Baseball To Take on Georgia Tech This Weekend

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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

April 20-22, 2001

Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, SC

Friday: 7:15 PM (CTN)

Saturday: 7:00 PM (CTN,CSSE)

Sunday: 2:00 PM (CTN)

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday, April 20: Steve Reba (RHP; 7-1, 2.19 ERA) vs. Steve Kelly
(RHP; 6-1, 3.33 ERA)

Saturday, April 21: Jarrod Schmidt (RHP; 4-3, 5.29 ERA) vs. Rhett
Parrott (RHP; 7-2, 4.96 ERA)

Sunday, April 22: Matt Henrie (RHP; 4-2, 3.20 ERA) vs. TBA

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

Friday's game will be the 164th game played between Clemson and
Georgia Tech. Each team has won 80 games in the series while there
have been three ties. One team will come out of the weekend ahead in
the series.

But series records are not what this weekend's trio of games are
about. The teams are will be battling for the higher seed in the ACC
Tournament, May 15-20 in Fort Mill, SC. Clemson sits in second place
with an 8-4 (.667) conference record, while the Yellow Jackets are in
fourth place with a 9-6 (.600) ACC record. Georgia Tech claimed two
of the three meetings with the Tigers during the 2000 regular season
and then beat Clemson twice in the ACC Tournament. The second win
gave the Yellow Jackets the tournament championship.

The teams are 4-4 over the last eight games though Tech has won eight
of the last 12 meetings. In the 163 games of the overall series,
Clemson has outscored Georgia Tech 1,044-970. The Tigers are 15-11
against the Yellow Jacketts under head coach Jack Leggett.

Series Flashback:

2000 ACC Tournament - Tech Rallies for 9-8 Third Round Win
Yellow Jacket Bryan Prince scored on an error in the ninth inning to
down Clemson 9-8 in the winner's bracket of the ACC Tournament at
Fort Mill, SC on May 19. Clemson jumped out to a 7-0 lead after
three innings thanks to 10 hits. Clemson's first five batters
reached base in the first inning, as Clemson took a 3-0 lead.
Clemson added three more runs in the third inning, highlighted by
Patrick Boyd's two-run single. Georgia Tech scored five runs in the
sixth inning to make the score 7-6. Mike Calitri hit a solo homer in
the seventh to put Clemson up two, but Georgia Tech responded with a
run of its own in the bottom of the inning. Down a run entering the
ninth, Brad Stockton, who was 3-for-3 with four runs scored, led off
with an infield single and Mark Teixeira followed with a double to
plate Stockton, but was thrown out at third attempting to stretch it
to a triple. After Prince singled and Jason Basil walked, Goffena hit
a potential double play ball, but Ryan Riley's throw was not handled
by Calitri at first, and Prince scored all the way from second.
Goffena would have been safe if Calitri held on to the ball. Nick
Glaser suffered the loss. Casey Stone led the Tigers with three hits,
while Khalil Greene added two hits to extend his hitting streak to 17
games. It was just the second time in 33 games last season this
season that the Tigers totaled 10 hits or more and lost.
The two teams met again in the championship game, where the Yellow
Jackets claimed an 8-4 victory after trailing to the Tigers 4-3.

South Carolina Clinches Tie in Season Series With Tigers

No. 16 South Carolina scored in every inning but the first and second
on its way to a 9-3 victory against No. 12 Clemson Wednesday night at
Sarge-Frye Field in Columbia.

Drew Meyer was 3 for 5 with one RBI and Chris Plummer went 2 for 4
for the Gamecocks with two RBIs as South Carolina moved ahead 2-1 in
this season's four-game series between the two rivals. Gary Bell
pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing just two earned runs off five hits and
struck out six to improve to 7-4 on the season.

Clemson started the scoring in the top of the third inning, scoring
one run without the aid of a hit. Ryan Riley walked to start the
inning and then was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Frank.
Frank was safe on the play, thanks to an error by the first baseman.
Riley and Frank were advanced on the second sacrifice bunt of the
inning and then Riley scored on the third sacrifice of the inning a
fly out to right field.

