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Tigers Earned 37th NCAA Tournament Bid


Clemson participated in its 37th all-time NCAA Regional when it played in the Columbia (SC) Regional from June 1-4 at Carolina Stadium. The 37 appearances are fifth-most in NCAA history, trailing only Texas (55), Florida State (50), Miami (FL) (41), and Oklahoma State (38).

Columbia Regional Recap


The Tigers played in the 2012 Columbia Regional and went 2-2, finishing in second place behind regional champion South Carolina, who went 3-0. Clemson defeated Coastal Carolina twice, but lost both of its games against the Gamecocks on their home field.


Clemson batted .264 with a .412 slugging percentage and .353 on-base percentage in its four regional games. The team also totaled 23 runs, 39 hits, 10 doubles, four homers, 18 walks, and five stolen bases. Brad FelderBrad Felder
Gr. Outfielder
#3 6-0, 200
Bowman, SC

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(OF), Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Jr. Catcher
#22 6-0, 220
Marietta, GA

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(C), and Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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(DH/UT) earned all-tournament honors as well.

Clemson’s NCAA Tournament Leaders


Brad Felder led the Tigers in the Columbia Regional by going 8-for-17 (.471) with a homer, double, four runs, and three outfield assists in four games. Jay BaumJay Baum
Fr. Infielder
#13 5-11, 180
Alpharetta, GA

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went 3-for-10 with five walks and a .533 on-base percentage. Jason StolzJason Stolz
Sr. Infielder
#2 6-2, 205
Marietta, GA

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totaled two homers, two doubles, and five RBIs, while Phil Pohl added a grand slam and eight RBIs.

Worth Noting


• Clemson lost its 28 games by a combined 69 runs (2.5 runs per loss). The Tigers won their 35 games by a combined 137 runs (3.9 runs per win).


• Clemson had 19 comeback wins among its 35 overall victories in 2012. In four of the wins, it overcame a deficit of four runs or more.


• Clemson was 24-4 when scoring six runs or more and 11-24 when scoring less than six runs.


• Clemson outscored its opponents in all nine innings, except the first inning (36-33), and in extra innings in 2012.


• Clemson had five walkoff hits in 2012, tied for the most in a season under Head Coach Jack LeggettJack Leggett
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(1994-12). The 2003 team also had five walkoff hits. The Tigers also won a game on a walkoff wild pitch, meaning they won six games in walkoff fashion in 2012.


• Against ACC teams, Clemson’s pinch-hitters were 9-for-19 (.474) in 2012. Against non-ACC teams, Clemson’s pinch-hitters were 5-for-43 (.116).


• A total of 565.2 of Clemson’s 575.1 innings pitched (98.3 percent) in 2012 were by righthanders.


• In Clemson’s 30 ACC regular-season games, Tiger pitchers combined for only one error in 67 chances (.985 fielding percentage).


• Clemson was tied for 12th in the nation in double plays (62) on defense. That was a reason Clemson led the ACC in fielding percentage (.973).


• Phil Pohl, Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Jr. 3rd Base
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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, and Jason Stolz started all 63 games in 2012.

ACC Standings


The Tigers finished in third place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 16-14 league record. It was the 18th time in 19 seasons under Head Coach Jack Leggett that the Tigers had a winning league record.


Florida State won the division title with a 24-6 record, while N.C. State was second at 19-11. The Seminoles also won the overall ACC title at 24-6. In the overall ACC standings, Clemson tied for fifth place with Miami (FL). Wake Forest (13-17) was seventh, while Georgia Tech (12-18) was eighth. North Carolina won the ACC Coastal Division crown with a 22-8 mark. Virginia finished fourth at 18-12 as well.

Clemson #8 in the Nation in Average Home Attendance


A total of 145,388 fans were in attendance for Clemson’s 33 home dates in 2012, an average of 4,406 per date. That figure was #8 in the nation and second-best in the ACC in 2012. Through the 2012 season, Clemson had a top-20 national figure in attendance for 19 straight seasons and a top-10 national figure in attendance for 11 years in a row.

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That’s how many of Clemson’s 63 games were against teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, which equates to 56 percent. Clemson had a 15-20 record against the teams in the field. The Tigers played 10 different teams that were in the NCAA Tournament.


Clemson played three of the eight national seeds in Florida State, North Carolina, and South Carolina for a total of 12 games. The Tigers were 4-8 in those 12 contests. The Tigers were 7-15 against #1 seeds, 2-2 against #2 seeds, 4-2 against #3 seeds, and 2-1 against #4 seeds.

Tigers Notched Three Wins Over Top-Ranked Team


With the Tigers’ two wins over top-ranked Florida State from May 12-14 and their 9-7 walkoff win over the #1 Seminoles in the ACC Tournament on May 25, Clemson has defeated the #1 team in the nation 15 times, more than any other sport on the Tiger landscape. That list of 15 wins includes four over both Miami (FL) and Florida State, tied for the most by a Tiger opponent. Clemson’s 7-2 win over the top-ranked Seminoles on May 12 was its first ever at home.

NCAA Stat Finishes


Clemson finished in the top 25 in the nation in three statistical categories in 2012. The Tigers were tied for 12th in double plays (62) and 23rd in double plays per game (0.98). Clemson’s 270 walks were 17-most in the country as well.


Richie Shaffer finished tied for third in the nation in walks (63), while his 1.00 walks per game were sixth-best. Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Jr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 170
Cross, SC

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’s eight triples tied for 10th-most in the country, while his 0.14 triples per game were 16h-most.

Strength of Schedule #6


In 2012, Clemson had an unofficial strength of schedule of #6 according to WarrenNolan.com. There were 297 schools that played Division I baseball in 2012.

In Every Game


Clemson lost 28 games in 2012, but only two by more than four runs and only one by more than five runs. The Tigers had 11 one-run losses, four two-run losses, six three-run losses, five four-run losses, one five-run loss, and one seven-run loss. Another remarkable stat was that the Tigers’ opponents had 19 saves among their 28 wins against Clemson, showing how close the Tigers were in almost every loss. Clemson won eight games by six or more runs, meaning 54 of its 63 games were decided by five runs or less.


Clemson became the last team in the ACC or SEC to lose a game by more than five runs. That came in the last regular-season game when Wake Forest blanked the Tigers 7-0. Furthermore, the Tigers played the nation’s #6-toughest schedule according to the unofficial RPI at WarrenNolan.com.

Road Warriors


Clemson struggled at home in 2012 by its standards (21-14 record), but its streak away from home was a bright spot in 2012. The Tigers were just 9-11 on opponents’ home fields and 5-3 in neutral-site games, meaning Clemson was 14-14 away from home. However, the Tigers lost their first three games and six of their first seven games away from home. After suffering a sweep at Virginia from March 25-27, Clemson won 10 of its next 11 games away from home, which included an eight-game winning streak.

Double the Fun


Clemson has swept six of its last seven doubleheaders and eight of its last 10 doubleheaders since the start of the 2010 season. The only doubleheaders in the last three years Clemson has not swept was at #1 Virginia on March 27, 2010 and against #1 Florida State on May 14, 2012. The Tigers still managed to split both doubleheaders against the top-ranked Cavaliers on the road and versus the top-ranked Seminoles at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


The Tigers had doubleheader sweeps over UAB and Maryland in 2012, Boston College, Gardner-Webb, and Virginia Tech in 2011, and N.C. State, Virginia Tech, and Florida Gulf Coast in 2010. Doubleheaders are rarely scheduled, as most are played due to inclement weather during a weekend series.


The Tigers have won at least one game in each of their last 27 doubleheaders. The last time Clemson suffered a doubleheader sweep was at Virginia on April 10, 2004.


The last time the Tigers suffered a doubleheader sweep at home came on one of the strangest days in Clemson baseball history. On April 21, 1996, Georgia Southern beat Clemson twice at Doug Kinsgmore Stadium. The first game lasted 10 innings in the Eagles’ 8-6 win. The second game took 18 innings and nearly six hours to complete, as Georgia Southern edged Clemson 9-7. It took a combined 28 innings and eight hours and 44 minutes to finish both games. The Tigers went on to a Final Four finish in the College World Series that season.

Tigers Set School Fielding Record


Clemson fielded at a .973 clip in 2012 to set a school record. The Tigers committed only 66 errors in 63 games. The .973 fielding percentage was first in the ACC. Each of Clemson’s nine-best fielding percentages in school history have taken place in the last 13 years (since 2000) under Head Coach Jack Leggett.


Most teams have worse fielding percentages away from home due to being unfamiliar with different playing surfaces. However, Clemson thrived fielding outside the friendly confines of Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In its 28 games away from home, Clemson had a .978 fielding percentage, committing only 23 errors.


A big reason for Clemson’s outstanding fielding percentage was senior shortstop Jason Stolz, who committed only four errors and had a stellar .985 fielding percentage. Stolz, who started all 63 games and played all but 4.2 innings at shortstop for the Tigers in 2012, was errorless in the field in each of last 34 games.

Seven Tigers on All-ACC Academic Team


Clemson placed seven players on the 2012 All-ACC Academic team. The seven selections were second-most in the ACC behind Florida State, who had nine selections. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 GPA for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA during his academic career.


Two Tigers earned All-ACC Academic honors for the third time, junior righthander Kevin BradyKevin Brady
RS Jr. RH Pitcher
#19 6-3, 220
Gaithersburg, MS

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(special education) and senior infielder Jason Stolz (construction science & management). Junior righty Scott FirthScott Firth
Jr. RH Pitcher
#20 6-0, 165
Buffalo Grove, IL

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(sociology), junior catcher Spencer Kieboom (marketing), and senior utility player Phil Pohl (management) all received All-ACC Academic honors for the second time. Junior outfielder Thomas Brittle (community recreation, sport, & camp management) and junior righthander Jonathan MeyerJonathan Meyer
Jr. RH Pitcher
#28 6-0, 180
San Diego, CA

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(management) were named to the All-ACC Academic team for the first time.

Seven Tigers Picked in Major League Draft


Seven Tigers were selected in the 2012 Major League draft from June 4-6. The seven picks tied for eighth-most in the nation and tied (with Florida State) for most by an ACC team. Arizona State led the nation with 10 picks. The 2012 draft only lasted 40 rounds, 10 less than previous years.


Junior corner infielder Richie Shaffer was a first-round draft selection (#25 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays. He became the 15th first-round draft pick in Clemson history and the first Tiger in history to be drafted by the Rays.


Two Tigers were chosen on the second day of the draft. Junior catcher Spencer Kieboom was a fifth-round draft pick (#174 overall) of the Washington Nationals. Junior righthander Kevin Brady was a 10th-round draft pick (#338 overall) of the Philadelphia Phillies.


Four other Tigers were drafted on the final day of the draft. Junior righthander Dominic LeoneDominic Leone
Jr. RH Pitcher
#6 5-11, 195
Norwich, CT

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was a 16th-round draft pick (#491 overall) of the Seattle Mariners. Senior infielder Jason Stolz was a 17th-round draft pick (#528 overall) of the Colorado Rockies. Senior utility player Phil Pohl was a 28th-round draft pick (#859 overall) of the Oakland Athletics. Junior righthander Scott Firth was a 32nd-round draft pick (#998 overall) of the Philadelphia Phillies.


