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Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 37-19

ACC Regular-Season Record: 21-9


Last Week: 4-0

W home vs. #20 College of Charleston, 8-5

W home vs. #4 Miami (FL), 15-5

W home vs. #4 Miami (FL), 9-2

W home vs. #4 Miami (FL), 6-2



Next Week

Wed. Virginia (ACC Tournament at Jacksonville, FL)

Thu. ACC Tournament


Notes

Clemson was a perfect 4-0 this past week, as it upped its winning streak to nine games with four wins over top-20 ranked teams. Clemson downed #20 College of Charleston 8-5, then the Tigers swept #4 Miami (FL) by a combined score of 30-9 in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from Thursday to Saturday. Clemson won by scores of 15-5, 9-2, and 6-2, as the Hurricanes suffered their first three-game series sweep since 2002. Clemson set a school record for most conference wins (21) in a season, as it ended the regular season with a 21-9 ACC mark.

In game one against the Hurricanes, Clemson handed National Player-of-the-Year candidate Cesar Carrillo his first collegiate loss in 25 decisions, as Miami suffered its first loss in the 31 games he has started. Clemson scored 11 runs in the fourth inning en route to the 15-5 win. In game two, Harvey was 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs in Clemson's 9-2 victory. Josh Cribb pitched 7.0 innings with nine strikeouts against only one walk to earn the win. In game three, Taylor Harbin hit three doubles and Tyler Colvin hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning to key Clemson's 6-2 win.


The 21-9 mark meant the Tigers finished alone in second place in the final ACC standings, a game behind first-place Georgia Tech (22-8). Clemson was 13-8 after a loss at Virginia Tech on May 8, but won its last eight ACC games. The Tigers were the only team to not suffer an ACC series sweep, meaning the Tigers were the only team to win at least one game over every other conference member. Clemson will be the #2 seed in the ACC Tournament at Jacksonville, FL and play #7-seed Virginia Wednesday at 1:00 PM. The winner of the game will play the winner of the Miami-N.C. State game on Thursday.

Clemson was 15-13 in the first half of the regular season, but was 22-6 in the second half, the best second-half record in the ACC. The Tigers are 15-7 against top-25 ranked teams, 9-7 against top-10 teams, and 4-2 against top-five teams in 2005. Clemson did all that while playing only 29 home games, its fewest since 1985.

The Tigers hit .312 last week. Harvey went 9-for-16 (.563) with three homers and six RBIs, the latter two of which came all in the Miami series. Harvey went 6-for-8 with three homers in the first two games of that series. Harbin went 7-for-16 (.438) with five doubles, including a Clemson-record-tying three doubles against the Hurricanes on Saturday. He could have had four doubles if it not for a diving catch at the fence by centerfielder Danny Figueroa. Clemson outscored the opponents 38-14 on the week. The Tigers also fielded at a solid .971 clip.

Clemson had a 3.25 ERA and two saves in the four games. Jeff Hahn pitched 4.2 scoreless innings in two relief appearances and earned a save. The Tiger starters in the Miami series had a 2.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts against only four walks.

On the season, Clemson is hitting .309 with 68 homers. Harbin has a Tiger freshman record 28 doubles along with nine homers, 57 RBIs, and a team-best .362 batting average. Harvey leads the ACC with 21 homers along with 62 RBIs, as he is hitting .346. Travis Storrer's 19-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday, as he was 0-for-2 with a lineout and two walks.

Clemson ended the ACC regular-season with a .316 batting average, led by Harbin's .391 average, 14 doubles, six homers, and 30 RBIs. Fourteen of Harvey's 21 homers this year came in ACC games. Clemson hit a remarkable .384 with runners in scoring position in ACC games, including .571 by Adrian Casanova and .514 by Harvey. Shortstop Stan Widmann had an outstanding .972 fielding percentage in ACC games, as he committed just four errors in 30 games.

