Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Furman


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Clemson
(30-18), ranked as high as #20, will play host to Upstate rival Furman
(17-29) Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  First pitch is
scheduled for 7:15 PM.  The game will be no Clemson radio
coverage of the game.  However, live stats will be available on
Clemson's website at ClemsonTigers.com.


The Series

        Clemson
and Furman have met 189 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding
a 130-55-4 advantage dating back to 1896.  Clemson's first two
games in school history were against the Paladins, both losses in
1896, which were the Tigers' only games that season.  The two
teams have played at least one game every year since 1983.

The two teams last played in 2003, as the Paladins
broke a 29-game losing streak by winning both games.  The first
was a 10-8 come-from-behind victory in Greenville on May 8.  Five
days later, Furman pulled off another come-from-behind win by a score
of 12-9 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

        The
Tigers lead 72-24-1 in games played at Clemson and 22-2 in games
played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Jack Leggett is 10-2 against
Furman as Clemson's head coach.  He was also 29-7 against the
Bulldogs as Western Carolina's head coach from 1983-91, therefore is
39-9 all-time against the Paladins.




The Starting Pitchers

       
Furman's starting pitcher was not available as of Monday
PM.

    The Tigers will counter with
sophomore righty Kris Harvey (6-0, 4.59 ERA) on the mound.  The
Catawba, NC native has started a team-high 11 games.  In 49.0
innings pitched, he has allowed 50 hits and 30 walks while striking
out 40.




Furman Overview

        Furman,
led by 11th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, enters the game Tuesday on a
seven-game losing streak, including three losses at The Citadel last
weekend.  Prior to the losing streak, it had won six games in a
row.  The Paladins are 17-29 overall nad 8-16 in Southern
Conference play.  They are also 8-12 on opponents' home fields
in 2004.  Of their 46 games played, 25 of have been against
common Clemson opponents.

The team, which is 6-2 in one-run games, is hitting
.275, led by Case Cassedy's .368 average.  Derek Norman has hit
six homers and and a team-high 35 RBIs.  Nick Mershon has hit a
team-best seven homers in just 89 at-bats.  The Paladin pitching
staff has a 5.04 ERA and .291 opponents' batting average. 
Senior closer Calvin Hurst has a 2.61 ERA and nine saves in 27 relief
appearances.




Clemson Overview

        Clemson
enters the game against Furman after losing two of three games #24
Central Florida over the weekend.  The Tigers are 30-18 overall
and 8-4 on their current 14-game homestand.  Clemson is also 21-9
at home this year.  Clemson has won 16 of its last 17 games when
it hits at least one home run and is 21-3 on weekdays as well.

    Brad McCann leads the team in
hitting with a .367 batting average, as the team is hitting .296
overall.  Kris Harvey is hitting .331 and freshman Andy
D'Alessio is hitting .325 with a .425 on-base percentage. 
Clemson has also stolen 63 bases after swiping just 35 in 2003.

       The Tiger pitching
staff has a 4.08 ERA and .256 opponents' batting average.  The
team has an 8.07 strikeouts per nine innings pitched mark as well. 
The Tigers' fielding percentage stands at .964.




Central Florida Takes Two From Tigers

        Central
Florida, ranked #24, won two of three games against #13 Clemson from
May 7-9 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The despite the series loss,
Clemson outhit UCF .277 to .235 and had a 3.33 ERA compared to its
3.81 ERA.  The Tigers also stole seven bases to UCF's one. 
But Clemson left 27 runners on base, against only 16 by the Golden
Knights.  Kris Harvey was 6-for-11 and Travis Storrer was
5-for-14 in the series to lead the Tigers.

    In game one, Clemson scored five
runs in the first inning and held on for an 8-5 win on Friday. 
Travis Storrer had a career-high three hits and Russell Triplett added
two hits in three at-bats the same day he graduated.  Robert
Rohrbaugh pitched 7.1 innings, allowing nine hits, four runs, and no
walks to earn the victory.  Matt Fox allowed a season-high seven
runs in 5.0 innings pitched and fell to 10-2 on the season. 
Patrick Hogan, who also received his degree just hours before the
game, became just the third Tiger in history to record double-digit
saves in a single season, as he struck out four batters in 1.2 innings
pitched.  The Tigers stole three bases and neither team committed
an error in the game as well.

