Clemson Baseball Preview vs. UNC


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Clemson vs. North Carolina

        Clemson
(20-13, 6-3 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill, NC to play at #10 North
Carolina (26-8, 8-4 ACC) this weekend in a three-game series at
Boshamer Stadium.  Game times are 7:00 PM (Friday), 2:00 PM
(Saturday), and 1:30 PM (Sunday).  The series is Clemson's
second in as many weekends on the road in a matchup of top-three teams
in the ACC standings.
        All three
games will be broadcast live on the radio by the Clemson Tiger Sports
Network and can be heard live via the internet at ClemsonTigers.com. 
Live stats will also be available on Clemson's website for all three
games.



The Series


        Clemson
and North Carolina have met 156 times, with the Tigers holding a
88-67-1 lead in the series dating back to the 1901 season.  Last
year at Clemson, the Tigers won two of three games.  Two years
ago at Chapel Hill, Clemson also won two of three games.
       The Tar Heels hold
a 35-33 advantage over Clemson all-time in games played at Chapel
Hill, but the Tigers have won 13 of the last 18 games at Boshamer
Stadium.  Clemson holds a 70-50 advantage in games played in the
ACC regular season.

        Tiger
Head Coach Jack Leggett is 23-11 against the Tar Heels as Clemson's
head coach, including a 10-5 record at Boshamer Stadium.


The Starting Pitchers

        In game
one, North Carolina will start freshman righthander Daniel Bard (6-0,
2.26 ERA).  The Charlotte, NC native has made eight starts and
has a shutout to his credit.  In 55.2 innings pitched, he has
allowed just 38 hits (.193 opponents' batting average) and 17 walks
while striking out 44.
   The Tigers will counter with junior lefty
Tyler Lumsden (2-2, 4.42 ERA) Friday.  The Roanoke, VA native has
started six games and has pitched 36.2 innings.  Lumsden has
allowed 38 hits and 14 walks while striking out 35.
    In game two, junior righthander
Garry Bakker (2-3, 5.00 ERA) will start on the mound.  The
Sloatsburg, NY native has made eight starts for a total of 45.0
innings pitched.  Opponents are hitting .281 off him, as he has
allowed 23 walks while striking out 33.
      Clemson will counter
with sophomore lefthander Robert Rohrbaugh (2-1, 2.81 ERA) Saturday. 
The Littlestown, PA native has made four starts and seven relief
appearances.  In 32.0 innings pitched, he has allowed just 27
hits, six walks, and no home runs.  In his last three starts, all
in ACC play, he has pitched a total of 21.0 innings, allowing just 17
hits, five earned runs, and two walks.
        In game
three, freshman lefthander Andrew Miller (3-2, 3.64 ERA) will start on
the mound.  The Gainesville, FL native has made eight starts and
one relief appearance.  In 42.0 innings pitched, he has allowed
35 hits (.217 opponents' batting average) and 25 walks while
striking out 39.
   Clemson's starter for game three has not
been determined.  The Tigers' #1 starter for most of the
season, Jason Berken, is still listed as day-to-day with pain in his
elbow.


North Carolina Overview

        North
Carolina, led by sixth-year Head Coach Mike Fox, enters the series off
an 8-5 victory at Charlotte Wednesday.  The Tar Heels, who are
19-2 at home this year, are 26-8 overall and 8-4 in ACC play, which
includes playing three of their four conference series on the road. 
Last weekend, North Carolina lost two of three games at Georgia
Tech.
      The Tar Heels are
hitting .304 as a team, led by catcher Chris Iannetta's .387 batting
average.  Marshall Hubbard has a team-high 12 homers and 47 RBIs
as well.  Freshman Jay Cox has also been impressive, hitting .359
with a .455 on-base percentage.
       The North Carolina
pitching staff sports a 3.72 ERA and .241 opponents' batting
average.  Four different pitchers have accounted for the team's
five saves, including two by Michael Gross.  In 17 relief
appearances, the senior righthander has a 1.37 ERA in 26.1 innings
pitched.  He has also allowed just two walks while striking out
30.  North Carolina is also fielding at a .955 percentage.


