Tigers Head Back To Athens

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Clemson was three outs away from advancing to a matchup with Georgia Tech in Atlanta for a shot at the College World Series last season. However, three home runs later, the team's season came to a disappointing end. That was then and this is now.

Clemson and Georgia head into tonight's two-game series off of two disappointing weekend series. Georgia saw its woes continue getting swept by South Carolina. Georgia has now lost 10 straight games at Sarge Frye Field. Clemson lost a little momentum dropping two of three in Tallahassee, including a heart breaking lost in the ninth inning of game 2.

Clemson's pitching staff maybe the last thing Georgia needs to see. The Tigers' pitching continues to be outstanding, and Josh Morris is the only player that has been any kind of threat for the Bulldogs this season. The Sunday doubleheader did not do any favors for Clemson's pitchers, not to mention did not sit well with Head Coach Jack Leggett. Normal mid-week starter David Kopp pitched six innings in the first game of the doubleheader in relief, and he may not be ready to start. Coach Leggett may turn to Stephen Faris to start tonight's game, as he last pitched on Saturday in which he threw four scoreless innings. Faris has an ACC best 0.32 ERA.

Herman Demmink led the Tigers with .586 batting average last week including a lead-off home run in the 7-3 win over Florida State. Andy D'Alessio showed signs that he could be coming out his early season funk. D'Alessio was 7-16 in the five games last week. Taylor Harbin and Kris Harvey continue to pace the Tigers with the deep ball, each adding one last week.

The Tigers return home Wednesday night to wrap up the series against Georgia. This weekend Clemson will host its second conference series of the season at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a three game series versus Duke.

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