South Carolina answered in the bottom of the inning with a run of its
own. After a walk by Sheldon Brown, Meyer doubled and as Brown
rounded third, he tripped on the base. The Gamecocks ended up getting
the run after a wild pitch by Tiger starter Matt Henrie. South
Carolina took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring twice after
stringing three hits with the aid of a walk to take a 3-1 advantage.
Plummer made it 5-1 in the fifth inning on a single that scored
Michael Floyd and Bryon Jeffcoat. Floyd had reached on a fielder's
choice and Jeffcoat on a single. South Carolina scored one run in the

Clemson added a pair of runs in the seventh to pull within 6-3.
Russell Triplett and Riley each had base hits and then both scored on
a double by Frank. South Carolina got the two runs back in the bottom
of the inning on a Landon Powell home run that also scored Tripp
Kelly, who had walked to start the inning. The Gamecocks took an 8-3
lead through seven and then added the ninth run in the bottom of the

Henrie got the loss for the Tigers to drop his record to 4-2. Kip
Bouknight earned the save for South Carolina, which improved to
30-11. Bouknight threw 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run and
recorded four strikeouts against the seven batters he faced. Clemson
fell to 26-14 with the loss. The two teams will play again April 25
in Clemson, which will be the fourth and final game between the teams
of the season.

South Carolina Tickets On Sale This Weekend

Tickets are now on sale for Wednesday's game against South Carolina.
Each reserved ticket is $7 and orders are being taken on a
first-come-first-served basis during the Georgia Tech series at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium this weekend. Tickets are also available at the
Clemson Athletic Ticket Office, which is located at the northwest
corner of Memorial Stadium and is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Fans
may also call during those hours at 1-800-CLEMSON or (864) 656-2118.

Bradley, Price Awards

The Most Valuable Players of the Clemson vs. South Carolina four-game
baseball series this year will be presented awards in honor of two
legendary figures in each program's history. Clemson's Most Valuable
Player of the series will be presented the Bob Bradley Award, while
South Carolina's MVP will be presented the Tom Price Award.

The voting will be done by media covering the four-game series. The
awards will be presented immediately after the fourth game of the
series, which will be played in Clemson on April 25th.

Both gentlemen served their respective schools as sports information
director for over 30 years. For the past nine years, Price has served
as a consultant for the Gamecocks athletics department in the role of
SID emeritus and department historian. Bradley passed away October 30
after a long bout with cancer.

Bradley served the Clemson athletic department for 45 years, 34 as
Sports Information Director and 11 in an emeritus capacity. He was
presented the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Jim Hodges in October
for his service to the state of South Carolina. The native of
Randelman, NC was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1985 and
was presented the Service of Sports Award by the State of South
Carolina Hall of Fame.

Bradley was the 1976 recipient of the Arch Ward Award by CoSIDA,
which is presented to the Sports Information Man of the Year. He was
also inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame. He was a
recipient of the Wilbur Snypp Award for excellence in promotion of
college baseball.

Tom Price has spent more than half of his life associated with the
University of South Carolina. A native of Augusta, GA, Tom served as
USC's Sports Information Director for 31 years, from 1961 until
retiring from his post in 1992. Following his retirement from USC,
Tom received the Service to Sports Award in 1993 from the South
Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Price was the recipient of CoSIDA's Arch Wade Award in 1994 and is
also a member of that organization's Hall of Fame. Price also has
received the Wilbur Snypp award for excellence in the promotion of
college baseball and was chosen to serve as a baseball statistician
for the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in LosAngeles in 1984.

Bradley authored three books on Clemson sports, while Price has
authored four that deal with South Carolina sports.

Tigers Claim 10-4 Win Over Georgia

Clemson used runs in four straight innings to notch a 10-4 victory
over Georgia on a cold Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. With
the win the Tigers moved to 26-13 on the year avenged an 8-4 loss to
Georgia (24-14) on March 28.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with Kris Edge's RBI single in
the second inning, but Chad Coder's double knocked in Khalil Greene
in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. The Tigers then grabbed
a 4-1 lead in the third inning and never looked back. A double by
Jeff Baker drove in Casey Stone and moved Kyle Frank to third base.
Frank scored on a wild pitch and Baker scored on the same play after
an error by Georgia catcher Doc Brooks.

Two Tiger runs in the fourth inning made it a 6-1 advantage until
Georgia responded in the fifth. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with
none out and scored off of a sacrifice fly and consecutive RBI
singles by David Coffey and Mark Thornhill.

Clemson broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks
to back-to-back home runs. After a single by Russell Triplett,
Michael Johnson hit a towering shot to center field for his 11th home
run of the year. When Greene followed with his fifth homer of the
year, it marked the third time this season Clemson has hit
back-to-back home runs. Steve Pyzik's RBI single later in the inning
gave the Tigers a 10-4 lead.

