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Tiger Baseball Team to Play Host to Coastal Carolina Wednesday Evening

Tiger Baseball Team to Play Host to Coastal Carolina Wednesday Evening

March 30, 2010

Complete Game Notes

Clemson vs. Coastal Carolina Clemson (18-6), ranked as high as #10 in the nation, will host #14 Coastal Carolina (19-5) on Wednesday 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 44 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 38-6 lead in the series that dates back to 1986.

Clemson has won seven games in a row in the series, five of which have taken place at Clemson. The Tigers have also won seven 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 2009, Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In 2008, the Tigers downed Coastal Carolina 9-6 thanks to Doug Hogan’s two home runs and five RBIs.

The Tigers lead 28-4 in games played at Clemson, all of which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Starting Pitchers Coastal Carolina will start junior lefthander Matt Rein (3-0, 1.23 ERA) on the mound. The Houston, TX native, who will be making his first career start, has made eight relief appearances for a total of 22.0 innings pitched. He has yielded15 hits (.195 opponents’ batting average), no homers, and 10 walks with 11 strikeouts. He has also not allowed a stolen base.

The Tigers will counter with freshman righty Dominic Leone (1-0, 6.14 ERA) on Wednesday. The Norwich, CT native, who will also be making his first career start, has made seven relief appearances for a total of 7.1 innings pitched. He has given up nine hits (.281 opponents’ batting average) and five walks with eight strikeouts.

The Chanticleers Coastal Carolina, led by 15th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore and ranked as high as #14 in the nation, enters Wednesday’s game at #10 Clemson with a 19-5 overall record and 2-0 Big South Conference mark after falling twice in three games at home to San Diego. The Chanticleers, who are 4-1 on the road, have also lost their five games by a combined six runs.

Coastal Carolina is averaging 8.0 runs per game and hitting .299 with a .475 slugging percentage and .402 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 54 doubles, three triples, 27 home runs, and 55 stolen bases.

Rico Noel is hitting a team-high .356 with 12 doubles, three homers, 24 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases. Steve Davis is batting .350, while Jose Iglesias is hitting .337 with six homers, eight doubles, and 29 RBIs. Scott Woodward has added 16 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.47 ERA and .249 opponents’ batting average along with 178 strikeouts against 92 walks in 215.0 innings pitched. Senior righthander Austin Fleet has a 2-1 record, 2.35 ERA, and five of the team’s seven saves along with 20 strikeouts against five walks in 23.0 innings pitched over 12 appearances (one start). The Chanticleers are fielding at a .967 clip as well.

The Tigers Clemson, ranked as high as #10 in the nation, enters Wednesday’s game against #14 Coastal Carolina with an 18-6 overall record and 7-2 ACC mark after falling twice in three games at #1 Virginia over the weekend. The Tigers are also 15-2 at home and 3-3 against top-25 ranked teams in 2010.

The Tigers are averaging 8.7 runs per game and hitting .301 with a .494 slugging percentage and .412 on-base percentage thanks to 146 walks and 21 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 48 doubles, three triples, 35 homers, and 43 stolen bases.

Jeff Schaus is batting .330 with six homers, six doubles, and a team-high 32 RBIs. Brad Miller is hitting .316 with seven doubles and a .462 on-base percentage. Chris Epps (10) and John Hinson (8) lead the team in stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.72 ERA and .250 opponents’ batting average. The staff has allowed 83 walks against 158 strikeouts. Righthanders Alex Frederick, and Jonathan Meyer all have two saves apiece. The Tigers are fielding at a .952 clip as well.

Worth Noting • In the last 13 ACC series over the last two years, Clemson has played a doubleheader in seven of the series. • Clemson is averaging 7.0 walks plus hit-by-pitches per game in 2010.

Polls The Tigers fell five spots to #10 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll this week after going 1-4 in five games last week. The Tigers also dropped seven spots to #13 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and moved down four spots to #16 in the Baseball America poll.

