Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Georgia Tech


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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

        Clemson
(27-14, 11-7 ACC), ranked as high as #17 in the nation, will play host
to #19 Georgia Tech (26-15, 13-7 ACC) this weekend in a three-game
series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Game times are 7:15 PM
(Friday), 7:00 PM (Saturday), and 2:00 PM (Sunday).  All three
games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports
Network.  All three games will also be shown live via webcast at
ACCSelect.com.  Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com
for the series as well.


The Series

        Clemson
and Georgia Tech have met 190 times on the diamond, with the Tigers
holding a narrow 94-93-3 advantage dating back to the 1902 season. 
In 2005, Georgia Tech won two of the three games at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium.  Then in 2006, the two teams met seven times.

       The Yellow Jackets
claimed the final two games of the 2006 regular-season series in
Atlanta after Clemson won game-one.  Then in the ACC Tournament
at Jacksonville, FL on May 25, Clemson won 3-2 on Ben Hall's walkoff
single.  Two days later, Georgia Tech stayed alive in the tourney
with an 8-7 victory in 10 innings.  But hours later, Clemson was
victorious 16-11 to advance to the ACC Tournament Championship
game.

        With the
all-time series tied, the two teams met at the 2006 College World
Series.  Like its meeting in Omaha in 2002, the Tigers defeated
the Yellow Jackets, this time by a score of 8-4 after Clemson fell
behind 4-0.  Clemson scored all eight of its runs in the eighth
inning.  Andy D'Alessio's three-run homer gave Clemson the
lead for good.

The Tigers hold a 39-20-1 lead over the Yellow Jackets
all-time in games played at Clemson and a 29-13 advantage at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium.  The Tigers also hold a 39-33 advantage in
games played in the ACC regular season.

        Tiger
Head Coach Jack Leggett is 28-23 against the Yellow Jackets as
Clemson's head coach, including a 13-4 record at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium.  He was 3-5 against Georgia Tech as Western Carolina's
head coach, meaning he is 31-28 against the Yellow Jackets in his
career.


The Starting Pitchers

        In
game-one, Georgia Tech will start sophomore lefthander David Duncan
(5-2, 3.03 ERA) on the mound.  The New Richmond, OH native has
made 11 starts for a total of 74.1 innings pitched.  He has
allowed 71 hits (.254 opponents' batting average) and 19 walks with
67 strikeouts.

    The Tigers will counter with junior
lefthander Daniel Moskos (3-3, 2.29 ERA) in game-one on Friday. 
The Alta Loma, CA native has made 17 relief appearances and three
starts for a total of 35.1 innings pitched.  He has allowed 33
hits (.260 opponents' batting average) and 16 walks with 46
strikeouts.

   In game-two, the Yellow Jackets will start
sophomore righthander Eddie Burns (3-1, 2.98 ERA) on the mound. 
The Hiram, GA native has made seven starts and six relief appearances
for a total of 48.1 innings pitched.  He has yielded 46 hits
(.250 opponents' batting average) and 13 walks with 45
strikeouts.

       The Tigers will
counter with junior righty David Kopp (4-2, 3.32 ERA) on Saturday. 
The Margate, FL native has made 11 starts for a total of 62.1 innings
pitched.  He has allowed 58 hits (.247 opponents' batting
average) and 19 walks with 50 strikeouts.

   In game-three, Georgia Tech will start
senior righty Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.99 ERA) on the mound.  The
Dahlonega, GA native has made 11 starts for a total of 56.1 innings
pitched.  He has allowed 74 hits (.322 opponents' batting
average) and nine walks with 34 strikeouts.

   Clemson will counter with sophomore lefty
Ryan Hinson (4-1, 2.03 ERA) on Sunday.  The Rock Hill, SC native
has made 10 starts for a total of 57.2 innings pitched.  He has
allowed 50 hits (.235 opponents' batting average) and 19 walks with
48 strikeouts.


The Yellow Jackets

        Georgia
Tech, led by 14th-year Head Coach Danny Hall, enters the series with a
26-15 overall record and 13-7 ACC mark after falling to Georgia 10-7
at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday.  The Yellow Jackets, who
are 5-7 on opponents' home fields, also swept #20 N.C. State at home
last weekend.  Georgia Tech is ranked as high as #19 in the
nation as well.

        The
Yellow Jackets are hitting .291 as a team with a .397 on-base
percentage thanks to 222 walks.  They have also hit 91 doubles
and 33 doubles along with 53 stolen bases in 65 attempts.

      Danny Payne is hitting a
team-best .391 with a .529 on-base percentage.  He also has 16
doubles, 32 RBIs, and 46 walks along with 15 steals.  Goose
Creek, SC native Matt Wieters is hitting .359 with seven homers and 39
RBIs, and Michael Fisher is batting .347.

    The pitching staff has a 4.32 ERA
and .278 opponents' batting average on the season.  The team
has allowed 131 walks with 319 strikeouts.  Payne and Wieters
each have three saves, while reliever Jared Hyatt has a 7-0 record adn
2.39 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched.  The team is fielding at a .971
clip as well.


The Tigers

        Clemson
enters the series against #19 Georgia Tech a 27-14 overall record and
11-7 ACC mark after splitting a pair of home midweek games.  On
Tuesday, Elon outslugged Clemson 13-12, then the #17 Tigers beat #5
South Carolina 14-5 on Wednesday.  The Tigers, who are 20-8 at
home and in the midst of an 11-game homestand, lost two of three games
to Virginia at home last weekend as well.

       The team is
hitting .286 with a .369 on-base percentage.  Brad Chalk is
hitting a team-best .407 with a .531 on-base percentage.  Doug
Hogan is hitting .319 with seven homers and 26 RBIs, while Wilson Boyd
is hitting .308 thanks to hitting .417 in the month of April.

     The pitching staff has a 3.36
ERA and .246 opponents' batting average.  It has combined to
strike out 350 against 130 walks.  Daniel Moskos has a team-high
six saves, while Stephen Clyne has a 1.27 ERA along with two saves in
20 relief appearances.  The team is fielding at a .971 clip as
well.

        Clemson
has two players from the state of Georgia on its 2007 roster. 
Sophomore lefthander William Bond (Lawrenceville) and freshman
infielder Ben Paulsen (Acworth) both hail from the state of
Georgia.


Boyd Receives Bob Bradley Award

       
Red-shirt freshman outfielder Wilson Boyd (Hickory, NC)
received the 2007 Bob Bradley Award, given to the Tiger MVP of the
four-game series against rival South Carolina.  In four starts,
he was 5-for-14 (.357) with two runs scored, a triple, and four RBIs. 
He became the first Tiger freshman to win the award, which has been
given annually since 2001.  Boyd, who is hitting .417 in the
month of April, has raised his batting average to .308 on the
season.



Tigers Pound Gamecocks 14-5 in Series-Finale

        A
seven-run seventh inning and 16 hits highlighted #17 Clemson's 14-5
victory over #5 South Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 25
in the last of four regular-season matchups between the two rivals. 
Ben Paulsen's three-run homer in the fifth inning put the Tigers
ahead 9-3, and they never looked back.  Wilson Boyd, who received
the Bob Bradley Award for being Clemson's MVP in the four-game
series, was 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs.  Taylor Harbin
added three hits and three RBIs.  All 10 Tigers who played in the
field scored at least one run and nine had at least one hit. 
Starter D.J. Mitchell pitched 6.0 innings to earn the win, as he
allowed just one run on four hits with six strikeouts.

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