Coder led the way for the Tigers on offense by going 3-4 with an RBI
and two runs scored. Clemson collected 13 hits on the evening and all
10 batters reached base.

Pitcher Nick Glaser improved to 4-1 with the win. The righthander
relieved starter Kevin Lynn in the fifth inning and pitched 2.1
scoreless innings. Shaun Helmey (1-1) picked up the loss for Georgia.

Tigers Jump in Polls

Clemson moved up in two of the three college baseball polls on Monday
after going 4-1 in five games last week against Coastal Carolina and
Duke. The Tigers are ranked 12th by Baseball America and 13th by
Collegiate Baseball, but did not move up in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN
coaches poll and are ranked 18th for the second straight week.

The Tigers split two games with Coastal Carolina to start the week.
The Chanticleers claimed a 10-5 victory on Tuesday and then gave up
five Clemson runs in the bottom of the ninth inning before the Tigers
went on to claim an 8-7 win in 11 innings on Wednesday. Clemson then
swept the three-game series against Duke over the weekend by scores
of 10-1, 10-2 and 6-4.

Clemson plays nine of its next 10 games at home and is facing one of
its more challenging weeks of the season beginning Tuesday with a
7:15 PM meeting with Georgia, which is ranked 29th by Collegiate
Baseball and 30th by Baseball Weekly/ESPN. Wednesday, the Tigers then
travel to Columbia for the third game of the season versus South
Carolina. The Gamecocks are ranked 16th by Baseball America, 19th by
Collegiate Baseball and 12th by Baseball Weekly/ESPN.

Georgia Tech will be in Clemson this weekend for a three-game ACC
series. The Yellow Jackets dropped two of three games this past
weekend to Wake Forest and are now fourth in the ACC standings. With
Clemson's sweep of Duke over the weekend, the Tigers are second in
the conference. Georgia Tech, the preseason number one in all three
polls, is now ranked ninth by Baseball America, 11th by Collegiate
Baseball and seventh by Baseball Weekly/ESPN.

Tigers Complete 3-Game Sweep of Duke

Clemson scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on its way
to a 6-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Duke Blue Devils
Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Clemson's three-game sweep coupled with Wake Forest's 2-1 series win
over Georgia Tech vaulted the Tigers from fourth place in the ACC
standings on Friday into second place behind only Florida State on
Sunday. The Seminoles, who swept Clemson, April 6-8, are 14-1 in
first place, followed by Clemson (8-4), Wake Forest (11-7) and
Georgia Tech (9-6).

Duke, which had failed to score a run before the fourth inning in
either of the two previous games, scored one run in the first inning
on Sunday. The Blue Devils added a pair of runs in the top of the
fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Clemson scored five runs on four hits in the fifth inning to go on
top 5-3. Casey Stone led off with a double and then Ryan Riley was
hit by Duke starter Justin Dilucchio. Michael Johnson followed with a
single to score Stone and then Khalil Greene doubled to score Riley.
Schmidt tied the game with a base hit that scored Johnson. The Tigers
added two runs on a throwing error by Alleva at third base.
Duke got one run back in the top of the sixth inning on a sacrifice
fly by Scott Grossi that scored Kevin Kelly, but Clemson added an
insurance run in the eighth on a base hit by Riley that scored Steve

Hit Streaks

Left fielder Casey Stone had been riding a 14-game hit streak heading
into Wednesday night's game at South Carolina, but the senior went 0
for 3 from the plate with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He had
extended the streak with a 2 for 4 performance Tuesday vs. Georgia,
which started March 28 in the team's first meeting with Georgia. The
last time he had gone without a hit was March 27 against Wofford.
The longest hit streak of the year was by Jeff Baker, who went 15
straight games with a hit from March 24 until it ended on Sunday with
an 0 for 3 outing against Duke.

The only other current hit streak of five games or more: Khalil
Greene (7). Michael Johnson had enjoyed a five-game hit streak but he
was also 0 for 3 in Columbia on Wednesday.

Big Inning Fuels Offense

The Tigers fell in an early hole against Duke on Sunday, trailing 3-0
before a five-run, fifth inning that gave them the lead. It was the
fourth time in as many games that Clemson put up five runs in one
inning. The Tigers scored five runs in the ninth inning in a
come-from-behind extra inning win over Coastal Carolina. Clemson
scored five in the fifth inning against the Blue Devils on Friday and
then scored five in the first inning on Saturday. Clemson did not
score five runs on Tuesday vs. Georgia, but it did provide a four-run
fifth inning to make the score 10-4 after the Bulldogs had pulled
within 6-4.

