Clemson Baseball Preview vs. Virginia


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Clemson
(18-10, 6-0 ACC), winners of nine games in a row, will travel to
Charlottesville, VA to play at Virginia (26-7, 8-4 ACC), winners of
six games in a row, this weekend in a three-game series at UVa
Baseball Stadium.  Game times are 7:00 PM (Friday), 7:00 PM
(Saturday), and 1:00 PM (Sunday).  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 Virginia have met 125 times, with the Tigers holding a 98-27 lead
in the series dating back to the 1955 season.  Last year at
Clemson, the Tigers won two of three games.  Two years ago at
Charlottesville, VA, Clemson swept the Cavaliers.

       The Tigers hold a
39-16 advantage over Virginia all-time in games played at
Charlottesville, including winning 30 of the last 34 games. 
Clemson also holds an 88-23 advantage over the Cavaliers in games
played in the ACC regular season.

        Tiger
Head Coach Jack Leggett is 27-7 against the Cavaliers as Clemson's
head coach, including a 12-3 mark at UVa Baseball Stadium.




The Starting Pitchers

        In game
one, Virginia will start junior lefthander Andrew Dobies (5-0, 1.96
ERA).  The Wexford, PA native has started eight games and has two
complete games to his credit.  In 55.0 innings pitched, he has
allowed just 44 hits and 13 walks while striking out 57.

   The Tigers will counter with junior lefty
Tyler Lumsden (2-1, 4.25 ERA) Friday.  The Roanoke, VA native has
started five games and has pitched 29.2 innings.  Lumsden has
allowed 29 hits and 10 walks while striking out 30.

   In game two, the Cavaliers will start
sophomore righthander Matt Avery (3-1, 2.79 ERA).  The McLean, VA
native has started seven games and relieved in two other games. 
In 42.0 innings pitched, he has allowed 45 hits and 19 walks while
striking out 27 batters.  He has also allowed just one home
run.

    In game three, Virginia will start
senior lefty Joe Koshansky (5-1, 2.82 ERA).  The Fairfax, VA
native is also a regular in the field at first base.  In eight
starts on the mound (51.0 innings pitched), he has allowed just 38
hits and 16 walks while striking out 40.

      Clemson will start
sophomore lefthander Robert Rohrbaugh (2-1, 2.88 ERA) either Saturday
or Sunday.  The Littlestown, PA native is coming off back-to-back
wins in his last two starts, including a career-high 8.0 innings
pitched against Maryland on April 4.  In 25.0 innings pitched, he
has allowed 23 hits and five walks while striking out 13.  He has
also not allowed a home run in 54.2 career innings pitched.

     Clemson's usual #1 starter,
Jason Berken, has experience elbow pain of late.  His status is
listed as day-to-day.




Virginia Overview

       
Virginia, led by first-year Head Coach Brian O'Connor,
enters this weekend's series on a six-game winning streak, 26-7
overall record, and 8-4 ACC record (third place).  Virginia won
at William & Mary Tuesday by a score of 11-9 while totaling only
five hits.  A four-run ninth inning overcame a two-run deficit. 
The Cavaliers, who are 12-4 at home this year, also swept Duke at
Durham, NC this past weekend.

        Virginia is
hitting .299 as a team, led by Ryan Zimmerman's .348 batting
average.  Joe Koshansky (10) and Mark Reynolds (7) have combined
to hit 17 of the team's 18 home runs, while Koshansky leads the team
with 44 RBIs.  The Cavaliers have stolen 63 bases in 79 attempts,
including 15 by Matt Street and 11 by Reynolds.  They have also
tallied 27 sacrifice bunts, including 10 by Scott Headd.

       The Cavalier
pitching staff sports a 3.21 ERA.  Along with its effective
starting weekend rotation, freshman lefthander Casey Lambert has been
key to Virginia's success.  Lambert has four saves in 14 relief
appearances and a 1.75 ERA.  The staff is holding opponents to a
.265 batting average and only 12 steals in 21 attempts.  The
Cavalier defense has also been outstanding, fielding at a .976
clip.



Clemson Overview

        Clemson
enters the Virginia series on a nine-game winning streak after a 9-4
victory over #6 South Carolina Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 
The Tigers, who are 4-5 on opponents' home fields, are hitting .358
during the winning streak.  The Tigers' 6-0 ACC mark is best in
the conference, as every other league team has at least two
losses.

       Clemson is hitting
.311 overall, led by Brad McCann's .415 batting average.  The
junior third baseman from Duluth, GA has hit eight homers and driven
in 31 runs.  Lou Santangelo has nine homers and is hitting .349. 
Kris Harvey, who is also 5-0 on the mound this year, is hitting .481
with 13 RBIs in six ACC games.