With the seven selections, Jack Leggett has had a total of 96 players drafted in his 19 seasons as head coach at Clemson. A total of 17 of those 96 players were drafted twice, meaning a Tiger has been drafted 113 times in his tenure. Thirteen more Tigers have signed free-agent contracts as well.

Four Tigers Named to All-ACC Team


Four Tigers were named First or Second-Team All-ACC in 2012. The four were Clemson’s predominant 1-4 hitters in the batting order. The Tigers’ four offensive players named to the all-conference team were the most in the ACC. Florida State had the second-most with three offensive players.


Senior designated hitter Phil Pohl and junior third-baseman Richie Shaffer were both named First-Team All-ACC, while junior outfielder Thomas Brittle and sophomore second-baseman Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
So. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 185
Roswell, GA

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were named Second-Team All-ACC. The team was compiled by a vote of the 12 ACC head coaches.


Pohl, who was a Second-Team All-ACC pick in 2011, led the team with 58 RBIs and hit .286 with 11 doubles, nine homers, 30 runs, and two steals. Shaffer led the team with a .336 batting average. Shaffer, who was also a First-Team All-ACC selection in 2011, totaled 10 homers, 21 doubles, two triples, 46 RBIs, 49 runs, 63 walks, a .480 on-base percentage, and eight steals in 2012.


Brittle, who had a 22-game hitting streak during the regular season, batted .298 with nine doubles, eight triples, two homers, 36 RBIs, 43 runs, and 15 stolen bases along with making many diving and run-saving catches in centerfield. Wilkerson hit .295 with 13 doubles, three triples, one homer, 31 RBIs, 49 runs, and 10 steals. Wilkerson had hitting streaks of 19 games and 15 games in 2012.

Brady, Campbell Suffered Injuries


Righthanders Kevin Brady and Matt CampbellMatt Campbell
So. RH Pitcher
#36 5-11, 185
Alpharetta, GA

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both suffered injuries in the Tigers’ 6-5 loss in 13 innings at Georgia Tech on April 27. Brady, a junior who was Clemson’s Friday starter each of the first 11 weeks of the season, suffered a hamstring strain while covering first base in the sixth inning. Campbell, a sophomore who was one of the team’s top relievers in 2012, suffered a Latissimus Dorsi (“Lat”) strain in the ninth inning. Brady missed 21 days due to the injury, but made his return in a brief outing at Wake Forest on May 19. Campbell missed the rest of the season.

Leggett Leading a Consistent Winner


Head Coach Jack Leggett has an 847-404-1 (.677) record at Clemson in 19 seasons. The late Bill Wilhelm has the most wins of any Tiger coach with 1,161 in 36 seasons (1958-93) at Clemson. Leggett’s 847 wins are second-most in school history. No other Clemson coach has more than 70 wins while in Tigertown. Leggett earned win #800 as the leader of the Tiger program in Clemson’s 12-0 victory over Gardner-Webb in the second game of a doubleheader on May 7, 2011.


Through Leggett’s first 19 seasons at Clemson, he has 847 wins. Only six other programs (Florida State, Wichita State, Rice, Louisiana State, Cal State Fullerton, Miami (FL)) have more wins over that span from 1994-12. Leggett has also directed Clemson to a winning record in ACC regular-season games in 18 of his 19 seasons in Tigertown.


What makes Leggett’s win total even more impressive is the fact that he has not shied away from playing stiff competition. Since 2004, when the strength of schedule ratings were first kept at WarrenNolan.com, Clemson’s schedule has been one of the 17 toughest in the nation during all nine seasons, including eight of the nine years with a strength of schedule #9 or better (2004 (#5), 2005 (#4), 2006 (#1), 2007 (#17), 2008 (#2), 2009 (#9), 2010 (#5), 2011 (#6), 2012 (#6)).

Leggett #14 on All-Time NCAA Wins List


Jack Leggett has 1,224 career wins in 33 seasons as a head coach. That victory total is #14 on the all-time NCAA Division I list. In Clemson’s 11-8 win at Georgia Tech on April 29, 2012, he moved ahead of Richard Jones, who had 1,214 career wins, into 14th place. Leggett also reached the 1,200 win mark in Clemson’s 4-2 win over Elon at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on March 21, 2012.


Leggett passed the late Bill Wilhelm, who is tied for 18th place with 1,161 wins in 36 seasons (1958-93) as Clemson’s head coach, on April 6, 2011 in the Tigers’ 12-3 win over Western Carolina. Leggett is also sixth in wins among active coaches.

Brady’s Accurate Arm Among Best in School History


Junior righthander Kevin Brady (Gaithersburg, MD) was 1-3 with a 2.54 ERA in 63.2 innings pitched over 14 appearances (11 starts) in 2012. He allowed 54 hits (.235 opponents’ batting average) and 24 walks with 62 strikeouts.


In 135.0 innings pitched over 50 appearances (19 starts) in his career (2009-12), he was 4-3 with a 3.27 ERA. He yielded 129 hits (.255 opponents’ batting average) and only 38 walks with 148 strikeouts. His 3.89 strikeout-to-walk ratio was third in school history and his 9.87 strikeouts per nine innings pitched was fifth in school history.

Brittle the Center of Attention


Junior outfielder Thomas Brittle (Cross, SC) emerged as Clemson’s everyday centerfielder in his first active season as a Tiger. In 2009 and 2010, Brittle played at College of Charleston alongside his brother, Owen. He transferred to Clemson prior to the 2011 season and sat out that year due to NCAA transfer rules.


In 2012, Brittle batted .298 with nine doubles, eight triples, two homers, 36 RBIs, 43 runs, 22 walks and 11 hit-by-pitches, and a team-high 15 steals in 58 games (56 starts). The eight triples tied for fifth-most in Clemson history and were the most by a Tiger since 1995. The eight triples also tied for most in the ACC and tied for 10th-most in the nation in 2012. For his efforts, he was named Second-Team All-ACC in 2012.


Against #17 N.C. State on April 13, he hit a walkoff single, the last of his four hits in the game, in the 12th inning to send Clemson to a 7-6 victory. Four days later, he hit another walkoff single. This time, he slapped a ninth-inning single through the left side to give Clemson a 3-2 win over Charleston Southern on April 17. In both walkoff hits, his single plated Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Fr. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 195
Cumming, GA

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. Then on May 5 against his former team (College of Charleston), he hit a two-out, run-scoring single in the 11th inning to tie the score. Clemson went on to win 4-3.


Brittle also showed a penchant for making stellar plays in centerfield, including many diving catches. He had a remarkable three outfield assists in one game against UAB in the second game of a doubleheader on February 18. He also has a team-high nine outfield assists in 2012.

Brittle Had a 22-Game Hitting Streak


Thomas Brittle had a 22-game hitting streak, tied for the eighth-longest hitting streak in Clemson history, from April 3 to May 8. He was 40-for-105 (.381) with four doubles, six triples, two homers, 27 RBIs, 23 runs, four steals, and only eight strikeouts during his 22-game hitting streak. It was the 20th hitting streak of 20 games or more in Clemson history, while he became the 19th Tiger with a hitting streak of 20 games or more.

Campbell Kept Tigers Close


Sophomore righthander Matt Campbell (Alpharetta, GA) was one of Clemson’s top relievers in 2012. After a solid freshman season in 2011, when he had a 3.09 ERA and .154 opponents’ batting average, he was equally effective as a sophomore.


Campbell was 1-2 with two saves, a 2.49 ERA, and .211 opponents’ batting average in 25.1 innings pitched over 13 relief appearances in 2012. He also had 29 strikeouts against only 11 walks. In one of his best career outings against #7 Miami (FL) on March 30, he pitched 4.0 stellar innings to earn the victory. He gave up just one hit (a single), no runs, and no walks with seven strikeouts in Clemson’s 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.


Campbell suffered a “Lat” injury against Georgia Tech on April 27 that forced him out of action for the rest of the 2012 season.

Costigan Thrived in a Pinch


Sophomore outfielder Joe CostiganJoe Costigan
So. Outfielder
#5 5-11, 200
Naples, FL

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(Naples, FL) was Clemson’s top offensive player off the bench in 2012. He batted .289 overall (13-for-45) with four doubles and seven RBIs in 30 games (eight starts). But as a pinch-hitter, he was 7-for-18 (.389) with two doubles, three RBIs, two walks, one hit-by-pitch, and a .476 on-base percentage. In his 22 games off the bench, Costigan was 10-for-24 (.417) with four doubles and a .481 on-base percentage. In his three plate appearances (all off the bench) in the Columbia Regional, he was 1-for-1 with a double, walk, and hit-by-pitch.

Felder Erupted in Columbia Regional


Graduate outfielder Brad Felder (Bowman, SC) was Clemson’s top hitter in the NCAA Tournament. He made the Columbia Regional All-Tournament team by going 8-for-17 (.471) with a homer, double, two RBIs, and four runs in four games. No other Tiger had more than five hits in the regional.


After a slow start to the season, he came on strong late in the year to finish with a .263 batting average, seven homers, eight doubles, 26 RBIs, 32 runs, and 11 stolen bases in his one and only season in the Tiger program. Felder played three seasons at The Citadel from 2008-11.

Firth Relished Relief Role


Junior righthander Scott Firth (Buffalo Grove, IL) was one of Clemson’s top relievers in 2012. In his first two seasons, he alternated as both a starter and reliever. But in 2012, he made all of his appearances out of the bullpen and had some of the best numbers among Tiger hurlers.


In 51.2 innings pitched over a team-high 24 relief appearances, he was 4-0 with a team-high three saves and a team-best 2.09 ERA. His ERA was the best by a Tiger (given a minimum of 40 innings pitched) since 1998 (Scott Clackum (1.11 ERA)). He also allowed just 44 hits (.229 opponents’ batting average) and 33 walks with 44 strikeouts.


Firth received the Stowe Award as Clemson’s most valuable pitcher in 2012. After giving up a home run against #2 South Carolina on March 4, he went his next 23.0 innings pitched without allowing a run.


In his three-year career, Firth is 11-2 with three saves and a 2.81 ERA in 134.1 innings pitched over 56 appearances (11 starts). He has given up 129 hits (.250 opponents’ batting average) with 107 strikeouts.

Gossett Named National Player-of-the-Week


Freshman righthander Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Fr. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 160
Lyman, SC

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(Lyman, SC) was named one of four national players-of-the-week by Collegiate Baseball on April 9. In 9.0 innings pitched over two appearances (one start) during the previous week, he allowed just five hits (all singles), no runs, and no walks with 15 strikeouts.


Against Winthrop on April 3, he earned the win by tossing 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, no runs, and no walks with 13 strikeouts, the most by a Tiger since 2009. Then at Duke on April 8, he pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to record the save.


Against #1 Florida State on May 12, he entered the game with the Tigers trailing and pitched the final 4.0 innings to earn the win. He gave up just two hits and no runs with three strikeouts.


In 2012, the hard-throwing righty was 6-3 with two saves, a 4.32 ERA, and a team-high 87 strikeouts against 39 walks in 77.0 innings pitched over 19 appearances (10 starts).

Haselden in Control


Senior righthander David HaseldenDavid Haselden
Sr. RH Pitcher
#29 6-4, 240
Spartanburg, SC

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(Spartanburg, SC) was both a starter and reliever in his four seasons at Clemson. In both cases, he showed outstanding control, as he finished his career in the top 10 in Tiger history in career walks per nine innings pitched.