The Long Ball

Clemson now has 55 home runs as a team this season. The Tigers hit
only 37 home runs a year ago, paced by Jeff Baker's 11. Fifteen of
the 37 homers came at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, while this year Clemson
has doubled the total having hit 30 out of Kingsmore Stadium.

With home runs by Michael Johnson (2) and Jarrod Schmidt (1) against
Duke on Friday, the Tigers now have three players with double-digit
totals in home runs this season. Clemson joins only two other schools
that have three players with double-digit home run totals: Tulane and
South Carolina. Johnson and Schmidt join ACC leader Jeff Baker with
double figure tallies. Baker went homer-less last weekend to keep his
total at 13, which, at the beginning of the week, was tied for the
lead in the ACC with Virginia's Jon Benick. Schmidt had two home runs
on Saturday to extend his tally to 12, while Johnson, with one
against Georgia, upped his total to 11 for the season. Schmidt
entered the week tied for third in the ACC home run race and Johnson
was tied for sixth.

Only Jeff Baker had a double-figure total in 2000 with his 11
round-trippers. Clemson had three players in the 1999 season with 10
or more home runs. Patrick Boyd led the Tigers that year with 17 home
runs, followed by Kurt Bultmann's 12 and Jason Harris' 10. Clemson
hit 72 homers that season.

With 13 dingers this season, Jeff Baker is still three home runs away
from cracking the top-10 list for home runs in a season by a Tiger.
Four Tigers, Chuck Baldwin (1986), Ray Williams (1986), Jerry Brooks
(1988) and Kurt Bultmann (1997), are tied with 16. The Clemson season
record is 24 by Eric Macrina (1991) and Matthew LeCroy (1997). Baker
would have to equal is total of 11 last year as a freshman to tie the

Seeing Double

Clemson has had the same player hit two home runs in the same game
eight times this season paced by Jeff Baker's four (Richmond, Ohio,
Florida State and Coastal Carolina). Michael Johnson has hit two home
runs in the same game twice (New York Tech and Duke) and Jarrod
Schmidt hit two home runs April 6 at Florida State and again Saturday
night vs. Duke.


First baseman Michael Johnson and short stop Khalil Greene hit
back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 10-4 win over
Georgia. It marked the third time this season that Clemson has
launched consecutive home runs. The Tigers did it in the very first
game of the year when Jeff Baker and Jarrod Schmidt hit homers in the
bottom of the first against Richmond. Clemson lost the game, however,
10-5. The Tigers did it again in the series finale at Wake Forest as
Ryan Riley and Schmidt belted blasts in the third inning en route to
a 9-1 victory and series win.

Pitching Paces Tigers

Clemson had gone 11 straight games without a starter reaching the
seventh inning, and that was Friday's night's starter vs. Duke when
he went 8.0 innings in the win over Wake Forest March 25. Henrie
responded against the Blue Devils on Friday. The sophomore pitched
7.0 innings allowing just one unearned run to score on three hits. He
also had seven strikeouts. He did not allow a fly out until the sixth
inning and has the best fly out to ground out ratio on the team at
0.2. His batters have flied out 13 times, compared to 75 times his
batters have grounded out.

On Saturday, Steve Reba struck out a career-high 12 batters to lead
Clemson to a 10-1 victory over Duke. Reba went six innings, allowed
just two hits and one run. He struck out 12 and walked just three.
His strikeout total was the high mark by a Clemson pitcher since Ryan
Mottl had 12 in a loss to Virginia on April 4, 1998. Reba gained his
second victory this week and is now 7-1 for the season. He is tied
for the ACC lead in pitching victories.

Schmidt got the win on Sunday in 5 1/3 innings allowing just four
runs (three earned) off eight hits. He improved to 4-3 on the year
and struck out four batters. Schmidt had an even bigger bat in the
five games last week. The sophomore hit .455 (10 for 22) with four
home runs and 11 RBIs.

Greene Sets HBP Records

Who is the Ron Hunt of Clemson baseball? The answer is starting
shortstop Khalil Greene who believes in getting on base anyway he
can. Hunt set many records for being hit by a pitch in his major
league career with the Mets and Expos. Greene is establishing records
in that area at Clemson.

