CLEMSON - After losing to Winthrop and getting swept in a three-game
series at Florida State, Clemson fell in all three of the college
baseball polls released Monday.
Clemson, now 21-12 overall and 5-4 in the ACC, fell from 11th to 17th
in Baseball America, from 8th to 17th in Collegiate Baseball and from
12th to 18th in Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll.
Winthrop, ranked 28th in last week's Collegiate Baseball poll, beat
Clemson 8-4 at Clemson and then Florida State, ranked fifth by two of
the three polls and sixth in the other, swept the Tigers in three
games winning 7-4, 7-6 and 6-1. This week, Winthrop is ranked 27th by
both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly, while Florida State is
ranked as high as second by Baseball Weekly. The Seminoles are ranked
fourth by Baseball America and third by Collegiate Baseball.
The Tigers host Coastal Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday
(7:15 PM) and Wednesday (3:00 PM). The Chanticleers are 19-13 this
season with a 3-2 mark in the Big South.
Tigers Look to Get Back on Track Against Coastal Carolina
After playing 13 of its last 17 games on the road, Clemson returns
home to play 14 of its next 15 games.
CLEMSON - The #17 Clemson baseball team returns home to Doug
Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday to begin a two-game series against
Coastal Carolaina. The Tigers have played 13 of their last 17 games
on the road, but Tuesday's game will begin a span of 14 out of 15
home games for Clemson.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Paul Harrelson will throw out the
first pitch Tuesday night at 7:15 PM in a game that will be broadcast
on WGOG-FM (96.3) in Walhalla. Clemson coach Jack Leggett has not
named a starter for Wednesday's 3:00 PM game. The Tigers will face
Coastal Carolina's Scott Sturkie (5-4, 4.23 ERA) on Tuesday and Brad
Schuka (2-0, 6.68 ERA) on Wednesday.
Clemson enters the series with a 21-12 overall record and has lost
four consecutive games. That is the longest losing skid for the
Tigers since they lost five straight games in 1998. That streak is
the longest by a Leggett-coached Clemson team. The Tigers lost 8-4
last week against Winthrop and were swept over the weekend by Florida
State in Tallahassee. The last time Clemson was swept in Tallahassee
was 1995. Coincidentally, both teams advanced to the College World
Series. The same can be said of last year's sweep of FSU by Clemson
when both teams also advanced to Omaha.
Coastal Carolina enters the series with a 19-13 record, but haven't
played since April 4 when it lost to 20th-ranked East Carolina, 7-6.
Sophomore third baseman Jeff Baker is the top Clemson hitter through
the first 33 games of the season. He sports a .402 batting average
and is tied for the lead in the ACC with 11 home runs after belting
two out on Saturday at Florida State. He was 7 for 14 in the four
games last week with the pair of home runs and a double. He knocked
in four runs and scored three himself.
Sophomore first baseman Michael Johnson and senior left fielder Casey
Stone continue to bat better than .350. Johnson is second on the team
with a .379 batting average and is tied for second on the team with
sophomore Jarrod Schmidt with eight home runs. Stone is third on the
team with a .360 batting average and is tied for the most doubles on
the team with Johnson and outfielder Kyle Frank. Stone also has the
team lead with 17 stolen bases (on 21 attempts).
For the Chaticleers, Chad Pelty is the team leader with a .441
batting average. He has 11 doubles, four home runs and has 22 RBIs
Reserved Tickets Remain on Sale for Georgia Tech, South Carolina
Tickets still available for three baseball games vs. Yellow Jackets
and the single game vs. the Gamecocks.
CLEMSON - Advance reserved tickets for the one remaining home
baseball game against South Carolina and the three-game series versus
Georgia Tech are still available at the Clemson Athletic Ticket
Office, assistant ticket manager Bobby Skelton announced Monday.
Each reserved ticket will be $7 and orders will be taken on a
first-come-first-served basis at either the Clemson Athletic Ticket
Office or on the department's official athletic web site at
The ticket office is located at the northwest corner of Memorial
Stadium and is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Fans may also call
during those hours at 1-800-CLEMSON or (864) 656-2118.
Reserved Advanced Ticket Sales
April 20 7:15 PM Georgia Tech
April 21 7:00 PM Georgia Tech
April 22 2:00 PM Georgia Tech
April 25 7:15 PM South Carolina