Parker Does Football, Baseball Combo On Wednesday


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CLEMSON - Kyle Parker wasn't supposed to play in Wednesday's baseball game vs. UNC Greensboro at all due to football practice. But when the scheduled practice time was moved up, Parker got a chance to put his two-sport act on display in the same day.

Parker left Wednesday's workout 30 minutes early and dressed in time for the last half of Clemson's stirring 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Spartans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Parker got into the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He grounded out to second base.

The freshman was able to pull off the move because football practice was moved up to 3 p.m. because of a math test several of the players were due to take. So, at the suggestion of SID Tim Bourret, Bowden readily agreed to excuse Parker early so he could be available to baseball coach Jack Leggett in the late innings.

"I asked and Tommy said 'Sure.He's hitting .410. If he can help the team, no problem,'" said Bourret.

The juggling act shouldn't cause too many similar conflicts, Bourret said. Leggett and Dabo Swinney are working together to coordinate Parker's schedule, including the mandatory day off he must get each week by NCAA rules.

As for Bowden, he remains pleased with Parker's progress during his short time on the football practice field.

"He's doing well," Bowden said. "I like what I've seen so far. He's going to be a good player."

The Tigers will practice again Thursday night. There will be no media availability following the workout.

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