Tigers head to Pittsburgh

Clemson will play Pittsburgh for the first-time in program history.

SERIES SETUP
• Who - Clemson (22-14, 10-7 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (16- 20, 8-10 ACC)
• Rankings - CU - No. 22 BA, No. 20 USA; PIT - NR
• When - Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (noon)
• Where - Pittsburgh, Pa. (Petersen Sports Complex)
• Watch - ESPN3
• Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tiger Sports Network
• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
• Social Media - Twitter/Instagram (@ClemsonBaseball)

SERIES HISTORY
• Overall Record - 0-0

STARTING PITCHERS

• Friday - LHP Matthew Crownover (CU) vs. RHP Joseph Harvey (PIT)
• Saturday - RHP Daniel Gossett (CU) vs. RHP Matt Wotherspoon (PIT)
• Sunday - RHP Jake Long (CU) vs. RHP T.J. Zeuch (PIT)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW
• The Tigers are coming off a 9-6 win at home over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.3 runs per game and hitting .288 with a .360 on-base percentage and 59 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 3.89 ERA, .238 opponents' batting average and 2.01 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .958.

PITTSBURGH OVERVIEW
• Pittsburgh is led by 17th-year Head Coach Joe Jordano.
• The Panthers fell to Kent State on the road 4-1 Wednesday. They are hitting .248 and have a 4.10 ERA and .954 fielding percentage.
• Eric Hess is hitting .287 with one homer and 11 RBIs, while Casey Roche is batting .279 with three homers, 23 RBIs and five steals.

QUICK HITS
• Clemson has allowed two earned runs or less in nine of the last 12 games.
• In the last 13 games, Clemson's pitching staff has a 2.50 ERA and .199 opponents' batting average.
• Freshman catcher Chris Okey, who leads the team in RBIs (33), also leads the team in multiple RBI games (10).

ACC STANDINGS
• Clemson is in third place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 10-7 league mark behind Florida State (14-4) and Wake Forest (11-7).
• In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is in fifth place behind Florida State, Miami (Fla.) (14-4), Virginia (14-4), and Wake Forest.

ATTENDANCE
• Clemson is averaging 4,590 fans per home date (21) in 2014, the eighth-highest figure in the nation (through games of April 13).
• Clemson has had a top-20 national figure in average attendance 20 straight seasons and a top-10 figure 12 years in a row (entering 2014).

ACC SPEED
• Clemson is second in the ACC in steals with 59, an average of 1.6 steals per game.
• Steven Duggar (15), Tyler Krieger (10) and Tyler Slaton (9) lead the team in steals.

ROCK SOLID ROTATION
• The regular weekend rotation of Daniel Gossett, Matthew Crownover and Jake Long has been a bright spot of the pitching staff in 2014.
• The trio has combined for a 12-4 record, a 2.60 ERA and 124 strikeouts and has allowed just 116 hits in 138.1 innings pitched.
• Gossett is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA, Crownover is 6-3 with a 2.28 ERA and Long is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA.
• In ACC games, the trio has combined for an 8-3 record, 2.36 ERA and 76 strikeouts and has allowed just 66 hits in 91.1 innings pitched.
• In ACC games, Gossett is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA, Crownover is 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA and Long is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA.

SIX REGULAR STARTERS
• Six Tigers (Jay Baum, Garrett Boulware, Steven Duggar, Tyler Krieger, Chris Okey, Tyler Slaton) have started all 36 games in 2014.
• Since 1989, when Clemson first tracked starts by position players, no Tiger team has had more than three players start every game of a year.
• Duggar (RF), Krieger (SS) and Slaton (CF) have started all 36 games of the 2014 season at the same position.
• Duggar (RF) and Krieger (SS), both sophomores, have started all 98 games the last two seasons at the same position.

LEGGETT BY THE NUMBERS
• Leggett was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame on Jan. 3, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
• In his 35th overall year, he has 1,286 wins, 10thmost in Division I history and fifth-most among active coaches.
• His 909 wins as head coach at Clemson (1994-14) are seventh-most in the nation during that span.
• He has led Clemson to a winning ACC regular-season record 19 times in 20 seasons at Clemson.
• He has 235 top-25 wins, 127 top-10 wins and 62 top-five wins as head coach at Clemson.

