Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Coastal Carolina


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Clemson vs. Coastal Carolina

        Clemson
(6-7) will play host to Coastal Carolina (15-3) Tuesday afternoon at
Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 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.  The game is a "Businessperson Special Day," as
anyone can receive free admission when they present their business
card.


The Series

        Clemson
and Coastal Carolina have met 35 times on the diamond, with the Tigers
holding a 30-5 lead in the series dating back to 1986.  The two
teams have played every year since 1988.  The two also split a
pair of games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2003.  Coastal
Carolina won 5-1 on April 15, but fell to the Tigers 7-3 the following
day.  The Tigers lead the series 22-4 in games played at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium, as the last 18 games in the series have been played
at Clemson.  Clemson is 17-3 against the Chanticleers under Jack
Leggett.



        Clemson
is tentatively scheduled to play in a tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC
(near Conway) in 2005, with Coastal Carolina being one of the three
other teams in the field.  The Tigers are also scheduled to play
East Carolina and West Virginia.


The Starting Pitchers

        Coastal
Carolina will start sophomore righthander Mike Costanzo (2-0, 4.30
ERA) on the mound Tuesday.  The Springfield, PA native, also the
team's second-leading hitter with a .348 batting average, seven
homers, and 30 RBIs, has started one game and relieved in three
others.  In 14.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 12 hits and six
walks while striking out 14.  He is also holding opponents to a
.214 batting average.

      Clemson will counter
with sophomore righthander Kris Harvey (3-0, 2.25 ERA) on the mound. 
The Catawba, NC native has allowed just 12 hits while striking out
17.  He has yet to allow an extra base hit as well in 16.0
innings pitched.  It will be Harvey's fifth start and
appearance of 2004.


Coastal Carolina Overview

        Coastal
Carolina, led by ninth-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore, enters
Tuesday's game with a 15-3 record.  The Chanticleers have only
played one game on the road, that being at The Citadel.  They are
coming off an 8-5 win over Seton Hall Friday and two wins over George
Mason over the weekend.  Winners of eight straight games, Coastal
Carolina is hitting .296 as a team, led by Chris Raber (.388). 
Mike Costanzo is hitting .348 with a team-best seven home runs and 30
RBIs.  No other Chanticleer has more than 12 RBIs.

   The Chanticleers have stolen 46 bases in
just 18 games, led by Ryan McGraw and Jeremiah Grove, each with 11
steals.  Coastal Carolina has a 4.99 team ERA.  Closer Byron
Binda has appeared in 11 games, as he has a 3.52 ERA and 26 strikeouts
against only four walks.  The team also has a .960 fielding
percentage.



Clemson Overview

        Clemson
enters the Coastal Carolina game with a 6-7 record, losing its seven
games by a combined 12 runs.  The Tigers are coming off two
losses in three games to #7 Auburn at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 
The Tigers have outscored their opponents 85-59 despite their losing
record.

    Clemson is hitting .278 as a team,
led by Brad McCann's .421 average.  Garrick Evans is hitting
.417 with five doubles in just eight games.  Travis Storrer is
riding a nine-game hitting streak as well.  Clemson also sports a
3.95 ERA and .961 fielding percentage.


Auburn Wins Two of Three Over Clemson

        Despite
being outhit by 52 points, #7 Auburn won two of three games at #25
Clemson from March 12-14 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The
three-game series drew nearly 11,000 fans in a regional-type
atmosphere.  Clemson also had more total hits, runs, homers, and
stolen bases despite losing the series.  Garrick Evans (5-for-8),
Brad McCann (7-for-13), and Travis Storrer (5-for-11) all had
outstanding series, while McCann had a homer and eight RBIs as well. 
Evans also had a streak of reaching base in eight straight plate
appearances.


        In game
one Friday, Clemson scored in every inning in which it batted and hung
on for a 14-9 victory.  The Tigers hit five homers, including a
three-run shot by Lou Santangelo.  Travis Storrer, Brad McCann,
Brady Everett, and Russell Triplett also added long balls. 
Clemson led 9-0 before a furious Auburn comeback.  The SEC Tigers
cut Clemson's lead to 11-9 in the eighth inning, but Clemson scored
three runs in the eighth to put the game away.  Jason Berken
struck out a career-high eight batters to earn his second win of the
season, while Patrick Hogan picked up his second save.  McCann
had a game-high four hits and four RBIs.