     The Tiger pitching staff has a
3.97 ERA and .248 opponents' batting average.  Clemson also has
a .964 fielding percentage.




Tigers Rally to Down #6 South Carolina

        Clemson
scored the last eight runs of the game to defeat #6 South Carolina on
April 7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The bottom four Tigers in
their batting order combined for 11 hits and six runs scored to pace
Clemson's 16-hit attack.  Andy D'Alessio, Russell Triplett,
and Garrick Evans had three hits apiece, while Tony Sipp added two
hits and two RBIs.  Herman Demmink also added two hits and three
RBIs, including a solo homer to lead off the game.  Meanwhile,
Josh Cribb pitched 5.0 masterful innings of relief to shut down the
Gamecock bats.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and no walks while
striking out four to earn the victory.  It was the Tigers'
ninth-straight win and first in three tries this season against the
rival Gamecocks.



Tigers in Front of ACC Standings

        Thanks
to sweeping its first two ACC series (over Wake Forest and Maryland),
Clemson stands in first place in the ACC standings.  The Tigers
are 6-0, 0.5 games ahead of second-place North Carolina (7-2). 
Every ACC team except Clemson has lost at least two ACC games. 
Clemson will play at third-place Virginia (8-4) this weekend, who is
one game behind the Tigers in the standings, this weekend. 
Clemson, who finished tied for third in the ACC regular-season
standings in 2003, has not finished first in the regular season since
1995.  For complete 2004 standings, see the bottom-right of page
5 in the notes.


Young Guns

       
Clemson's young pitching staff has been instrumental in the
Tigers' recent success.  Sophomores Jason Berken and Robert
Rohrbaugh have evolved into reliable weekend starters, while sophomore
righty Kris Harvey is 5-0 as well.  Of Clemson's 18 wins this
year, 15 of them have been recorded by pitchers who are either
freshmen or sophomores.  Sophomores Berken (5), Harvey (5), Josh
Cribb (2), and Rohrbaugh (2) have accounted for 14 of the wins, while
freshman Stephen Faris has the other victory.



Tigers Hitting .358 in Nine-Game Win Streak

        Clemson
has won nine games in a row entering its series against Virginia,
thanks mostly to the hot bats of many Tigers.  Clemson is hitting
.358 during the streak thanks in part to 35 extra base hits. 
Four Tigers are hitting .410 or better during the win streak. 
Clemson is averaging 8.9 runs and 12.9 hits per game, while the
pitching staff boasts a 2.67 ERA.  The pitchers have also held
opponents to a .236 batting average over that span.



Good Night

        Clemson
is 8-1 in eight night games this year, including a 3-1 record on
opponents' home fields.  The Tigers are hitting .335 at night,
compared to their opponents hitting just .215 at night. 
Clemson's ERA is also 2.62 at night, compared to its opponents' 7.38
ERA.  Sophomore righthander Jason Berken has not allowed an
earned run in 19.0 innings pitched (three starts) at night in
2004.




McCann Named to Golden Spikes Watch List

        Junior
third baseman Brad McCann was one of 30 college baseball players
selected to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, released April 7 by
USA Baseball.  As part of its continuing efforts to salute
amateur baseball excellence, USA Baseball, in partnership with the
Major League Baseball Players Association, presents the 2004 Golden
Spikes Award.  USA Baseball will announce its five finalists for
the award in June.

        McCann
leads the Tigers with a .415 batting average, eight homers, and 31
RBIs in 28 games.  Former Tiger great and current San Diego Padre
starting shortstop Khalil Greene won the Golden Spikes Award in
2002.




McCann Has Hit Safely in 44 of Last 48 Games

    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.  Even though the streak ended, he leads the 2004 team with
a .415 batting average.  He also has hit safely in all but four
games this year, meaning he has hit safely in 44 of his last 48
games.

    McCann's 22-game hitting streak tied for the fifth longest in
Clemson history.  The Tiger and ACC record-long hitting streak is
41 games, set by Rusty Adkins from April 10, 1965 to May 17, 1966. 
Adkins' streak also started in one season and ended in the next.




Cribb Stifling Out of the Bullpen

    Sophomore righthander Josh Cribb (Florence, SC) came in the
game against #6 South Carolina on April 7 and shut down the
high-octane Gameocks.  In 5.0 innings pitched, he allowed just
two hits, no runs, and no walks while striking out four to earn the
win.  He lowered his season ERA to 0.87 in 20.2 innings pitched
and eight relief appearances.  He has also allowed just 12 hits
(.164 opponents' batting average) and one walk while striking out
19.

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