Clemson-William & Mary Game Notes


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Clemson vs. William & Mary


Clemson (7-2), ranked as high as #2 in the nation, will play
host to William & Mary (5-7) on Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The game will be broadcast
live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson. Live stats will
also be available at ClemsonTigers.com for the game.


The Series


Clemson and William & Mary have met twice on the diamond,
with the Tigers holding a 2-0 lead. The two faced each other six
years ago to the day (of Wednesday's game) on March 8, 2000 at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers won that game 10-6. The two teams
then met again on May 25, 2001 in the Clemson Regional. The Tigers
were victorious 4-1 in the second meeting.


The Starting Pitchers


William & Mary will start senior righthander Paul Knackstedt
(0-0, 9.45 ERA) on the mound Wednesday. The Hummelstown, PA native
has made five relief appearances for a total of 6.2 innings pitched.
He has allowed eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts.


Clemson will counter with sophomore righty David Kopp (0-0,
0.00 ERA) on the mound. The Margate, FL native made his only
appearance this season at College of Charleston on Friday. He
pitched 1.0 scoreless innings and allowed one hit in that contest.


The Tribe


William & Mary, led by first-year Head Coach Frank Leoni,
enters Tuesday's game at South Carolina with a 5-7 overall record and
1-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. George Mason took two
of three games at William & Mary this past weekend. Ten of its 12
games have been played at home, while it is 1-1 on the road.


The Tribe is hitting .287 with a .403 on-base percentage
thanks to 60 walks and 20 hit-by-pitches in 12 games. William & Mary
has stolen 19 bases in 33 attempts, including five each by Greg
Sexton and Jeff Lunardi.


Sexton leads the squad with a .469 batting average and 16
RBIs, while Brent McWhorter is hitting .357. Joe Mante has the
team's lone home run.


The pitching staff has a 6.60 ERA and .294 opponents' batting
average. Lefty Pete Vernon has appeared in 10 of the team's 12 games
out of the bullpen and has a 4.97 ERA. Sean Sosonko has the team's
lone save. The team is fielding at a .954 clip as well.


The Tigers


Clemson enters Wednesday's game against William & Mary with a
7-2 overall record after a 2-1 weekend, which included a two-game
split with #9 South Carolina in a home-and-home series. The Tigers
are 6-1 at home as well.


The team is hitting .277 with a .367 on-base percentage.
Taylor Harbin is 8-for-14 (.571) in just four games, while Tyler
Colvin is hitting .367 with four homers and eight RBIs, both team
highs. Brad Chalk and Adrian Casanova each have four sacrifice
bunts, while the team has 13 in all.


The pitching staff has a 1.46 ERA and .199 opponents' batting
average. In 80.0 innings pitched, it has allowed 54 hits (including
only one home run), 20 runs (13 earned), and 28 walks with 65
strikeouts. Lefthander Daniel Moskos has been one of the steadiest
relievers with his 0.90 ERA and .167 opponents' batting average in
10.0 innings pitched over four relief appearances. Steve Richard
also has both of Clemson's saves. The Tigers are fielding at a .977
clip as well.


Worth Noting


* Clemson is 7-0 when it scores at least three runs.

* Clemson has outscored its opponents 10-0 in the fifth inning.

* Clemson's opponents are 0-for-11 with the bases loaded.

* Righthanded batters are 3-for-31 (.097) against righty
Stephen Faris. Only one of 19 leadoff batters have reached base
against Faris as well.

* Clemson is 7-0 when Brad Chalk has at least one hit, and 0-2
when he goes hitless.

* Clemson has turned 12 double plays in nine games, good for
1.3 per game.


Polls


Clemson dropped to #2 in the Baseball America poll on Monday
after four weeks at #1 in that poll. Georgia Tech moved ahead of the
Tigers in Baseball America's poll, while the Yellow Jackets also
occupy the #1 spot in the other two polls. The Tigers also fell to
#3 in the Collegiate Baseball and stayed at #3 in the Sports Weekly
poll.


The #1 ranking on February 6 was the first for the Tigers
since May 13, 2002, when Clemson was ranked #1 in all three major
polls. It was the earliest #1 ranking for the Clemson program in
history, as the earliest #1 ranking prior to that was on March 20,
2000, when Collegiate Baseball had the Tigers #1. The Tigers have
been ranked #1 for 19 weeks by at least one of the major polls in
Head Coach Jack Leggett's 13th season at Clemson.


Harbin Returns With a Blast


After playing only two innings of the first game of the
season against James Madison on February 17, Taylor Harbin missed the
next five games due to a strained hamstring. He returned at College
of Charleston on March 3 and went 1-for-5. In the next two games
against #9 South Carolina, he went 3-for-4 with a double in each
game. Harbin is 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles in four games this
season. He also is errorless in 14 chances at second base.


Moskos the Leading Lefty


Sophomore Daniel Moskos (Alta Loma, CA) has stepped up to
become the team's top lefthander out of the bullpen this season.
After struggling as a freshman in 2005, he has appeared in four games
and has a 0.90 ERA in 10.0 innings pitched. He also is holding
opponents to a .167 batting average.

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