Baseball Notebook: Clemson Remains #1 in Polls


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Clemson (30-4) remains atop all three baseball polls this week after a 3-2 week. It is the fourth straight week being ranked #1 by at least one poll and third straight week being ranked #1 by all three polls, the latter being a Clemson first.

Baseball America
1. Clemson 27-2 4-1 1 
2. Stanford 22-6 3-0 2 
3. Rice 28-7 2-2 3 
4. Alabama 28-5 5-0 11 
5. Wake Forest 25-6 3-1 7 
6. Georgia Tech 27-4 5-0 9 
7. Houston 23-10 2-2 5 
8. South Carolina 24-8 1-2 4 
9. Wichita State 20-7 4-1 8 
10. Florida State 30-11 2-1 10 
11. Florida 24-10 0-4 6 
12. Nebraska 21-10 4-1 12 
13. Cal State Fullerton 21-10 3-0 13 
14. Long Beach State 20-9 2-0 14 
15. Mississippi 25-7 4-0 15 
16. Texas 28-9 3-1 16 
17. Baylor 22-12 2-1 17 
18. Texas A&M 26-11 3-1 18 
19. Florida Atlantic 29-6 3-0 24 
20. East Carolina 23-7 4-1 NR 
21. North Carolina 22-11 3-2 21 
22. Richmond 28-3 4-1 22 
23. Arizona State 22-12 2-2 19 
24. Oklahoma State 22-8 2-1 NR 

Collegiate Baseball 
1. Clemson (30-4) 492   1 
2. Alabama (32-5) 491   3 
3. Stanford (25-8) 490   2 
4. Rice (31-8) 486   4 
5. Wake Forest (28-6) 484   6 
6. Georgia Tech. (30-5) 482   5 
7. South Carolina (28-8) 479   7 
8. Wichita St. (24-8) 474   8 
9. Mississippi (29-8) 471   9 
10. Houston (27-10) 464 11 
11. Florida (26-12) 456 12 
12. North Carolina (25-13) 453 13 
13. Florida St. (34-11) 452 14 
14. Texas (31-10) 450 15 
15. Oklahoma St. (25-9) 448 17 
16. Texas A&M (28-13) 445 16 
17. Baylor (27-12) 444 18 
18. Florida Atlantic (32-6) 442 20 
19. Cal. St. Fullerton (23-12) 440 19 
20. Nebraska (23-13) 437 10 
21. Long Beach St. (23-10) 436 21 
22. Arizona St. (24-13) 433 22 
23. Richmond (32-4) 430 23 
24. Stetson (31-5) 428 26 
25. S.W. Missouri St. (24-6) 425 27 
26. James Madison (30-8) 422 30 
27. Louisiana St. (24-13) 419 — 
28. San Diego St. (29-12) 416 — 
29. South Alabama (23-11) 413 — 
30. San Jose St. (29-12) 409 — 


Tigers To Play Host to Catamounts & Gamecocks in Mid-Week Games
Clemson will take on Western Carolina Tuesday at 7:15 PM.


Clemson, SC - Top-ranked Clemson (30-4) will play host to Western Carolina (22-12) and #7 South Carolina (28-8) in Mid-week games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson will face the Catamounts Tuesday at 7:15 PM and play host to the Gamecocks Wednesday at 7:15 PM. Both games will be broadcast on the radio on Clemson Tiger Sports Properties. The broadcasts can be heard live via the internet at www.clemsontigers.com. Live stats will also be available on Clemson's website. The South Carolina game will be broadcast live on television on Comcast Sports Southeast as well.


A limited number of general admission and standing-room only tickets to the South Carolina baseball game will be available starting at 5:00 PM prior to Wednesday's game. The tickets will be sold only at the left-field gate. Reserve seats are sold out for the game; however, Clemson faculty, students, and staff will still be admitted with University IDs.


Clemson leads the series with Western Carolina 41-8 dating back to 1974. Clemson has won five in a row. Head Coach Jack Leggett is 15-3 against his former team, including 12-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


Clemson holds a 151-102-2 advantage against South Carolina in the series dating back to 1899. The two schools disagree on the all-time series record, as South Carolina has Clemson with a 149-102-2 lead. The discrepancy is in 1948, when Clemson played two games at South Carolina on May 21 and May 22, with Clemson winning both games. South Carolina's media guide shows no such games on those dates. Clemson defeated South Carolina in two games earlier this season by scores of 9-7 and 11-10 (10 innings). Leggett is 16-11 against the Gamecocks as the Tiger skipper, including a 7-6 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett also sports a 49-21 (.700) record against SEC teams, including 30-7 record at home. In his ninth season at Clemson, Leggett has 99 wins over teams ranked in the top 25.
Western Carolina will start senior righty Dan Foley (2-2, 6.49 ERA) on Tuesday, while the Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Steven Jackson (4-1, 4.87 ERA). Jackson is coming off a relief appearance at #13 North Carolina on Friday, where he pitched 2.1 scoreless and hitless innings to pick up the win.


South Carolina will start senior lefty Gary Bell (6-2, 4.74 ERA) on Wednesday. Bell allowed three runs in 2.1 relief innings pitched against Clemson on April 3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson will counter with freshman righty Jeff Hourigan (0-1, 1.23 ERA). Hourigan will be making his first career start. He has allowed just seven hits and two walks while striking out 21 in 14.2 innings pitched.


Western Carolina, who is 4-6 on the road this year, is hitting .346 as a team and is led by outfielder Donovan Minero, who is hitting .419 with 12 homers and 47 RBIs. The Catamounts took two of three games this past weekend against College of Charleston in Cullowhee.


South Carolina, who is 5-5 on the road, is hitting .325 with an outstanding .975 fielding percentage. The Gamecocks are coming off a three-game sweep at Vanderbilt this past weekend. Yaron Peters is the top Gamecock hitter. He is hitting .408 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs. Drew Meyer is hitting .389 with 21 steals as well.


Clemson is hitting .336 as a team, led by Khalil Greene at .446. Greene needs just six hits to tie the Clemson career record of 337 set by Shane Monahan (1993-95). The Tigers, who are 26-2 at home, are coming off two wins in three games at #13 North Carolina in Chapel Hill.


Clemson-Duke Saturday Game Time Changed

Game moved to 2:00 PM.


Clemson, SC - Clemson's baseball game on Saturday, April 20 at Duke has been changed to 2:00 PM. The game was originally scheduled for 5:00 PM. The Tigers and Blue Devils will open up the series Friday at 7:00 PM. Sunday's game is set for 1:30 PM.

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