Clemson Baseball Preview vs. South Carolina

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Clemson (17-10), ranked as high as #23, will play host to #6 South Carolina (23-5) 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  The game, which has been designated a Solid Orange & One Clemson Night, will be televised live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast as well.

South Carolina Tickets Available Wednesday
        A limited number of general admission tickets will be available at Doug Kingsmore Stadium prior to the game against South Carolina Wednesday.  Tickets will be available at the left-field and home-plate gates starting at 5:15 PM Wednesday.  Reserved seats are sold out.  First pitch against South Carolina is at 7:15 PM.
The Series
        Clemson and South Carolina have met 265 times on the baseball diamond, with Clemson holding a 155-108-2 lead in the series dating back to 1899.  South Carolina is Clemson's most-played rival in history.       South Carolina won both previous meetings this year by scores of 5-2 (March 6) and 8-7 (March 7), with the latter played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.      The Tigers hold an 87-37 advantage over South Carolina all-time in games played at Clemson and 40-20 lead in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
        Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett is 20-17 against South Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including a 9-8 record in games played at Clemson.
The Starting Pitchers
        South Carolina will start junior righthander Zac McCamie (2-0, 2.29 ERA) Wednesday.  The junior college transfer from Orlando, FL has made two starts and seven relief appearances this season.  In 19.2 innings pitched, he has allowed just 14 hits and three walks while striking out 25.  He is also holding opponents to a .194 batting average.    Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Kris Harvey (5-0, 3.13 ERA) on the mound.  The Catawba, NC native has struck out 31 and allowed 26 hits in 31.2 innings pitched in a team-high seven starts this year.  Harvey has a 9-1 career record in two seasons as a Tiger.
South Carolina Overview
        South Carolina, led by eighth-year Head Coach Ray Tanner, enters Wednesday's game with a 23-5 overall record and 4-5 SEC record after winning two of three games at Vanderbilt over the weekend.  The Gamecocks, who are 5-3 on opponents' home fields this year, have played their last seven games away from home.     The Gamecocks are used to getting off to fast starts, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 104-16 in the first three innings.  South Carolina is hitting .345 as a team, led by Steve Pearce's .413 batting average, 12 homers, and 35 RBIs.  Landon Powell and Davy Gregg are also both hitting .391.  Michael Campbell has added 10 homers and 34 RBIs as well.  The Gamecocks are averaging over nine runs per game, and have hit 54 homers and 80 doubles in just 28 games.  The team also has a .417 on-base percentage and outstanding .980 fielding percentage thanks to committing just 20 errors in 28 games.      The Gamecock pitching staff sports a miniscual 2.63 ERA and .214 opponents' batting average.  Reliever Chad Blackwell has a 1.75 ERA and seven saves in 16 appearances out of the bullpen.  The staff has an incredible 5.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio, striking out 296 against only 50 walks in 250.0 innings pitched.  Every Gamecock hurler with at least 10.0 innings pitched has a 3.28 ERA or better as well.
Clemson Overview
        Clemson enters the third of four games against South Carolina with a 17-10 record after sweeping Maryland over the weekend.  Clemson, who is 11-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, is riding an eight-game winning streak as well.  Clemson is hitting .351 with a 2.50 ERA during its eight-game 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 .307 overall, led by Brad McCann's .421 batting average.  The junior third baseman from Duluth, GA has hit eight homers and driven in 30 runs.  Lou Santangelo also has eight homers and is hitting .353.  John Ingram is perhaps the hottest Tiger, as he has hit safely in 13 straight games, the longest streak by a Tiger in 2004.  The red-shirt freshman is hitting .438 overall.
        The Tiger pitching staff has a 3.97 ERA and .248 opponents' batting average.  Clemson also has a .964 fielding percentage.
