10 Things You Need to Know...CU Baseball

Clemson baseball gets started next Tuesday at 4:00 PM when the Tigers face off against Charlotte at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Here are some of the things you need to know headed into the start of another exciting season.

10. Tigers Picked Third
The Clemson Tigers were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference by the coaches. The Tigers finished last season with a 39-22 overall record and were the fourth seed at the ACC Tournament with a 15-9 conference record.

9. Holes to Fill
According to head coach Jack Leggett, several spots need to be filled after the departure of several players off of last year's squad. "We need to find a center fielder between Garrick Evans and Tony Sipp," said Leggett. "We also need to get a second basemen between Herman Demmink, Travis Storrer, and Daniel Pritchard. And we are looking for someone to step up at first base between Andy D'Alessio, Tyler Colvin, and maybe Kris Harvey when he gets back to being healthy."

8. Muson will Handle Play-by-Play
Don Munson will handle play-by-play duties in his first year with Tiger baseball. Bob Mahony will join Munson in the booth this season, marking his 16th year as color commentator for Tiger baseball.

7. McCann is the Man
Junior third baseman Brad McCann was named a Preseason Second-Team All-American by Baseball America. The Duluth, GA native is the returning team leader in homers (9), RBIs (67), and batting average (.347) from last year. He was also named to the Preseason All-American Third-Team by Collegiate Baseball

6. And the Captains Are...
Senior RHP Patrick Hogan, senior RHP Steven Jackson, and senior SS Russell Triplett will be the captains this year for the Clemson baseball team.

5. Tigers Preseason Ranked #11
The 2004 Clemson baseball team is ranked #11 in Baseball America's preseason poll. The Tigers came in 17th in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason poll.

4. New Streak in Order
Last season was the first time in 18 years that the Tigers failed to win at least 40 games. Clemson did however, keep its streak of going to the NCAA tournament intact. The Tigers have been to college baseball's version of the "Big Dance" in each of the last 17 seasons.

3. New Names
An early list of some of the younger players on the team that could play early in their careers include 1B: Andy D'Alessio, Tyler Colvin, LHP Aaron Eubanks, RHP: Steven Faris, P.J. Zocchi, and C Doug Hogan (brother of Patrick Hogan).

2. Home Sweet Home
The Tigers have a 14-game homestand through the middle part of the 2004 schedule. Included in that stretch is a three game series against nationally ranked FSU, nationally ranked N.C. State, not to mention in-state rivals Furman and Charleston Southern.

1. Gaddis in the Mix
Redshirt freshman QB C.J. Gaddis will be playing for the Tigers' baseball team this spring. Gaddis, who should earn a starting spot somewhere in the outfield this year, has earned rave reviews from head coach Jack Leggett through the early stages of preseason practice.

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