Clemson Overview

        Clemson
enters the series at North Carolina off of midweek wins against
Winthrop (9-5) and at #6 South Carolina (13-5).  The Tigers, who
are 5-8 on opponents' home fields, are hitting .304 overall, led by
Brad McCann's .409 batting average.  He has hit safely in 48 of
his last 53 games.
Kris Harvey has been a stalwart for the Tigers in
2004.  Along with a 6-0 record in nine starts on the mound, he is
hitting .366 with eight doubles, five homers, and 26 RBIs in just 82
at-bats.  He is also hitting a team-best .421 with four homers,
five doubles, and 15 RBIs in nine ACC games.
   The Tigers sport a 4.05 ERA and .966
fielding percentage.  They are also holding opponents to a .250
batting average.  In Clemson's 13 losses, it has been outscored
by 30 runs (2.3 runs per game).  In its 20 wins, it has outscored
its opponents by 112 runs (5.6 runs per game).  The Tiger defense
has also gone 13 straight games without allowing more than five runs
and 11 straight games without allowing double-digit hits.


Tigers Blast Gamecocks 13-5 Wednesday

        Thanks
to eight different Tigers with at least two hits, Clemson defeated #6
South Carolina 13-5 Wednesday in Columbia in the final matchup of the
season between the two rivals, as both teams won two games.  The
Tigers exploded for five runs in both the second and third innings,
and never looked back.  Russell Triplett and Garrick Evans both
hit three-run homers, as Evans led the Tigers with five RBIs on the
night.  Brad McCann, Herman Demmink, and Kris Harvey also added
three hits apiece.  Demmink was awarded the Bob Bradley Award,
going to Clemson's MVP in the four-game series with the Gamecocks. 
Senior Steven Jackson made his first ever appearance against South
Carolina a memorable one.  In his first start of 2004, he allowed
three runs in 6.1 innings pitched to earn the victory.  Clemson
also did not commit an error in the field.


Tigers Held Their Own Against SEC's Best

        After
starting 1-4 in its first five games against SEC foes this year,
Clemson won its last four scheduled games against the SEC to end the
regular season with a 5-4 record.  Clemson lost its first two
games against rival and #5 South Carolina and then lost two of three
games against #7 Auburn.  But the Tigers rebounded with four
convincing wins, two each, over Georgia and the #6 Gamecocks by a
combined score of 47-15.  All three teams have been ranked in the
top 25 this year, while Auburn and South Carolina have been top-10
teams much of 2004.
  In the nine games against the three SEC
opponents, Clemson hit .329, while holding the opponents to a .255
batting average.  The Tigers, who outscored its SEC opponents
80-51, also hit 16 home runs, 22 doubles, and three triples, all the
while averaging nearly nine runs per game.  Clemson's bullpen
was also outstanding, tallying a 2.72 ERA and .210 opponents'
batting average.
      Garrick Evans was
12-for-23 (.522) with four doubles, a homer, 10 runs scored, and eight
RBIs in eight games, while Brad McCann was 20-for-39 (.513) with four
doubles, two homers, and 16 RBIs.  Herman Demmink (.484), Travis
Storrer (.360), and Russell Triplett (.343) also had productive games,
including each with two homers apiece.

        Head
Coach Jack Leggett has experienced success against the SEC in the
past.  He regularly schedules multiple series against SEC
competition, including four annual games against Palmetto State rival
South Carolina and two against border-rival Georgia.  Leggett has
a 62-34 (.646) record against the SEC in his 11th season at Clemson,
including a 22-17 record against South Carolina and 15-7 mark versus
Georgia.  Leggett also has at least a .500 record against every
SEC team he has faced while at Clemson.


Demmink Receives Bob Bradley Award

        Herman
Demmink received the Bob Bradley Award on April 14, which goes to the
Tigers' MVP of the four-game series with South Carolina.  In
three games against the Gamecocks, he was 7-for-15 (.467) with a
triple, two homers, and four RBIs.  He also did not commit an
error in 13 chances.  The award is named in honor of the late Bob
Bradley, who passed away in 2000.  He served Clemson athletics in
the sports information department from the 1950s until his
passing.


Triplett Steady at Short

       
Fifth-year senior shortstop and tri-captain Russell Triplett
(West Columbia, SC) has been a steady presence in the Tiger lineup for
years.  This season is no different.  A career .314 hitter
(182-for-580) and two-time All-ACC selection, he has been a part of
four NCAA Tournament teams while at Clemson.

        This
year, he is hitting .303 with 10 doubles, three homers, and 17 RBIs. 
But perhaps his greatest asset to the team is his defense.  He
has committed just six errors at shortstop this year, good for a .964
fielding percentage.  That mark is in good company.  Khalil
Greene, the Padres' starting shortstop and the 2002 Unanimous
National Player-of-the-Year, holds the Tiger single-season record for
a shortstop.  He fielded at a .965 clip in 2001, which stands as
the school record.  Greene also had a .961 fielding percentage in
2002.

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