Tigers Sweep Maryland
        Clemson outscored Maryland 20-6 from April 2-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium to sweep the Terrapins and maintain first place in the ACC standings.  The Tigers hit .321 in the series (including 5-for-7 with the bases loaded) to Maryland's .230 batting average.  Freshman John Ingram extended his hitting streak to 13 games in Sunday's game, as he was 6-for-10 in the set.  Fellow freshmen Andy D'Alessio and Tyler Colvin both were 5-for-11, meaning the Tigers' three freshman to play in the series combined to go 16-for-32.  Kris Harvey also had six hits, including two homers, two doubles, five runs scored, and six RBIs.  The Tigers also did not allow a stolen base and committed just two errors, both in the ninth inning of game three.  The Tiger pitching staff yielded just a 1.67 ERA and six walks, while striking out 25 in the series.  Clemson improved to 48-1 all-time against Maryland at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.       In game one Friday, Jason Berken pitched 6.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball, while Tony Sipp and Patrick Hogan closed the door to preserve Clemson's 3-2 win over Maryland.  The Tigers built a 3-0 lead on a solo homer in the first inning by Harvey along with an RBI single by Ingram and double steal in the fifth inning.  Ingram's hit extended the freshman's hitting streak to 11 games.  Brian Jarosinski hit his 12th long ball of the year, a two-run shot, to cut the Tiger lead to 3-2.  But Tony Sipp came in the seventh inning with the tying run on second base with no outs and struck out the side.  Patrick Hogan then struck out three in 1.1 innings pitched to record his sixth save of the year.  Chris Clem went the distance for the Terrapins, but was the hard-luck loser despite allowing just one earned run.        In game two Saturday, Harvey hit two doubles and a homer to lead Clemson to a 9-2 win over Maryland.  The Tigers totaled 16 hits, including three infield singles by Russell Triplett.  Tyler Lumsden pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits to earn the win.  Clemson's five-run sixth inning broke the game open.
        In game three Sunday, the Tigers finished off the series sweep with a 8-2 victory over the Terrapins.  Robert Rohrbaugh did not allow a baserunner to reach second base until the ninth inning and earned the victory.  The sophomore lefty allowed just one earned run, seven hits, and no walks in a career-high 8.0 innings pitched.  Brad McCann's first career grand slam in the seventh inning broke the game open.  Lou Santangelo then followed with a solo shot.  Both homers were the eighth of the season for the respective players.  Maryland committed five costly errors, as only two of Clemson's eight runs were earned.
Back in Poll
        Clemson returned to the Collegiate Baseball poll at #23 this week thanks to a 5-0 record last week.  The Tigers eight-game winning streak also helped Clemson return into the polls after not being ranked by all three polls for three straight weeks.  The Tigers went five straight weeks without being ranked by Collegiate Baseball.  In this week's Collegiate Baseball poll, there are 10 teams ranked in its top 30 who Clemson has either played or will play this year in the regular season.
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 17 wins this year, 14 of them have been recorded by pitchers who are either freshmen or sophomores.  Sophomores Berken (5), Harvey (5), Rohrbaugh (2), and Josh Cribb (1) have accounted for 13 of the wins, while freshman Stephen Faris has the other victory.
Tigers Hitting .351 in Eight-Game Win Streak
        Clemson has won eight games in a row entering its game against South Carolina, thanks mostly to the hot bats of many Tigers.  Clemson is hitting .351 during the streak thanks in part to 31 extra base hits.  Four Tigers are hitting .400 or better during the win streak.  Clemson is averaging 8.9 runs and 12.5 hits per game, while the pitching staff boasts a 2.50 ERA.  The pitchers have also held opponents to a .235 batting average over that span.
Tigers Unloading
        Clemson is hitting .464 (13-for-28) with three homers and 33 RBIs with the bases loaded this season.  That impressive stat is due in part to going 8-for-11 (.727) with the bases loaded in five games last week.  Herman Demmink (3-for-3), Tyler Colvin (2-for-2), Brad McCann (2-for-2), and Kris Harvey (3-for-5) all big reasons for the Tigers' success with the bases loaded in 2004.  Russell Triplett, Lou Santangelo, and McCann have all hit grand slams this year.
Good Night
        Clemson is 7-1 in eight night games this year, including a 3-1 record on opponents' home fields.  The Tigers are hitting .326 at night, compared to their opponents hitting just .211 at night.  Clemson's ERA is also 2.45 at night, compared to its opponents' 7.07 ERA.  Sophomore righthander Jason Berken has not allowed an earned run in 19.0 innings pitched (three starts) at night in 2004.
