May 5, 2008
Clemson University Overall Season Record: 24-22-1 ACC Regular-Season Record: 10-15-1
Last Week: 0-2 Sat. L home vs. #3 Florida State, 9-8 (10 innings) Sun. L home vs. #3 Florida State, 13-4
Next Week Mon. Home vs. Florida State, 4:00 PM Wed. Neutral (Greenville, SC (Fluor Field)) vs. Furman, 7:15 PM Fri. Away vs. Georgia Tech, 7:00 PM Sat. Away vs. Georgia Tech, 7:00 PM Sun. Away vs. Georgia Tech, 1:00 PM
Notes Clemson went 0-2 in the first two of three games against #3 Florida State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this past weekend. The Tigers were off from Monday through Friday for final exams.
In those two games against Florida State, the Seminoles outscored the Tigers 22-12 and outhit Clemson .405 to .289. Kyle Parker went 3-for-7 (.429) with five runs scored, a double, homer, three RBIs, and four walks. Ben Paulsen added four hits and three RBIs as well.
In game-one on May 3, Florida State scored four runs in the 10th inning to outlast Clemson 9-8. With the Tigers ahead 3-0, the Seminoles tied the score with three runs in the eighth inning. Florida State took the lead with two runs in the top of the ninth inning, but Doug Hogan’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the game to extra innings. In the top of the 10th, the Seminoles scored four runs on five hits and a costly dropped pop-up to take a 9-5 lead. Parker hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th and Paulsen hit a double to put the tying run in scoring position with one out. But Stan Widmann lined out to end the game. Florida State outhit Clemson 15-12, while the Tigers stranded 14 runners on base, including at least one baserunner in all 10 innings. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit as well.
In game-two on May 4, four Seminoles hit a home run in Florida State’s 13-4 victory over Clemson. Florida State put six leadoff batters on base and tallied nine two-out RBIs along with 17 hits, including eight extra-base hits, in the contest. Five different Seminoles accumulated at least two RBIs, including three hits and three RBIs by Tony Delmonico. Eleven Seminoles had at least one hit and 10 scored at least one run as well. Clemson, who totaled 10 hits, was led by Paulsen, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Seminole starter Elih Villanueva pitched 7.0 strong innings, allowing only one run on six hits with five strikeouts to earn the victory.
The Tigers have a 24-22-1 overall record and 10-15-1 ACC mark on the season. The team is hitting .281 with a .370 on-base percentage. Clemson is fielding at a .964 clip as well.
Freeman leads the team with a .327 batting average and .400 on-base percentage as Clemson’s leadoff batter. Schaus, who is riding a 10-game hitting streak, is batting .313 with a .419 on-base percentage. Boyd, who saw his 10-game hitting streak end on Sunday, is batting .316 with eight homers and 37 RBIs, Paulsen is hitting .314 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs, and Parker is up to .302 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs.
The pitching staff has a 4.70 ERA and .284 opponents’ batting average in 2008. Vaughn has nine saves and 35 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched, while Delk’s ERA is down to 3.38 along with a team-best .220 opponents’ batting average.
The Tigers will play the series-finale against the Seminoles on Monday before playing Furman on Wednesday night at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC. The Tigers will then travel to Atlanta, GA to take on Georgia Tech in a three-game series beginning Friday night.
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