Tigers Carry Momentum To Raleigh
The Clemson Tiger baseball team had a very emotional come from behind victory over South Carolina Wednesday night. Now the Tigers must settle down and prepare to hit the road against NC State. NC State is 19-2 at home this season and will be a very dangerous matchup for Clemson. The Tigers come in winning 9 of their last 10 games. Last weekend, the Wolfpack took two of three from Wake Forest.
Kris Harvey will get the start on Friday. Harvey returns to his home state bringing in a 5-1 record with 45 strikouts to only 18 walks. NC State has not announced a starter for Friday night. Robert Rohrbaugh will look to bounce back from his worse outing of the year last week against Virginia on Saturday. He is 4-2 on the year with a 4.44 ERA, and he will face Brendan Knapp (4-2, 4.17 ERA). The final pitching matchup will be Josh Cribb (3-4, 3.65) versus Gib Hobson (5-1, 4.97 ERA).
Cribb's record is not indicative of his performance this season. Cribb has received very little run support in several of his outings. Last Saturday, Cribb pitched a masterful eight innings of two hit ball, but he received a no decision for the game. Cribb did pick up his third win of the year in a relief appearance against South Carolina.
Aaron Bates leads the Wolfpack in hitting with a .390 batting average, five home runs, and 38 RBIs. As a team, the Wolfpack is hittings barely above .300 as a team at .303. Matt Camp is one of the fastest players in the ACC and leads the Wolfpack with 10 stolen bases.
Clemson continues to hit the ball well led by surging freshman Brad Chalk. Chalk is hitting .467 in his last 19 games. Taylor Harbin will look to come out of a slight funk this weekend as his average has dropped from .374 to .353. Kris Harvey leads the ACC with 12 home runs.
The bullpens could be a difference this weekend, and Clemson will have Stephen Faris ready to go. Faris has 0.79 ERA and has pitched two complete games in his last two starts. Clemson's bullpen should be at full strength despite playing three and a half games in the midweek.
Game times are Friday 7:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm.