Clemson vs. Georgia
(13-10) will play host to Georgia (16-9) Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM. The game
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. The
game will be televised by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast as
and Georgia have met 202 times on the diamond, with the Bulldogs
holding a 109-91-2 lead in the series that dates back to 1900.
Georgia is Clemson's second-most played rival in school history,
trailing only South Carolina (265).
Last night, Clemson won at Georgia by a
score of 6-2. Clemson defeated Georgia 7-3 at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium in 2003. The two teams have played at least one game
every year since 1959.
Tigers lead 50-43-2 in games played at Clemson and 30-8 in games
played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, including winning nine games in a
row in the friendly confines. Jack Leggett is 14-7 against
Georgia as Clemson's head coach, including a 9-0 record at Doug
The Starting Pitchers
will start sophomore lefthander Rip Warren (0-0, 4.50 ERA) Wednesday.
The Roswell, GA native has started one game and relieved in six other
games. In 10.0 innings pitched, he has allowed 10 hits and four
walks while striking out seven. He has also yet to allow a homer
Clemson will counter
with freshman righthander Stephen Faris (0-2, 7.82 ERA) on the mound.
The Richmond, VA native has started one game and relieved in six
others. In 12.2 innings pitched, he has walked just two batters
while striking out nine.
Georgia, led by third-year Head Coach David Perno, is coming
off a three-game sweep at the hands of Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN
over the weekend prior to the Tigers' 6-2 win last night and has
lost five games in a row in all. The Bulldogs are 16-9 overall
and 2-4 in SEC play. They are also 1-4 on opponents' home
fields in 2004.
Freshman Josh Morris leads the
team with a .389 batting average and is one of seven Bulldog regulars
with at least a .315 average. Morris also has 12 of the team's
29 homers and has a team-high 38 RBIs. No other Bulldog has more
than 22 RBIs. Georgia, who is averaging nearly nine runs per
game, is hitting .321 as a team with a .407 on-base percentage.
The Bulldog pitching staff sports a
4.07 ERA and .253 opponents' batting average. Closer Will
Startup has three saves and a .170 opponents' batting average in a
team-high 12 relief appearances this year, including one last night in
Athens. Georgia has also yielded only 10 homers and 21 stolen
bases in 25 games.
enters Wednesday's game with Georgia fresh off a three-game sweep of
Wake Forest over the weekend and a 6-2 win at Georgia last night.
The four-game winning streak is the longest streak (winning or losing)
of the season for the Tigers. Clemson moved into first place in
the ACC standings with the sweep of Wake Forest
The Tigers are hitting .298 as a team, led by Brad
McCann's .427 batting average. Lou Santangelo had 12 hits in
20 at-bats last week to raise his average to .364. Herman
Demmink has cemented himself as the leadoff batter after going
7-for-15 against Wake Forest and 2-for-4 at Georgia last night.
The Tiger pitching staff
has a 4.32 ERA and .251 opponents' batting average. Patrick
Hogan has five of the team's eight saves. Clemson also has a
.963 fielding percentage.
Tigers Take Down Bulldogs 6-2 in Athens Tuesday
Harvey pitched 7.0 solid innings and Patrick Hogan closed out the last
2.0 innings in Clemson's 6-2 win at Foley Field in Athens on March
30. The Tigers' win broke a four-game losing streak at Foley
Field. Harvey, who worked out of several jams, scattered seven
hits and allowed two runs while striking out seven in the longest
outing of his career. He improved to 5-0 with the victory.
Hogan closed the door to record his fifth save of the year.
Clemson scored in each of the first four innings to take a 5-2 lead
and never looked back. Brad McCann, a Georgia signee out of high
school, paced the Tigers with three hits, including two doubles and
two RBIs. Herman Demmink added two runs and two hits, while Ryan
Hub hit his first home run of the year.
McCann Leading Team With .427 Average
games this year, Brad McCann has 41 hits and leads the team with a
.427 batting average along with five homers and 22 RBIs. He also
has a team-best 23 runs scored and 10 doubles. The 2003
Second-Team All-ACC selection had eight RBIs in three games against #7
Auburn from March 12-14. McCann, whose brother is a rising star
in the Braves' organization, has batted in the #3 spot in the lineup
all season. He also has an .800 on-base percentage when leading
off an inning. McCann has a career batting average of .369
(128-for-347) in two seasons as well.
Hogan Shutting the Door
Fifth-year senior righthander and tri-captain Patrick Hogan
(Columbia, SC) has become the Tigers' stopper out of the bullpen.
In nine relief appearances, Hogan has five saves in 15.2 innings
pitched (3.45 ERA). He has also struck out 22 against only four
walks and has been especially effective with two outs. In that
situation, he has allowed just one hit in 17 at-bats (.059 batting
average) this year. In four seasons, Hogan has 13 career saves,
tied for sixth-most in Clemson history.