Tigers Look To Avoid Trap
The ink had barely dried on the new poll that announced Georgia Tech as the nation's number one team, when they were upset by Western Carolina 8-5. Clemson faces the definition of a trap game on Tuesday night. The Tigers travel to Cullowhee, before returning home to face arch-rival South Carolina.
The Tigers will throw freshman right hander David Kopp. Kopp has been outstanding, since his first career start against Winthrop. Kopp has performed well as starter in mid-week games, and he has been lights out in middle relief in conference play.
The Catamounts will counter with right hander Bryan Tupper. Tupper is looking for his first win and to lower his 8.00 ERA.
Clemson is beginning to get major contributions from their true freshmen. Taylor Harbin, Stan Widmann, and Brad Chalk are all now hitting above .300 on the year. Chalk has been on a tear as of late, hitting .514 in his last 12 games. Chalk could be very valuable to the Tigers down the stretch. No other player has the speed that Chalk presents on the base path.
Although Taylor Harbin committed his second error of the season on Sunday, first error of the season from second base, he is fielding with a .986 fielding percentage. Just .002 off the pace of the Clemson single season record. Harbin has helped pace the team's .973 fielding percentage.
With a young team, it is a realistic concern that they would look ahead to South Carolina. They are beginning to show signs of maturity, but it is important to take care of business before Wednesday's big matchup.