In 183.0 innings pitched over 72 appearances (12 starts) in his career, he was 15-7 with six saves, a 3.39 ERA and 127 strikeouts against only 48 walks. His 2.36 walks per nine innings pitched mark was 10th-best in school history.


Against Tennessee Tech on May 8, he entered the game in the fifth inning with two runners on base, no outs, and the Tigers trailing 8-3. He pitched the final 6.0 innings, allowing five hits, no runs, and no walks with four strikeouts to allow Clemson to come back for a 9-8 win. Then against Furman on May 15, he pitched 7.2 innings in a starting role and allowed only two runs to earn the win.

Kent Super in 2012


Sophomore righthander Mike KentMike Kent
RS So. RH Pitcher
#15 6-0, 195
Springfield, VA

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(Springfield, VA) emerged as one of Clemson’s best relievers in 2012. In his first two seasons in a Tiger uniform, he had an 8.80 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched over seven appearances (two starts). Only one of those seven outings came in 2011, when he received a medical red-shirt.


His performance in 2012 certainly gave Clemson a boost. In 38.1 innings pitched over 21 appearances (one start), he was 1-2 with a 3.76 ERA and two saves. He gave up just 10 walks with 21 strikeouts.


Kent recorded his first career save by tossing 4.0 strong innings against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on April 10. Then in the first game of a doubleheader on April 21 at Maryland, he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of three-hit ball with two strikeouts to register his second save in Clemson’s 5-3 win. It was even more special for Kent that day, as he was pitching near his hometown of Springfield, VA. Kent also allowed just one run on four hits and no walks in 5.0 innings pitched in relief to earn the win at Georgia Tech on April 28.

Kieboom Named ACC Player-of-the-Week


Junior catcher Spencer Kieboom (Marietta, GA) was named ACC Player-of-the-Week on April 30 for his performances in four games from April 24-29. He went 11-for-20 (.550) with a homer, double, eight RBIs, and five runs. Playing near his hometown against Georgia Tech from April 27-29, he went 10-for-15 (.667) with a grand slam, double, seven RBIs, and four runs to lead Clemson to a series win. He totaled at least two hits in all three games and raised his batting average 47 points (.230 to .277) in the series.


In game-two of the series, he was 3-for-5 with a grand slam, double, and five RBIs in Clemson’s 13-7 victory. Then on Sunday, he went 5-for-5 with two RBIs and a run in the Tigers’ 11-8 win.


Kieboom was also named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List in March. It was the second year in a row he was named to the list. The award goes the nation’s best catcher.


In 58 games (56 starts) in 2012, he hit .250 with three homers, seven doubles, and 33 RBIs. He had 19 walks and only struck out 17 times in 204 at-bats. He also committed just three errors and did not allow a passed ball in 2012. For his defensive prowess, he was named to the Gold Glove Team by ABCA as the nation’s best defensive catcher.


Kieboom had a .299 batting average in ACC regular-season games and was named to the Columbia Regional All-Tournament team as well. In his career, Kieboom struck out just 37 times in 431 at-bats. His one strikeout every 431 career at-bats was the 10th-best mark in school history.

McGibbon Earned All-ACC Tournament Honors


Sophomore Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
So. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 210
Lindenhurst, NY

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(Lindenhurst, NY) earned All-ACC Tournament honors as the first-baseman for his performance in three games at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC from May 24-26. He was 5-for-13 (.385) with two home runs, one double, five RBIs, and three runs.


Against top-ranked Florida State on May 25, he laced a three-run walkoff homer in the ninth inning to give Clemson a 9-7 win. He also went 3-for-5 with a double, four RBIs, and two runs to help the Tigers to their third win in four games over the Seminoles in 2012.


In 2012, McGibbon batted .233 with five homers, eight doubles, one triple, 33 RBIs, and 29 runs in 59 games (57 starts).

Pohl Named to Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award First Team


Senior utility player Phil Pohl (Cooperstown, NY) was announced as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for baseball in April. Then in June, he was named as a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award First-Team member. The 10 finalists were split into five players on the first team and five players on the second team.


An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character, and competition.


Pohl, a two-time team co-captain, hit .286 with nine homers, 11 doubles, a team-high 58 RBIs, a team-high 12 hit-by-pitches, and 30 runs in 2012. He also had an 11-game hitting streak from March to April. For his efforts, he was named second-team All-Atlantic Region by ABCA and First-Team All-ACC in 2012. It was the second time he received All-ACC honors on the field, as he was named Second-Team All-ACC in 2011. Pohl also earned Columbia Regional All-Tournament honors after hitting a grand slam with eight RBIs in four games.


In 2011, he was the winner of the Dedication Award for outstanding work in the strength training room and the co-winner of the Tiger Baseball Award, given to the team’s best leader. Then prior to the 2012 season, he was named a strength & conditioning All-American by NSCA.


In the classroom, the management major had a 3.63 career GPA and 3.0 GPA or better in all eight semesters at Clemson. He was a first-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA in 2012 after earning third-team Academic All-American honors in 2011 and was a first-team Academic all-district pick for the second year in a row in 2012. He was also a two-time All-ACC Academic selection. Pohl received his degree on May 11, 2012.

Pohl Named First-Team Academic All-American


Phil Pohl received First-Team Academic All-America honors in 2012, announced by CoSIDA, marking the second year in a row he received Academic All-America honors. The Capital One Academic All-America baseball team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom. Pohl was also named First-Team All-District IV for the second year in a row.


Pohl was selected as the first-team designated hitter on the Academic All-America team. He became the Tiger baseball team’s first first-team Academic All-American since 1995 (Paul Galloway). The Cooperstown, NY native and co-captain batted .286 with 11 doubles, nine homers, 58 RBIs, 30 runs, and two steals in starting all 63 games.


In the classroom, Pohl had a 3.63 career GPA in management. He was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his first three seasons. Pohl, who graduated on May 11, 2012, was also involved in several community service projects during his time at Clemson.

Pohl Not Afraid to Take One for the Team


Phil Pohl was named an NSCA Strength & Conditioning All-American prior to the 2012 season. That toughness could be seen in the batter’s box, as he totaled a team-high 12 hit-by-pitches in 2012. That total tied for sixth-most in school history and was the highest total by a Tiger since 2001, when Khalil Greene was hit-by-pitch a school-record 21 times. Pohl was hit-by-pitch 32 times in his career as well.

Pohle Rolled Along


Sophomore righthander Kevin PohleKevin Pohle
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St. Louis, MO

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(Saint Louis, MO) did not start the season in the weekend rotation, but he made a name for himself as one of Clemson’s weekend starters. He made his first weekend start of the season against #2 South Carolina on March 4 in a game the Tigers won.


In 76.1 innings pitched over 16 appearances (14 starts) in 2012, Pohle was 7-4 with a 3.66 ERA. He allowed 80 hits (.277 opponents’ batting average), 31 earned runs, and 32 walks with 40 strikeouts. His ability to keep the ball down in the strikezone with his sinking action was a key to his success.


Against College of Charleston on May 6, he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings of six-hit ball with five strikeouts to earn the win in Clemson’s 12-3 victory. The following series against #1 Florida State, he gave up six hits and one earned run in 6.0 innings pitched to earn the victory.

Shaffer Racked Up Awards & Numbers


Junior corner infielder Richie Shaffer (Charlotte, NC) became a regular in 2012 at racking up awards. In the three-game series against #2 South Carolina and arguably the nation’s best pitching staff, he was 6-for-9 with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs, six runs, six walks, a 1.556 slugging percentage, and an .800 on-base percentage. He reached base in 12 of his 15 plate appearances in the series, including in all five of his plate appearances on March 4 in Clemson’s 6-5 win to snap the Gamecocks’ 19-game winning streak.


For his efforts, he received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson’s MVP of the three-game series against the Gamecocks. He was also named ACC Player-of-the-Week. Then in the next game against Holy Cross on March 7, he tied a school record with three doubles and became the first Tiger to accomplish that feat since 2006.


On April 2, he received his second ACC weekly honor of the season when he was named ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week. In five games, including four against top-20 ranked teams, he was 6-for-18 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBIs, five walks, and no errors in 16 chances at third base.


His third ACC weekly honor of the year came a week later when he was named ACC Player-of-the-Week on April 9. In five games, he was 12-for-21 (.571) with one homer, one double, seven RBIs, four runs, three walks, three steals, and no errors in 13 chances at third base. Shaffer, who also earned national hitter-of-the-week honors by NCBWA, had at least two hits in all five games. It was also the fourth ACC Player-of-the-Week honor of his career.


In 2012, Shaffer hit a team-best .336 with 10 homers, 21 doubles, two triples, 46 RBIs, 49 runs, 63 walks, eight steals, and a .480 on-base percentage in starting all 63 games. His 63 walks tied for third-most in the nation and tied for third-most in a season in school history.


After a slow start, his fielding percentage rose to .938. Prior to his error at Georgia Tech on April 29, he had gone the previous 24 games without committing an error. He also committed just four errors in the last 43 games. For his efforts, he was named First-Team All-ACC for the second year in a row and a first-team All-Atlantic Region selection. He also earned first-team All-All-America honors by Perfect Game.


In his three-year career, he is hitting .325 with 30 homers, 47 doubles, four triples, 137 RBIs, 156 runs, a .448 on-base percentage, and 18 steals in 174 games (170 starts). He has started each of the last 142 games dating to 2010 as well.

Shaffer One of 30 Semifinalists for Golden Spikes Award


Junior third-baseman Richie Shaffer was named one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, announced by USA Baseball on May 29. The award goes to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Shaffer Cornered the Market on First-Team Honors


A total of 98 Tigers in history have been named First-Team All-ACC on the diamond, including corner infielder Richie Shaffer. The junior is one of only a few Tigers to be named First-Team All-ACC in multiple seasons, as he earned that honor in both 2011 and 2012.


However, what makes Shaffer’s accomplishment special is the fact that he became the first Tiger in history to be named First-Team All-ACC at two different infield positions over the course of his career. That is something that the record-setting Khalil Greene did not even accomplishment. Greene played the 1999 and 2000 seasons as the regular third-baseman, but he only earned Second-Team All-ACC honors as a sophomore before moving to shortstop for his last two seasons, where he earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2001 and 2002.


In 2011, Shaffer was a First-Team All-ACC first-baseman who hit .315 with 13 homers, 55 RBIs, and 62 runs in 63 games (63 starts). With the loss of third-baseman John HinsonJohn Hinson
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after the 2011 season, Shaffer moved over to third base and has started all 59 games there in 2012. Shaffer hit .336 with 10 homers, 21 doubles, two triples, 46 RBIs, 49 runs, 63 walks, a .480 on-base percentage, and eight steals in 2012.


Shaffer led or tied for the team lead in batting average, games, starts, hits (78), doubles, homers, total bases (133), slugging percentage (.573), walks, and on-base percentage.

Shaffer at His Best Against the SEC


Richie Shaffer performed at his best against some of the best teams in the country in 2012. The Tigers played seven games against SEC teams in 2012, which included five games against #2 South Carolina and two games against Georgia, including the game in Athens when the Bulldogs were ranked #18 in the nation.