BAUM KEY TO CLEMSON'S OFFENSE • Junior infielder/outfielder Jay Baum has been Clemson's best hitter in league games, as he is hitting .373 in ACC games.
• He has eight doubles, one triple, nine RBIs, 12 runs and five steals in ACC games.
• Overall, he is hitting .309 with 11 doubles, two triples, 17 RBIs, 23 runs and seven steals.
• He has started 27 games in left field and nine games at third base.
• Clemson is 7-0 when he totals multiple hits.

BOULWARE PICKING UP
• Junior catcher Garrett Boulware was Clemson's top offensive player in 2013 and has matched many of his numbers in 2014.
• He is hitting .316 with 11 doubles, four homers, 26 RBIs, 28 runs, 18 walks, 14 strikeouts and a .388 on-base percentage in 36 games.
• He is 19-for-44 (.432) with runners in scoring position.
• As a catcher, he is 27-for-62 (.415) with seven doubles, three homers, 18 RBIs, a .662 slugging percentage and .474 on-base percentage.
• He was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List on March 6. It was the second year in a row he was named to the list.

CAMPBELL CLOSING
• Senior righty Matt Campbell has allowed just one earned run in 21.2 innings pitched (0.42 ERA) over 17 relief appearances as the closer.
• He is 2-0 and has given up just 12 hits (.156 opponents' batting average) with 35 strikeouts (14.54 strikeouts per nine innings pitched).
• He has six of the team's 10 saves.
• In 12.0 innings pitched in ACC games, he has allowed six hits (.143 opponents' batting average) and no runs with 19 strikeouts.
• In 98.1 innings pitched over 70 relief outings in his career, he is 5-3 with 17 saves, a 2.84 ERA and .180 opponents' batting average.
• His 17 career saves are fourth-most in Tiger history.
• He has 124 strikeouts in his career (11.35 strikeouts per nine innings pitched).

CROWNOVER SPEEDS UP
• Sophomore lefthander Matthew Crownover had "Tommy John" surgery in March of 2012, therefore he was not 100 percent as a freshman in 2013.
• He is 6-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 47 strikeouts against only 11 walks in 51.1 innings pitched over 10 appearances (nine starts) in 2014.
• He has a 13-6 career record and 2.23 ERA along with 92 strikeouts against 28 walks in 121.1 innings pitched over 25 outings (23 starts).
• His 2.23 ERA is fifth in Clemson history, 3.29 strikeoutto- walk ratio is eighth and 2.08 walks per nine innings pitched is third.
• He pitched his first career game in Clemson's 7-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader at No. 25 Maryland on March 28.
• In his complete game against the Terrapins, he allowed just four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts.

DUGGAR RIDING LAST SEASON'S WAVE
• Sophomore outfielder Steven Duggar is hitting .324 with nine doubles, two triples, 26 RBIs, 24 runs and a team-high 15 steals in 2014.
• He is hitting .317 with four doubles, one triple, seven RBIs, nine runs, a .403 on-base percentage and six steals in ACC games.
• Thanks to his strong arm, he has three outfield assists in 2014 and 12 in his career.
• He had a 19-game hitting streak, which included the last nine games of 2013 and the first 10 games of 2014.
• He has started all 98 games of his Tiger career in right field.

ERWIN LIMITING DAMAGE
• Sophomore lefthander Zack Erwin has been valuable as both a long and short reliever along with being a starter in 2014.
• He is 2-2 with two saves, a 4.14 ERA and .211 opponents' batting average in 45.2 innings pitched over 17 appearances (four starts).
• He has 38 strikeouts against 18 walks.
• As a reliever, he is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA and .179 opponents' batting average along with 23 strikeouts against seven walks in 13 outings.
• He has allowed only two of 18 inherited runners to score.

GOSSETT TOPS ROTATION
• Junior righthander Daniel Gossett was Clemson's Friday starter all of 2013 and has been the same for most of the 2014 season.
• He has a 4-0 record, 2.12 ERA, .195 opponents' batting average and 50 strikeouts against 18 walks in 51.0 innings pitched (eight starts).
• In ACC games, he is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA, .176 opponents' batting average and 31 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched (five starts).
• He is holding opponents to 8-for-57 (.140) with two outs.
• He only has a 4-0 record, but the Tigers have had the lead in all eight games when he was replaced on the mound.
• He earned the win against No. 1 Florida State on March 21 by allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched.
• He earned the victory at No. 2 Virginia on April 12 by allowing just one run on five hits in 7.0 innings pitched.
• In his career, he is 20-7 with a 3.06 ERA, .212 opponents' batting average and 228 strikeouts against 95 walks in 226.1 innings pitched.
• His 9.07 career strikeout-per-nine-innings-pitched mark is ninth-best in Clemson history.

