Clemson Baseball to Hold Simulated Series this Weekend

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CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson baseball team will play three intrasquad games this weekend as it prepares for its home opener on Feb. 22. The team will play at 3:00 PM on Friday, 2:00 PM on Saturday and at 2:00 PM on Sunday. All games are open to the public.

Players will be divided into an Orange team and a Purple team. Shortstop Khalil Greene, pitcher Matt Henrie and pitcher/ outfielder Jarrod Schmidt will lead the Orange while third baseman Jeff Baker, first baseman Michael Johsnon and pitcher Steve Reba lead the Purple. Game operations, including groundskeeping, public address and scoring, will run at Doug Kingsmore Stadium as the Tigers prepare to play their latest season opener since 1987.

Clemson moved up in two polls released this week and is now a consensus top-four team in all three major polls. Jack Leggett's squad is ranked fourth by both the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches and Collegiate Baseball polls while remaining second in the latest Baseball America rankings.
First pitch for the 2002 Clemson baseball season is set for 3:00 PM on Friday, Feb. 22 against the Auburn Tigers.

Erik Bakich Named Baseball Volunteer Assistant Coach

The San Jose, CA, native joins Jack Leggett, Tim Corbin and Kevin
O'Sullivan on the Tiger bench.

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson Head Baseball Coach Jack Leggett has announced
the addition of Erik Bakich to the coaching staff. Bakich comes to
Clemson from East Carolina where he served as assistant strength and
conditioning coach.

"We are extremely pleased to add Erik to our staff," said Head Coach
Jack Leggett. "He comes from an excellent program and he was an
excellent player. He is highly motivated and will bring a lot of
energy as we strive towards our goal of getting to Omaha."

Bakich was a standout baseball player for East Carolina from
1999-2000 where the team won back-to-back CAA Conference
championships and earned number one seeds at the LSU and
Louisiana-Lafayette Regionals. Bakich was named to the All-Regional
team at LSU as a third baseman after garnering a unanimous
All-Tournament selection at the Bell South Hurricane Classic in
Miami, FL in the 1999 season.

After the 2000 season, Bakich signed a professional contract with the
Springfield Capitals of the Frontier League in the Independent
Professional Baseball League. He also played professional baseball
during the 2001 season before moving on to East Carolina as an
assistant strength coach.

"This is a tremendous opportunity and I am definitely excited to be
here at Clemson," said Bakich. "I feel fortunate to be part of such a
great tradition and a great program."

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