In his seven games against SEC teams, he was 12-for-27 (.444) with four doubles, three homers, eight RBIs, eight runs, nine walks, a .583 on-base percentage, and a .926 slugging percentage.


Shaffer went 6-for-9 with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs, six runs, and six walks in three regular-season games against the Gamecocks, then he went 5-for-10 with two doubles, one homer, and four RBIs in two games against the Bulldogs.

Shaffer Picked in the First Round of the MLB Draft


Richie Shaffer was selected in the first round of the Major League draft on June 4. Shaffer was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the #25 overall pick. He became Clemson’s first first-round draft pick since Kyle ParkerKyle Parker
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was taken with the #26 overall pick in 2010. He was also the 15th first-round draft pick in Tiger history and the first-ever Tiger drafted by the Rays.

Stolz Made the Most of His Senior Season


Jason Stolz (Marietta, GA), who started all 63 games at shortstop, had a solid senior season for the Tigers. He batted .270 with seven homers, 11 doubles, 26 RBIs, 36 runs, and five steals. He also led the team in batting average in ACC regular-season games (.310) and had an 11-game hitting streak from February to March.


However, his value was even greater in the field, where he committed only four errors in 266 chances, good for a stellar .985 fielding percentage. He was a stalwart in 2012, as he played 570.2 of the team’s 575.1 innings on defense at shortstop. Stolz was also errorless in the field in the last 34 games (133 chances).


In the three-game series at Maryland, he was 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, one homer, three RBIs, and four runs to lead the Tigers to a sweep. In the first game of the series, he hit a one-out single in the ninth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Richie Shaffer’s two-run triple. In the series-finale, he hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to tie the score, then he lofted a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that gave Clemson the lead for good.


In the Columbia Regional, Stolz totaled two homers, two doubles, and five RBIs in four games. Against Coastal Carolina on June 3, he hit two homers to become the only Tiger in 2011 or 2012 to hit multiple long balls in one game.


Stolz was a career .278 hitter in four seasons (2009-12) in a Tiger uniform. He also totaled 88 RBIs, 105 runs, 182 hits, 31 doubles, 10 homers, 25 sacrifice bunts, 24 stolen bases, and a .959 fielding percentage at three different infield positions in 218 career games (190 starts). He started all 126 games over the 2011 and 2012 seasons as well.

Wilkerson Led the Charge


Sophomore middle infielder Steve Wilkerson (Roswell, GA) became the everyday leadoff batter atop the lineup against North Carolina on March 11 and excelled in that role. He also had a 19-game hitting streak during that span and added a 15-game hitting later in the season.


Overall in 2012, the switch-hitter, Clemson’s first since Patrick Boyd (1998-01), batted .295 with 13 doubles, three triples, one homer, 31 RBIs, 49 runs, and 10 stolen bases in 59 games (59 starts) as Clemson’s everyday second-baseman. For his efforts, he was named Second-Team All-ACC in 2012.

Four Tigers Shared Captain Title


Four Tigers were selected as team captains, as voted on by the players, prior to the 2012 season. Junior righthander Dominic Leone, senior utility player Phil Pohl, junior infielder Richie Shaffer, and senior infielder Jason Stolz were all named captains. Pohl was a captain in 2011 as well.

Future ACC Tournament Sites


The 2013 ACC Tournament will be played at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park, where it has been held seven times, including in 2011. Locations for the tournament after the 2013 season have yet to be determined.

Five Former Tigers on Major League Rosters


Five former Clemson baseball players have been on Major League rosters in 2012. The list includes infielder Jeff BakerJeff Baker
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, righthander Jason Berken, outfielder Tyler ColvinTyler Colvin
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, righthander D.J. MitchellD.J. Mitchell

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Winston-Salem, NC

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, and lefthander Tony Sipp.


Baker is in his eighth season in the Majors and fourth year with the Chicago Cubs. Baker, who is tied for the Tiger record with 59 career home runs, played for the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series. Baker entered the 2012 season with 316 hits and 33 home runs in his Major League career.


Berken, who played at Clemson in 2003, 2004, and 2006, had an 18-6 record and 3.04 ERA in 47 appearances (36 starts). He made his Major League debut with Baltimore in 2009 and is in his fourth Major League season with the Orioles. In 2010, Berken had a 3.03 ERA in 41 relief appearances.


Colvin, in his fourth Major League season and first with the Colorado Rockies, saw limited action with the Chicago Cubs in the latter stages of the 2009 season before bursting onto the scene in a big way in 2010. He was one of the best rookies in the National League in 2010 when he totaled 18 doubles, five triples, 20 home runs, and 56 RBIs in 135 games.


Mitchell made his Major League debut with the New York Yankees on May 1, 2012 and pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Mitchell, who was drafted in the 10th round by the Yankees in 2008, played three seasons (2006-08) at Clemson and started as a freshman in right field in the 2006 College World Series. He moved to pitcher in 2007, where he was 5-0 with a 3.27 ERA. Then in 2008, he earned First-Team All-ACC honors as a starting pitcher. He totaled 106 strikeouts and a 3.47 ERA in 98.2 innings pitched.


Sipp, who batted .280 and had a 2-2 pitching record for the Tigers in 2004, was called up to Cleveland in 2009 and is in his fourth year with the Indians. In 2011, he was 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA and .201 opponents’ batting average in 62.1 innings pitched over 69 relief appearances. Entering the 2012 season, Sipp had a 3.43 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 165.1 innings pitched over 185 relief appearances in his Major League career.

Tigers Opened Season With Two Wins in UAB Series


Clemson, ranked as high as #16 in the nation, won two of three games over UAB by a combined score of 14-7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on February 17,18. The Blazers outhit the Tigers .283 to .247, while Clemson totaled five doubles and three home runs. Phil Pohl paced the Tigers by going 4-for-10 with a homer, double, and four RBIs. The Clemson pitching staff had a 2.33 ERA thanks to allowing just seven of 39 baserunners to score. The Tigers also committed just two errors in the series.


In game-one on February 17, Dillon Napoleon pitched 7.0 strong inning and Keith DePew scored both runs in UAB’s 2-1 win over Clemson. DePew scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on pinch-hitter Tyler Mims’ sacrifice fly. Napoleon and Ryan Nance combined to allow just four hits and one run. Napoleon pitched 7.0 innings to earn the win, while Nance pitched 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings to record the save. Clemson scored just one of its 11 baserunners, which came on Spencer Kieboom’s double in the second inning. Kieboom had two of the Tigers’ four hits. It was Clemson’s first loss in a season-opener since 2004.


In game-two on February 18, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Dominic Leone tossed 6.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball (both singles) to lead Clemson to a 6-1 victory over UAB. Leone also allowed just one walk with four strikeouts to earn the win. Richie Shaffer hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Clemson the lead for good, then Brad Felder hit his first home run as a Tiger, a two-run shot in the third inning. Jason Stolz led Clemson’s 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4, while Felder was 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs.


In game-three on February 18, which was the second game of a doubleheader, Clemson scored five runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and held on for a 7-4 win over UAB. Phil Pohl hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to tie the score, then the Tigers scored five runs on two hits, three walks, and one hit-by-pitch in the eighth inning. Pohl led the Tigers by going 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs. Thomas Brittle added a single, two walks, and three outfield assists. The Blazers outhit Clemson 12-7, but they left nine runners on base. Kevin Pohle pitched 4.0 strong innings in relief to earn the win. He yielded just two hits and no runs with three strikeouts.

Clemson Rebounded Again to Take Series Over Maine 2-1


Clemson, ranked as high as #16 in the nation, won two of three games over Maine by a combined score of 23-17 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from February 24-26. The Tigers outhit Maine .317 to .296 and totaled 17 walks against only 14 strikeouts. Phil Pohl went 6-for-11 (.545) with a homer, double, and five RBIs in the series, while Steve Wilkerson was 7-for-14 with two doubles, five RBIs, and six runs. Richie Shaffer went 6-for-12 with a homer, double, and five RBIs as well. The Clemson pitching staff had a 3.33 ERA and totaled 26 strikeouts against only nine walks in the series.


In game-one on February 24, Maine scored all six of its runs on two-out hits and held on to edge Clemson 6-5. The Black Bears held a 4-0 lead until Clemson scored four runs in the seventh inning, capped by Pohl’s run-scoring single, to tie the score. But Maine responded with two runs in the eighth inning to regain the lead. Clemson put runners at second and third with one out in the ninth inning, but the Tigers managed to score just one run in the frame and fell one run short. Thomas Brittle and Pohl had three hits apiece to lead the Tigers, who stranded 11 runners on base.


In game-two on February 25, Clemson overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat Maine 9-5. Maine scored four runs in the third inning, but Clemson scored nine combined runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings. The Tigers scored five runs in the fifth inning, capped by Spencer Kieboom’s three-run homer that gave Clemson the lead for good. Pohl added a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Starter Dominic Leone earned the win, while Mike Kent pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in relief during a key part of the game. Richie Shaffer led the Tigers by going 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Brittle was 1-for-2 with a triple, two runs, three walks, and one steal.


In game-three on February 26, Clemson overcame a 6-0 deficit and scored the game’s final nine runs to top Maine 9-6. The six-run comeback was Clemson’s largest to gain victory since 2008. The Tigers, who committed five errors, helped the Black Bears jump out to a 6-0 lead. But the Tigers scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, then Clemson scored five two-out runs in the sixth inning to close out the scoring. Wilkerson and Pohl both hit two-run doubles in the sixth inning to highlight the uprising. Wilkerson went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs to lead Clemson’s 14-hit attack. Kevin Pohle pitched 3.0 solid innings in relief with four strikeouts to earn the win, while Daniel Gossett recorded his first career save.

Gamecocks Won Rivalry Series 2-1


Clemson, ranked as high as #15 in the nation, won one of three games against #2 South Carolina at three different sites from March 2-4. The Gamecocks, who outscored the Tigers 17-14, outhit Clemson .255 to .226. Richie Shaffer, who received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson’s MVP of the series, was 6-for-9 with two homers, four RBIs, six runs, and six walks. The Tiger pitching staff had a 3.86 ERA and 30 strikeouts against 11 walks in the series as well.


In game-one at Charleston, SC on March 2, Evan Marzilli’s diving catch with two outs and the potential tying run on third base in the 11th inning preserved South Carolina’s 3-2 win over Clemson. The Gamecocks scored two runs on two, two-out singles in the top of the 11th inning, then a pair of South Carolina errors helped the Tigers score a run in the bottom of the 11th inning before Marzilli’s game-ending catch. Shaffer went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs, and three walks. Matt Campbell tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.


In game-two at Columbia, SC on March 3, Adam Matthews’ three-run homer in the third inning highlighted South Carolina’s 11-hit attack in its 9-6 win over Clemson. Jason Stolz’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the second inning gave Clemson the lead, but the Gamecocks scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and three more on Matthews’ long ball in the third. Evan Beal pitched 4.0 effective innings in relief to stymie Tiger batters and earn the win. Shaffer went 2-for-5 with a homer, double, three RBIs, and two runs to lead Clemson, who had eight hits in the contest.


