Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Charleston Southern


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Clemson vs. Charleston Southern

        Clemson
(28-16), ranked as high as #13, will play host to Charleston Southern
(20-24 entering its game at Wofford Tuesday) Wednesday at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM. 
The game will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP, 104.9 FM out of
Clemson.  Live stats will also be available on Clemson's
website at ClemsonTigers.com.




The Series

        Clemson
and Charleston Southern have met 13 times on the baseball diamond,
with the Tigers winning all 13 games dating back to the 1976 season. 
The two teams last played in 2003, a 5-0 Tiger win in 71/2 innings at
Clemson in which the Tigers used eight different pitchers.  The
last seven games in the series have been played at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium.  The Tigers lead 10-0 in games played at Clemson, all of
which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Jack Leggett
is 7-0 against the Buccaneers as Clemson's head coach.




The Starting Pitchers

       
Charleston Southern will start junior righthander Ian Holmen
(3-4, 8.16 ERA) Wednesday.  The Longwood, FL native has made six
starts and 12 relief appearances for a total of 46.1 innings pitched. 
He has allowed 66 hits and 28 walks while striking out 44.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Kris
Harvey (6-0, 4.78 ERA) on the mound.  The Catawba, NC native has
started 10 games, but has not pitched since he started against The
Citadel on April 20.  In 43.1 innings pitched, he has allowed 44
hits and 28 walks while striking out 36.




Charleston Southern Overview

       
Charleston Southern, led by eighth-year Head Coach Gary
Murphy, enters Wednesday's game coming off a three-game sweep at
Virginia Military over the weekend.  The Buccaneers will play at
Wofford Tuesday before playing at Clemson Wednesday.  Charleston
Southern is 20-24 overall and 7-8 in the Big South.  The team is
also 9-15 on the road in 2004.

      The team is hitting
.258, led by Billy Dalton's .319 average.  Jordan Haar has hit
a team-high 11 homers along with 37 RBIs.  The Buccaneers have
stolen 96 bases, including 22 by Haar and 13 by Dalton.

       Charleston
Southern's pitching staff has a 5.84 ERA and .295 opponents'
batting average.  Five different Buccaneers have accounted for
the team's seven saves.  The team is also fielding .951.




Clemson Overview

        Clemson
enters the game against Charleston Southern after falling twice in a
three-game series against #24 Florida State from Saturday to Monday. 
The Tigers have still won 19 of their last 25 games and 15 of their
last 17 at home.  Clemson is 28-16 overall and 12-6 in ACC play,
good for second place in the ACC standings.

     Clemson, who is 19-7 at home
this season, is hitting .297 as a team, led by Brad McCann's .374
batting average.  He also has hit 11 home runs and driven in 45
runs in 44 games.  Lou Santangelo has added 13 home runs and 39
RBIs in 43 starts behind the plate, while Tony Sipp has stolen a
team-high 15 bases in just 33 games in the field.  Perhaps the
team's hottest hitting is freshman first-baseman Andy D'Alessio. 
He is 23-for-58 (.397) in his last 16 starts to raise his average to
.319.  He also leads the team with a .346 batting average in ACC
play.

    The Tiger pitching staff has a 4.18
ERA and .259 opponents' batting average.  Patrick Hogan has a
2.57 ERA and nine saves to lead the bullpen.  Clemson is also
fielding at a .966 mark.




Seminoles Take Two of Three From Tigers

        Florida
State won the first two games of the series, but Clemson salvaged the
series with an 18-9 win in three games from May 1-3 at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium.  Clemson hit .287 in the series thanks to 18 hits in the
final game.  Tyler Colvin was 4-for-7 with three doubles, while
Andy D'Alessio was 4-for-9 with a double in the series. 
Clemson also stole seven bases thanks to five on Monday.

In game one, Florida State scored 10 unanswered runs
to defeat the Tigers 11-6.  Clemson held a 6-1 lead after three
innings, but a six-run fourth inning and four more runs led the
Seminoles to the win.  The loss was Clemson's first in its last
15 games at home.  Florida State overcame six errors, thanks in
part to the superb pitching by Rhett James.  James relieved an
injured Hunter Jones in the first inning and allowed just one earned
run and four hits in 8.2 innings pitched to record the win. 
Steven Jackson suffered the loss for the Tigers.  Kris Harvey and
Lou Santangelo had two hits apiece, as the Tigers hit eight singles in
the game.

