March 15, 2001
CLEMSON, SC – Jack Leggett’s 10th-ranked Clemson baseball team takes to the road for eight games in 10 days, including the first two series in ACC play. The trip will take the Tigers to Maryland, Old Dominion and Wake Forest.
Clemson, 11-5 this season, will play three games this weekend at Maryland. The Tigers and Terrapins will play at 3:00 PM on Friday and will then play at 1:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Then Clemson travels to Norfolk, VA for two games March 20-21 at Old Dominion. The Tigers conclude the trip with a three-game series March 23-25 at Wake Forest.
The Tigers are expected to start junior Steve Reba in Friday’s game at Maryland and follow with Ryan Childs, a sophomore from Gaithersburg, MD, on Saturday. Reba is 3-0 on the year with a 2.45 ERA and has taken no hitters through 16.1 innings to start games this season. He leads the team with 26 strike outs and has pitched 22.0 innings. Childs is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in 7.0 innings. The pitcher for Sunday’s game has yet to be determined.
Maryland is expected to throw Jared Stuart on Friday, Mark Martin on Saturday and Steve Schmoll on Sunday. The Terrapins are 5-9 this season after defeating Coppin State 16-1 on Wednesday.
Senior left fielder Casey Stone continues to lead the Clemson offense. He is batting .435 this year with four doubles and 15 RBIs. Stone was 4-5 with two RBIs in Wednesday’s 9-3 win over Georgia Southern. Sophomore Jeff Baker is the only other Tiger with a batting average above .400. He is batting .409 with a team-best 25 RBIs and seven home runs.
Last season Clemson played nine games in 11 days, but that trip was not continuous as this year’s trip will be. Since the Tigers are on spring break, the team will travel by bus on the mini-tour of the ACC. Clemson was 5-3 during the eight-game stretch away from Doug Kingsmore Stadium a year ago. While the 2000 Tigers were 37-5 at home, the team went 7-8 in the 15 road games. Clemson finished second in the ACC regular season with a 17-7 record.
Clemson’s next home game will be Tuesday, March 27 against Wofford at 7:15 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
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