast at ACCSelect.com. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson and can be heard live on the internet at WCCPFM.com.

The Series
Clemson and Elon have met 11 times (all at Clemson) on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 6-5 lead in the series. In 1920, Elon defeated the Tigers 6-3. The two teams did not meet again until 80 years later, when Clemson came away with a 17-5 victory in 2000.

In 2007, Elon outlasted Clemson by a score of 13-12. The Tigers won both regular-season meetings in 2006 by scores of 5-3 and 7-4. The two teams also met in the 2006 Clemson Regional, as the Tigers came away with a 13-3 victory in that contest.

Jack Leggett is 6-4 against Elon as Clemson's head coach and was 1-3 against the Phoenix as Western Carolina's head coach. Therefore, he is 7-7 all-time against Elon.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Elon will start junior lefthander Cory Harrilchak (2-0, 4.64 ERA) on the mound. The Cary, NC native has made four starts and three relief appearances for a total of 21.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 25 hits (.291 opponents' batting average) and seven walks with 17 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with freshman righthander Trent Rothlin (1-0, 18.90 ERA) on Tuesday. The Hickory, NC native has made four relief appearances for a total of 3.1 innings pitched. Rothlin, who will be making his first career start, has allowed five hits (.333 opponents' batting average) and five walks with two strikeouts.

Elon's starter for Wednesday's game has yet to be determined.

The Tigers will start freshman lefthander Craig Gullickson (2-0, 1.56 ERA) on Wednesday. The Palm Beach Gardens, FL native has made three starts and three relief appearances for a total of 17.1 innings pitched. He has yielded 15 hits (.238 opponents' batting average) and five walks with 16 strikeouts.

The Phoenix
Elon, led by 12th-year Head Coach Mike Kennedy, enters the series at Clemson with a 19-4 overall record and 4-2 Southern Conference mark after winning two of three games at Wofford over the weekend. Elon also sports a 4-2 road record in 2008.

Elon is averaging 9.1 runs per game and hitting .327 with a .444 on-base percentage thanks to 137 walks and 38 hit-by-pitches. The team also has a .515 slugging percentage and has stolen 52 bases in 68 attempts.

Chris Dove is hitting .411 with eight doubles, five triples, four homers, 16 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases. Bennett Davis is batting .385 and leads the team in homers (7) and RBIs (32). Donny Jobe is hitting .337 with eight stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.11 ERA and .257 opponents' batting average along with 180 strikeouts against 96 walks in 203.2 innings pitched. Freshman righthander Thomas Girdwood has a 3.24 ERA and team-high four saves. Elon is fielding at a .960 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters the series against Elon with a 14-7 overall record and 4-5 ACC mark after winning two games against N.C. State over the weekend. The Tigers, who are 12-4 at home, have had 14 of their 21 games decided by three runs or less. The Tigers are hitting .319 with a .397 on-base percentatge and .514 slugging percentage thanks to 43 doubles, five triples, and 30 home runs in 21 games. The team has also swiped 26 bases, including a team-high seven by Stan Widmann. Kyle Parker leads the team with a .391 batting average along with five doubles, six homers, and 15 RBIs. Wilson Boyd is hitting .341 with five homers and 25 RBIs, while Doug Hogan has totaled eight doubles, seven home runs, and 25 RBIs. The pitching staff has a 4.31 ERA and .272 opponents' batting average. Righthander Matt Vaughn has struck out 19 against just five walks in 12.1 innings pitched and has six saves in 10 relief appearances. The Tigers are fielding at a .963 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).

Worth Noting
• Fourteen of Clemson's 21 games, including 12 of the last 14 games, have been decided by three runs or less.

Mitchell Keeping Things Grounded
Junior righthander D.J. Mitchell (Rural Hall, NC) has a penchant for groundball outs. With the sinking action on all his pitches, he has made his mark by keeping the ball down in the strikezone and forcing opponents into groundball outs.

In 2007, his first season to appear on the mound in a Tiger uniform, he had 69 groundball outs compared to just 31 flyball outs. This season, he has had similar results, as he has thrown 38 groundball outs and 22 flyball outs. Therefore in his career, he has 107 groundball outs compared to only 53 flyball outs, better than a 2-to-1 ratio.

On the season, Mitchell has a 2-2 record and 3.24 ERA. In 33.1 innings pitched over five starts and two relief appearances, he has allowed 32 hits (.254 opponents' batting average) and 15 walks with 31 strikeouts.

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