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Recap, Game Notes, and Broadcast Info As Tiger Baseball Looks For Sweep Vs. Blue Devils

The Road To Omaha Continues!


Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson (14-7, 4-3 ACC) will host Duke (11-11, 2-5 ACC) in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 

Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, Clemson and Duke will conclude their three-game baseball series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:30 PM.  Both games on Saturday will be nine-inning contests and there will be approximately 45 minutes in between games.

Tickets for Saturday’s originally-scheduled game will be honored for the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, while tickets for Sunday’s originally-scheduled game will be honored for the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday.  The stadium will be cleared in between games on Saturday.

Both games will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com.  Both games will also be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network, including WCCP 104.9 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports. 

Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com

Roy Philpott will provide play by play for the weekend series with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis. 

The Series
Sophomore righthander Daniel Gossett pitched a five-hit shutout to lead Clemson to a 7-0 victory over Duke at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Gossett (3-1) earned the win by allowing just five hits, no runs, and no walks with three strikeouts in a career-long 9.0 innings pitched. The Lyman, SC native, who retired the first 13 batters of the game, tossed the first shutout by a Tiger since 2008, when Graham Stoneburner blanked N.C. State 2-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 23. It was also the first complete game by a Tiger since 2011.

Duke starter Trent Swart (2-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up 11 hits, five runs (three earned), and two walks with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.

Clemson pounded out 14 hits in the contest, led by Thomas Brittle going 4-for-4 with one RBI, two runs, and two stolen bases. Steven Duggar, Garrett Boulware, and Jon McGibbon added two hits apiece.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-two, the Blue Devils will start junior righty Drew Van Orden (1-2, 4.21 ERA) on the mound.  The Manhattan Beach, CA native has made five starts for a total of 25.2 innings pitched.  He has given up 24 hits (.245 opponents’ batting average) and 11 walks with 28 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with freshman righthander Clate Schmidt (2-0, 3.38 ERA) on Saturday.  The Acworth, GA native has made four starts and one relief appearance for a total of 21.1 innings pitched.  He has given up 29 hits (.319 opponents’ batting average) and nine walks with 14 strikeouts.

In game-three, Duke will start junior righthander Robert Huber (2-2, 4.63 ERA) on the mound.  The Plano, TX native has made four starts and three relief appearances for a total of 23.1 innings pitched.  He has yielded 20 hits (.238 opponents’ batting average) and 13 walks with 28 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with senior righty Scott Firth (2-3, 2.48 ERA) on Sunday.  The Buffalo Grove, IL native has made five starts for a total of 32.2 innings pitched.  He has allowed 32 hits (.256 opponents’ batting average) and seven walks with 20 strikeouts.

The Blue Devils
Duke is averaging 4.9 runs per game and hitting .258 with a .385 slugging percentage and .355 on-base percentage thanks to 90 walks and 18 hit-by-pitches against 136 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 38 doubles, seven triples, 12 home runs, and 24 stolen bases in 36 attempts.

Duke is led at the plate by Mike Rosenfeld, who is hitting .344 with seven doubles.  Andy Perez is batting .333 with two homers and nine steals, while Matt Berezo is hitting .304.  Chris Marconcini has five homers and 17 RBIs, while Jordan Betts has added four long balls and 14 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 4.26 ERA and .243 opponents’ batting average along with 164 strikeouts against 79 walks in 188.0 innings pitched.  Sophomore righthander Andrew Istler has five of the team’s six saves along with a 2.30 ERA and .154 opponents’ batting average in 15.2 innings pitched over 10 relief appearances.  Duke, who has allowed 23 steals in 32 attempts, is fielding at a .977 clip as well.

The Tigers
The Tigers are averaging 5.2 runs per game and hitting .267 with a .360 slugging percentage and .334 on-base percentage thanks to 58 walks and 13 hit-by-pitches against 138 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 32 doubles, three triples, eight homers, and 27 stolen bases in 41 attempts.

Garrett Boulware is hitting a team-best .365 with four doubles, one triple, four homers, and 20 RBIs.  Steve Wilkerson is hitting .316 with one homer, 14 RBIs, and six stolen bases.  Shane Kennedy has two home runs, two triples, and 16 RBIs as well.

The pitching staff has a 2.92 ERA and .254 opponents’ batting average in 182.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 60 walks against 139 strikeouts, good for a 2.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righty Matt Campbell has four of the team’s six saves.  The Tigers are fielding at a .969 clip as well.

We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

Go Tigers!

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