Clemson Baseball Preview vs. College of Charleston


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Clemson vs. College of Charleston

        Clemson
(34-18), ranked as high as #14 in the nation, will play host to
College of Charleston (37-15) on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM.  The game
will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson
and can be heard live on the internet at WCCPFM.com.  The game
will also be shown live via webcast at ACCSelect.com.  Live stats
will be available at ClemsonTigers.com as well.


The Series

        Clemson
and College of Charleston have met 17 times on the diamond.  The
Tigers have won all 17 games, including two wins last season by scores
of 6-0 at College of Charleston and 1-0 at Clemson.  In the first
game, three Tigers combined for a six-hit shutout in #1 Clemson's
victory in front of a record crowd of 3,122 fans at Patriots Point
Field.  Then later in the year at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, P.J.
Zocchi pitched 8.2 scoreless innings of five-hit ball to earn the win
over the #21 Cougars.

       During the 2005
season, Clemson won both matchups, including an 8-5 win at the end of
the regular season and a 6-0 victory in the Clemson Regional. 
The Tigers won both meetings in 2002, 2003, and 2004 along with a
single game in 2001.  Before the game in 2001, the two had not
played each other since 1912.

        The
Tigers lead 11-0 in games played at Clemson and 7-0 in games played at
Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Head Coach Jack Leggett is 11-0 against
the Cougars as well.


The Starting Pitchers

        College
of Charleston will start junior lefthander Michael Bunton (4-0, 6.52
ERA) on the mound Tuesday.  The Tallahassee, FL native has made
12 starts and one relief appearance for a total of 59.1 innings
pitched.  He has allowed 86 hits (.333 opponents' batting
average) and 24 walks with 41 strikeouts.

        The Tigers'
starter has yet to be determined.


The Cougars

        College
of Charleston, led by eighth-year Head Coach John Pawlowski, enters
Tuesday's game with a 37-15 overall record and 18-6 Southern
Conference mark after fallling twice in three games at home to UNC
Greensboro over the weekend.  The team is also 15-8 on opponents'
home fields this season.

  Pawlowski lettered at Clemson three times
(1983-85) and went on to play two years (1987,88) in the Major Leagues
with the Chicago White Sox.  He later went on to be Clemson's
pitching coach from 1994-98, coaching the likes of Kris Benson, Billy
Koch, and Ken Vining.

      The Cougars are hitting
.352 as a team with a .426 on-base percentage this season, thanks in
part to 85 hit-by-pitches.  They have also totaled 133 doubles,
23 triples, and 78 home runs, good for a .565 slugging percentage,
along with 63 sacrifice bunts.

  College of Charleston has also stolen 82 bases
in 109 attempts.  Four players have double-digit steals,
including Oliver Marmol (26), Gabe Marchant (15), Clay McCord (13),
and Stuart Haywood (10).

    Ben Lasater is hitting .392 with 14
homers and 51 RBIs, and Miami (FL) transfer Alex Garabedian is batting
.354 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs.  Michael Harrington has added 10
homers, 19 doubles, and 57 RBIs, and Chris Campbell is hitting .385
with 19 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs, and 73 RBIs.

  The Cougars have a 4.67 ERA and .273 opponents'
batting average.  Freshman righthander Russ Tomlinson has a
team-high three saves and a 5-1 record in 24 relief appearances. 
The team sports a .956 fielding percentage as well.


The Tigers

        Clemson
enters Tuesday's game with a 34-18 overall record and 17-10 ACC mark
after winning two of three games at #2 Florida State over the
weekend.  The Tigers, who are 24-11 at home, are ranked as high
as #14 in the nation.

        The team is
hitting .289 with a .372 on-base percentage.  Brad Chalk is
hitting a team-best .407 with a .531 on-base percentage, but has sat
out the last 11 games due to a back injury.  Doug Hogan is
hitting .328 with nine homers and 32 RBIs, while Andy D'Alessio has
come alive to raise his batting average to .314.  The reigning
ACC Player-of-the-Week also has 14 homers and 41 RBIs, giving him 56
career long balls.

        The
pitching staff has a 3.57 ERA and .258 opponents' batting average. 
It has combined to strike out 449 against 180 walks.  Daniel
Moskos has a team-high six saves and 2.63 ERA, while Stephen Clyne has
a 1.88 ERA along with three saves in 25 relief appearances.  The
team is fielding at a .971 clip as well.


Polls

        Clemson
climbed to the #15 spot in the Baseball America poll and #15 in the
Collegiate Baseball poll on Monday after going 3-2 in five games last
week, including winning two of three games at #2 Florida State over
the weekend.  Clemson also jumped to #14 in the Sports Weekly
poll.

        The
Tigers' #1 ranking by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball on
February 12 was their first since February 27, 2006, when Clemson was
ranked #1 by those same two polls.  The Tigers have been ranked
#1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the major polls in Head Coach Jack
Leggett's 14th season at Clemson.


