Clemson Weekly Baseball Wrap-Up

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(Week of Mar. 20 - Mar. 26, 2006)

Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 16-6

ACC Regular-Season Record: 3-3

Last Week: 5-0

Tue. W home vs. Elon, 5-3

Wed. W home vs. Elon, 7-4

Fri. W home vs. #12 N.C. State, 9-5

Sat. W home vs. #12 N.C. State, 4-2

Sun. W home vs. #12 N.C. State, 6-2

Next Week

Tue. Away vs. Georgia, 7:00 PM

Wed. Home vs. Georgia, 7:00 PM

Fri. Away vs. Miami (FL), 7:00 PM

Sat. Away vs. Miami (FL), 7:00 PM

Sun. Away vs. Miami (FL), 1:00 PM


Clemson went 5-0 last week (all at home) against solid
competition, which including wins by scores of 5-3 and 7-4 over Elon
and a three-game sweep of #12 N.C. State by scores of 9-5, 4-2, and
6-2. The Tigers' five-game winning streak improved their overall
record to 16-6 with a 3-3 ACC mark.

In two games against Elon, Clemson out-hit the Phoenix .258
to .215 and committed just one error. The Tiger offense also walked
nine times against only four strikeouts and stole eight bases in nine
attempts. Andy D'Alessio had three hits, including two homers, and
six RBIs as well.

Clemson swept N.C. State by a combined score of 19-9 over the
weekend. The Tigers outhit N.C. State, who entered the series
hitting .367, by 91 points (.305 to .214) and stole six bases.
Clemson's pitching staff had a 2.67 ERA, as all three Tiger starting
pitchers earned victories. Tyler Colvin was 5-for-11 (.455) with
three doubles, a triple, and four RBIs to lead Clemson in the series.

In five games during the week, Clemson hit .287 while holding
its opponents to a .215 average. Stan Widmann hit a team-best .438
(7-for-16), while Colvin was 7-for-17 (.412) with four doubles, a
triple, five RBIs, four walks, and three steals along with two
outfield assists. Andy D'Alessio also hit three homers and drove in
10 runs. After totaling only 18 steals in its first 17 games,
Clemson stole 14 bases in 16 attempts in five games last week.

The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.80 ERA and three saves. The
staff also allowed just five total extra-base hits against two potent
offenses in Elon and N.C. State. Clemson's weekend rotation of Josh
Cribb, Jason Berken, and Stephen Faris combined for a 3-0 record and
20.1 innings pitched against N.C. State. They also combined for a
1.77 ERA, .205 opponent batting average, 15 hits (13 singles, two
doubles), and five walks with 18 strikeouts.

Faris led the Tigers to victory on Sunday with 8.0 scoreless
innings of four-hit ball, along with no walks and five strikeouts.
Freshman lefthander gave the staff a boost with 6.1 scoreless innings
pitched of four-hit ball over two relief outings during the week.

Overall in 2006, Colvin leads the club with a .342 batting
average along with eight doubles, a triple, five homers, 19 RBIs, and
seven stolen bases. Herman Demmink is hitting .333 with a team-best
.440 on-base percentage and eight steals, while D'Alessio has five
long balls and a team-high 21 RBIs. Clemson's regular starting
rightfielder, Travis Storrer, appeared in only one game (off the
bench) this past week due to an abdominal strain. Freshman D.J.
Mitchell filled in nicely with four hits and two spectacular catches.

Clemson's batting average stands at .280 on the season. The
team also has 32 stolen bases in 38 attempts. The pitching staff
sports a 2.69 ERA and .227 opponents' batting averaage. Cribb has a
1.82 ERA and .190 opponents' batting average in 29.2 innings pitched.
The team is fielding at a .971 clip as well.

The "magic number" on offense for the Tigers has been 6, as
Clemson is 11-0 when it scores at least six runs and 5-6 when scoring
five runs or less. Conversely, Clemson is 16-2 when holding its
opponents to five runs or less and 0-4 when allowing six runs or
more. The Tigers are also 6-2 against top-25 ranked teams, 8-0 when
committing no errors, 15-2 at home, and 4-0 in night games.

Clemson will play its second of five-straight, five-game
weeks when it plays a home-and-home series with Georgia on Tuesday
(Athens, GA) and Wednesday (Clemson, SC). The Bulldogs are coming
off two wins in three games at #10 Arkansas this past weekend. Then
the Tigers will travel to Coral Gables to take on Miami (FL) in a
three-game series starting Friday at 7:00 PM. Clemson has a
league-high 599 ACC regular-season wins in its history.

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