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Baseball Hosts Furman Paladins Tuesday

April 12, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C – Clemson (19-16, 3-5 ACC) plays only its fifth home game in almost a month when Furman (15-17, 11-10 SoCon) visits Tiger Field on Tuesday at 7:15 PM. The Tigers hold a 125-53-4 (.698) advantage in the series dating back to 1896. Clemson will start lefthander Thomas Boozer (5-3, 6.38 ERA). Boozer, a freshman from Columbia, SC, leads the team with his five wins. Furman will send out junior righthander Mike Feldhaus (2-0, 3.52 ERA). Feldhaus will be making just his second start of ’99.

#1 Florida State Takes Two Of Three In Tallahassee #1 Florida State won the first and last games of a three-game series over Clemson in Tallahassee from April 9-11. The Seminoles won by scores of 8-0 and 5-3, while Clemson won game two by an 8-4 margin. The Tigers broke the Seminoles’ 21-game winning streak with the Saturday win. It was the ninth win by a Clemson baseball team over a #1-ranked team in school history. Clemson, who entered the series with an ERA of 6.04 and gave up seven runs in the first two innings of game one, pitched well in the last 25.0 innings against the #1 Seminoles with a 3.60 ERA.

In game one, righthander Jon McDonald (6-1) stifled the Tiger bats, shutting out Clemson (18-15, 2-4) for the first time in 94 games in the Seminoles’ 8-0 victory on April 9. Ironically, Florida State was the last team to shut Clemson out when it did so in the 1997 ACC Tournament final by a 10-0 score. Ryan Mottl (2-4) suffered the loss as he last just 1.2 innings. Florida State (35-3, 13-0) scored four runs in the first and three in the second, and never looked back.

The Tiger bats came alive in game two to the tune of 13 hits in Clemson’s 8-4 win over the #1 Seminoles (35-4, 13-1) on April 10. The 13 hits was the most given up by Florida State at that point and the loss was it’s first in its last 22 games. It also snapped the Seminoles’ 17-game ACC regular-season winning streak. Clemson was the last ACC team to beat Florida State (1998 at Clemson) in the regular season. Mike Paradis (4-0) got the win in 6.0 innings of work, allowing just four hits and three runs. Kurt Bultmann had three hits, and Henr Stanley and Patrick Boyd each went deep in the game. The Tigers (19-15, 3-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and handed Nick Stocks (8-1) his first loss of the season.

In game three, Florida State (36-4, 14-1) downed Clemson 5-3 on April 11. Clemson (19-16, 3-5) battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3-3 on Brian Ellis’ two-run double in the sixth inning. But Florida State added single runs in the sixth and eighth and got pinch-hitter Derek Borgert to groundout with the bases loaded to end the game. Ellis led the Tigers with three hits in four at bats. Starter Brian Adams (3-5) pitched 5.2 effective innings but suffered the loss. Marshall McDougall extended his hitting streak to 31 games in the series’ finale.

Clemson Wins Over #1 Ranked Teams Despite falling twice to Florida State from April 9-11 in Tallahassee, Clemson took one game from the #1-ranked team in the country when the Tigers won 8-4 on April 10. It was the ninth win over the nation’s top team in Tiger history. Ironically, all nine triumphs have come away from home.

Clemson Wins Over #1-Ranked Baseball Teams

Date     Site            Opponent         Score 5-21-77  Miami, FL       Miami (FL)         7-2 5-22-77  Miami, FL       Miami (FL)        10-9 5-10-86  Greenville, SC  Miami (FL)         7-4 5-11-86  Greenville, SC  Miami (FL)         9-5 5-17-93  Greenville, SC  Georgia Tech       9-8 5-13-94  Atlanta, GA     Georgia Tech       9-8 5-15-94  Atlanta, GA     Georgia Tech       7-4 6-04-96  Omaha, NE       Alabama          14-13 4-10-99  Tallahassee,    FL Florida State   8-4 

Makeup Games Announced Due to two rainouts (Maryland and Coastal Carolina), Clemson has scheduled makeup games against Western Carolina and Coastal Carolina. The Catamounts will travel to Tiger Field to take on Clemson on May 4 at 7:15 and Coastal Carolina will also travel to Tigertown on May 8 at 7:00. With the addition of the two games, Clemson will have a month-long 16-game homestand from April 16-May 11.

1999 Clemson Baseball Promotional Dates

Date     Day    Opponent         Time     Promotion(s) Apr. 17  Sat.   Duke             7 p.m.   *Family Night Apr. 18  Sun.   Duke             2 p.m.   #Senior Citizens Special Apr. 21  Wed.   South Carolina   7:15pm   Secretaries Day Special Apr. 25  Sun.   Georgia Tech     2 p.m.   +Purple Day Special/#Senior

Citizens Special

May 2    Sun.   Virginia (DH)    12 noon  #Senior Citizens Special May 9    Sun.   North Carolina   4 p.m.   #Senior Citizens Special 

* – bring whole family for $5 with coupon in the Journal/Tribune or The Messenger + – wear purple shirt or jacket receive $3 off adult admission # – present AARP card and receive free admission – secretaries/administrative assistants receive free admission when accompanied by a supervisor or employer who is paying full admission price

Leggett 35-13 Against SEC Teams While At Clemson In six seasons under Head Coach Jack Leggett, Clemson has had tremendous success against the Southeastern Conference. Leggett’s record against the SEC as the Tigers’ skipper is 35-13 (.729), including 14 wins against top-25 teams. Leggett also has at least a …500 record against all six SEC schools he has faced while at Clemson. Below is a list of Leggett’s record at Clemson against each of the six SEC member schools he has faced:

SEC         Leggett's Record      Winning Opponent      at Clemson        Percentage Alabama           2-0              1.000 Auburn            1-1               .500 Georgia           9-3               .750 Kentucky          3-0              1.000 South Carolina   11-6               .647 Tennessee         9-3               .750 Totals          35-13               .729