Highlights of Series Win at #2 Florida State

        Clemson
tasted victory twice in three games at #2 Florida State from May
11-13, a feeling it had not had for quite some time.  In fact,
the Tigers had not won more than one game in a three-game series in
Tallahassee in the last six series, and last won a series there in
1993, the year before Jack Leggett became Clemson's head coach.

  The Tigers also handed the Seminoles their first
back-to-back losses and their first series loss of 2007.  The
Seminoles entered the series with a 32-2 home record, but Clemson
doubled their loss total with two wins in the final two games of the
series.

        From an
all-sports perspective, the series win had significance as well. 
The Tiger football team defeated the #9 Seminoles 27-20 in Tallahassee
in September, and the Clemson men's basketball team downed Florida
State 68-66 in Tallahassee in January.  Therefore, Clemson beat
the Seminoles in all three sports (series win in baseball) in
Tallahassee in the same academic year for the first time in school
history.


D'Alessio Earns National, ACC POTW Honors

        Andy
D'Alessio was one of three players selected as national
player-of-the-week by Collegiate Baseball on May 14.  He also
earned ACC Player-of-the-Week honors for his efforts in five games
from May 8-13.  He was 10-for-19 (.526) with seven runs scored,
two doubles, five homers, 11 RBIs, a 1.421 slugging percentage, and a
.609 on-base percentage.  He hit two homers and a double against
Wofford at Greenville, SC on May 8, then hit three home runs in the
series at #2 Florida State, leading the Tigers to two wins.  On
May 13, he slugged two homers with five RBIs in Clemson's 11-6
victory as well.



Take Me Away From Home

        Alan
Farina likes to get away from home.  In seven appearances on the
road, all in relief, he is 3-1 with a miniscual 0.42 ERA in 21.1
innings pitched.  He has also allowed just eight hits (all
singles), one run, and three walks with 31 strikeouts on the road as
well.  And he has put up those numbers against solid competition,
including #4 South Carolina (two appearances), Maryland, Georgia,
Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and #2 Florida State.

        Against
the Seminoles, the nation's top-hitting team, Farina entered the
game with the Tigers trailing 6-3 in the fifth inning on May 12. 
In 4.1 innings pitched, he allowed just four hits, no runs, and no
walks with six strikeouts to record the win.  His stellar
performance allowed Clemson to earn a dramatic 7-6 comeback victory. 
It was a memorable day for the Florida native, as both his parents
graduated from Florida State and he grew up a Seminole fan. 
Farina also attended Mike Martin's Camp on that very field five
times as a youth.


Tigers Top #2 Seminoles Twice in Tallahassee

       
Clemson, ranked #16 in the nation, won two of three games at
#2 Florida State from May 11-13.  It was the Tigers' first
series win in Tallahassee since 1993.  Clemson hit .306 in the
series and totaled 15 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles and five
home runs.  Andy D'Alessio was 6-for-13 (.462) with five runs
scored, a double, three homers, and six RBIs.  Doug Hogan added
five hits, including three doubles.  The pitching staff had a
6.23 ERA, while the Tiger defense turned six double plays as
well.

        In
game-one on May 11, Tony Thomas, Jr. reached base in all five plate
appearances to lead Florida State to an 11-1 win over Clemson at Dick
Howser Stadium.  Thomas was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk,
hit-by-pitch, and two steals, as the Seminoles totaled 15 hits and
were 9-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  A six-run
seventh-inning blew the game open for the Seminoles, who clinched the
ACC Atlantic Division title with the victory.  Starter Bryan
Henry allowed eight hits, one run, and no walks with eight strikeouts
to improve to 13-0 on the season.  D'Alessio's solo homer in
the fourth inning scored Clemson's lone run.  The Tigers
totaled 10 hits, but they were just 2-for-18 with runners on base.

      In game-two on May 12,
Clemson scored three runs in the ninth inning to top Florida State 7-6
at Dick Howser Stadium.  Taylor Harbin tied the score in the
ninth with a two-run double down the left-field line, then Hogan beat
out a potential double play to allow D'Alessio to score the go-ahead
run.  The Seminoles took a 6-1 lead in the third inning, but they
did not score the rest of the way.  Alan Farina pitched 4.1
scoreless innings of relief, allowing just four hits and no walks with
six strikeouts to record the win.  It was the first time all
season the Seminoles lost when leading at any time after the third
inning.

      In game-three on May 13,
D'Alessio went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBIs to lead Clemson
to an 11-6 win over Florida State at Dick Howser Stadium. 
D'Alessio gave the Tigers an early lead on a three-run homer in the
first inning.  After the Tigers scored four runs in the sixth
inning, D'Alessio blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to
give Clemson a 10-2 lead.  Florida State rallied with four runs
in the seventh, but Stephen Clyne shut the door to record the save. 
D.J. Mitchell pitched 6.0 effective innings in his first career
weekend start to earn the win on his 20th birthday.  Clemson
outhit the Seminoles 12-7 and totaled eight extra-base hits, including
a two-run homer by Harbin.

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