March 11, 1998
Friday, March 13Maine at Clemson 3:00 PMSaturday, March 14Maine at Clemson (DH) 12:00 PMMaine Quick Facts1998 Record:Head Coach: Paul KostacopoulosSeries Record: Clemson leads 5-0Pos # Player B-T Cl. G-GS Avg. HR RBIC 41 Brian Ellis L-R *So.14-10 .483 1 14or 15 Derek Borgert R-R *Jr.17-10 .190 1 51B 25 Jason Harris L-L Jr. 19-19 .415 4 192B 18 Kurt Bultmann R-R Jr. 19-19 .392 5 21SS 4 Doug Roper S-R *So.19-19 .417 1 173B 11 Justin Singleton L-R Fr. 12-6 .421 1 8LF 9 Peter Nystrom R-R Fr. 18-15 .391 3 19CF 24 Patrick Boyd S-R Fr. 19-19 .310 4 19RF 22 Matt Padgett L-R Jr. 18-18 .394 3 13DH 1 Henri Stanley L-L So. 18-11 .385 2 8 or 17 Justin Hyde R-R Jr. 14-6 .375 1 6 # Player Cl. W-L G-S ERA IP BB SO 27 Ryan Mottl, RHP So. 4-0 5-5 4.45 28.1 8 27 29 Skip Browning, RHP So. 3-0 5-5 5.47 26.1 11 19 30 Mike Paradis, RHP So. 3-0 4-3 3.68 22.0 13 20 Clemson Record* 1998 Overall Record 17-2* 1998 ACC Record 0-0Head Coach Jack Leggett* Career Record 597-361 (.623) (19th season)* Record at Clemson 220-74 (.748) (5th season)
* Baseball America 12th* Collegiate Baseball 5th* USA Today/Baseball Weekly 7thClemson in the PollsDate BA CB USAPre NR 16 222-9 23 16 NP2-16 23 16 162-23 21 14 133-2 16 10 103-9 12 5 73-163-233-304-64-134-204-275-45-115-185-26FinalNP - no poll
Tigers Take It To Chanticleers
Clemson defeated Coastal Carolina 17-3 on Mar. 10 in a mid-week game at Tiger Field.
Brian Adams pitched seven innings, only allowing two hits and one run to earn the victory. It was only the second start of the sophomore’s career.
The Tigers ran out to a 9-1 lead in the first inning. Peter Nystrom and Matt Padgett each hit homers in the first. Clemson added two runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth. Clemson was also aided by 15 Coastal Carolina walks. With the win, Clemson won its 14th game in 15 tries.
Clemson Sweeps Stetson
Clemson improved its record to 16-2 on the season with a three-game sweep of the Stetson Hatters at Tiger Field on Mar 6 & 8. Stetson was fresh off an 8-0 victory at Georgia Tech in the previous days.
In game one, Clemson scored its most runs in almost a year by downing the Hatters 22-4. Kurt Bultmann hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs. Ryan Mottl (4-0) picked up the win, which was his eighth consecutive dating back to last season. Justing Singleton, son of former Oriole Ken Singleton, hit his first career homer, a line drive to straight-away center. Clemson used an 11-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
Game two saw Clemson take a commanding 10-5 win behind the bat of Matt Padgett and Peter Nystrom. Padgett had a double and a triple, while Nystrom added a double. Both players had two RBIs apiece. Skip Browning picked up his third victory of the season with his five inning outing, where he allowed three earned runs. Matt Addition pitched the final four innings, allowing only on run and four hits, t pick up his first save.
In game three, Padgett was the hero as he hit an opposite-field two-run homer in the sixth inning to put Clemson ahead 5-3. The Tigers went on to win 9-4 in a rain-shortened game. Padgett added another double along with his home run. Patrick Boyd had two hits and four RBIs, including a line-drive, opposite-field home run to left. Sophomore Mike Paradis gave up only five hits and three earned runs in seven innings to pick up his third win. Scott Clackum earned his fourth save. Tiger pitchers only allowed five hits in 30 at bats by the Hatters. Stetson entered the game hitting .340.
Tigers Split Two With Florida Atlantic
Clemson’s 10-game winning streak came to an end on Mar. 4 as Florida Atlantic split the two-game series.
In game one, Clemson won its fourth consecutive one-run game as the Tigers defeated the Owls 6-5. The Tigers scored single runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Patrick Boyd led Clemson with three hits, including a home run and a double. Reliever Scott Clackum picked up his second win by pitching 1.2 innings without giving up a run.
Game two saw Clemson strand 13 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings, as the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak ended by a 6-5 margin. The Tigers scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the second inning after the Owls had took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Florida Atlantic’s Mick Celli went 3-for-4 on the day, giving him seven hits in nine at bats for the two games. Ed Bou’s seventh inning, three-run homer proved to be the difference. Ten different Tigers accounted for Clemson’s 12 hits. Reliever Donovan Harrison suffered his first loss of the season.