        In game
two, Florida State scored 10 unanswered runs against to down the
Tigers 10-1.  After Russell Triplett singled home Santangelo in
the second inning, Florida State scored in six of the final seven
innings.  Stephen Drew and Aaron Cheesman each hit home runs,
while the Seminoles had 15 hits in all.  Freshman lefthander
Brian Schultz, who was making his first start of his career, pitched
6.1 innings, allowing just one run, one walk, and five hits to earn
the win.  Robert Rohrbaugh suffered the loss.  Triplett led
the Tigers with two of the team's five hits.  The Seminole
defense was spectacular, committing no errors and turning three double
plays.  The outfieders, in particular Shane Robinson in
centerfield, took away several Tiger hits with running catches. 
The defeat meant is was Leggett's third series loss in 44 ACC home
series as Clemson's head coach.  The game had a 43-minute delay
at the start and a 92-minute delay in the first inning due to
inclement weather.

        In game
three, an 11-run second inning led the Tigers to an 18-9 win Monday. 
The 11-run inning was the most runs ever scored by Clemson in the
second inning.  The Tigers, who did not have an extra base hit in
the first two games, hit six doubles and three homers in game three. 
Eight Tigers scored at least two runs and seven had at least two
RBIs.  Colvin tied a school record held by many with three
doubles in the game and had a career-high four hits and three RBIs in
the contest.  Tony Sipp and D'Alessio also had three hits
apiece to lead the 18-hit attack.  Clemson led 16-1 after three
innings.  Florida State plated seven runs in the fourth inning,
but would only add one more run the rest of the way.  Colvin also
stole two bases, as the team had five in all.  Collin Mahoney
pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.  Brad
McCann, Santangelo, and John Ingram all hit homers for the
Tigers.



Tigers #11 in RPI

        The
only rating system the NCAA uses to determine selections and seedings
is the RPI, or the Ratings Percentage Index.  Although the NCAA
does not release its official RPI, Boyd Nation has come up with an RPI
index that is all but the same as the official RPI.  He uses
numbers from previous seasons to verify his formulas.

     In the May 3 release (listed
at BoydsWorld.com), his RPI index has Clemson #11.  The Tigers
play one of the toughest schedules in the nation during the 2004
season.  Clemson can thank a tough non-conference schedule for
its high RPI ranking.  The RPI only counts games against Division
I teams and is for games through May 2.



Boyd Nation's Unofficial RPI By Team

   
Rk     
Team               
W-L     Rating

    1.     
Miami (FL)     
33-9    .673

    2.     
Texas   42-8   
.668

    3.     
Florida 34-12  
.638

    4.     
Louisiana State 34-12  
.636

    5.     
Arizona State   30-13  
.635

    6.     
Rice    33-7   
.634

    7.     
Stanford       
35-6    .631

    8.     
Arkansas       
32-14   .627

    9.     
Virginia       
36-9    .626

    10.    
South Carolina  32-12  
.626

   
11.     Clemson
27-16   .621

   
12.     East
Carolina   38-6   
.618

    13.    
Florida State   29-16  
.617

    14.    
Mississippi    
33-14   .616

    15.    
Georgia 30-15  
.613

    16.    
Tennessee      
33-12   .609

    17.    
Texas A&M      
35-14   .609

    18.    
Georgia Tech   
27-17   .607

    19.    
Long Beach State       
30-12   .603

   
20.    
Vanderbilt     
31-13   .600



Three Tigers to Graduate Friday

       
Fifth-year seniors Patrick Hogan, Ryan Hub, and Russell
Triplett will receive their undergraduate diplomas in commencement
ceremonies Friday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.  The three
players have been a part of four NCAA Tournament teams and two College
World Series teams.  Hogan, a righthanded pitcher from Columbia,
SC, will receive his degree in PRTM.  He also spent the spring
semester as an intern in the sports information office.  Hub, an
outfielder from Sumter, SC, will receive his degree in political
science.  Triplett, the Tigers' starting shortstop from West
Columbia, SC, will receive his degree in elementary education.

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