Clemson Moves Up In Baseball Polls


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CLEMSON - After going 3-0 last week, the Clemson baseball team
climbed back into the top 10 of the Collegiate Baseball poll released
Monday. The Tigers are 10-4 and remain 14th in the Baseball America
poll and moved up to 14th (from 15th) in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN
Coaches poll.


Clemson swept three home games last week, beating the College of
Charleston 5-3 on Wednesday and then claiming a two-game weekend
series versus Ohio by scores of 5-2 and 17-4.


The Tigers will host Georgia Southern Tuesday and Wednesday before
taking to the road for an 11-day, eight-game spring break road trip
to Maryland, Old Dominion and Wake Forest.


Third baseman Jeff Baker continues to pave the way for Clemson on
offense. He currently leads the ACC with a .474 batting average and
in home runs with seven on the year. The sophomore from Woodbridge,
VA batted .818 (9-11) in the three games last week with 9 RBIs, two
doubles and two home runs. Baker had two doubles against the Bobcats
on Saturday and had a three-run home run and his second grand slam of
the season Sunday versus Ohio. His slugging percentage was 1.545 in
the three games and he had an on-base percentage of .857.


Clemson freshman right-hander Steven Jackson will likely start for
the Tigers on Tuesday, while the pitcher for Wednesday will be
announced later. Jackson is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA, the best among
Clemson's starting pitchers. Georgia Southern is 11-6 this season.


Tuesday night's game against Georgia Southern will begin at 7:00 PM
and will be the first night game of the season. The two teams will
close the series Wednesday with a 3:00 PM start. Tuesday's game will
be broadcast on WGOG-FM (96.3) in Walhalla, while Wednesday's game
will be broadcast on WCSZ-AM (1070) in Greenville.

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