CLEMSON, SC - Though it was three months ago, it seems like just yesterday that
Clemson's baseball team fought its way to Omaha, Neb. for the 2000 College
World Series. Now the battle is on for 2001.
Jack Leggett's Tigers began four weeks of fall workouts Tuesday, with the
bittersweet memory of June's CWS appearance still fresh in their minds. The
workouts will run Tuesday-Sunday at Doug Kingsmore stadium.
Gone from last year's team are starting pitchers Ryan Mottl and Scott
Berney, catcher Brian Ellis, first baseman Mike Calitri and outfielders
Henri Stanley and Justin Singleton. In their place are seven freshmen and
four junior college transfers, who hope to make an impression on Leggett
during this time frame.
"Now's the time to start looking at how they're going to react in game
situations against good pitching," Leggett said Tuesday. "We get a feel for
how we want them to play the game, what their work ethic is all about. This
is a proving ground for a lot of these kids, and we'll make sure they
understand at practice this afternoon how important it is to be on task
every time they go out there."
Some of the early attention this fall will be focused on junior Rob Ellis, a
6-foot-3, 195-pound lefthander who transferred to Clemson from Mission (Ca.)
Junior College. Ellis was 12-0 with a 3.15 ERA in 2000, striking out 111 and
walking just 21.
The other JC transfers are sophomore outfielder Chad Coder (Edmonds CC),
junior righthanded pitcher Josh Cram (Edmonds CC) and junior catcher Seth
Miller (Lake City CC).
The seven freshmen joining the roster include:
- Outfielder Zane Green (5-10, 180) from Lake Park, Ga.;
- Righthanded pitcher Jeff Hahn (6-5, 195) from Winchester, Va.;
- Righthanded pitcher Steven Jackson (6-5, 195) from Summerville;
- Infielder Ryan Klosterman (5-10, 175) from Montverde, Fla.;
- Infielder/outfielder Bryan LeHair (6-5, 195) from Worcester, Mass.;
- Catcher/infielder Brandon Montemayor (6-0, 200) from Newhall, Ca.;
- Infielder/outfielder Benjamin Ryan (6-0, 160) from Lexington.
Clemson is bolstered by the return of senior Patrick Boyd, who was drafted
by the Pittsburgh Pirates just prior to the College World Series but spurned
the Bucs' offer and returned to school this fall. Though he suffered through
a subpar junior season, Boyd is just one year removed from being named an
All-American and is considered a top-flight major league prospect.
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Corbin Named National Assistant Coach of the Year
Assistant baseball coach Tim Corbin, readying for his eighth
season as the program's top assistant to head coach Jack Leggett and its
recruiting coordinator, has been selected the American Baseball Coaches
Association/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year.
Corbin has been the backbone of the Tigers' tremendous recruiting over the
past decade. Each of his eight recruiting classes have been ranked in the
Top 25 nationally, including last year's class, which was named as the best
in the country by Baseball America.
"It's voted on by your colleagues, so that in itself is probably the biggest
honor," Corbin, who works with Clemson's outfielders and hitters, said on
Tuesday. "When you have people that you work with and hold you in that high
esteem, it's a very high honor."
The announcement of Corbin's honor was released on Monday by ABCA Executive
Director Dave Keilitz. The official announcement will appear in the November
issue of the ABCA newsletter. Corbin will officially be presented with the
award at the ABCA convention in Nashville, Tenn. on Jan. 6 of next year.
Corbin becomes the second recipient of the honor, with Dean Stotz of
Stanford being presented with the inaugural award last year.
Clemson's baseball team, fresh off its College World Series appearance in
June, opened fall practice Tuesday. The team will work out each
Tuesday-Sunday for the next four weeks in preparation for the upcoming 2001
Lisi back with soccer team
Soccer standout Mark Lisi, who underwent surgery a week ago today to repair
a broken orbital socket, made his return to the lineup in Clemson's 3-2 loss
at Duke on Sunday.
According to coach Trevor Adair, Lisi played "well" despite being hampered
by swelling and a protective mask he must wear for at least the next two
weeks. All indications are that the surgery, which entailed the insertion of
a plate into Lisi's cheek, went well and he will be back at full strength
No. 10 Clemson plays a non-conference tilt tonight at Riggs Field with
Charleston Southern before getting back into Atlantic Coast Conference play
Sunday, when the Tigers host N.C. State.
Tennis opens between the hedges
Coach Chuck Kriese and the men's tennis team opened the season over the
weekend in the On the Border Challenge at the University of Georgia. Besides
Clemson and UGA, other teams involved were Miami, Texas and Mississippi
State, all Top 20 teams.
The Tigers split their four matches in the round-robin format, beating Miss.
State and Texas. Josh Goffi, ranked No. 18 in the country, and his doubles
partner, Darren Knight, finished the event with an unblemished record.
"No doubt about it," Kriese said when asked if the trip was a fruitful one.
"Gosh, if we can get one or two guys to step up with Josh, we'll be in
On the recruiting trail
Women's basketball coach Jim Davis continues to beat down the door of
possible Tiger recruits.
Davis is currently on the road making contacts during the NCAA in-home
recruiting period. Davis will be back in Clemson Thursday, but not for long.
He will hit the road again Friday morning in search of new blood to infuse
into the program.
Arrington on fire
Women's soccer scoring machine, Deliah Arrington, continues to light up the
No. 2 Tigers' competition.
The 5-foot-5 sophomore striker, fresh off what is undoubtedly the biggest
goal in the history of the program when she put the game-winner in the net
in last Wednesday's upset of then No. 1 North Carolina, scored two more
goals in CU's 4-0 shutout of Western Carolina on Sunday to up her season
total to five. She shares the team-lead in that category with
freshman-sensation Lindsay Browne.
The struggling Tiger volleyball squad opens league play in the North
Carolina triangle this weekend, as coach Jordan Jolene Hoover's squad
tangles with the N.C. State Wolfpack Saturday in Raleigh, then goes to
Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels on Sunday.
Clemson (3-6) dropped an 0-3 decision to South Carolina last week, before
rebounding to down Auburn in the AU Invitational last weekend.