After being swept by Florida St and now mired in the midst of their first losing streak of the season, Clemson (25-11, 11-7) will look to try and get back on track against Georgia Tuesday night in Athens. It won’t be an easy task however, as Georgia (29-8, 10-5) comes in sitting at #7 in RPI and ranked as high as 4th by Baseball America.
The two teams have met once already back on April 2nd in Clemson, with the Dawgs picking up a 5-3 win, their third straight overall against the Tigers. Tim Elliott kept Tiger hitters off balance all night, allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 7, in 7.1 IP. It is still his best pitching performance of the season.
For the Tigers to have any chance to end their 3 game losing streak they’ll have to find a way to have some success against Elliott this time around. The junior right hander is 5-1 with a 1.30 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.
The Tigers will counter with junior LHP Jacob Hennessy. He is coming off of his best outing of the year last week against Furman, throwing 6.1 scoreless innings and allowing just 2 hits, while striking out 3. On the season he is 3-0 with a 4.00 ERA and a WHIP of 1.11.
Georgia comes in hitting .273 as a team, with 37 homeruns. Once again, the guys to keep an eye on are Aaron Schunk and LJ Talley. Schunk is batting .336 with 6 HR and 27 RBI. He also serves as the closer and leads the team with 10 saves. Talley is hitting .358 with 5 HR and 25 RBI, and has a .466 OBP.
Clemson comes in ranked as high as 16th by Collegiate Baseball and is currently sitting at #23 in RPI. The Tigers are averaging 6.4 runs per game and are hitting .260 as a team, with a .364 OBP, 59 stolen bases, and 43 homeruns.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm and the game will be televised on the SEC Network. You can catch the radio broadcast locally on WCCP 105.5 The Roar, or online via the TuneIn Radio App, or at ClemsonTigers.com.