Tigers to Open Baseball Season Against Charlotte

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Clemson vs. Charlotte

Clemson, ranked as high as #11, will play host to Charlotte (1-3) Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the Tigers' season opener. The game will start at 4:00 PM and be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP, 104.9 FM out of Clemson.

The Series

Clemson and Charlotte have met nine times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding an 8-1 advantage in the series dating back to 1985. Clemson also leads 5-1 in all games played at Clemson (all at Doug Kingsmore Stadium), while Jack Leggett is 2-0 against the 49ers as the Tiger skipper.

The Tigers have won eight in a row in the series after Charlotte won 4-3 on February 28, 1985 at Clemson. The two last met in 2000 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, with the Tigers coming away with a 14-2 victory. Clemson has averaged 15.7 runs per game against the 49ers in the last six meetings as well.

Ryan Hub, a fifth-year senior outfielder, is the only current Tiger to have faced the 49ers. He came off the bench in the sixth inning in the game in 2000 and had an RBI single in his only plate appearance.

The Starting Pitchers

Both starting pitchers have yet to be determined.

Charlotte Overview

Charlotte is coming off a three-game, home series against Siena, where the 49ers lost two of three games. The Citadel also defeated Charlotte 5-0 in the 49ers' season opener on February 15. The team is hitting .258, led by Thomas Bowker's .500 (6-for-12) batting average. He also has three homers and five RBIs. Kris Rochelle (.385) and Cory Lane (.333) are also pacing the 49ers. The pitching staff has a 4.11 ERA, but has allowed eight unearned runs due to six errors in the field. Charlotte also sports a .964 fielding percentage.

Clemson Overview

Clemson enters the season after a 39-22 record in 2003. Brad McCann enters the season on a 20-game hitting streak. The season-opening date is the latest by a Tiger team since the 1984 season, when Clemson also played its first game on February 24.

McCann Takes 20-Game Hit Streak Into 2004

Junior third-baseman and preseason All-American Brad McCann ended the 2003 season on a 20-game hitting streak. The streak can carry cover to the 2004 season. During his streak, the Duluth, GA native is hitting .385 (35-for-91) with 19 RBIs.

McCann's streak is tied for the 12th longest in Clemson history. The Tiger and ACC record-long hitting streak is 41, set by Rusty Adkins from April 10, 1965 to May 17, 1966. Adkins' streak also started in one season and ended in the next.

Longest Hitting Streaks By a Tiger
Rk      Player  G               Dates of Streak
1.      Rusty Adkins    41      4-10-1965       to      5-17-1966
2.      Briak Kowitz    37      5-27-1989       to      4-10-1990
3.      Khalil Greene   34      4-16-2002       to      6-14-2002
4.      Chuck Baldwin   24      4-17-1987       to      5-21-1987
5.      Mike Milchin    22      4-7-1988        to      5-26-1988
        Tim Rigsby      22      4-11-1990       to      5-19-1990
        Shane Monahan   22      5-28-1994       to      3-19-1995
        Jerome Robinson 22      3-8-1996        to      4-7-1996
        Matthew LeCroy  22      5-25-1996       to      3-8-1997
        David Slevin    22      4-20-2003       to      5-31-2003
11.     Jeff Miller     21      5-9-1991        to      2-29-1992
12.     Jerry Brooks    20      3-24-1988       to      5-19-1988
        Khalil Greene   20      4-21-2000       to      5-26-2000
        Michael Johnson 20      3-1-2002        to      3-30-2002
        Brad McCann     20      4-25-2003

Tigers Back in the Polls

Clemson enters its first action ranked in the top 17 of all three major college baseball polls. Clemson is ranked #11 by Baseball America, #17 by Collegiate Baseball, and #11 by Sports Weekly. With its preseason top-25 ranking in each of the three polls this year, the Tigers have had at least one preseason top-25 ranking in each of the last 16 years.

Four Tigers Among Top-100 Draft Prospects

In the preseason, Baseball America rated four Tigers among the top 100 college draft prospects, including Tyler Lumsden (24), Brad McCann (39), Tony Sipp (65), and Lou Santangelo (95). Georgia Tech, Rice, and Stanford led the way with five players apiece in the top 100, while Clemson and Notre Dame each had four. Baylor, Florida, and South Florida had three apiece. Those were the only eight schools with at least three players in the top 100.

Baseball America also listed the top 100 high school prospects for the draft. Five Tiger commitments/signees are on the list. Only Texas (8), Georgia Tech (7), Miami (FL) (7), and North Carolina (6) had more on the preseason list.

Tigers Record Highest Semester GPA

As a team, Clemson recorded a GPA of 2.87 during the Fall, 2003 semester. The 2.87 GPA is the highest ever for a semester by the baseball team. The Tigers also had 18 players make the school's Academic Honor Roll, the second-highest figure in school history.
Players who made the honor roll include Jason Berken, Stephen Clyne, Josh Cribb, Andy D'Alessio, Herman Demmink, Aaron Eubanks, Jesse Ferguson, Kris Harvey, Doug Hogan, Ryan Hub, John Ingram, Collin Mahoney, Brad McCann, Gene Pierce, Robert Rohrbaugh, Travis Storrer, Russell Triplett, P.J. Zocchi.

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