Today's Clemson-Maine pitching battle features two of nation's top juniors

Tigers' Daniel Gossett, Black Bears' Tommy Lawrence combined for 21 wins last season

Starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, left, and Steven Duggar watch from the dugout as the Clemson grounds crew preps the field at Doug Kingsmore Stadium  before the Tigers' first game of the 2014 season on Friday against Eastern Michigan.

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Starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, left, and Steven Duggar watch from the dugout as the Clemson grounds crew preps the field at Doug Kingsmore Stadium before the Tigers' first game of the 2014 season on Friday against Eastern Michigan.

Friday's match-up between Clemson and Maine will feature two of the nation's top junior pitchers in the Tigers' Daniel Gossett and the Black Bears' Tommy Lawrence.

Now in his second season as Clemson's opening-game starter, Gossett is looking for his first decision of the young season. Lawrence took the loss in last week's season opener against Miami, but was 11-3 last season while earning America East Conference pitcher of the year honors. Both are righthanders.

On Saturday, Clemson lefty Matthew Crownover will go against Maine's RHP Jake Marks, who was 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA and a .207 opponent's batting order last season as a freshman.

Sunday's pitching matchup with have Clemson righthander Jake Long going against Maine lefthander Scott Heath, who was named America East Conference pitcher of the week last week after holding Miami to one run and two hits in seven innings in a 3-1 Black Bear victory.

At the plate, the Black Bears are led by America East player of the week Troy Black, who batted .545 and stole two bases last week against Miami.

Noteworthy

- Maine's roster features nine players from Canada, including Black and Marks.

- Former Maine coach Dr. John Winkin will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame this year, where he'll join his former player, Jack Leggett.

- In its opening series, Clemson put its leadoff man on base in 13 of 26 innings.

- Clemson's average attendance for the opening series was 5,145.

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