In game-three at Clemson, SC on March 4, Steve Wilkerson lined a walkoff single to left-center in the ninth inning to score Jon McGibbon and give Clemson a 6-5 win over South Carolina. The Gamecocks, who saw their 19-game winning streak come to an end, scored four unearned runs in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. With South Carolina ahead 5-3, Phil Pohl belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning to tie the score. In the ninth inning, McGibbon led off with a single and advanced to second on Thomas Brittle’s sacrifice bunt before Wilkerson’s walkoff single. Shaffer went 2-for-2 with a homer and three walks to lead Clemson, who outhit South Carolina 12-9.

Tigers Clobbered Holy Cross 16-4


Richie Shaffer tied a school record with three doubles to lead #19 Clemson to a 16-4 win over Holy Cross at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 7. The Tigers scored in seven of the eight innings in which they batted and totaled 16 hits, including seven doubles, 10 walks, and two hit-by-pitches. Phil Pohl went 3-for-3 with two doubles, five RBIs, four runs, and a walk, while Jon McGibbon went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio
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added two hits and three RBIs off the bench. David Haselden pitched 5.0 innings in a starting role and allowed just one run to earn the win.

Tar Heels Dealt Tigers Three Tough Defeats


North Carolina, ranked as high as #6 in the nation, won three hard-fought games, including two by one run, against #19 Clemson by a combined score of 16-11 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from March 9-11. Despite being swept, Clemson had a higher batting average (.243 to .236) in the series, but the Tigers were just 4-for-31 (.129) with two outs. Jason Stolz was 6-for-13 (.462) with one homer and three doubles in the series. The Clemson pitching staff had a 4.03 ERA and 20 strikeouts against 19 walks. Jonathan Meyer allowed just one hit and no earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched over two relief appearances.


In game-one on March 9, Michael Morin struck out Phil Pohl with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning to lead North Carolina to a 4-3 win over Clemson. The Tar Heels scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead, then the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. But Clemson stranded a combined seven runners on base in the final three innings without scoring. Morin and two other Tar Heel hurlers combined to allow just three of Clemson’s 14 baserunners to score in the contest. Richie Shaffer went 3-for-4 with a triple and walk for the Tigers, who outhit North Carolina 8-7, but they left 10 runners on base to the Tar Heels’ four.


In game-two on March 10, North Carolina scored three runs in the ninth inning to defeat Clemson 6-3. The Tar Heels scored two runs on bases loaded walks and another on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. The Tigers committed four costly errors, including two in the seventh inning that enabled North Carolina to tie the score. Clemson outhit the Tar Heels 8-6, but Tiger pitchers combined for eight walks. Spencer Kieboom and Stolz both went 3-for-4, while Dominic Attanasio hit a two-run double. Morin recorded his second save in as many days by retiring three of the four batters he faced.


In game-three on March 11, North Carolina tied the score with three runs in the ninth inning, then scored a run in the 11th inning to down Clemson 6-5. The Tigers held a 5-2 lead entering the top of the ninth, but three straight walks to start the inning and Jacob Stallings’ run-scoring single, the Tar Heels’ only hit of the frame, extended the game. The Tigers left two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, then Clemson had the bases loaded with one out in the 10th. But North Carolina turned a key double play that allowed Mike Zolk to hit a two-out, run-scoring single in the 11th inning for the win. Stolz hit a homer and double for Clemson, who stranded 15 runners on base in the game.

Seven-Run Fourth Lifted Catamounts Over Tigers 8-4


Behind seven runs on six hits in the fourth inning, Western Carolina topped Clemson 8-4 at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, NC on March 14. The Tigers scored three runs thanks in part to three Catamount errors in the third inning to build a 4-1 lead. However, Luke Gragg started the fourth inning with a pinch-hit single, scored a run, and capped the scoring in the frame with a two-run single. Reliever Jon Nadale pitched 4.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn the win. Steve Wilkerson went 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers, who were outhit 14-7.

Clemson Swept Boston College


Clemson swept Boston College by a combined score of 17-8 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from March 16-18. Clemson outhit the Eagles .293 to .214 and totaled five doubles, two homers, 14 walks against only 13 strikeouts, and three steals. Steve Wilkerson went 6-for-14 to lead the Tigers, while Brad Felder went 4-for-11 with two homers, four RBIs, and four runs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.67 ERA and 26 strikeouts against 12 walks. Clemson committed just one error and had a .991 fielding percentage.


In game-one on March 16, Kevin Brady struck out nine batters in 6.2 innings pitched to lead Clemson to a 6-4 victory over Boston College. Felder’s two-run homer in the second inning gave Clemson a 3-0 lead. The Eagles closed in on the Tigers with three homers, including two by Tom Bourdon. But Boston College could not pull even and Matt Campbell recorded the save. The three Clemson pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts, while eight different Tigers had one hit apiece at the plate. Tiger batters combined to walk six times and struck out just twice as well.


In game-two on March 17, Dominic Leone and Jonathan Meyer combined to allow just four hits in Clemson’s 6-3 win over Boston College. Leone yielded just one hit in 5.2 innings pitched to earn the win, while Meyer struck out five batters against no walks in the 3.1 innings pitched to record the save. Trailing 2-1, the Tigers scored four runs in the second inning and never relinquished the lead. Felder added a solo homer in the seventh inning. Wilkerson had a game-high three hits, while Phil Pohl went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.


In game-three on March 18, Clemson scored all five of its runs in the third inning to defeat Boston College 5-1. Joe Costigan’s two-run single up the middle highlighted Clemson’s five-run third inning. Kevin Pohle pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run and no walks with five strikeouts to earn the win. Scott Firth pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to close out the game. Wilkerson had a team-high two hits for Clemson, who totaled 10 hits. Boston College at least one hit in every inning, but it left at least one runner on base in every inning. Bourdon had three doubles to lead the Eagles’ 11-hit attack.

Tigers Won Both Games of Midweek Series Against Elon


Clemson swept Elon in a two-game, midweek series by a combined score of 10-4 at two different sites on March 20,21. Clemson outhit the Phoenix .290 to .217 and totaled 12 walks and six steals while not committing an error in the field. Steve Wilkerson went 5-for-8 with two walks to lead the Tigers at the plate. The Clemson pitching staff had a 2.00 ERA with 22 strikeouts against only three walks in the series.


In game-one at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 20, Wilkerson went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk to lead Clemson to a 6-2 win over Elon. The first three Tiger batters in the first inning walked, and all three scored to give Clemson a 3-0 lead. Elon never drew closer than two runs despite outhitting the Tigers 10-9. Jonathan Meyer pitched 5.0 innings, allowing one run and no walks with five strikeouts to earn the win. Mike Kent pitched the final 2.0 innings without allow a hit, run, or walk. Meyer, Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews
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, and Kent combined to allow only two of Elon’s 12 baserunners to score.


In game-two at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on March 21, Daniel Gossett struck out 10 batters to lead Clemson to a 4-2 win over Elon. Gossett earned his first career victory by pitching 7.0 strong innings. He gave up just three hits (all in the first inning), two runs, and two walks, as he retired the last 13 batters he faced. In his first start of the season, Mike DunsterMike Dunster
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went 3-for-4 with a double and all three of Clemson’s RBIs. The win was Jack Leggett’s 1,200th of his career, as he became the 15th coach in history to reach that mark as a Division I head coach.

Cavaliers Handed Tigers Another ACC Sweep


Virginia swept Clemson by a combined score of 16-7 at UVa Baseball Stadium from March 23-25. Virginia outhit the Tigers .300 to .208 and committed just one error in the series. Steve Wilkerson led Clemson at the plate by going 5-for-13 (.385) with a triple, while Jason Stolz contributed four hits. The Tiger pitching staff had a 5.25 ERA as well.


In game-one on March 23, Jared King went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs to lead Virginia to a 6-3 win over Clemson. The Cavaliers scored two unearned runs in the first inning and never relinquished their lead. Virginia scored three runs in the eighth inning, then the Tigers scored two runs in the ninth inning. But it was not enough, as Clemson’s five-game winning streak came to an end. Stolz went 3-for-4 to lead Clemson’s eight-hit performance. Mike Kent pitched 5.1 strong innings in relief for the Tigers.


In game-two on March 24, Branden Kline pitched a complete-game two-hitter to lead Virginia to a 5-1 win over Clemson. Wilkerson led off the game with a triple and scored the Tigers’ only run on Stolz’s groundout in the first inning, then Kline was masterful the rest of the way. He allowed only two batters to reach base, both on hits, and retired the last 18 batters of the game. The Cavaliers scored one run in the third inning, two runs in the third, and two runs in the fourth. Keith Werman had two hits and two RBIs to lead Virginia.


In game-three on March 25, Derek Fisher went 2-for-2 with a triple, double, and three runs to lead Virginia to a 5-3 win over Clemson. Phil Pohl’s solo homer in the sixth inning cut Virginia’s lead to 3-2, but the Tigers could not tie the score. Wilkerson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Tigers, who outhit the Cavaliers 10-8. But Virginia turned three crucial double plays. Werman added two infield hits and two RBIs. Justin Thompson recorded his second save of the series by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Tigers Totaled 16 Hits in 10-5 Win at #18 Georgia


Clemson totaled 16 hits en route to a 10-5 win against #18 Georgia at Foley Field on March 27. The Tigers had at least one hit in all nine innings and scored in seven innings. Richie Shaffer went 3-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, three RBIs, and two runs. His two-run homer in the second inning gave Clemson the lead for good. Phil Pohl added three hits, while Steve Wilkerson, Brad Felder, Jay Baum, and Tyler Slaton all accumulated two hits apiece. Jon McGibbon amassed three RBIs as well. Daniel Gossett pitched 5.0 innings in a starting role to earn the win.

Blue Hose Capitalized on Tiger Mistakes in 8-4 Win


Presbyterian College took advantage of four costly Tiger errors and eight timely hits in its 8-4 win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 28. The Blue Hose scored four unearned runs in the sixth inning to build a 5-0 lead. Richie Shaffer’s two-run homer in the eighth inning cut Presbyterian College’s lead to 6-3, but the Blue Hose responded with two runs in the ninth inning to put the game away. Three Blue Hose pitchers combined to hold the Tigers to only six hits. The Clemson pitching staff surrendered eight hits and eight runs, including seven runs with two outs, but only three of the runs were earned.

Tigers Took Two in Close Games Against #7 Hurricanes


Clemson won two of three games over #7 Miami (FL) by a combined score of 8-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from March 30 to April 1. Both teams batted .240 in the series, while the Tigers totaled five stolen bases. Steve Wilkerson went 5-for-12 (.417) with three runs to lead the Tigers, while Phil Pohl went 4-for-10 with three RBIs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.00 ERA and held the Hurricanes to just 3-for-25 (.120) with runners in scoring position in the series. Scott Firth did not allow a run in 4.0 innings pitched over two relief appearances.


In game-one on March 30, relievers Matt Campbell and Firth combined to limit Miami to one hit and no runs with nine strikeouts in the final 5.2 innings pitched to lead Clemson to a 3-1 win. The Tigers scored two runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Thomas Brittle’s sacrifice fly, to give the Tigers the lead for good, then Campbell and Firth shut the door on the Hurricanes, who totaled just four hits and failed to put a leadoff batter of an inning on base in the game. Campbell pitched 4.0 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and no walks with seven strikeouts to earn the win, while Firth recorded his first career save by pitching 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts.


