Clemson Baseball Preview vs. South Carolina
(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 ClemsonTigers.com. 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Tiger pitching staff has a 3.97 ERA and .248 opponents' batting
average. Clemson also has a .964 fielding percentage.
Tigers Sweep Maryland
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.