Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Gardner-Webb


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Clemson vs. Gardner-Webb

        Clemson (2-3), ranked as high as #18, will play host
to Gardner-Webb (5-6) Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The game will start
at 4:00 PM and 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 Series vs. Gardner-Webb

        Clemson and Gardner-Webb have met just once on the
diamond.  Clemson defeated Gardner-Webb 9-6 on March 1, 1975 at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium.  In that game, future Major Leaguer Denny Walling was 3-for-4 with a
homer and double.  Also playing in that game was former Tiger pticher and
current Tiger play-by-play announcer Bob Mahony.  Mahony pitched the final 4.0
innings, allowing just two hits, two walks, and one run to earn the save in the
season opener.  He also struck out six Bulldogs.  Head Coach Jack Leggett has
never faced the Bulldogs.





The Starting Pitchers

        Gardner-Webb will start senior righthander Abraham
Gonzalez (1-2, 4.61 ERA).  The Miami, FL native has allowed just a .234
opponents' batting average and struck out 13 in 13.2 innings pitched this year. 
It will be his second start and fifth appearance of the season.
    
Clemson will counter with freshman righty P.J. Zocchi (0-0, 0.00 ERA). 
In two relief appearances, the Bronx, NY native has allowed two hits, no runs,
and no walks while striking out five.



Gardner-Webb Overview

        Gardner-Webb enters Wednesday's game with a 5-6
overall record.  The Bulldogs split a doubleheader at North Carolina A&T
Monday and defeated Davidson 9-3 Tuesday.  The Bulldogs have already played
games against Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina.  As a team, the Bulldogs
are hitting .239, led by Ryan Quirello's .400 batting average.  Sammy Styers has
hit three of the team's four homers.  Gardner-Webb also sports a 3.96 ERA and
.956 fielding percentage.



Clemson Overview

        Clemson enters Wednesday's game after a 2-2 showing
in the Keith LeClair Invitational over the weekend.  The Tigers beat Georgia
Southern twice, but fell twice to host East Carolina.  Brad McCann leads the
Tigers with 11 hits in 22 at-bats, while the team is hitting .235.  Fourteen
different Tigers have already seen at least one start in the field.  The Tigers
also sport a 2.33 ERA and .970 fielding percentage.



Tigers Split Games in Keith LeClair Invitational

        Clemson went 2-2 in the inaugural Keith LeClair
Invitational at Greenville, NC from February 28-29.  The Tigers defeated Georgia
Southern by scores of 4-0 and 9-0, but fell twice to East Carolina by scores of
3-2 (11 innings) and 6-4.  Clemson started and finished four games in the span
of just 28 hours.
       Jason Berken pitched masterfully in
the Tigers' 4-0 win, as he allowed just two hits, no runs, and no walks while
striking out seven in 6.0 innings pithced to earn the win.  The Tigers also got
an outstanding outing from Kris Harvey in the 9-0 win over Georgia Southern, as
he pitched 5.0 scoreless innings to earn the win.  Brad McCann, Lou Santangelo,
and John Ingram each hit three-run homers in the tournament.  Ingram's came in
his first career plate appearance.



109

        That was the number of minutes it took to complete
Clemson's 4-0 win over Georgia Southern at Greenville, NC on February 28.  Jason
Berken's effective and quick work was a big reason the game lasted just one
hour, 49 minutes.  It was the fastest Clemson game since 1996 and the fastest
nine-inning game since April 1, 1988, when the Tigers defeated North Carolina
5-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  That game also lasted 109 minutes.



Tigers Sporting a 2.33 Team ERA

        Despite the team's 2-3 record, Clemson's pitching
staff has been impressive in the early going.  Clemson has a 2.33 team ERA and
is holding opponents to a .232 batting average.  The staff also has 47
strikeouts against only 14 walks (3.36 ratio) and already has two team
shutouts.  Sophomores Kris Harvey and Jason Berken have been especially good, as
he has yet to allow a run in 6.0 innings.



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 four games in left field and
started the other game on the mound.  Kris Harvey has also started two games on
the mound, while starting two others at first base.  And Collin Mahoney, who
never pitched in college before this year, has been impressive in his two
outings on the mound in 2004.  He struck out four in just 1.2 innings pitched at
East Carolina on February 28.  He is also 1-for-4 at the plate this
year.



McCann Named ACC Player-of-the-Week

        Third baseman Brad McCann was named ACC
Player-of-the-Week on March 1 after hitting 11-for-22 with two homers, three
doubles, and five RBIs in five games during the previous week.  He also did not
commit an error in the field in 10 chances.



McCann Had a 22-Game Hitting Streak

        Junior third-baseman and preseason All-American Brad
McCann ended the 2003 season on a 20-game hitting streak.  The streak carried
cover to the 2004 season, where he extended it by two games before it came to an
end at East Carolina on February 28.  During his 22-game hitting streak, the
Duluth, GA native hit .410 (41-for-100) with 21 RBIs.

        McCann's streak tied for the fifth longest in
Clemson history.  The Tiger and ACC record-long hitting streak is 41, set by
Rusty Adkins from April 10, 1965 to May 17, 1966.  Adkins' streak also started
in one season and ended in the next.



Ingram Goes Deep in First At-Bat

        Red-shirt freshman and utility player John Ingram
stepped onto a college baseball field for the first time against Georgia
Southern on February 29 (at Greenville, NC) and promptly did what few can say
they did.  He belted a long three-run home run, well over 400 feet, over the
centerfield fence in his first career plate appearance.  The homer came on an
0-1 pitch, as he took the first pitch for a strike.  Therefore he hit the homer
in his first career swing.



1954 Tiger Team to Hold Reunion

        The 1954 Clemson baseball team, who won the first
ever ACC baseball title, and many of the players on that team will be in
attendance for Clemson's game against N.C. State on April 24.  The 50th
anniversary of the team's title will be commemorated during pregame
festivities.  Not only did that team win the first ever ACC regular-season
baseball title, it was the first Clemson sport to win anACC championship.  Among
the players on the team include former Major Leaguer Billy O'Dell and Doug
Kingsmore, an All-ACC player who hit 10 homers in just 24 games in
1954.

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