May 10, 2010
Clemson University Overall Season Record: 31-17 ACC Regular-Season Record: 14-10
Last Week: 4-0 Tue. W, Home vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 14-2 Fri. W, Away vs. Maryland, 18-6 Sat. W, Away vs. Maryland, 12-8 Sun. W, Away vs. Maryland, 7-5
Next Week Tue. Neutral* vs. Furman, 7:00 PM Fri. Away vs. Wake Forest, 6:00 PM Sat. Away vs. Wake Forest, 6:00 PM Sun. Away vs. Wake Forest, 1:00 PM * – Greenville, SC (Fluor Field)
Notes Clemson, ranked as high as #24 in the nation, went 4-0 in four games this past week, including a Tuesday win over Florida Gulf Coast to wrap up the four-game series and a three-game sweep at Maryland over the weekend.
In game-four of the four-game series against Florida Gulf Coast on May 4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson scored seven two-out runs in the second inning on its way to a 14-2 victory. The Tigers used three walks to set up five two-out hits, including a grand slam by Mike Freeman, in Clemson’s seven-run second inning. The Tigers outhit the Eagles 15-6 and walked seven times. Kyle Parker went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Brad Miller added three hits. Alex Frederick pitched 5.0 innings in his first start as a Tiger to earn the win. He allowed just four hits, one earned run, and two walks with six strikeouts.
Clemson swept Maryland by a combined score of 37-19 at Bob Smith Stadium from May 7-9. Clemson outhit the Terrapins .353 to .315 and totaled 42 hits, 11 doubles, four homers, 20 walks, and four steals. Parker paced Clemson by going 7-for-12 (.583) with three doubles, one homer, five RBIs, five runs, and four walks, while Miller went 5-for-9 with a double, three RBIs, three runs, and three walks. Freeman and Will Lamb added seven hits apiece and Jeff Schaus hit two home runs with five RBIs.
In game-one on May 7, Freeman went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to lead Clemson to an 18-6 win over Maryland. Lamb went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs, while Parker went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, three runs, and two walks in the Tigers’ 18-hit attack. Clemson totaled seven doubles and a two-run homer by Schaus. The Tigers put the game out of reach with seven runs in the seventh inning. Casey Harman allowed two runs on six hits in 6.0 innings pitched to earn the victory.
In game-two on May 8, Miller went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Clemson to a 12-8 victory over Maryland. The Terrapins held a 5-4 lead before Clemson took the lead for good with three runs in the sixth inning. The Tigers added two runs in the seventh and three runs in the ninth. Schaus and John Hinson each hit home runs in the ninth inning. Clemson totaled 17 hits, including at least two hits apiece by the top six batters in the lineup. Schaus added four runs, while Parker totaled three hits and a double. Frederick pitched the final 5.0 innings to earn the win.
In game-three on May 9, Parker hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to give Clemson the lead and Tomas Cruz pitched 4.2 masterful innings in relief in the Tigers’ 7-5 win over Maryland. The Terrapins took a 5-3 lead with two runs in the fifth inning, but after the first two Tigers were retired in the sixth, Clemson rallied to score four two-out runs and take the lead. Cruz allowed just one hit, no runs, and no walks with four strikeouts to earn the win. Lamb led the Tigers with two hits, while Hinson added two runs.
During the week, the Tigers outscored their opposition 51-21 and hit .361 with a .570 slugging percentage, .456 on-base percentage, 14 doubles, two triples, five homers, 27 walks, and six stolen bases. The pitching staff had a 4.25 ERA and .288 opponents’ batting average along with 19 strikeouts against 11 walks in 36.0 innings pitched.
Parker led Clemson at the plate by going 10-for-16 (.625) with five doubles, one homer, seven RBIs, seven runs, five walks, a 1.125 slugging percentage, and a .727 on-base percentage in four games. Miller went 8-for-14 (.571) with four RBIs, four runs, and a .611 on-base percentage, while Freeman went 8-for-20 (.400) with a homer, seven RBIs, seven runs, and two walks. Lamb added eight hits, seven runs, six RBIs, and three steals as well.
On the mound, Frederick recorded two wins in his two outings (one start). In 10.0 innings pitched, he had a 2.70 ERA and seven strikeouts. Cruz allowed just one hit and no runs in 4.2 innings pitched in his one appearance on the week.
The Tigers, winners of six games in a row, sport a 31-17 overall record and 14-10 ACC mark, good for second place in the Atlantic Division behind Florida State (16-8). Clemson, who is 23-8 at home, 7-8 in away games, and 1-1 in neutral-site contests, are in a tie for fifth place in the overall ACC standings, behind Virginia (18-6), Miami (FL) (18-6), Georgia Tech (17-7), and Florida State. Clemson is tied with Virginia Tech.
Clemson, who has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll every week since the start of the 2009 season (a span of 30 weeks), is averaging 8.8 runs per game and hitting .307 with a .492 slugging percentage, .412 on-base percentage, 106 doubles, nine triples, 63 home runs, and 83 steals in 48 games. The pitching staff has a 4.60 ERA and .276 opponents’ batting average along with 326 strikeouts against 157 walks in 432.0 innings pitched. The Tigers are fielding at a .959 clip as well.
Parker leads the squad with a .392 batting average, 17 homers, 10 doubles, 50 RBIs, 58 runs, a .759 slugging percentage, and a .519 on-base percentage in 45 games. He moved into a tie for eighth place in school history with his 43rd career home run on Sunday at Maryland. Hinson is batting .354 with 10 homers, 53 RBIs, and a team-high 19 steals in 45 games (35 starts), while Miller is hitting .339 with a .460 on-base percentage and eight steals. Freeman, who is riding a team-season-long 16-game hitting streak, is batting .325 with seven homers, 16 doubles, one triple, and 45 RBIs. Schaus has added 10 homers, 10 doubles, and an ACC-high 62 RBIs.
Harman is 6-1 with a 3.29 ERA and .233 opponents’ batting average along with 61 strikeouts against 21 walks in 76.2 innings pitched over 12 starts. Clemson’s best pitcher of late has been Frederick, who is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and two saves over 22 appearances (one start).
The Tigers will conclude their seven-game stretch away from home with four games on the road this week, starting Tuesday night against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC. Then over the weekend, the Tigers will play at Wake Forest.
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