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Tigers Host William & Mary in 2018 Opener

February 15, 2018
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The Tigers begin their 121st season with a three-game home series against William & Mary this weekend.

SERIES SETUP
William & Mary (0-0) vs. Clemson (0-0)

Best Ranking - W&M - NR; CU - No. 12 Baseball America

When - Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (3 p.m.)
Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch - ACC Network Extra (Friday, Saturday)
Video Announcers - Kyle Parker, Pete Yanity
Listen - TigerCast, Clemson Tigers Network
Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com
Social Media - ClemsonBaseball
Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON
Promotion (Friday) - The first 1,000 fans receive an Assa Abloy Rally Towel
Promotion (Saturday) - Scout Day - All local scouts are invited to join us at the ballpark, as special ticket packages are available.
Promotion (Saturday) - Young fans can enjoy inflatables, face painting, standing on the field during the national anthem and running the bases after the game.
Promotion (Sunday) - Tiger players are available for autographs postgame.

SERIES HISTORY
Overall Record - Clemson leads 5-1 (2000-13)
Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 5-1 (2000-13)

STARTING PITCHERS
Friday - LHP Bodie Sheehan (W&M) vs. LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU)
Saturday - RHP Jamie Sara (W&M) vs. RHP Brooks Crawford (CU)
Sunday - RHP Jacob Haney (W&M) vs. LHP Jake Higginbotham (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

  • Clemson had a 42-21 overall record and 17-13 ACC mark in 2017.
  • The Tigers, led by third-year head coach Monte Lee, return players who accounted for 46 of the 2017 team's 73 home runs.
  • Clemson begins the season with an eight-game homestand and plays 17 of its first 20 games at home.

WILLIAM & MARY OVERVIEW

  • William & Mary is led by fifth-year head coach Brian Murphy.
  • The Tribe had a 32-25 overall record and 15-8 CAA mark, good for third place, in 2017.
  • William & Mary returns 16 of its 19 position players and 10 of its 16 pitchers from the 2017 team.

QUICK HITS

  • No current Tiger started a game on the mound in 2017.
  • The last time Clemson won a season opener was Feb. 15, 2013, when the Tigers defeated  William & Mary 2-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
  • Head coach Monte Lee has 42+ wins each of the last four seasons, one of only four head coaches in the nation who can make that claim.

POLLS

  • Clemson is ranked as high as No. 12 by Baseball America in the preseason.
  • Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll for 27 straight weeks dating to 2016.

PRESEASON HONORS
Eighteen Tigers earned preseason recognition. See the list below.

#28 SETH BEER, 1B/OF

  • National player-of-the-year by Collegiate Baseball
  • National field player-of-the-year by College Sports Madness
  • Golden Spikes Award Watch List
  • First-team All-American by Baseball America, College Sports Madness, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and Perfect Game
  • Second-team All-American by NCBWA
  • No. 20 college prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America and College Sports Madness
  • No. 32 college prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
  • No. 35 college prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game
  • No. 1 first baseman in the nation by D1Baseball
  • No. 2 corner infielder prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
  • No. 32 junior in the nation by Perfect Game
  • ACC player-of-the-year by Baseball America and D1Baseball
  • First-team All-ACC by Perfect Game
  • No. 3 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America
  • No. 5 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
  • No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game

#48 BRYCE BOWEN, LHP/1B

  • No. 304 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 57 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#26 MATT COOPER, C/OF/1B

  • No. 247 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 48 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#8 LOGAN DAVIDSON, SS

  • No. 11 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 5 shortstop in the nation by D1Baseball
  • No. 5 college prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball
  • First-team All-ACC by Perfect Game
  • No. 1 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by Perfect Game
  • No. 2 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by Baseball America
  • No. 2 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball

#51 DREW DONATHAN, C

  • No. 115 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#44 RYLEY GILLIAM, RHP

  • NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List
  • No. 87 college prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
  • No. 74 junior in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 14 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game
  • No. 15 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
  • No. 16 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America

#40 OWEN GRIFFITH, RHP

  • No. 21 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball

#5 SAM HALL, INF/OF

  • No. 116 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 22 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
  • No. 33 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball

#17 JUSTIN HAWKINS, INF

  • No. 27 third baseman in the nation by D1Baseball

#45 HOLT JONES, RHP

  • No. 136 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#16 BO MAJKOWSKI, OF

  • No. 201 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 40 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#1 KIER MEREDITH, OF

  • No. 39 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 3 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball
  • No. 4 freshman in the ACC by Baseball America
  • No. 8 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
  • No. 8 ACC prospect for the 2020 draft by Perfect Game

#30 MITCHELL MILLER, LHP

  • No. 66 sophomore in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 13 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by D1Baseball
  • No. 15 ACC prospect for the 2019 draft by Perfect Game

#35 RYAN MILLER, RHP

  • No. 18 senior in the nation by Perfect Game
  • One of the top-75 seniors in the nation by D1Baseball
  • No. 43 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball

#29 SPENCER STRIDER, RHP

  • No. 28 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 3 freshman in the ACC by Baseball America
  • No. 5 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
  • No. 26 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball
  • No. 7 ACC prospect for the 2020 draft by Perfect Game

#31 BRYCE TEODOSIO, OF

  • No. 113 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game

#22 SAM WEATHERLY, LHP/OF/1B

  • No. 23 freshman in the nation by Perfect Game
  • No. 11 freshman in the ACC by Perfect Game
  • No. 16 freshman in the ACC by D1Baseball

#27 CHRIS WILLIAMS, C/INF

  • Second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
  • No. 5 catcher in the nation by D1Baseball
  • No. 6 senior in the nation by Perfect Game
  • One of the top-75 seniors in the nation by D1Baseball
  • No. 20 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Baseball America
  • No. 24 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball
  • No. 29 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft by Perfect Game
 
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