Harvey Producing On Mound and At Plate
        Sophomore righthander Kris Harvey (Catawba, NC) was hampered most of last season with shoulder problems, but has regained the form in 2004 that made him a fifth-round draft pick out of high school.  The son of former Major League pitcher Bryan Harvey has made a team-high seven starts and has a 5-0 record along with a 3.13 ERA.  In 31.2 innings pitched (22.0 of which have come away from home), he has allowed just 26 hits while striking out 31.  He was 4-1 in 2003 as a freshman, therefore is 9-1 in his two-year career as a Tiger.    Harvey has also been a producer at the plate this year.  In 14 starts in the field, he is hitting .379 with five doubles, four homers, and 20 RBIs.  Against Wake Forest from March 26-28, he shined, going 7-for-13 (.538) with three doubles, a homer, and seven RBIs in just three games.  Then the next weekend against Maryland, he was 6-for-14 with two doubles, two homers, and six RBIs.  In six ACC games this year, Harvey is 13-for-27 (.481) with eight runs scored, five doubles, three homers, and 13 RBIs.       He was also a thorn in the side of Georgia in two games from March 30-31.  He pitched 7.0 innings, allowing just two runs while striking out seven to earn the win at Athens.  Then the next day, he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs as the starting right fielder.
Harvey Named Co-ACC Player-of-the-Week
        Kris Harvey was named Co-ACC Player-of-the-Week (along with Georgia Tech's Clifton Remole) when he hit .500 in five games from March 30 through April 4 in leading the Tigers to a 5-0 record.  He was 9-for-18 with eight runs scored, two doubles, two homers, and nine RBIs in four games in the field.  He also allowed just two runs in a career-high 7.0 innings pitched at Georgia to record the win in his only non-start in the field.
Five Former Tigers on Opening Day Rosters
        Five former Clemson baseball players have earned roster spots on Major League teams for opening day of 2004.  All five played with their same Major League team last season.  The list includes Billy McMillon (Oakland Athletics), Billy Koch (Chicago White Sox), Khalil Greene (San Diego Padres), Kris Benson (Pittsburgh Pirates), and Matthew LeCroy (Minnesota Twins).  All five players were All-Americans at Clemson and played at least once in the College World Series.      McMillon is in his sixth season in the Major Leagues.  For his career, he has played in 217 games and has a lifetime average of .259 with 13 home runs.  Last year, he batted .268 for the Athletics, including a .385 average as a pinch hitter.  He led the American League in pinch hits, pinch-hit batting average, and pinch-hit doubles in 2003.  McMillon played for the Tigers between 1991-93.
        LeCroy had a strong season for the Twins last year, as he had a career-best 17 home runs and hit .287 overall in 107 games.  He also had 64 RBIs and a .490 slugging percentage for a Twin team that made the playoffs.  The 2004 season is his fifth year in the Major Leagues.  He has 32 lifetime home runs and 120 RBIs.  LeCroy played for the Tigers between 1995-97.      Greene is slated to be the starting shortstop for the San Diego Padres this year.  He played in 20 games in the month of September last year and batted .215 in 65 at-bats.  He had two home runs and six RBIs.  Pete Gammons of ESPN has made Greene his preseason pick for National League Rookie-of-the-Year.  Greene played for Clemson from 1999-02 and was the unanimous NCAA National Player-of-the-Year in 2002.         Benson is in his fifth year with the Pittsburgh Pirate organization.  The #1 overall selection of the 1996 Major League Draft had an injury-plagued 2003 season when he had a 5-9 final record after a 2-0 start.  He has a career record of 35-41 with a 4.27 ERA.  He has 470 career strikeouts in 649.2 career innings pitched.  Benson played for Clemson between 1994-96 and was the consensus NCAA National Player-of-the-Year in 1996.    Koch, the #4 overall pick of the 1996 Major League Draft, is in his sixth season in the Major Leagues, including his second with the Chicago White Sox.  Koch became the first pitcher in Major League history to record at least 30 saves in each of his first four years.  That included 44 saves in his rookie year.  Last year, he had a 5-5 record with 11 saves.  He has 155 career saves and a 27-22 overall record.  Koch played for Clemson from 1994-96.

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