Leggett Approaching 600-Win Mark
Head Coach Jack Leggett is only in his 19th season as a head coach and is fast approaching the 600-win mark in his coaching career. He has a career record of 597-361 in five seasons at Vermont, nine at Western Carolina, and more than four seasons at Clemson. He can reach the mark this weekend against his alma mater, Maine.
Leggett has also amassed a 220-74 (.748) record while at Clemson, including each of the first three seasons that saw him win 50 or more games.
Mottl Named ACC Player-Of-The-Week March 2
Sophomore pitcher Ryan Mottl earned Clemson’s first ACC Player-of-the-Week award in 1998 when he pitched seven innings and picked up his third win against UNC Wilmington on Feb. 27. The Florissant, MO native also won his seventh consecutive game dating back to the ’97 season. In the game against the Seahawks, he allowed just six hits and one walk, while striking out six.
For the season, Mottl is 4-0 with a 4.45 ERA in five starts. He won his last four decisions of ’97, therefore he has won eight decisions in a row. Mottl was a First-Team All-ACC starting pitcher as a freshman, and was the first freshman Tiger pitcher to ever accomplish that feat.
Boyd Garners ACC Honor March 9
Freshman Patrick Boyd was tabbed as the ACC Player-of-the-Week on March 9. He led Clemson to a 4-1 record for the week and hit .474 (9-for-19). The Palm Harbor native also was responsible for 14 runs in the five games, scoring nine runs and batting in five.
After starting the season 3-for-25 (.120), freshman Patrick Boyd has risen his batting average over .300. He is hitting 19-for-46 (.413) over the last 12 games. As the everyday centerfielder, Boyd has started all 19 games, and has scored 22 runs and hit four home runs. Baseball America tabbed Boyd in the preseason as the ACC’s Newcomer-of-the-Year and as one of the top-10 prospects overall in the ACC regardless of class.
Leggett Has 41-7 Record in Februarys
Under Head Coach Jack Leggett, Clemson has gotten off to some fast starts, mainly in the month of February. In his five February’s at Clemson, Leggett has amassed a 41-7 (.854) record in the month of February. Leggett was 8-2 in 1994, 6-1 in 1995, 7-2 in 1996, 9-1 in 1997, and 11-1 in 1998.
Freshman Nystrom An Instant Hit
Despite being in the shadows of the highly touted Patrick Boyd, Peter Nystrom has made an instant impact on the Tiger offense. The freshman from Dunedin, FL is hitting .391 with six doubles, three home runs, and 19 RBIs in only 46 at bats. Nystrom has played in 18 of the 19 games, starting 15 in left-field.
Calitri Homers In First Career At Bat
Red-shirt freshman Mike Calitri waited a whole year to do what few have ever done. The Canton, MA native hit an opposite field two-run homer in his first career at bat in the Tigers 16-4 win over East Carolina on Feb. 14. Calitri is 5-for-13 on the season, including a double and three RBIs in limited playing time at first and third base.
Roper Comes Back Strong
After missing all but one game of the 1997 season, redshirt sophomore shortstop Doug Roper has started 1998 with a bang. The Vidalia, GA native has 25 hits in 60 at bats for a .417 batting average. Ironically, he bats in the nine-spot in the lineup. He also has five stolen bases, tied for second most on the team. Roper was 5-for-47 (.106) entering the ’98 season.
Harris Impressive As Tigers’ First Baseman
Junior Jason Harris is hitting .415 with four homers and 19 RBIs as the Tigers’ new first baseman and cleanup hitter in 1998. The Brevard College transfer has also scored a team tying best 24 runs and been hit by pitch four times. He also has not committed an error in 185 chances.
Bultmann Picks Up Where He Left Off
Kurt Bultmann has started 1998 on a roll after setting the Clemson single-season record for doubles with 31. The junior from Seminole, FL hit two doubles in the three-game Olive Garden Classic. He also had six hits in 14 at bats and was named the tournament MVP. The second baseman has moved over from the shortstop position now that Doug Roper is back from a season-ending injury in 1997.
Bultmann is currently hitting .392 with eight doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 21 RBIs in starting all 19 games. His fielding percentage has also been a bright spot this season. He has committed only two errors in 82 chances for a .976 fielding percentage. Bultmann had one of his best games in his career against Stetson on Mar. 6, where he was 2-for-2 with two home runs, a two-run shot and a grand slam.
