Lefty Zack Erwin gets the call for Tigers' 4 p.m. start against Presbyterian College

Blue Hose have battled Clemson tough in recent years, winning two of last five meetings

Baseball - Zack Erwin

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Baseball - Zack Erwin

Sophomore lefthander Zack Erwin will get the start in Clemson's first midweek game of the season today when he goes against Presbyterian College in a 4 p.m. game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Coach Elton Pollock's Blue Hose bring a 4-2-1 record into the game, while the Tigers are 5-1 and ranked as high as 11th nationally.

The game will be available on Clemson's TigerCast web streaming service. Clemson is offering a buy-on, get-one-free promotion for all tickets.

Erwin is making his first start of the season after making two relief appearance totaling 5.2 innings in Clemson's first two weekend series. He's allowed five hits and no earned runs, and has struck out four and walked none.

Erwin had a 5-2 record in 22 appearances and six starts last season as a freshman.

PC will pitch freshman lefthander Brian Kehner, who is 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA. He's coming off a strong debut outing against No. 3 South Carolina, in which he held the Gamecocks to four hits and one run in 5.2 innings.

Brad Zebedis leads the Blue Hose with a .385 batting average, one homer, and seven RBIs.

Presbyterian has been a tough out for the Tigers in recent years. Clemson holds a 3-2 edge in the series since 2010. The Tigers edged the Blue Hose 5-4 last season, after PC won the 2012 meeting 8-4. The teams split a pair of games in 2011, with PC winning 4-3 and Clemson winning 7-2. The Tigers won the 2010 game by a score of 8-2.

Noteworthy

• Clemson swept Maine last weekend by a combined score of 28-7.

• The Tigers average 7.8 runs per game and hit .329 with a .397 on-base percentage and 16 steals.

• The pitching staff has a 2.95 ERA, .261 opponents’ batting average, 6.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and .972 fielding percentage.

• Clemson has four come-from-behind wins among its five total victories in 2014.

• Clemson leadoff batters of an inning have reached safely 50 percent of the time in 2014.

• Tiger pitchers have combined for five pickoffs in six games.

• Sophomore outfielder Steven Duggar is riding a 15-game hitting streak, which includes the last nine games of 2013 and the first six of 2014. During his 15-game hitting streak, he is 23-for-65 (.354). This season, he is hitting .333 with two doubles, four RBIs, seven runs, and a team-high five stolen bases.

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