In game-two on March 31, Richie Shaffer’s two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning lifted Clemson to a 3-1 victory over Miami. Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with a run to lead Clemson, who totaled eight hits. Dominic Leone pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win. The starter allowed six hits, one run, and three walks with six strikeouts. Patrick Andrews recorded his first career save by tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Leone and Andrews combined to face just five batters over the minimum. The Tigers were aided by catcher Spencer Kieboom’s two pickoffs of runners at third base and three double plays.


In game-three on April 1, Dale Carey’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning gave Miami a one-run lead in its 4-2 victory over Clemson. The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, but they managed just one run despite four hits and two walks in the frame. Every Hurricane starter totaled at least one hit in the game, while Miami outhit the Tigers 12-7. Five Miami pitchers combined to allow just two of Clemson’s 13 baserunners to score. Pohl went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Tigers. Kevin Pohle pitched 6.0 strong innings, allowing just one run.

Clemson Blanked Winthrop 11-0 Behind Three Homers


Richie Shaffer, Phil Pohl, and Jason Stolz all hit home runs to lead Clemson to an 11-0 victory over Winthrop at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 3. Pohl’s three-run homer highlighted the Tigers’ six-run fourth inning that gave Clemson a 9-0 lead. Shaffer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs to lead the Tigers’ 14-hit attack. In his first career start at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Daniel Gossett pitched 7.0 scoreless innings to earn the win. Gossett, who retired the first 15 batters, allowed just three hits and no walks with 13 strikeouts.

Catamounts Tallied 22 Hits in 13-8 Win at Clemson


Western Carolina totaled 22 hits in its 13-8 victory over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 4. The Tigers took an 8-5 lead with four runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Thomas Brittle’s three-run triple. But a two-out error led to four unearned runs for the Catamounts in the sixth inning, then they added four more runs in the seventh inning to pull away. Every Catamount starter had at least one hit and eight of the nine starters had at least two hits. Richie Shaffer went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Tigers’ 13-hit attack.

Tigers Swept Duke With Late-Inning Heroics


Clemson swept Duke by a combined score of 19-8 at Jack Coombs Field from April 6-8. Clemson outhit the Blue Devils .296 to .245 and committed just two errors in the series. The Tigers totaled 12 of their 19 runs in the series after the seventh inning. Richie Shaffer went 7-for-13 (.538) with a double and three RBIs to lead Clemson, while Spencer Kieboom went 6-for-12. Thomas Brittle added seven hits, five RBIs, and three runs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.48 ERA and 21 strikeouts against nine walks.


In game-one on April 6, Jon McGibbon hit a leadoff triple in the 11th inning and scored the first of three runs in the frame to lead Clemson to a 4-1 win over Duke. McGibbon scored on Brad Felder’s single, while Jay Baum also scored on the play on Duke’s fourth error of the game. Scott Firth pitched 5.0 scoreless innings to close the game and earn the victory, as he pitched out of several jams to send the game into extra innings. Shaffer went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two steals to lead the Tigers, who outhit Duke 10-7.


In game-two on April 7, Brittle went 4-for-6 with five RBIs and three runs to lead Clemson’s 15-hit attack in its 11-5 win over Duke. Shaffer went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and a walk, while Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
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added two hits. The Tigers held a 6-2 lead before Duke scored three runs in the seventh inning. But Clemson erupted for five runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by Brittle’s three-run double, to put the game out of reach. Dominic Leone struck out nine in 6.1 innings pitched to earn the win, while Patrick Andrews recorded the save.


In game-three on April 8, Baum’s three-run double in the eighth inning gave Clemson a 3-2 lead and the Tigers held on for a 4-2 win over Duke. The Blue Devils scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings before Clemson loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning. Baum’s opposite-field double gave Clemson the lead for good, then he scored an insurance run on Kieboom’s sacrifice fly. Kevin Pohle, who retired the first 15 batters of the game, pitched 7.0 strong innings of four-hit ball to earn the win, while Daniel Gossett tossed 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to record the save.

McGibbon Led Tigers Over Furman 12-5 at Fluor Field


Jon McGibbon went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and five RBIs to lead Clemson to a 12-5 win over Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on April 10. McGibbon’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning gave Clemson a 9-0 lead. The Paladins scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Tigers added two runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth to cruise to the seven-run win. Thomas Brittle went 3-for-4 with a game-high four runs, while Richie Shaffer went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, three runs, and two walks. David Haselden pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, while Mike Kent recorded his first career save by tossing 4.0 effective innings.

Georgia Rallied From Five Down to Edge Clemson 8-7


Georgia scored six runs in the fifth inning to rally from a five-run deficit and edge Clemson 8-7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 11. The win snapped Clemson’s five-game winning streak in the series against Georgia. Clemson scored four runs in the second inning to build a 5-0 lead. But Georgia scored two runs in the fourth and six runs on four hits and four walks in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Clemson loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but was unable to score. Thomas Brittle went 3-for-5 with a homer, double, and three RBIs to lead Clemson, who outhit Georgia 11-8. Five of the Bulldogs’ eight runs were scored by batters who walked.

Wolfpack Rebounded to Take Series 2-1 in Clemson


N.C. State, ranked as high as #17 in the nation, won two of three games over Clemson by a combined score of 15-11 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from April 13-15. The Wolfpack outhit the Tigers .223 to .214 and totaled eight steals, including seven by Trea Turner. Richie Shaffer went 5-for-10 with five walks, while Thomas Brittle was 7-for-16 (.438) with three runs and two steals. The Tiger pitching staff had a 3.60 ERA and 22 strikeouts against 16 walks. In 12.2 innings pitched in the series, Clemson’s bullpen gave up just four hits (.105 opponents’ batting average) and one earned run (0.71 ERA).


In game-one on April 13, Brittle hit a one-out single in the 12th inning to score Tyler Slaton in a close play at the plate and give Clemson a 7-6 win over N.C. State. The Wolfpack rallied from 4-0 down to take a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning. But Slaton came off the bench to tie the score in the eighth on Brittle’s RBI fielder’s choice. Brittle went 4-for-7 with two RBIs and three runs, while Shaffer went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and three walks for the Tigers, who outhit N.C. State 12-6. Scott Firth tossed 6.1 strong innings in relief to earn the win. He allowed just two hits and one earned run. Turner had two hits and an ACC-record-tying five stolen bases.


In game-two on April 14, Carlos Rodon limited Clemson to three hits in 8.0 innings pitched to lead N.C. State to a 3-1 win. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, but Turner’s two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning gave the Wolfpack the lead for good. After N.C. State added an insurance run in the eighth inning, the Tigers put runners at second and third base with no outs in the ninth inning, but failed to score a run in the frame. Joe Costigan came off the bench to total two of Clemson’s five hits. The Tigers scored just one of their nine baserunners.


In game-two on April 15, N.C. State broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fifth inning and cruised to a 6-3 win over Clemson. The Wolfpack used three hits, two walks, and a Tiger error to score four runs in the fifth. The Tigers scored a run in the seventh inning, but it was not enough. Ryan Mathews hit a two-run double in the fifth inning and totaled a game-high three RBIs. Brittle and Shaffer had two hits apiece, while Steve Wilkerson scored a team-high two runs. Five Tiger relievers combined to allow just two hits and no runs in the final 4.2 innings pitched.

Tigers Walked Off With 3-2 Win Over Buccaneers


Thomas Brittle’s two-out single in the ninth inning plated Tyler Slaton for a 3-2 walkoff win over Charleston Southern at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 17. The Tigers led 2-0 before the Buccaneers scored two runs in the sixth inning. Charleston Southern put two runners on base in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but Tiger hurlers worked out of jams each time. Slaton led off with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning and moved to second on Jason Stolz’s sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Brittle slapped a 1-2 pitch through the left side for a single to score Slaton. Slaton scored a game-high two runs, while Richie Shaffer added a solo homer in the first inning.

Tigers Continued Road Streak With Sweep at Maryland


Clemson swept Maryland by a combined score of 17-9 at Bob Smith Stadium on April 20,21. Clemson outhit the Terrapins, who entered the series with the ACC’s best ERA, .318 to .262 and totaled 11 doubles, two triples, and two homers along with committing just one error in the field. Jason Stolz went 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, one homer, and three RBIs, while Phil Pohl went 6-for-12 with two doubles, one homer, and five RBIs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 3.00 ERA with 18 strikeouts against eight walks.


In game-one on April 20, Richie Shaffer’s two-out, two-run triple in the ninth inning gave Clemson a 5-3 lead and the Tigers held on for a 5-4 victory over Maryland. Clemson took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the fifth inning, but Maryland tied the score with three runs on three two-out hits in the eighth inning. However, Shaffer clobbered an opposite-field triple to the wall in right field to score two runs. Maryland native Kevin Brady pitched 7.0 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts, but did not factor in the decision. Stolz had a team-high three hits and scored two runs for Clemson, who amassed 10 hits.


In game-two on April 21, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Mike Kent pitched 3.1 scoreless innings to close out Clemson’s 5-3 victory over Maryland. Starter Dominic Leone pitched 5.2 effective innings to earn the win, then Kent recorded the save. The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning and never relinquished their lead. Clemson totaled 12 hits, including seven on 0-2 (4) or 1-2 (3) pitches. Pohl went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Thomas Brittle added two hits and two runs for the Tigers.


In game-three on April 21, which was the second game of a doubleheader, Clemson scored five combined runs in the final three innings to defeat Maryland 7-2. Stolz’s solo homer in the fifth inning tied the score, then Clemson scored three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead for good. Stolz went 2-for-3 with a homer, double, two RBIs, and two runs to lead Clemson, who totaled 12 hits. Brittle added two hits and two RBIs. Jonathan Meyer pitched 7.0 scoreless innings in relief of four-hit ball to earn the victory.

Chanticleers Scored Four in Eighth to Top Clemson 10-7


Coastal Carolina scored four runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 10-7 victory over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 24. The Tigers took advantage of four errors to score five runs in the sixth inning and take a 7-5 lead. However, Rich Witten’s two-run double in the eighth inning broke a 7-7 tie and gave Coastal Carolina the lead for good. Daniel Bowman went 3-for-4 with a double, four runs, a walk, hit-by-pitch, and two steals to lead the Chanticleers, who outhit Clemson 15-9. Phil Pohl went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI to lead the Tigers.

Tigers Rebounded to Take Series at Georgia Tech


Clemson won two of three games over Georgia Tech by a combined score of 29-21 at Russ Chandler Stadium from April 27-29. It was the Tigers’ first series win at Georgia Tech since 1996, snapping their seven-series losing streak in Atlanta. Clemson outhit the Yellow Jackets .336 to .263 and totaled 44 hits, including four doubles, one triple, and five homers, in the series. Spencer Kieboom went 10-for-15 (.667) with a homer, double, seven RBIs, and four runs, while Brad Felder went 6-for-11 (.545) with a homer, double, five RBIs, six runs, and two walks. The Tiger pitching staff had a 6.00 ERA, while Clemson committed just two errors in the series.


In game-one on April 27, Daniel Palka led off the 13th inning with a walkoff home run to give Georgia Tech a 6-5 win over Clemson. Felder broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. But Georgia Tech used two leadoff walks, Palka’s two-run double, and Mott Hyde’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score. Hyde added two solo home runs for Georgia Tech, who totaled nine hits. Clemson also amassed nine hits, including Thomas Brittle’s solo homer in the first inning. Felder added a game-high four RBIs as well.


