Tigers host Wright State

CLEMSON - Ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation, Clemson (3-0) will host Wright State (2-2) in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.

Game times are 4 p.m.(Friday), 2 p.m. Saturday), and 1 p.m.(Sunday). All three 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. Live stats will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all three games.

The Series
Clemson and Wright State have never met on the diamond. The series marks the first three of four games against teams from Dayton, Ohio, as the Tigers will host Dayton on Wednesday.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Wright State will start senior righty Alex Kaminsky (0-0, 3.60 ERA) on the mound. In his only start this season, he went five innings, gave up four hits, struck out four and walked none.

The Tigers will send junior lefty Casey Harman (1-0, 0.00) on Friday. In the season opener, he pitched five innings, gave up one hit, had three strike outs and one walk.

In game-two, the Raiders will send out junior righty Michael Meintel (1-0, 0.00) on the mound. In his previous start, Meintel went eight innings pitched, walked one struck out two.

Clemson will counter with sophomore righty Scott Weismann (1-0, 3.86) on Saturday. In his one start, Weismann threw 4.2 innings, gave up six hits walked one and struck out six.

In game-three, Wright State will start junior righty Max Friedman (0-0, 1.29) on the mound. In his lone start, Friedman went seven innings, gave up eight hits walked one and struck out four.

The Tigers' starter for game-three on Sunday has yet to be determined.

The Raiders
Wright State, led by sixth-year Head Coach Rob Cooper, enters the series at No. 15 Clemson with 2-2 record after splitting four games in a tournament at Cary, N.C. last weekend. Cooper was an assistant coach for the USA National Team last summer, a team that Tiger shortstop Brad Miller played on. The Raiders went 1-1 against both Canisius and LeMoyne.

Wright State, who played in the 2009 Fort Worth (Texas) Regional, is averaging 6.5 runs per game and hitting .280 with a .400 slugging percentage and .403 on-base percentage thanks to 25 walks. The team has also hit nine doubles and three triples along with three steals.

Gerald Ogrinc is hitting a team-best .500 (6-for-12) with three doubles and two RBIs, while Jake Hibberd is batting .417 (5-for-12) with a double and four RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA and .246 opponents' batting average along with 26 strikeouts against 12 walks in 36 innings pitched.

That equates to a 2.2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 6.5 K/9.

The team is fielding at a .981 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation, enters the series against Wright State with a 3-0 record after winning three games against three different opponents last weekend by a combined score of 29-7. The Tigers are 2-0 at home.

The Tigers are hitting .324 with a .559 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage thanks to more walks (13) than strikeouts (8). The team has also totaled six stolen bases.

Will Lamb was 4-for-4 in his one game in the field, while freshman Richie Shaffer is 3-for-7 (.429) with a .600 on-base percentage. Mike Freeman and Kyle Parker are both 5-for-12 (.417) with one homer and five RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 2.00 ERA and .179 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed just four walks against 20 strikeouts, good for a 5.0-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Freshman righty Jonathan Meyer has pitched 3.0 perfect innings in his two relief appearances and has the team's lone save. The team is fielding at a .975 clip as well.

Worth Noting
• Opponent lefthanded batters have combined to go just 3-for-35 (.086) this season.

The Tigers moved up one spot to No. 15 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week after going 3-0 in three games last week. The Tigers also stayed at #15 in the Baseball America poll. Sports Weekly will not release its first regular-season poll until Monday, as Clemson was No. 15 in its preseason poll.

Clemson has had at least one final top-25 ranking in 13 of Head Coach Jack Leggett's first 16 seasons in Tigertown. The Tigers have also been ranked #1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the three major polls under Leggett. Their last #1 ranking came on Feb. 12, 2007 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

Lamb Showing His Versatility
Sophomore lefthander and utility player Will Lamb entered the 2010 season rated as the No. 92 player in the nation by CollegeBaseballBlog.com. The 6-foot-5 Tiger showed why he is worthy of that high praise in Clemson's season-opener against Miami (Ohio) on Feb. 19.

In his first career game at first base, he went 4-for-4 with his first career homer, a double, three runs, and three RBIs. He played 21 games in the outfield as a freshman in 2009, but that was his first career appearance and start at first base. Lamb, who is one of the team's fastest baserunners, is also slated to be one of the team's top lefthanded pitchers.

In one relief appearance this season, he has pitched 2.1 innings. He has a 0.00 ERA and has allowed one hit (.125 opponents' batting average) and no walks with two strikeouts.

Tigers Go 3-0 on Opening Weekend
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation, went 3-0 against three different opponents from February 19-21. The Tigers outscored Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, and Furman by a combined score of 29-7 and hit .324.

Clemson also totaled nine doubles, five homers, and six stolen bases. Mike Freeman and Kyle Parker both totaled five hits, one homer, and five RBIs. Freshman Jonathan Meyer retired all nine batters he faced over two relief appearances, a big reason Clemson had a 2.00 ERA, .179 opponents' batting average, and 20 strikeouts against only four walks in the three games.

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