Greene has already been hit 17 times this season, equaling the single
season mark of 17 set by Mike Hampton in 1994 and Gary Burnham in
1995. Greene has now been hit 43 times in his career, an all-time
Clemson record. He is just in the middle of his junior year. Burnham
owned the all-time record with 39 HBP recorded between 1994-97.
Greene was hit five times in the New York Tech series, including a
single game record three times in the first game of the series, a
24-3 win. That included being hit twice in one inning in that game,
also a first in Clemson baseball history.

Greene has now been hit by a pitch 17 times and walked 16 times this
season. He has a .418 on-base percentage for his 145 at bats. He has
not been hit by a pitch since April 7 at Florida State.

Baker Leads ACC in Home Runs

Clemson third baseman Jeff Baker is tied for the lead in the ACC with
13 home runs going following the weekend series with Duke. He had 11
homers as a freshman a year ago. The sophomore from Woodbridge, VA
has hit two home runs in four games this season, including twice last
week. He had a two-home run game April 7 at Florida State and again
April 10 against Coastal Carolina.

Baker is second in the league in runs batted in. He has 51 RBIs in 39
games, an average of 1.31 a game. Baker has hovered around .400 all
season and but has slipped to .392 to rank fourth in the league
behind John-Ford Griffin of Florida State (.477), Victor Menocal of
Georgia Tech (.397) and Cory Sullivan of Wake Forest (.397).

With an 0 for 3 performance Sunday vs. Duke, Baker snapped a 15-game
hit streak that dated back to the middle game at Wake Forest. He has
at least one hit in 30 games this season. He was a perfect 5 for 5 in
the win at South Carolina. He had eight RBIs and eight hits and seven
runs scored in the three games in the New York Tech series. His best
game of the year took place against Ohio University on March 11 when
he had a 4 for 4 day and drove in seven runs. He also had a six-RBI
game against Richmond in the second game of the year, a contest in
which he hit a pair of home runs.

Baker now has 24 home runs for his career. He led the Tigers in that
category a year ago with 11. He had 64 RBIs and a .313 batting
average last year also.

Reba Leads ACC in ERA

Steve Reba is clearly the best pitcher on the Tiger squad this season
and is tops in the ACC in ERA. The junior from Fort Wayne, IN has a
7-1 record and a 2.19 ERA, both tops on the club. The seven wins is
also the best total in the league. He has gained wins over Richmond,
Oregon State, Ohio, Maryland, New York Tech, Coastal Carolina and
Duke. He has had more strikeouts than walks in every appearance and
has a 59/20 strikeout/walk ratio this year.

Reba had just two starts in 19 appearances last year, but had a 3-0
record with 33 strikeouts and just 15 walks. Prior to his loss April
6 at Florida State he had won nine straight decisions and had not
suffered a defeat since May of 1999.

Henrie Most Improved Pitcher

The "Where did he come from?" award for Clemson baseball for this
year goes to Matt Henrie. The sophomore from Jupiter, FL and Cardinal
Newman High School appeared in just five games in 1999 and had an ERA
of 13.50. He pitched just 3.1 innings for the season. He red-shirted
the 2000 season.

So far this year, Henrie has a 4-2 record and a 3.20 ERA after
getting the loss Wednesday night at South Carolina. Prior to
Wednesday's loss, he had won four of his last five starts, victories
over Maryland, Wake Forest, New York Tech and Duke. During those wins
he allowed just one earned run in 26 1/3 innings, had 23 strikeouts
and just seven walks. He gave up three earned runs in 3 1/3 in the
9-3 loss to the Gamecocks.

Henrie was named ACC Pitcher of the Week earlier this year when he
shutout Maryland 7-0. He pitched six innings and allowed just three
hits, no runs and struck out five of the 25 batters he faced.

Tigers in the ACC Rankings (Entering the Week)
Third baseman Jeff Baker leads the ACC in home runs (13) and he is
fourth in batting average at .391 with 59 hits in 151 at bats. He is
second in total bases (111) and slugging percentage (.735) and is
ranked fourth in on-base percentage (.481). Baker is also ranked
eighth in hitting (59).

Left fielder Casey Stone is the tied for second in stolen bases in
the ACC. The senior has stolen 20 bases, just one behind Adam
Greenberg of North Carolina. This season Stone is successful 83.3
percent of the team (20/24). Stone is also ranked fifth among
conference hitters with 58 hits this season.

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