Tigers host Dayton Wednesday

Clemson (6-0), ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, will host Dayton (4-3) on Wednesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The game 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 Dayton have never met on the diamond. The game marks the last of four straight games against teams from Dayton, OH, as the Tigers faced Wright State this past weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Starting Pitchers
Dayton will start sophomore lefthander Cameron Hobson (0-1, 5.00 ERA) on the mound. The Crawfordsville, IN native has made two starts for a total of 9.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 13 hits (.333 opponents' batting average) and three walks with five strikeouts. The Tigers will counter with senior righthander Justin Sarratt (0-0, 14.73 ERA) on Wednesday. The Gaffney, SC native has made three relief appearances for a total of 3.2 innings pitched. He has allowed six hits (.353 opponents' batting average) and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Flyers
Dayton, led by 11th-year Head Coach Tony Vittorio, enters the game at #9 Clemson with a 4-3 record after going 3-1 in four games in the Upstate last weekend. The Flyers have a 3-2 record on opponents' home fields and a 1-1 neutral-site mark.

Dayton is averaging 10.3 runs per game and hitting .326 with a .541 slugging percentage and .412 on-base percentage thanks to 33 walks. The team has also hit 28 doubles, one triple, and 10 homers along with nine stolen bases. Cole Tyrell is hitting a team-best .455 with seven doubles, one homer, and 11 RBIs. Brian Blasik is batting .387, while Jimmy Roesinger is hitting .378. Aaron Dunsmore has added three homers and 11 RBIs, and Zach Jacob has four long balls and 11 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 6.14 ERA and .333 opponents' batting average along with 60 strikeouts against 22 walks in 63.0 innings pitched. That equates to a 2.7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 8.6 strikeouts-per-nine-innings-pitched mark. The team is fielding at a .947 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, enters the game against Dayton with a 6-0 record after sweeping Wright State at home in a three-game series by a combined score of 24-15. The Tigers are off to their best start since 2002, when they started 13-0. Clemson is 5-0 at home in 2010.

The Tigers are hitting .303 with a .510 slugging percentage and .399 on-base percentage thanks to more walks (26) than strikeouts (23). The team has also totaled 17 doubles, eight homers, and 10 stolen bases.

Kyle Parker is hitting .435 with three homers and seven RBIs, while Jeff Schaus is batting .429 with a homer and 11 RBIs. Brad Miller is the only Tiger to hit safely in all six games of 2010 and is batting .381 with five doubles.

The pitching staff has a 2.50 ERA and .223 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 12 walks against 40 strikeouts, good for a 3.3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Alex Frederick and Jonathan Meyer have one save apiece. The team is fielding at a .960 clip as well.

The Tigers moved up three spots to #12 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week after going 3-0 in three games last week. The Tigers also moved up two spots to #13 in the Baseball America poll. Sports Weekly released its first regular-season poll on Monday, and the Tigers moved up to #9 after starting the year #15 in its preseason poll. It is Clemson's first top-10 ranking since June of 2007.

Schaus Providing Punch From No. 3 Hole
Junior outfielder Jeff Schaus (Naples, FL) was Clemson's lone All-ACC player in 2009. He has continued his First-Team All-ACC numbers in 2010, as he is hitting .429 with one homer, two doubles, 11 RBIs, four runs, and a stolen base in six games. He is Clemson's everyday hitter in the No. 3 spot in the lineup and leads the team in RBIs.

Against Wright State on February 28, he had one of his best career games, as he was 3-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs, and two runs in Clemson's 12-6 victory.

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