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Baseball Series Preview: Austin Peay at Clemson

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After an intense series with FSU and a midweek win over Western Carolina, Clemson hosts the Governors of Austin Peay in the final regular season home series.

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Austin Peay Governors (29-20, 17-10 OVC) at #5 Clemson Tigers (37-12, 19-8 ACC)

Game Times: Friday 6:30 PM, Saturday 4:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM

Video: ACC Network Extra

Audio: TigerCast, WCCP FM 105.5, ESPN Upstate

The Goods on the Governors

Austin Peay comes in this weekend from (checks notes) Clarksville, Tennessee. The Govs and the Tigers have only met on the diamond once, and that was when Clemson beat Austin Peay back in 1973. The Governors play in the Ohio Valley Conference, where they currently sit in third place behind Tennessee Tech and Morehead State. Austin Peay clinched a spot in the OVC tourney a few weeks back with their series win over UT Martin. The Govs’ weekend rotation features two impressive lefties. Their Friday night guy, lefty Michael Costanzo, comes in with a 4.01 ERA and a 8-1 record. He currently ranks eleventh in the nation for wins and forty-seventh in strikeouts. On Saturday they’ll throw another lefthander, Jacques Pucheu. Pucheu has a similar statline to Costanzo, coming in with a 4.03 ERA and a 7-1 record. He has struck out 81 batters this year. Sunday’s probable is righty Brandon Vial, who comes in for his fifth straight Sunday start and and has a 6.29 ERA.

Clutch City Cats

Monday’s victory over FSU was the fiftieth one run game for the Tigers under coach Monte Lee. Clemson holds an impressive 36-14 record in those games (hattip to Seldom Used Reserve for the stat). Clutch play has been a huge part of Monte Lee’s success and it’s comforting to see Clemson continue that trend going into the post season.

Senior Day

As mentioned earlier, this weekend is the last regular season home games for Clemson. Next Tuesday the Tigers will head to Kennesaw St for a midweek game and then close out the season at Pitt. This, however, won’t be your last chance to see the Tigers in Doug Kingsmore stadium, though, as Clemson is currently projected as a top eight national seed, so a regional (and possible super regional) is in the cards for the Tigers. Sunday will be Senior Day in addition to Mother’s Day, so the team will honor it’s senior players and their Mom’s before the game. The members of this senior class are Chris Willams, Drew Wharton, Patrick Cromwell, Alex Schnell, Adam Renwick, and Robert Jolly.