Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Miami (FL)


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Clemson vs. Miami (FL)

        Clemson
(17-7, 4-2 ACC), ranked as high as #11 in the nation, will play host
to Miami (FL) (15-12, 3-6 ACC) this weekend in a three-game series at
Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Game times are 7:15 PM (Friday), 7:00 PM
(Saturday), and 1:00 PM (Sunday).  All three games will be
broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.  All
three games will be televised live by CSS and will be available via
webcast at ACCSelect.com in non-CSS markets only.  Live stats
will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all three games.


The Series

        Clemson
and Miami (FL) have met 42 times on the diamond, with the Hurricanes
holding a 21-20-1 lead in the series dating back to the 1977 season. 
Last season, Clemson swept the Hurricanes in three games at Coral
Gables by scores of 8-6, 6-2, and 14-1.

    In 2005, Clemson won all four
meetings between the two, including three games at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium by scores of 15-5, 9-2, and 6-2, and one in the ACC Tournament
at Jacksonville, FL by a score of 9-1.  Therefore, since the
Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2005, the Tigers have won each of the
seven meetings, outscoring them by a combined score of 67-19. 
Clemson has also won 11 consecutive games against teams from the state
of Florida.

        The
Tigers hold a 6-3 lead all-time in games played at Clemson, all of
which have taken place at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Clemson holds
a 6-0 advantage in games played in the ACC regular season.  Tiger
Head Coach Jack Leggett is 12-9 against Miami as Clemson's head
coach, including a 5-1 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  He was
also 0-1 against Miami as the head coach at Western Carolina,
therefore is 12-10 all-time against the Hurricanes.


The Starting Pitchers

        In
game-one, Miami will start freshman lefty Eric Erickson (3-3, 1.58
ERA) on the mound.  The Sarasota, FL native has made five starts
and two relief appearances for a total of 40.0 innings pitched. 
He has allowed 34 hits (.225 opponents' batting average) and nine
walks with 38 strikeouts.  He has also given up just one homer
and has a save .

       The Tigers will
counter with junior righthander P.J. Zocchi (3-0, 2.70 ERA) on
Friday.  The Bronx, NY native has made six starts for a total of
30.0 innings pitched.  He has yielded 30 hits (.261 opponents'
batting average) and 11 walks with 30 strikeouts.

        In game-two,
the Hurricanes will send out junior lefthander Scott Maine (2-4, 4.68
ERA) on the mound.  The Palm Beach Gardens, FL native has made
seven starts for a total of 32.2 innings pitched.  He has yielded
39 hits (.291 opponents' batting average) and eight walks with 27
strikeouts.

       The Tigers will
counter with sophomore lefty Ryan Hinson (1-1, 2.14 ERA) on Saturday. 
The Rock Hill, SC native has made six starts for a total of 33.2
innings pitched.  He has allowed 33 hits (.258 opponents'
batting average) and 10 walks with 27 strikeouts.

     In game-three, Miami will
start junior righty Enrique Garcia (2-2, 2.43 ERA) on the mound. 
The Mechanicsville, MD native has made four starts and eight relief
appearances for a total of 29.2 innings pitched.  He has allowed
26 hits (.234 opponents' batting average) and six walks with 23
strikeouts.

    Clemson will counter with junior
righthander David Kopp (3-2, 3.58 ERA) on Sunday.  The Margate,
FL native has made seven starts for a total of 37.2 innings pitched. 
He has allowed 36 hits (.254 opponents' batting average) and 11
walks with 29 strikeouts.


The Hurricanes

        Miami
(FL), led by 14th-year Head Coach Jim Morris, enters the weekend
series against #11 Clemson with a 15-12 overall record and 3-6 ACC
mark.  The team has not played a game since losing two of three
games at Virginia last weekend.  The Hurricanes are also 2-7 on
the road this season.

Miami is hitting .276 as a team with a .396 on-base
percentage thanks to 149 walks, an average of 5.5 per game.  The
Hurricanes have 26 sacrifice bunts and 45 stolen bases in 58 attempts
as well.

        Yonder
Alonso has a team-high .374 batting average and .500 on-base
percentage along with six homers and 28 RBIs.  Freshman
third-baseman Mark Sobolewski is hitting .330 with a team-best 30
RBIs, while Blake Tekotte is batting .329 with a team-high eight
stolen bases.

    The pitching staff has a 3.95 ERA
and .249 opponents' batting average.  The staff has also struck
out 190 against 93 walks.  Senior righthander Danny Gil has a
4.81 ERA and team-high two saves in 12 appearances.  The team is
fielding at a .962 clip as well.


The Tigers

        Clemson
enters the series against Miami (FL) with a 17-7 overall record and
4-2 mark in ACC play after beating Gardner-Webb 14-2 on Tuesday and
Western Carolina 15-6 on Wednesday.  The Tigers, who are 16-3 at
home this season, also brings a #11 national ranking into the
series.

  The team is hitting .293 with a .372 on-base
percentage.  Clemson has raised its batting average 15 points in
the last two games thanks to totaling 37 hits this week.  Brad
Chalk is hitting a team-best .425 with a .539 on-base percentage. 
He has reached base via a hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch in 50 straight
games dating back to 2006.  Doug Hogan is hitting .390 with four
homers and 12 RBIs, and he is riding a current 12-game hitting
streak.

     The pitching staff has a 2.96
ERA and .233 opponents' batting average.  It has combined to
strike out 203 against 68 walks.  Daniel Moskos has a team-high
five saves, while Stephen Clyne has an 0.46 ERA and .169 opponents'
batting average in 10 relief appearances.  The team is fielding
at a .969 clip as well.

  Clemson has seven players from the state of
Florida.  Clyne (Parkland), Andy D'Alessio (Naples), Alan
Farina (Chuluota), David Kopp (Margate), Buddy Munroe (Miami), Brock
Schnabel (Winter Haven), and Marquez Smith (Ocala) all hail from the
Sunshine State.  The Tigers' athletic trainer, Graduate
Assistant Pat Hassell, also hails from the Miami area and attended
Coral Gables High School.


Worth Noting

*       Ben
Paulsen had one homer and three RBIs in his first 19 games as a
Tiger.  In the last two games, he has seven hits, two home runs,
and nine RBIs.


Harbin Pulling Double Duty

        Junior
middle infielder Taylor Harbin (Travelers Rest, SC) has had to make
the move from second base, where he was a preseason first-team
All-American, to shortstop due to the loss of regular-shortstop Stan
Widmann.  Harbin's preseason accolades were due in a large part
to his defensive prowess.  He has done nothing to disappoint at
the tougher defensive position of shortstop after starting there since
game #7 of the season.  Harbin has committed just one error in 94
chances at shortstop, good for an outstanding .989 fielding
percentage.

        Harbin
has also been a "doubles' machine" since stepping onto the field
for the first time in 2005.  He entered the 2007 season with 48
doubles in his first two years, and he has eight this season, giving
him 56 in his three-year career.  That mark is tied for
ninth-most in school history.


Tigers Blast Western Carolina 15-6

        Behind
16 hits, #11 Clemson defeated Western Carolina 15-6 at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium on March 28.  The Tigers scored in six straight innings
beginning with the second frame.  Ten different Tigers had at
least one hit, while 12 different Tigers scored at least one run. 
Taylor Harbin had three hits and three RBIs, while Doug Hogan went
3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.  Ben Paulsen added a
two-run home run and three RBIs, and Marquez Smith tallied three RBIs
as well.  Matt Zoltak earned his first career win, as he pitched
1.2 scoreless innings in relief.  The Catamounts committed four
errors, which led to seven unearned runs allowed by their
pitchers.

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