      In game two Saturday,
left fielder Sean Gamble threw out Herman Demmink in a close play at
the plate to end the game, giving Auburn a 5-4 win.  McCann's
sharp single to left field scored a run, but Demmink was called out by
home plate umpire Billy Pittman, as he tried to score from second
base.  Clemson outhit Auburn 13-6 and had 17 baserunners in the
game, but was only able to score four runs.  McCann led the
Tigers with three hits and four RBIs, while John Ingram hit a
pinch-hit homer.  Demmink and Garrick Evans were both 2-for-2 as
well.  Relievers Steven Jackson and Collin Mahoney pitched the
final 4.2 innings without allowing a hit or run.

        In game
three Sunday, Auburn scored seven straight runs and held on to beat
Clemson 9-6 and take the series.  A five-run fourth inning was
enough for the SEC Tigers.  The two teams combined for nine
errors, including a season-high five by Clemson.  Ben Sprague led
Auburn with three RBIs, while three other Tiger hitters had two hits
apiece.  Evans led Clemson with three hits and two RBIs.


Webcasts Available for Texas Tech Series

        Clemson
baseball fans that will not be traveling to Lubbock, TX for the
three-game series at Texas Tech from March 19-21 can tune in via the
internet, as all three games of the series will be webcasted through
Texas Tech's College Sports Pass.

     The College Sports Pass will
provide both audio (Red Raider Baseball Radio Network) and video of
the three game series between Texas Tech and Clemson and it can be
accessed through Texas Tech's official athletic website,
www.texastech.com.  Fans can purchase a month-long subscription
for just $6.95, and that will allow full access to the site for the
weekend.  The College Sports Pass works in conjunction with Real
Networks and users must have the Real Player installed on their
computer system.

        For
more information, including account setup and technical support, log
on to www.texastech.com.


Two-Way Tigers

        In
recent years, Clemson has not had many players both pitch and play in
the field.  But this season, three Tigers have already seen
action in both roles.  Tony Sipp has started 11 games in left
field and started the other two games on the mound.  Kris Harvey
has also started four games on the mound, while starting three at
first base and two in right field.  And Collin Mahoney, who never
pitched in college before this year, has been impressive in his four
outings on the mound in 2004.  He has struck out 10 and walked
just three in 5.2 innings pitched.  He is also 3-for-8 with two
RBIs at the plate this year.

        Another
Tiger is a different kind of two-way player.  Outfielder and true
freshman C.J. Gaddis is also listed as a quarterback on the Tiger
football team.  Gaddis red-shirted this past fall, as the Clemson
football coaching staff is excited about the abilities he brings to
the gridiron.


Garrick Evans Bringing Good Things to Plate

        Despite
missing five games due to a leg injury, Garrick Evans has been one of
the Tigers best hitters this season.  In just eight games, he has
five doubles and 10 hits for a .417 batting average.  The
starting centerfielder was 5-for-8 with five runs scored and three
doubles against #7 Auburn in three games from March 12-14 and had a
streak of reaching base in eight straight plate appearances.


McCann Leading Team With .421 Average

        In 13
games this year, Brad McCann has 24 hits and leads the team with a
.421 batting average along with 14 RBIs.  He also has a team-best
14 runs scored and five doubles.  The 2003 Second-Team All-ACC
selection had eight RBIs in three games against #7 Auburn from March
12-14 and has batted in the #3 spot in the lineup all season. 
McCann has a career batting average of .360 (111-for-308) in two
seasons as well.



Bringing the Heat

        Junior
righthander Collin Mahoney has been one of the Tigers most effective
pitchers out of the bullpen in 2004.  That was not the case in
his previous two seasons, as he played solely at catcher and did not
appear on the mound.  But after the coaches saw him throw off a
mound towards the end of 2003, they knew they could count on the
Patterson, NY native as a pitcher in 2004.

        In four
appearances, Mahoney has struck out 10 and allowed just three hits in
5.2 innings pitched.  The reason for his high strikeout total is
his fastball, clocked in the high 90s.  He has been able to throw
it with control as well.  He even threw it well against his
brother, a catcher for South Carolina.  In the game against the
#5 Gamecocks on March 7, he struck out Ryan (who was pinch-hitting) on
a fastball clocked at 99 mph.  His brother is a red-shirt
freshman at South Carolina.  Collin, who is one academic class
ahead of Ryan, is also 3-for-8 at the plate this year.

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