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Tigers Return Home to Play Duke This Weekend

April 19, 2019
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CLEMSON, S.C. – The Tigers host Duke in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.

SERIES SETUP

• Who - Duke (21-16, 8-10 ACC) vs. Clemson (25-12, 11-7 ACC)

• Best Ranking - DUK - NR; CU - No. 16 Collegiate Baseball

• When - Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)

• Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)

• Watch - ACC Network Extra

• Video Announcers - Jose Alvarez (Saturday, Sunday), Ron Smith, Pete Yanity

• Listen (Radio) - WCCP (105.5 FM), ESPN Upstate

• Listen (Internet) - ClemsonTigers.com, TuneIn

• Live Stats - ClemsonTigers.com

• Social Media - ClemsonBaseball

• Tickets - ClemsonTigers.com, 1-800-CLEMSON

• Promotion (Friday) - Giveaway - Trading cards set (4/5) for the first 1,000 fans

• Promotion (Saturday) - Game Highlight - Military Appreciation Day

• Promotion (Sunday) - Game Highlight - Kids run the bases

SERIES HISTORY

• Overall Record - Clemson leads 130-69-2 (1904-2017)

• Record at Clemson - Clemson leads 68-25-1 (1905-2015)

STARTING PITCHERS

• Friday - RHP Ben Gross (DUK) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)

• Saturday - LHP Bill Chillari (DUK) vs. LHP Mat Clark (CU)

• Sunday - TBA (DUK) vs. LHP Jacob Hennessy (CU)

CLEMSON OVERVIEW

• Clemson, who has a 16-6 home record, lost at No. 4 Georgia 3-2 in 20 innings on Tuesday night. It was the longest game in school history.

• The Tigers are averaging 6.3 runs per game and hitting .254 with a .358 on-base percentage, .418 slugging percentage and 63 steals.

• The pitching staff has a 3.59 ERA, .227 opponents’ batting average and 2.51 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Clemson is also fielding .970.

DUKE OVERVIEW

• Duke is led by seventh-year head coach Chris Pollard.

• The Blue Devils defeated No. 16 Texas Tech 13-6 at home on Tuesday. They are hitting .277 and have a 3.72 ERA and .962 fielding percentage.

• Matt Mervis is hitting .341, Kennie Taylor is batting .337 with four homers and 34 RBIs and Thomas Girard has a team-high five saves.

QUICK HITS

• Duke won two of three games at Jack Coombs Field in the most-recent series against Clemson in 2016.

• The Tigers won both games of a rain-shortened series the last time the Blue Devils visited Clemson in 2015.

• Clemson is 21-0 when scoring at least five runs and 4-12 when scoring less than five runs.

LONGEST GAME IN CLEMSON HISTORY

• Georgia defeated Clemson 3-2 in 20 innings in Athens on April 16 in the longest game in both Bulldog and Tiger history.

• The previous longest game in Tiger history was 19 innings in an NCAA Tournament game against Fordham at New Britain, Conn. on May 26, 1988.

• Clemson scored two runs in the sixth and Georgia scored two runs in the seventh before the Bulldogs scored a walkoff run in the 20th inning.

• The game lasted six hours and 33 minutes and ended at 1:35 a.m.

• Clemson's seven pitchers combined for a school-record 24 strikeouts, besting the previous mark of 23 set against Elon on Feb. 24, 2017.

• Tiger pitchers combined to allow just nine hits (eight singles, one double) and one earned run in 19.1 innings pitched.

• Grayson Byrd and Bryar Hawkins tied the school record with nine at-bats apiece in the game.

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