Evans Named ACC Player of the Week

The Clemson Tigers are back in the Baseball News Top 25 this week, appearing at #17. Garrick Evans was also named ACC Player of the Week. Evans hit .467 at the plate last week (7-for-15) to help lead the Tigers to a 4-1 record.

His best game of the week came against No. 6 South Carolina where he went 3-for-4 with five RBIs including a double and a three-run home run. The Tigers went on to defeat the Gamecocks on the road, 13-5. In the three-game set against No. 10 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., the junior centerfielder collected four hits in nine at bats. But perhaps his biggest highlights of the weekend were on the defensive end. In game one, the Burke, Va. native made the game-ending catch out in centerfield with the Tar Heels tying runner on at third base to preserve Clemson's 2-1 victory. Evans than made a perfect throw to retire a base runner attempting to advance to third with no outs in the inning, a game in which the Tigers won 4-2 in extra innings.

Layden, a junior left hander, pitched a no-hitter on April 13 to lead the Blue Devils to a 4-0 win over Old Dominion. Layden posted a career-high 12 strike outs as he threw the Blue Devils' first no-hitter since 1991. The Deer Park, N.Y. native faced just five batters over the minimum, while setting down 17 straight Monarchs at one point in the game. He struck out two batters in each of the first three innings while striking out the side in the seventh.

Clemson will next face the Citadel on Tuesday and Western Carolina on Wednesday before facing NC State at home for a three-game series starting Friday. Duke will host Davidson on Wednesday followed by a three-game, weekend set against North Carolina in Durham, N.C.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of April 19, 2004)

Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Texas (38-5) 495   1
  2. Stanford (29-5) 494   2
  3. Rice (30-7) 492   3
  4. Notre Dame (30-5) 490   4
  5. Miami, Fla. (28-8) 488   5
  6. Long Beach St. (26-9) 485   8
  7. Mississippi (31-6) 484   9
  8. Louisiana St. (28-10) 481 12
  9. U.C. Irvine (23-10-1) 475   7
10. Tennessee (29-9) 470   6
11. Wichita St. (23-7) 468 11
12. Florida St. (26-13) 463 14
13. Auburn (26-12) 459 16
14. Oral Roberts (31-7) 457 21
15. Virginia (32-7) 455 23
16. East Carolina (31-6) 452 28
17. Clemson (22-14) 449
18. North Carolina (27-10) 447 10
19. Arkansas (25-13) 446 18
20. Nebraska (26-9) 445 17
21. Florida (28-11) 443 19
22. South Carolina (26-10) 441 13
23. Southern Miss. (29-8) 440 20
24. Oklahoma (25-13) 439 25
25. Central Florida (32-8) 437 26
26. Tulane (26-12) 434 15
27. Coll. of Charleston (28-7) 433 22
28. North Carolina St. (27-12) 430 24
29. Rutgers (20-13) 429
30. Cal. St. Fullerton (23-16) 427

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