ACC Standings The Tigers are in first place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 7-2 league record. In the division, the Tigers are ahead of second-place Florida State, who is 6-3. Boston College and N.C. State are tied for third in the division with a 3-6 record, while Maryland and Wake Forest are tied for fifth at 2-7. Georgia Tech is atop the Coastal division with an 8-1 record.

Weekend Rotation Clemson’s weekend rotation of junior lefthander Casey Harman, sophomore lefthander Will Lamb, and sophomore righthander Scott Weismann have all had solid seasons and are a big reason the Tigers are 7-2 in the ACC this season. The three have combined for a 10-1 record. In a combined 99.0 innings pitched (363 opponent at-bats), they have allowed 79 hits (.218 opponents’ batting average), 27 earned runs (2.45 ERA), and 30 walks with 63 strikeouts. Harman is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 36.0 innings pitched, Lamb is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched, and Weismann is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched.

Parker Reaches 10 Home Runs in 20 Games Doug Kingsmore Stadium. That was just his 20th game of the season. It is the third-fewest games required to hit 10 home runs in a season by a Tiger in history. Parker already had the record for the fewest games required to hit 25 career home runs when he did so in the first 103 games of his career.

The record for fewest games to reach 10 home runs in a season is held by George Sutton and Michael Johnson. Sutton hit 10 homers during the first 18 games of the 1966 season. His 10th homer came against Wake Forest on April 23, 1966. Johnson hit his 10th long ball in his 19th game against Maine on March 22, 2002.

The fourth-fewest games required to hit 10 homers is held by Doug Kingsmore, whose name adorns Clemson’s baseball stadium. Kingsmore was the first Tiger to hit 10 home runs in a season, a feat he accomplished in 1954. The Tigers played just 24 games that season and Kingsmore hit his 10 home runs in the first 21 games that year.

It is interesting to note that Kingsmore hit just one home run in his first 10 games, then hit nine in the next 11 games, including two-homer games against South Carolina (April 13), North Carolina (May 1), and Furman (May 12). Kingsmore helped the Tigers win the ACC title that year, Clemson’s first ACC Championship in any sport.

Top-Ranked Virginia Wins Series in Close Games Top-ranked Virginia won two of three games over #5 Clemson at UVa Baseball Stadium on March 26,27. Both teams scored 12 runs in the series, while Virginia outhit Clemson .258 to .238. The Tigers walked 16 times with one hit-by-pitch and the Cavaliers walked just five times, one of which was intentionally. Clemson also put 45 runners on base to Virginia’s 33 in the series, but Clemson stranded 30 runners on base to Virginia’s 17. Jeff Schaus had a team-high five hits in the series. Clemson had a 3.91 ERA as well.

In game-one on March 26, Stephen Bruno hit a walkoff single in the ninth inning to lift Virginia over Clemson 4-3. Bruno, who also hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the score, delivered the game-winning hit with one out when he hit a soft liner just over the glove of third-baseman John Hinson and inside the left-field line. Both teams had nine hits in the game, while Will Lamb had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Tigers. However, Clemson stranded 10 runners on base, including seven in scoring position.

In game-two on March 27, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Lamb tossed 7.0 strong innings to lead Clemson to an 8-5 win over Virginia. Lamb allowed just five hits, one earned run, and two walks to earn the win in his home state. David Haselden pitched the final 1.1 innings to record the save. The Tigers scored six combined runs in the final three innings, including three key runs in the ninth inning thanks to two costly Virginia errors. Clemson totaled nine hits, seven walks, one hit-by-pitch, and four steals as well.

In game-three on March 27, which was the second game of a doubleheader, Franco Valdes and Kenny Swab both his solo homers to lead Virginia to a 3-1 win over Clemson. The Tigers put 12 runners on base compared to Virginia’s eight, but Clemson stranded nine runners on base while the Cavaliers left just three on base. Kyle Parker went 2-for-4 with a first-inning RBI for Clemson, who outhit Virginia 7-6.

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