Bucs travel to national power Clemson Tuesday for Palmetto showdown

Bucs travel to national power Clemson Tuesday for Palmetto showdown

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
CSU at Clemson | 6 PM | Doug Kingsmore Stadium
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Fresh off their best offensive performance of the season, Charleston Southern heads to Clemson for a Tuesday night matchup at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Clemson has controlled the all-time series, but the Bucs have played well against the Tigers recently collecting a win in 2015 on the road and falling in a pair of one-run games over their last three matchups. In last season's meeting, Grayson Byrd was responsible for all five Clemson runs smacking three home runs and driving in all five.

In the CSU win on April 8, 2015, the Bucs took a 4-3 decision in 10 innings with former Buccaneer great Chris Singleton driving in two runs and making a diving catch to seal the victory and collected four hits.

Leading Off

  • Charleston Southern closes their four-game road swing with a chance for back-to-back wins and a marquee victory over national power and Palmetto State foe Clemson Tuesday night.
  • The Bucs have fared well against the Tigers in recent years with two of the previous three contests decided by a single run including a 6-5 Clemson win April 11, 2017 when they were the No. 4 team in the nation.
  • CSU is fresh off a hit parade in their Sunday finale at Longwood erupting for 16 runs on 18 hits including a nine-run fifth frame that broke the game wide open and gave CSU a 14-0 lead at the time.
  • Jason Miller and Payton Holdsworth have been on-base machines as of late with Miller carrying a 15-game hitting streak and Holdsworth reaching safely in 13-straight contests.
  • In their lone matchup last season, CSU fell 5-0 to the No. 2 Tigers as the Bucs were held to just four hits. A three-run fourth took a 1-0 ballgame and made it 4-0 before the Tigers added one final tally in the seventh. Jaret Bennett took the loss but struck out six Tigers across his 4.0 innings of work.

Scouting the Tigers

  • Clemson has climbed their way back into the top-20 nationally as they enter the week as the No. 16 team in America according to D1baseball.com. The Tiger took two of three from nationally-ranked Louisville at home over the weekend falling short in extra innings in their bid for a sweep Sunday.
  • The Tigers have won four of their five ACC series including a sweep of then-No. 3 North Carolina to open conference play. They have won each series against a ranked ACC foe taking down UNC and Louisville 5-1 in their six chances.
  • Clemson is 7-1 in the midweek this season with their lone loss coming last week 5-3 to the current No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers had been a perfect 7-0 before the Tuesday loss.
  • All seven of their usual starters are batting at least .275 as the team is hitting .269 as a collective unit. Logan Davidson is batting .309 to lead the way smacking a team-high nine home runs and driving in 32 RBI's while Sam Hall has scored a team-best 35 runs and doubled 11 times with 19 steals in 22 attempts.
  • The Tigers rank second in the ACC with a 3.33 ERA behind only Louisville and sit 30th in the NCAA. Tuesday's projected starter Jacob Hennessy is 2-0 on the season but has a 6.17 ERA across just 11.2 innings. Hennessy has struck out 10 batters but walked seven and will making his first start of 2019.

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