 
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's 
NCAA Div. I Poll (As of May 23, 2005)
 

Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
  1. Tulane (47-9) 		486  1 
  2. Cal. St. Fullerton (40-13) 484  2 
  3. Oregon St. (41-9) 		482  3 
  4. Nebraska (46-12) 		479  5 
  5. Texas (43-12) 		478  4 
  6. Arizona (36-17) 		476  9 
  7. Florida (38-18) 		474 12 
  8. Tennessee (39-17) 		471 11 
  9. Georgia Tech. (38-16) 	469  6 
10. Baylor (36-20) 		466  8 
11. Louisiana St. (38-18) 	463 14 
12. Clemson (37-19) 		459 24 
13. Miami, Fla. (38-15-1) 	457  7 
14. Florida St. (48-16) 	455 10 
15. Long Beach St. (36-19) 	453 13 
16. Mississippi (40-16) 	450 21 
17. Alabama (37-19) 		449 16 
18. Rice (38-17) 		447 15 
19. North Carolina (40-15-1) 	444 25 
20. Coll. of Charleston (44-11) 440 20 
21. Southern California (34-18) 436 17 
22. Arizona St. (31-22) 	434 18 
23. Louisiana-Lafayette (45-15) 433 19 
24. Coastal Carolina (44-12) 	432 23 
25. South Carolina (37-19) 	430 — 
26. North Carolina St. (39-15) 	429 — 
27. Texas Christian (37-18) 	426 26 
28. St. John’s (39-14) 		425 28 
29. Cal Poly SLO (34-19) 	423 29 
30. Creighton (42-13) 		421 30 

Baseball America College Top 25


1. Cal State Fullerton 	40-13 3-1 1 
2. Tulane  		47-9  2-1 2 
3. Oregon State 	41-9  2-1 3 
4. Nebraska 		46-12 5-0 7 
5. Texas  		43-12 2-1 5 
6. Arizona 		36-17 3-1 8 
7. Georgia Tech 	38-16 1-2 6 
8. Tennessee 		39-17 3-1 11 
9. Louisiana State 	38-18 3-1 13 
10. Florida 		38-18 4-0 15 
11. Long Beach State 	36-19 1-2 10 
12. Miami 		38-15 0-3 4 
13. Baylor 		36-20 2-2 9 
14. Mississippi 	40-16 3-0 19 
15. Rice 		38-17 2-2 12 
16. Alabama 		37-19 2-1 16 
17. Missouri		37-19 3-2 20 
18. North Carolina St	39-15 3-1 22 
19. Florida State 	48-16 2-2 14 
20. Clemson 		37-19 4-0 NR 
21. Coastal Carolina 	44-12 2-1 23 
22. North Carolina 	40-15 3-1 24 
23. St. John's 		39-14 4-0 25 
24. Southern California	34-18 2-3 21 
25. Arizona State 	31-22 1-3 17 


Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll


The Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Coaches' Poll as selected by 40 Division I coaches representing the American Baseball Coaches Association. First-place votes in parentheses. Records through Sunday.

Rank, school (first-place votes) Record Points  LW 
1. Tulane (31) 			47-9 	985 1 
2. Cal State Fullerton (8) 	40-13	961 2 
3. Texas 			43-12 	914 3 
4. Oregon State 		41-9 	873 5 
5. Nebraska (1) 		46-12 	811 7 
6. Louisiana State  		38-18 	708 9 
7. Arizona  			36-17 	704 8 
8. Miami (Fla.)  		38-15-1 687 4 
9. Georgia Tech  		38-16 	660 6 
10. Florida  			38-18 	620 13 
11. Rice 			38-17 	508 11 
12. North Carolina 		40-15-1 497 15 
13. Florida State 		48-16 	496 10 
14. Baylor 			36-20 	450 12 
15. Mississippi  		40-16 	445 17 
16. Long Beach State  		36-19 	406 14 
17. Tennessee 			39-17 	320 19 
18. Louisiana-Lafayette 	45-15 	250 16 
19. Clemson 			37-19 	241 NR 
20. South Carolina 		37-19 	211 23 
21. Southern California  	34-18 	204 20 
22. College of Charleston 	44-11 	170 24 
23. North Carolina State 	39-15 	149 NR 
24. Alabama 			37-19 	136 25 
25. Stanford 			31-21 	114 22 

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