First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.
Clemson and Coastal Carolina have met 44 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 38-6 lead in the series that dates back to 1986.
Clemson has won seven games in a row in the series, five of which have taken place at Clemson. The Tigers have also won seven games in a row in the series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Chanticleers' last win in the series took place in 2005 in a tournament at Myrtle Beach, SC, while their last win at Clemson came in 2003.
In 2009, Jeff Schaus hit a walkoff grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Chanticleers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In 2008, the Tigers downed Coastal Carolina 9-6 thanks to Doug Hogan's two home runs and five RBIs.
The Tigers lead 28-4 in games played at Clemson, all of which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett has a 25-4 mark against Coastal Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including a 21-3 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Starting Pitchers
Coastal Carolina will start junior lefthander Matt Rein (3-0, 1.23 ERA) on the mound. The Houston, TX native, who will be making his first career start, has made eight relief appearances for a total of 22.0 innings pitched. He has yielded15 hits (.195 opponents' batting average), no homers, and 10 walks with 11 strikeouts. He has also not allowed a stolen base.
The Tigers will counter with freshman righty Dominic Leone (1-0, 6.14 ERA) on Wednesday. The Norwich, CT native, who will also be making his first career start, has made seven relief appearances for a total of 7.1 innings pitched. He has given up nine hits (.281 opponents' batting average) and five walks with eight strikeouts.
Coastal Carolina, led by 15th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore and ranked as high as #14 in the nation, enters Wednesday's game at #10 Clemson with a 19-5 overall record and 2-0 Big South Conference mark after falling twice in three games at home to San Diego. The Chanticleers, who are 4-1 on the road, have also lost their five games by a combined six runs.
Coastal Carolina is averaging 8.0 runs per game and hitting .299 with a .475 slugging percentage and .402 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 54 doubles, three triples, 27 home runs, and 55 stolen bases.
Rico Noel is hitting a team-high .356 with 12 doubles, three homers, 24 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases. Steve Davis is batting .350, while Jose Iglesias is hitting .337 with six homers, eight doubles, and 29 RBIs. Scott Woodward has added 16 stolen bases as well.
The pitching staff has a 3.47 ERA and .249 opponents' batting average along with 178 strikeouts against 92 walks in 215.0 innings pitched. Senior righthander Austin Fleet has a 2-1 record, 2.35 ERA, and five of the team's seven saves along with 20 strikeouts against five walks in 23.0 innings pitched over 12 appearances (one start). The Chanticleers are fielding at a .967 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation, enters Wednesday's game against No. 14 Coastal Carolina with an 18-6 overall record and 7-2 ACC mark after falling twice in three games at #1 Virginia over the weekend. The Tigers are also 15-2 at home and 3-3 against top-25 ranked teams in 2010.
The Tigers are averaging 8.7 runs per game and hitting .301 with a .494 slugging percentage and .412 on-base percentage thanks to 146 walks and 21 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 48 doubles, three triples, 35 homers, and 43 stolen bases.
Kyle Parker is hitting a team-high .396 with 10 homers, 24 RBIs, 33 runs, and a .509 on-base percentage, while Jeff Schaus is batting .330 with six homers, six doubles, and a team-high 32 RBIs. Brad Miller is hitting .316 with seven doubles and a .462 on-base percentage. Chris Epps (10) and John Hinson (8) lead the team in stolen bases as well.
The pitching staff has a 3.72 ERA and .250 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 83 walks against 158 strikeouts. Righthanders David Haselden, Alex Frederick, and Jonathan Meyer all have two saves apiece. The Tigers are fielding at a .952 clip as well.
The Tigers fell five spots to No. 10 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll this week after going 1-4 in five games last week. The Tigers also dropped seven spots to No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and moved down four spots to No. 16 in the Baseball America poll.
The Tigers are in first place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 7-2 league record. In the division, the Tigers are ahead of second-place Florida State, who is 6-3. Boston College and N.C. State are tied for third in the division with a 3-6 record, while Maryalnd and Wake Forest are tied for fifth at 2-7. Georgia Tech is atop the Coastal division with an 8-1 record.
Parker Reaches 10 Home Runs in 20 Games
Kyle Parker hit his 10th home run of the season on March 23, 2010 when he went deep against Elon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. That was just his 20th game of the season. It is the third-fewest games required to hit 10 home runs in a season by a Tiger in history. Parker already had the record for the fewest games required to hit 25 career home runs when he did so in the first 103 games of his career.
The record for fewest games to reach 10 home runs in a season is held by George Sutton and Michael Johnson. Sutton hit 10 homers during the first 18 games of the 1966 season. His 10th homer came against Wake Forest on April 23, 1966. Johnson hit his 10th long ball in his 19th game against Maine on March 22, 2002.
The fourth-fewest games required to hit 10 homers is held by Doug Kingsmore, whose name adorns Clemson's baseball stadium. Kingsmore was the first Tiger to hit 10 home runs in a season, a feat he accomplished in 1954. The Tigers played just 24 games that season and Kingsmore hit his 10 home runs in the first 21 games that year.
It is interesting to note that Kingsmore hit just one home run in his first 10 games, then hit nine in the next 11 games, including two-homer games against South Carolina (April 13), North Carolina (May 1), and Furman (May 12). Kingsmore helped the Tigers win the ACC title that year, Clemson's first ACC Championship in any sport.
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