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Tiger Baseball Team to Play Host to Coastal Carolina Tuesday Night

Tiger Baseball Team to Play Host to Coastal Carolina Tuesday Night

April 21, 2009

Complete Game Notes

Clemson vs. Coastal Carolina Clemson (26-14), ranked as high as #20 in the country, will host #19 Coastal Carolina (30-9) on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network. Live stats will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com.

The Series Clemson and Coastal Carolina have met 43 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 37-6 lead in the series that dates back to 1986.

Clemson has won six games in a row in the series, four of which have taken place at Clemson. The Tigers have also won six games in a row in the series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Chanticleers’ last win in the series took place in 2005 in a tournament at Myrtle Beach, SC, while their last win at Clemson came in 2003.

In 2008, the Tigers downed the Chanticleers 9-6 thanks to Doug Kingsmore Stadium, then they defeated the Chanticleers twice in two games by a combined score of 26-11 in the Myrtle Beach Regional.

The Tigers lead 27-4 in games at Clemson, all of which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Starting Pitchers Coastal Carolina will start freshman lefty Keith Hessler (1-0, 5.40 ERA) on the mound. The Silver Spring, MD native has made eight relief appearances and four starts for a total of 21.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 24 hits (.282 opponents’ batting average) and 13 walks with 20 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with sophomore righty Graham Stoneburner (5-3, 4.23 ERA) on Tuesday. The Richmond, VA native has made seven relief appearances and six starts for a total of 44.2 innings pitched. He has given up 50 hits (.289 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks with 53 strikeouts.

The Chanticleers Coastal Carolina, led by 14th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore and ranked as high as #19 in the nation, enters Tuesday’s game at #20 Clemson with a 30-9 overall record and 10-4 Big South mark after falling twice in three games at High Point over the weekend. The Chanticleers, who are 6-2 in one-run games, are 10-7 on opponents’ home fields. They also have two different winning streaks of 14 and 11 games this season.

Coastal Carolina is averaging 8.4 runs per game and hitting .325 with a .538 slugging percentage and .414 on-base percentage. The team has also totaled 92 doubles, eight triples, 59 home runs, and 73 stolen bases in 93 attempts.

David Anderson is hitting .394 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs. Tyler Bortnick is batting .353 with eight homers, 29 RBIs, and eight steals, while Rice Noel (25) and Scott Woodward (21) have both totaled at least 21 stolen bases.

The pitching staff has a 3.64 ERA and .243 opponents’ batting average along with 284 strikeouts against 120 walks in 343.1 innings pitched. Junior righthander Nick McCully has a 3-0 record, 0.98 ERA, eight saves, and a .200 opponents’ batting average along with 35 strikeouts against 10 walks in 27.2 innings pitched over 19 relief appearances. The Chanticleers are fielding at a .971 clip as well.

The Tigers Clemson, ranked as high as #20 in the nation, enters Tuesday’s game against #19 Coastal Carolina with a 26-14 overall record and 12-9 ACC mark after falling twice in three games at Virginia Tech over the weekend. Clemson has a 19-5 home record.

The Tigers are averaging 6.7 runs per game and hitting .293 with a .447 slugging percentage and .384 on-base percentage. Clemson has also totaled 67 doubles, 11 triples, 41 homers, and 47 stolen bases in 62 attempts.

Ben Paulsen is hitting a team-best .391 with 13 doubles, for triples, eight homers, and 342 RBIs. Jeff Schaus is hitting .313 with a .433 on-base percentage thanks to 27 walks against only 14 strikeouts. Kyle Parker has added nine homers and 42 RBIs along with a .304 batting average in 37 games.

The pitching staff has a 3.69 ERA and .251 opponents’ batting average. The staff has allowed 121 walks against 341 strikeouts, good for a 2.8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Tomas Cruz has a 2-1 record, three saves, and a 2.12 ERA in 15 relief appearances. The Tigers are fielding at a .967 clip as well.

Worth Noting • Clemson has hit a home run in nine consecutive games. Earlier this season, the Tigers had a 10-game streak of hitting at least one homer.

Polls The Tigers fell two spots to #20 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll this week after going 3-2 in five games last week. Clemson fell out of the Collegiate Baseball poll and remain unranked in the Baseball America poll.

Clemson has had at least one final top-25 ranking in 12 of Head Coach Jack Leggett’s first 15 seasons in Tigertown. The Tigers have also been ranked #1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the three major polls under Leggett.

Weismann Working Through Injuries Freshman righthander Scott Weismann (Boxborough, MA) has been hampered by arm injuries this season. He has only made nine relief appearances for a total of 10.2 innings pitched. All he has done is allow nine hits (.220 opponents’ batting average), one run (0.84 ERA), and one walk with 12 strikeouts. When healthy, Weismann figures to be one of the top candidates to close out games for the Tigers. Clemson has eight saves, but five different Tigers have accounted for those eight saves.

Hokies Outhit Tigers to Take Series 2-1 Virginia Tech won two of three games over #18 Clemson at English Field from April 17-19. It was the Hokies’ first series win over Clemson since they joined the league in 2005. The two teams both scored 13 runs, while Virginia Tech outhit the Tigers .350 to .255. Ben Paulsen went 4-for-9, while Mike Freeman added five hits. The Clemson pitching staff had a 4.32 ERA and 23 strikeouts against 12 walks as well.

In game-one on April 17, Rhett Ballard pitched 7.0 strong innings to lead Virginia Tech to a 5-2 win over Clemson. The Hokies’ win snapped Clemson’s 11-game winning streak in the series. Ballard earned the win by allowing just five hits, two runs, and four walks with seven strikeouts. Sean McDermott pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to record the save. The Hokies took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the sixth inning and never trailed again. Virginia Tech outhit the Tigers 12-6. Mike Kaminski went 2-for-4 with a game-high two RBIs. Jeff Schaus had a team-high two hits, while Wilson Boyd hit a solo home run.

In game-two on April 18, Justin Wright pitched 8.0 solid innings to lead Virginia Tech to a 7-3 win over Clemson. Wright allowed just six hits, two runs (one earned), and two walks with five strikeouts to earn the win. He also retired the first 12 batters of the game. The Hokies scored two runs in the first inning and three runs in the third. The Tigers scored two runs in the ninth inning and had the potential tying run on deck, but they fell short. Anthony Sosnoskie and Steve Domecus each had three hits apiece for the Hokies, who outhit the Tigers 13-8. John Nester went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs for Clemson.

In game-three on April 19, Kyle Parker three-run homer in the third inning put the Tigers on the board. Freeman later added a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Freeman went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs for the Tigers, who outhit Virginia Tech 12-11.

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