        In game
two, Kyle Bono pitched a complete game to lead UCF over the Tigers
7-4.  Bono allowed one earned runs on eight hits while striking
out 10 and throwing 138 pitches.  Tyler Lumsden allowed just
three hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out 10, and
did not factor in the decision.  Kris Harvey had a game-high
three hits.  Clemson outhit UCF 8-7, but left eight men on base
compared to just three by the Golden Knights.  Central Florida
took a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning on a suicide squeeze bunt by Ryan
Bono.  Drake Wade and Jon Cooper added solo homers with two outs
in the ninth inning as well.  Collin Mahoney suffered the loss,
while he along with Lumsden and Tony Sipp combined to strike out 13
batters against only one walk.  The Golden Knights overcame four
errors and four stolen bases by the Tiger offense on the evening as
well.

        In game
three, Clemson squandered countless opportunities in a 3-2 defeat to
UCF on May 9.  The Tigers had 13 baserunners, including five to
leadoff innings, but could only score twice.  The Golden Knights
capitalized on the swift breeze blowing straight in, as several deep
balls off the Tiger bats were held up in the wind for outs. 
Central Florida took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to two
costly Tiger errors.  Clemson scored single runs in the fifth and
eighth, but could only manage one run in the eighth after putting
runners on first and second with no outs.  Sipp had three hits,
while Harvey and Andy D'Alessio had two apiece.  Clemson outhit
UCF 9-6 and struck out only once.  Josh Cribb pitched 4.2 hitless
and scoreless innings in relief with seven strikeouts.  Steven
Jackson suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run in 4.1
innings pitched.



Hogan Shutting the Door

       
Fifth-year graduate righthy and tri-captain Patrick Hogan
(Columbia, SC) has become the Tigers' stopper out of the bullpen. 
In a team-high 18 relief appearances, Hogan has 10 saves in 29.2
innings pitched (2.43 ERA).  The 10 saves rank tied for
third-most in a season in Tiger history and ranks tied for seventh in
the nation entering this week's action.  He has also struck out
45 against only nine walks.  In four years, he has 18 career
saves, third-most in Clemson history.



Clemson Single-Season Save Leaders

Rk    Player                        
Year    Saves

1.     
Nick Glaser                
2000   15

2.      Scott
Winchester       
1995    14

3.      Scott
Winchester       
1993    10

     
  
Scott Winchester       
1994    10

     
  
Patrick Hogan            
2004   10



Clemson Career Save Leaders

Rk     
Player  Years  
Saves

1.     
Scott Winchester       
1993-95  34

2.      Jay
Bevis                   
1969-72  20

3.      Patrick
Hogan             2001-04 18



Berken Postpones Surgery

        Jason
Berken, Clemson's top pitcher for the first two months of the 2004
season, could return to the mound this year.  The sophomore
righthander from De Pere, WI had announced last week that he intended
to have season-ending elbow surgery some time in the near future. 
But over the weekend, Berken threw in the bullpen and his elbow felt
good.

        "Upon
further review, Dr. (James) Andrews, our team doctors, and Jason felt
like surgery was not needed at this time and may not be needed at
all," said Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett.  "But after
throwing over the weekend, he has decided to see how his arm feels in
the coming days and see if he can return to the mound this year. 
It will be Jason's decision whether or not he will pitch and be
based on how he feels."

        Berken
leads Clemson in ERA with a 2.09 figure and has a 5-1 record in his
eight starts.  He has 37 strikeouts in 38.2 innings and opponents
have hit just .156 against him.  He has gone 23 consecutive
innings without giving up an earned run, but has not had a decision
since April 2 when he beat Maryland by a score of 3-2.

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