Bultmann now has 49 career doubles, which ties him for 12th place all time in Clemson history. Below is a look at the Clemson career doubles leaders:
Rk. Name (Years) Doubles1. Gary Burnham (1994-97) 772. Bert Heffernan (1985-88) 633. Chuck Baldwin (1984-87) 624. Shane Monahan (1993-95) 605. Jim Crowley (1988-91) 576. Jim McCollom (1982-85) 567. Kevin Northrup (1989-92) 55 Billy McMillon (1991-93) 559. Brian Kowitz (1988-90) 5310. Mike Milchin (1987-89) 51 Robert Bonnette (1976-79) 5112. Kurt Bultmann (1996-present)49 Steve Baucom (1984-87) 49 Jeff Miller (1990-93) 4915. Matthew LeCroy (1995-97) 48
1. Florida State (3) 732. Clemson (2) 70 Georgia Tech (3) 704. N.C. State 455. Wake Forest (1) 446. Duke 387. North Carolina 318. Virginia 239. Maryland 11
Clemson * #3 recruiting class by Baseball AmericaPatrick Boyd
* Top newcomer in the ACC by Baseball America
* #5 overall prospect in the ACCKurt Bultmann
* Third-Team All-American by Collegiate BaseballRyan Mottl, P
* #10 prospect in the ACC by Baseball America
* Second-Team All-American by The Sporting News
* Third-Team All-American by Collegiate BaseballMottl, Boyd Among Nine USA Baseball Team Training Camp Invitees
Clemson sophomore pitcher Ryan Mottl (Florissant, MO) and freshman outfielder Patrick Boyd (Palm Harbor, FL) were among the first nine players invited to the USA Baseball National Team summer camp.
Boyd, rated as the top newcomer in the ACC by Baseball America, is the only freshman amongst the nine invitees. Mottl, a First-Team All-ACC pitcher in 1997 as a freshman, was a member of the 1997 USA Baseball National Team. Both players attended the 1998 USA Baseball National Team Trials at Hi Corbett Field in November, 1997.
Camp is tentatively scheduled to open June 1 at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, AZ, home of USA Baseball and Cactus League spring training home of the Colorado Rockies. The USA Baseball National Team will begin its competition in mid-June and play approximately 30 games in preparation for the International Baseball Association’s XXXIII World Championship in Italy on July 21 – August 2.
Seven Current Tigers Picked In Major League Draft
The following is a list of current Clemson players selected in the Major League draft:
Player Year Team RoundPatrick Boyd 1997 Seattle Mariners 2ndMike Paradis 1996 Oakland Athletics 7thJustin Singleton 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks 9thSkip Browning 1996 Florida Marlins 11thPeter Nystrom 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks 13thPaul Stryhas 1997 San Francisco Giants 21stRyan Mottl 1996 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 39th
Clemson’s 203 Wins since 1994 Second Best In The Nation
The barometer of a great season in college baseball is getting to Omaha and winning 50 games. Since Jack Leggett took over as Clemson’s head coach in 1994, the Tigers have won 203 games (excluding 1998) for an average of almost 51 per season. Included in that total is 53 wins against top 25 teams. Included among the 53 wins is 24 victories over top 10 teams.
Tiger Field Rated Among Best In The Country
Beautiful Tiger Field has helped Clemson gain one of the best home-field advantages in the country. The Tigers have won over 84 percent of its home ACC games and 82 percent of its overall home games, dating back to 1970.
Baseball America recently published its rankings of the top baseball stadiums in the country based on aesthetics, playing conditions, and amenities. Tiger Field was ranked #8 in the country in Baseball America’s preseason issue, which is also tops in the ACC.