In game-two on April 28, Clemson totaled 17 hits in its 13-7 win over Georgia Tech. Kieboom went 3-for-5 with a double, five RBIs, and two runs. His grand slam in the fourth inning gave Clemson the lead for good, then the Tigers took a 10-2 lead with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Georgia Tech rallied with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Mike Kent entered the game in relief and pitched 5.0 strong innings to earn the win. Phil Pohl went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs, and three runs, while Brittle and Jason Stolz added two hits and two RBIs apiece.


In game-three on April 19, Kieboom went 5-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Clemson to an 11-8 victory over Georgia Tech. Kieboom had five of the Tigers’ 18 hits, while Steve Wilkerson went 3-for-6 with two RBIs. Jay Baum and Jon McGibbon added two hits and two RBIs apiece, while Felder tallied two hits and two runs. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Clemson scored a run in the first inning and never gave up the lead. The Tigers took a 7-0 lead with five runs in the fourth inning, only to have Georgia Tech pull within a run with two runs in the sixth inning. However, Clemson added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to pull away.

Clemson Won Series 2-1 Over College of Charleston


Clemson won two of three games over College of Charleston by a combined score of 18-10 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from May 5-7. The Cougars outhit Clemson .236 to .225, but Clemson had a .358 on-base percentage compared to the Cougars’ .302 on-base percentage. Thomas Brittle led Clemson at the plate by going 5-for-13 (.385) with a triple, three RBIs, and three runs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.48 ERA and 22 strikeouts against only seven walks.


In game-one on May 5, Steve Wilkerson scored on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to give Clemson a 4-3 walkoff win over College of Charleston. The Tigers scored two runs on Jon McGibbon’s two-out single in the first inning. Clemson went hitless and scoreless from the third inning through the 10th inning. Daniel Aldrich’s third double of the game scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Brad Felder blooped a one-out single and scored the tying run on Brittle’s two-out single to left field. Daniel Gossett struck out eight batters in 4.1 innings pitched to earn the victory.


In game-two on May 6, Clemson scored eight runs in the seventh inning to pull away for a 12-3 win over College of Charleston. The Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead, then they plated eight runs on seven hits in the seventh inning to take a 12-0 lead. Brittle and Richie Shaffer had three hits apiece to pace Clemson’s 13-hit attack. Every Tiger starter scored at least one run as well. Kevin Pohle tossed 7.0 scoreless innings of six-hit ball with five strikeouts against only one walk to earn the win, while Clay BatesClay Bates
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In game-three on May 7, College of Charleston scored two runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good in its 4-2 win over Clemson. The win was the Cougars’ first in 24 all-time meetings against Clemson. The Tigers committed three costly errors that led to two unearned runs, which proved to be the difference in the game. Matt Pegler pitched 6.0 solid innings to earn the win, while Kyle Owings tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to record the save. Wilkerson and Phil Pohl had two hits piece for Clemson, who were held to six hits in the contest.

Shaffer’s Walkoff Lifted Tigers Over Tennessee Tech 9-8


Richie Shaffer’s walkoff homer in the 10th inning lifted Clemson to a 9-8 victory over Tennessee Tech at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on May 8. The Golden Eagles scored five runs in the first inning and later built an 8-2 lead. Trailing 8-4, the Tigers plated four two-out runs in the seventh inning to tie the score. Pinch-hitter Joe Costigan hit a two-run single, then Clemson added two more runs on one wild pitch in the seventh. With one out in the 10th inning, Shaffer crushed the first pitch deep over the fence in left field for Clemson’s first walkoff homer since 2009. Tennessee Tech outhit Clemson 17-14. David Haselden pitched 6.0 scoreless innings in relief of five-hit ball to earn the win.

Tigers Took Series Over Top-Ranked Seminoles


Clemson won two of three games over #1 Florida State by a combined score of 21-18 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from May 12-14. It was the Seminoles’ first weekend series loss of the season. Florida State outhit the Tigers .330 to .270, while Clemson totaled eight doubles, one triple, four homers, and seven stolen bases in the series. Jason Stolz went 4-for-10 to lead the Tigers, while Brad Felder went 4-for-11 (.364) with three RBIs and four runs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 5.33 ERA, did not allow a home run, and held the Seminoles to 3-for-28 (.107) with two outs in the series.


In game-one on May 12, Clemson hit three home runs in its 7-2 win over Florida State. It was the Tigers’ first-ever win over a top-ranked team at home. Trailing 2-0, Felder hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. Richie Shaffer tied the score with another solo homer in the sixth inning, then Spencer Kieboom untied the score with a two-out, three-run homer later in the frame. Phil Pohl added a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning. Daniel Gossett tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball to earn the win. Florida State put 19 batters on base thanks in large part to seven hits, eight walks, and three hit-by-pitches, but only scored two runs and left 14 runners on base.


In game-two on May 14, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Clemson scored nine combined runs in the first four innings and held on for a 9-7 win over Florida State. Clemson scored five runs in the second inning to build a 6-0 lead, then the Tigers scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-1 lead. The Seminoles scored two runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings. They also had the tying run at second base with one out in the ninth inning, but Scott Firth worked out of the jam to record the save. Felder went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk to lead the Tigers. Kevin Pohle pitched 6.0 solid innings to earn the victory.


In game-three on May 14, which was the second game of a doubleheader, Florida State totaled 16 hits in its 9-5 win over Clemson. Florida State built a 9-2 lead before Stolz blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning. But Gage Smith and Robert Benincasa closed the door on the Tigers late in the game. Sherman Johnson went 4-for-4 with two walks and three RBIs, while John Nogowski and Seth Miller added three hits apiece. Stolz went 2-for-4 with a homer, double, and four RBIs to lead the Tigers, while Shaffer added two hits.

Haselden Pitched Clemson Past Furman 9-2


Pitching in his last regular-season game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, David Haselden pitched 7.2 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 9-2 win over Furman on May 15. The Paladins scored a run in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead, but Clemson scored five runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Phil Pohl’s two-run homer highlighted the uprising in the third inning. Jon McGibbon added a solo homer in the fourth inning. Haselden allowed eight hits, two runs, and four walks with five strikeouts to earn the victory, while Mike Kent pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the game.

Demon Deacons Swept Tigers in Winston-Salem


Wake Forest swept Clemson by a combined score of 14-3 at Wake Forest Baseball Park from May 17-19. The Demon Deacons outhit the Tigers .230 to .176, while Clemson totaled four doubles and four steals. The Demon Deacons had eight steals and did not commit error in the field. Wake Forest was also 8-for-21 (.381) with runners in scoring position while holding Clemson to just 1-for-22 (.045) in that situation. Richie Shaffer led Clemson by going 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and two RBIs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 4.50 ERA and 20 strikeouts against 10 walks.


In game-one on May 17, Wake Forest totaled all five of its runs and all six of its hits in the third and fourth innings and held on for a 5-2 win over Clemson. The Demon Deacons hit five singles in the third inning to score three runs, then Pat Blair’s two-out double in the fourth inning drove home a run, while Blair also scored on the play thanks to a Tiger error. Shaffer belted a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning, but it was not enough. Shaffer went 4-for-4 to lead Clemson, who outhit the Demon Deacons 7-6. Tim Cooney pitched 7.2 strong innings to earn the win, while Michael Dimock retired all four batters he faced to record the save.


In game-two on May 18, Brett Armour’s two-run homer in the eighth inning broke a scoreless tie and Wake Forest held on for a 2-1 win over Clemson. The Tigers were unable to score after loading the bases with one out in the eighth inning, then Clemson loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning. But a flyout and game-ending double play on Jon McGibbon’s sacrifice fly meant the Tigers fell one run short. Daniel Gossett suffered the loss despite pitching 7.1 effective innings, allowing six hits, two runs, and two walks with seven strikeouts.

In game-three on May 19, Wake Forest scored six two-out runs in the fifth inning and blanked Clemson 7-0. Conor Keniry’s bloop single started the six-run uprising, then Carlos Lopez and Charlie Morgan added two-run hits. Clemson put its leadoff batter on base in four of the first six innings, but failed to score against the Demon Deacons for the first time in a game since 1969. Brian Holmes pitched 6.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball, then six Wake Forest relievers combined to blank Clemson over the final three innings. The Tigers totaled just four hits in the game.

Tigers Went 1-2 in ACC Tournament


Clemson went 1-2 in the ACC Tournament at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC from May 24-26. Clemson was outscored 15-12 and batted .206 with four doubles, three homers, and five steals. Jon McGibbon, who earned All-ACC Tournament honors at first base, went 5-for-13 (.385) with two homers, one double, and five RBIs, while Richie Shaffer added a double, seven walks, one hit-by-pitch, and a .643 on-base percentage. The Tiger pitching staff had a 4.85 ERA, while Clemson fielded at a .983 clip.


In the Tigers’ first game of the ACC Tournament on May 24, #17 Virginia rallied with two runs in eighth inning for a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Clemson. McGibbon’s solo homer in the sixth inning tied the score, then two Cavalier miscues in the top of the eighth inning allowed the Tigers to take a 2-1 lead. But with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the eighth inning, Virginia used a single, two hit-by-pitches, and two walks to score two runs and take the lead for good. The Tigers put 15 batters on base, but stranded 11 and scored only two runs. Tiger starter Daniel Gossett pitched 6.2 strong innings, allowing four hits and one run with six strikeouts.


In the Tigers’ second game of the ACC Tournament on May 25, McGibbon lined a three-run walkoff homer to right-center in the ninth inning to lift Clemson to a 9-7 win over #1 Florida State. The Tigers scored two runs on Spencer Kieboom’s single in the eighth inning to cut the Seminoles’ lead to 7-6. One-out singles by Phil Pohl and pinch-hitter Mike Dunster set up McGibbon’s dramatic walkoff homer, Clemson’s second in ACC Tournament history and first since 1981. McGibbon went 3-for-5 with a homer, double, four RBIs, and two runs to pace Clemson, who totaled 11 hits. Patrick Andrews retired all four batters he faced to earn the win.


In the Tigers’ third game of the ACC Tournament on May 26, starter Jake Davies allowed only two hits and one run in 6.0 innings pitched and added a two-run homer in the first inning to lead Georgia Tech to a 5-1 victory over Clemson. Steve Wilkerson’s leadoff homer, his first career long ball, in the first inning provided the Tigers’ lone run. Georgia Tech added one run in the second inning and two runs in the third inning, while neither team scored in the final six innings. Scott Firth pitched 6.1 innings innings in relief, allowing four hits and no earned runs.

Clemson Fell Short in Columbia Regional


Clemson went 2-2 and finished in second place in the Columbia Regional while outscoring its opponents 23-15 at Carolina Stadium from June 1-3. Clemson defeated Coastal Carolina twice in two games, but lost both contests against #2 South Carolina. The Tigers outhit their opposition .264 to .263 and had 10 doubles, four homers, and five steals. Brad Felder (OF), Spencer Kieboom (C), and Phil Pohl (DH/UT) were all named to the Columbia Regional All-Tournament team. Felder went 8-for-17 (.471) with a homer, double, and two RBIs, while Pohl totaled five hits, including a grand slam, and eight RBIs. Jason Stolz added two homers, two doubles, and five RBIs. The Tiger pitching staff had a 3.29 ERA. In two relief outings, Jonathan Meyer allowed just two runs (1.93 ERA) in 9.1 innings pitched.


