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April 18, 2011

Clemson University Overall Season Record: 22-13 ACC Regular-Season Record: 9-9

Last Week: 4-0 Tue. W, Home vs. Presbyterian College, 7-2 Fri. W, Away vs. Boston College, 9-2 Sat. W, Away vs. Boston College, 7-5 (Game 1) Sat. W, Away vs. Boston College, 9-2 (Game 2)

Next Week Wed. Away vs. Georgia, 7:00 PM (CSS) Fri. Home vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 PM Sat. Home vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 PM Sun. Home vs. Wake Forest, 1:00 PM

Last Week’s Game Notes Clemson went 4-0 in four games this past week. The Tigers topped Presbyterian College 7-2 at home on Tuesday night before sweeping Boston College on the road in three games over the weekend.

On the week, the Tigers hit .331 with a .486 slugging percentage and .401 on-base percentage along with 16 steals in 17 attempts. The Tigers also committed just two errors, good for a .987 fielding percentage.

John Hinson added two homers, six RBIs, eight runs, and three steals on the week.

The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.25 ERA and .212 opponents’ batting average on the week. The staff also allowed no home runs and nine walks with 33 strikeouts in the four games.

In two appearances (one start) in the Boston College series, Jonathan Meyer allowed just two runs (2.25 ERA) in 8.0 innings pitched with eight strikeouts against one walk. David Haselden allowed six hits, two runs, and no walks with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched over two relief appearances as well.

Justin Sarratt pitched 7.0 strong innings of four-hit ball to lead Clemson to a 7-2 win over Presbyterian College at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 12. Shaffer tied the score in the fourth inning with a solo homer, then the Tigers added four two-out runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Hinson, who had a game-high three RBIs, added a solo home run in the sixth inning. Dominic Attanasio had a game-high three hits for Clemson, who outhit Presbyterian College 12-5. Sarratt allowed just four hits, one earned run, and one walk with two strikeouts to earn the victory. He faced the minimum 19 batters during one stretch from the first inning through the seventh inning.

Clemson then swept Boston College by a combined score of 25-9 at Commander Shea Field on April 15,16. In chilly conditions with winds blowing in from left field at 15-25 miles per hour all weekend, Clemson outhit the Eagles .327 to .228 and totaled 10 doubles, two homers, and 12 steals while committing just one error in the series. Pohl went 8-for-15 (.533) with two doubles, four RBIs, three runs, and a steal. Shaffer went 5-for-12 with three doubles, four RBIs, and three runs, while Brad Miller added four hits, four RBIs, and three steals. The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.67 ERA and 26 strikeouts against eight walks.

In game-one on April 15, Clemson totaled seven extra-base hits in its 9-2 win over Boston College. Hinson and Will Lamb hit solo homers during the first two innings, then the Eagles tied the score in the fifth inning. But Spencer Kieboom’s two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning gave Clemson the lead for good. Pohl and Kieboom had two doubles apiece to lead the Tigers, who outhit the Eagles 11-7. Pohl added a game-high three RBIs. Starter Dominic Leone pitched 6.0 effective innings to earn the victory.

In game-two on April 16, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Clemson broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the seventh inning and held on for a 7-5 win over Boston College. The Eagles led 3-1 before the Tigers scored two runs in the sixth inning to tie the score. The Eagles put together four straight hits to lead off the eighth inning, but Haselden retired the next three batters and earned the win in 5.2 innings pitched in relief. Alex Frederick retired all three batters he faced to record the save. Pohl went 3-for-5 with an RBI to pace the Tigers, who totaled 14 hits and five steals.

In game-three on April 16, which was the second game of a doubleheader, Meyer pitched 7.0 strong innings in his first career start to earn the win in Clemson’s 9-2 victory over Boston College. Meyer allowed just five hits, two runs, and one walk with seven strikeouts, then Scott Weismann pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts near his hometown to close out the game. Leading 5-2, Clemson scored four runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Pohl went 3-for-5 with two runs, while Miller went 2-for-4 with a double, two steals, and a game-high three RBIs for Clemson, who had 12 hits and seven steals.

2011 Season Notes Clemson has a 22-13 overall record and 9-9 ACC mark on the season. The Tigers are in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings behind first-place Florida State, who improved to 11-7 in the ACC with two wins in three games at Virginia Tech over the weekend. Clemson is in sixth place in the overall ACC standings.

The Tigers are hitting .319 with a .457 slugging percentage and .416 on-base percentage thanks to 188 walks and 31 hit-by-pitches in 2011. The team has also totaled 73 doubles, 13 triples, 22 homers, and 63 stolen bases. The Tigers are hitting .347 with runners in scoring position on the season. Clemson is fielding at a .967 clip as well, committing just four errors in the last nine games.

John Hinson leads the team with 15 steals as well.

Four Tigers have a .394 batting average or better in ACC regular-season games this season. Miller (.408), Shaffer (.406), Jeff Schaus (.403), and Pohl (.394) are big reasons the Tigers are outhitting their ACC opponents .303 to .250 in 2011. Schaus has reached base via a hit or walk in all 35 games this year as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.60 ERA and .238 opponents’ batting average in 309.2 innings pitched this season. It has allowed 278 hits and 110 walks with 268 strikeouts.

Alex Frederick has a .186 opponents’ batting average and a team-high three saves as well.

Clemson will travel to Athens, GA to face Georgia on Wednesday night before returning home to take on Wake Forest in a three-game series over the weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.