Date Opponent ResultFeb. 6 # South Florida W, 4-2Feb. 7 # Central Florida W, 7-6Feb. 8 # Auburn W, 9-4Feb. 13 EAST CAROLINA L, 1-6Feb. 14 EAST CAROLINA W, 16-4Feb. 15 EAST CAROLINA W, 8-2Feb. 20 OLD DOMINION W, 5-4Feb. 21 OLD DOMINION W, 11-10Feb. 22 OLD DOMINION W, 12-7Feb. 26 NORTH CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE W, 11-7Feb. 27 NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON W, 13-0Feb. 28 NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON W, 19-6Mar. 1 NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON W, 6-3Mar. 3 FLORIDA ATLANTIC W, 6-5Mar. 4 FLORIDA ATLANTIC L, 5-6Mar. 6 STETSON W, 22-4Mar. 8 STETSON (1) W, 10-5Mar. 8 STETSON (2) (8 innings) W, 9-4Mar. 10 COASTAL CAROLINA W, 17-3Date Opponent TimeMar. 13 MAINE 3:00Mar. 14 MAINE (DH) 12:00Mar. 17 WESTERN CAROLINA 7:00Mar. 18 at Western Carolina 3:00Mar. 20 * MARYLAND 7:15Mar. 21 * MARYLAND 2:00Mar. 22 * MARYLAND 2:00Mar. 25 THE CITADEL 7:00Mar. 27 * WAKE FOREST 7:15Mar. 28 * WAKE FOREST 7:00Mar. 29 * WAKE FOREST 2:00Mar. 31 GEORGIA 7:15Apr. 1 at South Carolina 7:00Apr. 3 * at Virginia 3:00Apr. 4 * at Virginia 2:00Apr. 5 * at Virginia 1:00Apr. 7 FURMAN 7:00Apr. 8 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 7:00Apr. 10 * at Duke 3:00Apr. 11 * at Duke 1:00Apr. 12 * at Duke 1:00Apr. 15 NORTH CAROLINA-ASHEVILLE 7:00Apr. 17 * N.C. STATE 7:15Apr. 18 * N.C. STATE 7:00Apr. 19 * N.C. STATE 2:00Apr. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA 7:15Apr. 22 at Georgia 7:00Apr. 24 * FLORIDA STATE 7:15Apr. 25 * FLORIDA STATE 7:00Apr. 26 * FLORIDA STATE #%1:00May 3 * at Georgia Tech 1:30May 4 * at Georgia Tech #7:00May 5 * at Georgia Tech #7:00May 8 * at North Carolina 7:00May 9 * at North Carolina 1:00May 10 * at North Carolina #4:00M.12-17 ACC Tournament @ Durham, NCM.21-24 NCAA RegionalsM.29-J.6 College World Series @ Omaha, NE# - Olive Garden Classic @ Kissimmee, FL; * - ACC game; # - televised on Fox SportSouth; % - tape delayed (4:00) # Player (#) Opponent (Date) Inning Outs *Type Pitcher 1. Nystrom (1) Central Florida (2/7) 3rd 0 1 Maroth (L) 2. Harris (1) Central Florida (2/7) 9th 2 2 Victoria (L) 3. Borgert (1) Auburn (2/8) 6th 1 2 Gliemmo (L) 4. Hyde (1) East Carolina (2/14) 2nd 0 3 Fields (L) 5. Bultmann (1) East Carolina (2/14) 4th 1 1 Bucy (R) 6. Boyd (1) East Carolina (2/14) 6th 0 1 Bucy (R) 7. Harris (2) East Carolina (2/14) 6th 0 2 Bucy (R) 8. Calitri (1) East Carolina (2/14) 7th 2 2 Wood (R) 9. Harris (3) East Carolina (2/15) 3rd 2 2 Outlaw (R) 10. Bultmann (2) East Carolina (2/15) 5th 0 1 Outlaw (R) 11. Nystrom (2) East Carolina (2/15) 7th 1 3 Thompson (R) 12. Boyd (2) Old Dominion (2/21) 6th 0 1 Dye (R) 13. Padgett (1) Old Dominion (2/22) 5th 0 3 Weaver (R) 14. Stanley (1) Old Dominion (2/22) 7th 0 1 Weaver (R) 15. Bultmann (3) North Carolina-Charlotte (2/26) 1st 2 1 Poplin (R) 16. Ellis (1) North Carolina Charlotte (2/26) 5th 0 1 Stanford(L) 17. Stanley (2) North Carolina-Wilmington (2/27)2nd 0 1 Temple (R) 18. Roper (1) North Carolina-Wilmington (2/27)3rd 1 3 Temple (R) 19. Boyd (3) Florida Atlantic (3/3) 1st 1 1 Moser (L) 20. Bultmann (4) Stetson (3/6) 1st 1 2 Aulet (R) 21. Harris (4) Stetson (3/6) 2nd 2 2 Aulet (R) 22. Bultmann (5) Stetson (3/6) 5th 0 4 Johnson (R) 23. Singleton (1) Stetson (3/6) 5th 1 3 Higginbotham (R) 24. Boyd (4) Stetson (3/8) (2) 1st 1 1 House (R) 25. Padgett (2) Stetson (3/8) (2) 6th 1 2 House (R) 26. Nystrom (3) Coastal Carolina (3/10) 1st 1 3 Crossen (L) 27. Padgett (3) Coastal Carolina (3/10) 1st 1 1 Crossen (L) * - 1...Solo, 2...2-run, 3...3-run, 4...Grand Slam # Player Pos. Games R H AB Avg HR RBI 25 Jason Harris 1B 6 10 8 21 .381 1 6 22 Matt Padgett OF 3 5 6 11 .545 2 6 # Player Pos. GP 2 3 4 5+ Tot 18 Kurt Bultmann 2B 19 9 2 0 0 11 22 Matt Padgett OF 18 6 3 0 0 9 25 Jason Harris 1B 19 7 2 0 0 9 4 Doug Roper SS 19 5 1 1 0 7
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