Tigers looking to extend winning streak tonight against Presbyterian College

Blue Hose, 18-15, have won two of their last three games against Clemson

Baseball - Jon McGibbon

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Baseball - Jon McGibbon

The Clemson baseball team, 22-11 and ranked as high as 17th in the nation, will be back at home Wednesday to face Presbyterian College in a 6:30 p.m. game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers have won six straight, including last night's 12-9 victory at Western Carolina, in which Clemson scored three runs in the top of the ninth after the Catamounts had rallied from a 9-2 deficit to tie the score in the seventh inning.

Presbyterian, which was won two of its last three games against the Tigers, brings an 18-15 record into the game tonight.

Neither team has yet announced its starting pitchers.

Wednesday’s game will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com, as well as on radio via WCCP (104.9 FM). Live stats will be available online at ClemsonTigers.com.

The PC Series

Clemson and Presbyterian College have met 81 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 60-21 lead in the series dating to 1906.

In 2012, the Blue Hose topped the Tigers 8-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In 2011, Presbyterian College defeated Clemson 4-3 at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC before the Tigers downed the Blue Hose 7-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium later in the season.

The Tigers own a 35-8 advantage over the Blue Hose in games played at Clemson, while Clemson leads 3-1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett has a 4-2 record against Presbyterian College as Clemson’s head coach, including a 3-1 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Blue Hose

Presbyterian College, led by ninth-year Head Coach Elton Pollock, enters Wednesday’s game with an 18-15 overall record and a 5-4 Big South Conference mark after being swept at home by Campbell. Presbyterian College is 9-7 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.

PC is averaging 4.3 runs per game and hitting .256 with a .338 slugging percentage and .329 on-base percentage thanks to 96 walks and 31 hit-by-pitches against 176 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 50 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, and 39 stolen bases in 52 attempts.

Cam McRae is hitting a team-best .338 with two homers, while Brandon Paul is batting .312 wtih eight doubles and seven steals against only nine strikeouts. Nathan Chong has a team-high five homers, while Brad Zebedis has three homers and a team-high 19 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 4.00 ERA and .257 opponents’ batting average along with 193 strikeouts against 101 walks in 294.2 innings pitched. Sophomore lefthander Michael Ricchi and freshman righty Michael Trebendis have three saves apiece. The Blue Hose, who have allowed 50 steals in 60 attempts, have a .972 fielding percentage.

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