Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Furman


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Clemson vs. Furman

Clemson (5-7) will play host to Furman (7-8) Wednesday afternoon at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The game was originally
scheduled for 7:15 PM, but the threat of inclement weather forced the change.
The game will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson.
Live stats will be available online at ClemsonTigers.com as well.



The Series

Clemson and Furman have met 190 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a
131-55-4 advantage dating back to the 1896 season. Clemson's first two games in
school history were against the Paladins, both losses in 1896, which were the
Tigers' only games that season. The two teams have played at least one game
every year since 1983.



The two teams last played in 2004, as the Tigers were victorious 16-5 on May 11
thanks to six runs in the seventh and five runs in the eighth inning. The
Paladins broke a 29-game losing streak by winning both games in 2003.

The Tigers lead 73-24-1 in games played at Clemson and 23-2 in games played at
Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 11-2 against Furman as Clemson's head
coach. He was also 29-7 against Furman as Western Carolina's head coach from
1983-91.



The Starting Pitchers

Furman will start junior righthander Case Cassedy (1-0, 1.50 ERA) on the mound
Wednesday. The Tallahassee, FL native has made two starts for a total of 6.0
innings pitched. He has allowed five hits and five walks while striking out
three.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Stephen Faris (0-0, 1.00 ERA)
on the mound. The Richmond, VA native has made four relief appearances for a
total of 9.0 innings pitched. He has allowed just seven hits (all singles) and
one run.



Furman Overview

Furman, led by 12th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, enters Wednesday's game with a
7-8 record after losing twice in three games to East Tennessee State over the
weekend. The Paladins are 3-3 in the Southern Conference and 1-1 in away games.

Furman is hitting .330 overall with a .405 on-base percentage. A.J. Davidiuk
leads the team with a .422 batting average. Matthew Betsill is hitting .406 as
well. Davidiuk, Betsill, and Case Cassedy all have 19 RBIs, while Andrew Greene
leads the team with eight stolen bases in nine attempts. The team is fielding at
a .946 clip.

The Paladin pitching staff has a 5.57 team ERA and .292 opponents' batting
average. David Mitchell has all of the team's three saves along with a 1.64 ERA
in 10 relief appearances. The staff has struck out 118 against 54 walks, good
for a 2.19 strikeout-to-walk ratio.



Clemson Overview

Clemson enters the game against Furman with a 5-7 record after falling twice to
#4 South Carolina over the weekend by a combined four runs. The team, which is
3-2 at home, is hitting .281 overall and is led by sophomore Tyler Colvin, who
is hitting .405, including 12-for-23 (.522) in the last six games. Travelers
Rest, SC native and freshman Taylor Harbin has 20 hits, including 11 for extra
bases, in the first 12 games and is hitting .385. The team is fielding at a .974
clip as well, committing just 12 errors through 12 games in 2005. The pitching
staff has a 4.67 ERA and .297 opponents' batting average. Stephen Clyne has the
team's lone save.



Gamecocks Outlast Tigers Twice

South Carolina won both games of the home-and-home series over the Tigers on
March 12,13. Clemson outhit South Carolina .310 to .284, but the Gamecocks
outscored the Tigers 12-8. Six Tigers had at least three hits in the two-game
series, including four by Taylor Harbin.

Brendan Winn's two-run homer in the sixth inning led #4 South Carolina to a 6-3
win in front of 5,617 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 12. The Gamecocks
added two more runs in the seventh before Travis Storrer homered to cut the lead
to 6-3. Starter Aaron Rawl earned the win for South Carolina, while Jason
Fletcher earned the save. Tiger starter Josh Cribb suffered his first loss of
2005. Harbin, Kris Harvey, and Stan Widmann each had two hits to contribute for
six of the team's nine hits. Winn was one of five Gamecocks with two hits, as he
added a game-high three RBIs.

The following day in Columbia, South Carolina scored three runs in the eighth
inning after a costly Tiger error to defeat Clemson 6-5 at Sarge Frye Field on
March 13. The Tigers took a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning thanks to a two-run
double by Storrer and RBI single by Tyler Colvin, but the Gamecocks capitalized
on two Tiger miscues in the eighth. With one out and a runner on first base,
reliever David Kopp's throw to first base on a ground ball was errant, allowing
a run to score and the tying run to advance to third base. It was the first
error by a Tiger pitcher in 2005. Michael Campbell tied the score with an RBI
triple, and a "miscommunication" double to right-center by Winn proved to be the
difference. Clemson outhit South Carolina 13-7 and was led by Colvin's three
hits. Harbin added his first homer as a Tiger and was one of three other Tigers
with two hits. Harvey pitched a career-high-tying 7.0 innings, allowing just two
earned runs on four hits, but did not factor in the decision.



Worth Noting

* Starting with Wednesday's game against Furman, Clemson will play 34 games
during a 47-day span leading up to exams, meaning the team will play on 72
percent of the days during that stretch. Starting next week, the Tigers will
play a five-game week for six consecutive weeks.

* Clemson is scheduled to play only 29 home games this year, the fewest since
1985 when the Tigers played just 25 at home.

* Clemson is 4-2 when it steals at least one base and 1-5 when it does not swipe
any bases.

* Clemson is hitting better away from home (.298) than at home (.255) this
season. Tyler Colvin is hitting a blistering .600 (12-for-20) in six games away
from home.

* Clemson is 5-for-9 (.556) with a homer and 12 RBIs with the bases loaded this
season, which includes a grand slam by Andy D'Alessio.

* Clemson's righthanded batters are hitting .304, while the team's lefthanded
batters are hitting .257.

* Clemson has picked off eight baserunners, including five by pitchers. Josh
Cribb has picked off three, while Robert Rohrbaugh has two. Only one time has a
Tiger been picked off this year.

* Freshman shortstop Stan Widmann is hitting .393 (11-for-28) in the last eight
games after going 1-for-12 in the first four games.

* Lefthanded batter Tyler Colvin is 5-for-7 (.714) against lefties this year.

* Taylor Harbin already has eight multi-hit games, four more than the next
closest Tiger. He also has struck out just twice in 52 at-bats.

* Right-fielder Travis Storrer has thrown out two runners at the plate in the
last three games.

* Freshmen lead the team in both at-bats and appearances, as Taylor Harbin has
52 at-bats, and lefty Daniel Moskos has made seven appearances.



Colvin on Fire

Sophomore outfielder/first baseman Tyler Colvin (North Augusta, SC) was just
3-for-14 (.214) in his first five games, but that all changed at Auburn from
March 4-6. In game one, he was a perfect 5-for-5, as he set a career high for
hits in a single game. The next two games against the SEC Tigers, he combined to
go 3-for-7, meaning he was 8-for-12 (.667) in the three-game series. He has
since raised his batting average to .405, and has a .463 on-base percentage. In
the last six games, he is hitting .522 (12-for-23).

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