In the Tigers’ first game on June 1, Pohl hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to lead Clemson to an 11-3 win over Coastal Carolina. Pohl’s grand slam with two outs in the second inning gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead. The Tigers scored in six of the eight innings in which they batted. The Tigers, who totaled 13 hits in all, went 10-for-17 with two outs, while each of their first eight runs were scored on two-out hits. Richie Shaffer added four runs. Kevin Pohle pitched 5.0 effective innings to earn the win, while David Haselden pitched the final 4.0 innings to record the save.


In the Tigers’ second game on June 2, LB Dantzler’s walkoff single in the 12th inning gave South Carolina a 5-4 win over Clemson. The Tigers scored three runs in the seventh inning to take a 3-2 lead, then Felder belted a solo homer in the top of the eighth to double their lead. But South Carolina scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning and another in the ninth inning to tie the score. Joey Pankake’s one-out single in the ninth scored the tying run, but Thomas Brittle gunned down the potential winning run at the plate. Starter Daniel Gossett pitched 7.0 strong innings while allowing only four hits and two runs with eight strikeouts.


In the Tigers’ third game on June 3, Stolz belted two home runs to lead Clemson to a 5-3 win over Coastal Carolina. The two long balls for Stolz tied a school record in an NCAA Tournament game. The Tigers scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead, capped by Stolz’s two-run homer to left field. Pohl hit a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning to give Clemson an insurance run, then Scott Firth struck out all three batters in the ninth inning to record the save. Dominic Leone pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win. He gave up six hits and three runs (two earned) with six strikeouts.


In the Tigers’ fourth game on June 3, South Carolina scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-3 win over Clemson to capture the Columbia Regional title. Trailing 4-0, Clemson scored two runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Brittle’s run-scoring double. In the ninth inning, Kieboom hit a two-out, run-scoring single, then Felder hit a deep flyball to right-center. But Adam Matthews made the game-ending catch near the warning track. Meyer pitched 8.1 effective innings, allowing seven hits and one run with four strikeouts. It was the 300th all-time meeting between the two rivals.

02/17 UAB 2-1 L
02/18 UAB 6-1 W
02/19 UAB 7-4 W
02/24 Maine 6-5 L
02/25 Maine 9-5 W
02/26 Maine 6-6 W
03/02 South Carolina^3-2 L
03/03 @South Carolina 9-6 L
03/04 South Carolina 6-5 W
03/07 Holy Cross 16-4 W
03/09 North Carolina 4-3 L
03/10 North Carolina 6-3 L
03/11 North Carolina 6-5 L
03/14 @Western Carolina 8-4 L
03/16 Boston College 6-4 W
03/17 Boston College 6-3 W
03/18 Boston College 5-1 W
03/20 Elon 6-2 W
03/21 Elon 4-2 W
03/23 @Virginia 6-3 L
03/24 @Virginia 5-1 L
03/25 @Virginia 5-3 L
03/27 @Georgia 10-5 W
03/28 Presbyterian Col 8-4 L
03/30 Miami 3-1 W
03/31 Miami# 3-1 W
04/01 Miami 4-2 L
04/03 Winthrop 11-0 W
04/04 Western Carolina 13-8 L
04/06 @Duke 4-1 W
04/07 @Duke 11-5 W
04/08 @Duke 4-2 W
04/10 Furman 12-5 W
04/11 Georgia 8-7 L
04/13 NC State 7-6 W
04/14 NC State# 3-1 L
04/15 NC State 6-3 L
04/17 Charleston So 3-2 W
04/20 @Maryland 5-4 W
04/21 @Maryland 5-3 W
04/21 @Maryland 7-2 W
04/24 Coastal Carolina 10-7 L
04/27 @Georgia Tech 6-5 L
04/28 @Georgia Tech 13-7 W
04/29 @Georgia Tech 11-8 W
05/05 Col of Charleston 4-3 W
05/06 Col of Charleston 12-3 W
05/07 Col of Charleston 4-2 L
05/08 Tennessee Tech 9-8 W
05/12 Florida State 7-2 W
05/14 Florida State 9-7 W
05/14 Florida State# 9-5 L
05/15 Furman 9-2 W
05/17 @Wake Forest 5-2 L
05/18 @Wake Forest 2-1 L
05/19 @Wake Forest 7-0 L
ACC Tournament

05/24 Virginia 3-2 L
05/25 Florida State 9-7 W
05/26 Georgia Tech 5-1 L
NCAA Regionals
06/01 Coastal Carolina 11-3 W
06/02 South Carolina 5-4 L
06/03 Coastal Carolina 5-3 W
06/03 South Carolina 4-3 L
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#NamePos.Ht./Wt.ClassExpHometownMajor
43Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews Fr. RH Pitcher #43 6-2, 205 Hilton Head Island, SC View Full ProfileRHP6-2/205FreshmanHSHilton Head Island, SCUndeclared
1Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio So. Outfielder #1 5-7, 160 Windermere, FL View Full ProfileOF5-7/160Sophomore1VLWindermere, FLCommunity Recreation, Sport, & Camp Management
27Kyle BaileyKyle Bailey Fr. LH Pitcher #27 6-5, 220 Southlake, TX View Full ProfileLHP6-5/220FreshmanHSSouthlake, TXUndeclared
42Clay BatesClay Bates RS Fr. RH Pitcher #42 5-11, 180 Rock Hill, SC View Full ProfileRHP5-11/180Freshman (RS)RSRock Hill, SCBiological Sciences
13Jay BaumJay Baum Fr. #13 5-11, 180 Alpharetta, GA View Full ProfileIF5-11/180FreshmanHSAlpharetta, GAUndeclared
30Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware Fr. Catcher #30 6-1, 200 Anderson, SC View Full ProfileC6-1/200FreshmanHSAnderson, SCUndeclared
19Kevin BradyKevin Brady RS Jr. RH Pitcher #19 6-3, 220 Gaithersburg, MS View Full ProfileRHP6-3/220Junior (RS)3VLGaithersburg, MSSpecial Education
4Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle RS Jr. Outfielder #4 5-8, 170 Cross, SC View Full ProfileOF5-8/170Junior (RS)RSCross, SCUndeclared
36Matt CampbellMatt Campbell So. RH Pitcher #36 5-11, 185 Alpharetta, GA View Full ProfileRHP5-11/185Sophomore1VLAlpharetta, GASecondary Education
37Kevin CaughmanKevin Caughman RS So. Infielder #37 5-11, 180 Martinez, GA View Full ProfileINF5-11/180Sophomore (RS)1VLMartinez, GAFinancial Management
32Andrew ClevelandAndrew Cleveland Fr. Catcher #32 5-11, 180 Moore, SC View Full ProfileC5-11/180FreshmanHSMoore, SCUndeclared
5Joe CostiganJoe Costigan So. Outfielder #5 5-11, 200 Naples, FL View Full ProfileOF5-11/200Sophomore1VLNaples, FLPre-Business
10Mike DunsterMike Dunster So. Infielder #10 5-10, 180 Greenwich, CT View Full ProfileINF5-10/180Sophomore1VLGreenwich, CTComRec, Sport &Camp Mgmt.
3Brad FelderBrad Felder Gr. Outfielder #3 6-0, 200 Bowman, SC View Full ProfileOF6-0/200Grad StudentTRBowman, SCUndeclared
20Scott FirthScott Firth Jr. RH Pitcher #20 6-0, 165 Buffalo Grove, IL View Full ProfileRHP6-0/165Junior2VLBuffalo Grove, ILPsychology
16Jake FletcherJake Fletcher So. Catcher #16 5-11, 175 Thomasville, GA View Full ProfileC5-11/175Sophomore1VLThomasville, GAGeneral Engineering
26Brock GoodlingBrock Goodling Fr. RH Pitcher #26 6-0, 195 Mount Union, PA View Full ProfileRHP6-0/195FreshmanHSMount Union, PAUndeclared
23Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett Fr. RH Pitcher #23 6-0, 160 Lyman, SC View Full ProfileRHP6-0/160FreshmanHSLyman, SCUndeclared
29David HaseldenDavid Haselden Sr. RH Pitcher #29 6-4, 240 Spartanburg, SC View Full ProfileRHP6-4/240Senior3VLSpartanburg, SCMechanical Engineering
15Mike KentMike Kent RS So. RH Pitcher #15 6-0, 195 Springfield, VA View Full ProfileRHP6-0/195Sophomore (RS)1VLSpringfield, VAPre-Business
22Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom Jr. Catcher #22 6-0, 220 Marietta, GA View Full ProfileC6-0/220Junior2VLMarietta, GAMarketing
46Trevor KieboomTrevor Kieboom Fr. RH Pitcher #46 6-4, 225 Marietta, GA View Full ProfileRHP6-4/225FreshmanHSMarietta, GAUndeclared
6Dominic LeoneDominic Leone Jr. RH Pitcher #6 5-11, 195 Norwich, CT View Full ProfileRHP5-11/195Junior2VLNorwich, CTComRec, Sport &Camp Mgmt.
12Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon So. Outfielder #12 6-1, 210 Lindenhurst, NY View Full ProfileOF6-1/210Sophomore1VLLindenhurst, NYPsychology
28Jonathan MeyerJonathan Meyer Jr. RH Pitcher #28 6-0, 180 San Diego, CA View Full ProfileRHP6-0/180Junior2VLSan Diego, CAFinancial Management
51Joseph MoorefieldJoseph Moorefield RS Jr. LH Pitcher #51 6-1, 205 Woodruff, SC View Full ProfileLHP6-1/205Junior (RS)2VLWoodruff, SCComRec, Sport &Camp Mgmt.
9Phil PohlPhil Pohl Sr. Catcher #9 5-11, 215 Cooperstown, NY View Full ProfileC5-11/215Senior3VLCooperstown, NYManagement
21Kevin PohleKevin Pohle So. RH Pitcher #21 6-3, 180 St. Louis, MO View Full ProfileRHP6-3/180Sophomore1VLSt. Louis, MOVisual Arts
8Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer Jr. Infielder #8 6-3, 205 Charlotte, NC View Full ProfileINF6-3/205Junior2VLCharlotte, NCMarketing
18Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton Fr. Outfielder #18 5-7, 195 Cumming, GA View Full ProfileOF5-7/195FreshmanHSCumming, GAUndeclared
2Jason StolzJason Stolz Sr. Infielder #2 6-2, 205 Marietta, GA View Full ProfileINF6-2/205Senior3VLMarietta, GAConstruction Sci & Mgmt.
35Mike TrillerMike Triller Fr. Outfielder #35 6-1, 180 Rutland, VT View Full ProfileOF6-1/180FreshmanHSRutland, VTUndeclared
17Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson So. Infielder #17 6-1, 185 Roswell, GA View Full ProfileINF6-1/185Sophomore1VLRoswell, GACommunication Studies

7Jack Leggett Head Coach
24Dan Pepicelli Assistant Head
11Bradley LeCroy Assistant
45Ryan Hinson Student Assistant
31Michael Johnson Volunteer Assistant
Brad Owens Director of Ops.

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