KENNEDY MAKES SPLASH WITH RETURN
• Senior utility player Shane Kennedy tore his ACL on Oct. 20, 2013, but made a quick recovery and only missed the first 18 games.
• He has taken over the starting job at first base and is hitting .233 with one double, one triple, one homer, seven RBIs and four steals.
• In the first game of a doubleheader at Maryland on March 28, he went 4-for-4 with a homer and the goahead, run-scoring triple in the ninth.

KRIEGER AMONG LEADERS AT THE PLATE
• Sophomore infielder Tyler Krieger is hitting a team-high .326 with eight doubles, one homer, 22 RBIs, a teamhigh 32 runs and 10 steals.
• He had a 16-game hitting streak, which included the last game of 2013 and first 15 games of 2014.
• He has started all 98 games of his Tiger career at shortstop.

MOYER STEPPING UP IN BULLPEN
• Freshman righthander Drew Moyer has provided valuable innings in long relief.
• In 20.2 innings pitched over 13 relief appearances, he is 2-0 with one save, a 3.05 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
• In 18.1 innings pitched over his last nine outings, he has allowed just two earned runs (0.98 ERA) and 17 hits.
• He pitched 4.0 scoreless innings in relief at Wake Forest in the first game of a doubleheader on March 15 to earn his first career save.
• In his next outing, he tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball at Georgia Southern on March 19 to earn his first career win.

OKEY BETTER THAN OK AS FRESHMAN
• Freshman catcher Chris Okey is hitting .265 and leads the team in RBIs (33) along with three homers and seven doubles.
• The last Tiger freshman to lead or tie for the team lead in RBIs was Jeff Baker, who tied sophomore Khalil Greene with 64 RBIs in 2000.
• He is hitting .313 with two doubles, two homers, a team-high 17 RBIs, 10 runs and two steals in ACC games.
• Against his home-state team in No. 1 Florida State in March, he went 6-for-12 (.500) and had two hits in each of the three games.

SCHMIDT INVOLVED
• Sophomore righthander Clate Schmidt has had a decision in nine games this season.
• He has a 4-5 record, but has a solid 3.92 ERA and .260 opponents' batting average in 14 appearances (four starts).
• He has not allowed a home run thanks to 62 groundball outs compared to just 15 flyball outs.

SLATON LEADING OFF SLATE
• Junior outfielder Tyler Slaton is hitting .314 with a .391 on-base percentage and nine steals as Clemson's leadoff batter.
• He has reached base safely in 20 straight games.
• He has reached base as the leadoff batter of an inning 30 times in 65 chances (46 percent) and has a teamtying- high 13 multiple-hit games.
• He had a 12-game hitting streak in 2014.
• He received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson's MVP of the South Carolina series from Feb. 28 to March 2, when he was 7-for-14.

WILKERSON STEADY AT SECOND
• Senior infielder Steve Wilkerson is hitting .319 with 11 doubles, one triple, four homers, 20 RBIs and four steals.
• He leads the team in slugging percentage (.534) and extra-base hits (16) despite missing three games early in the season.
• In three games during the week of March 24-30, he went 6-for-11 with five doubles and one homer to earn ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week honors.

WILSON SOLIDIFIES ROLE AT THIRD
• Freshman infielder Weston Wilson has cemented his starting spot at third base of late with his timely hitting and solid defense.
• He is hitting .286 with five doubles, two homers, 19 RBIs, 13 runs and two steals in 31 games (29 starts).
• He is hitting .357 with two outs.
• He has committed only five errors in 71 chances (.930 fielding percentage) and has made many diving stops.

THREE FORMER TIGERS ON MLB ROSTERS
• Former Tigers Jeff Baker (2000-02), Dominic Leone (2010-12) and Brad Miller (2009-11) are all on major league rosters in 2014.
• Baker (Marlins) is in his 10th MLB season, Leone (Mariners) is in his first MLB season and Miller (Mariners) is in his second MLB season.
• Leone and Miller were teammates at Clemson for two seasons (2010,11) and are again teammates with the Mariners.
• Baker batted .334 in his Clemson career, is tied for the Tiger record with 59 career homers and was a two-time, first-team All-American.
• Leone, who had a 16-8 career record at Clemson, made his major league debut April 6 and pitched a scoreless inning against Oakland.
• Miller, the 2011 ACC Player-of-the-Year, hit .339 with 36 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers, 135 RBIs and 46 steals in 191 games as a Tiger.

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