Tigers Face The Citadel Tonight

Clemson (22-14), ranked as high as #17, will play host to The Citadel (23-13) Tuesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15. Clemson and The Citadel have met 100 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding an 82-18 lead in a series that dates back to 1900.

Clemson vs. The Citadel
Clemson (22-14), ranked as high as #17, will play host to The Citadel (23-13) Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM. There will be no live Clemson radio for the game, however The Citadel will have live radio coverage available on the internet at CitadelSports.com. Live stats will be available on Clemson's website.

The Series
Clemson and The Citadel have met 100 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding an 82-18 lead in the series that dates back to 1900. The two teams last played at Clemson in 2000 in a three-game series. The Tigers won all three games. In 1999, the Bulldogs rallied from a double-digit deficit to down the Tigers 18-15 at Clemson. Last season, the Tigers played on The Citadel's home field, Riley Park in Charleston, but the games were against Georgia Southern.

The Tigers lead 47-7 in games played at Clemson and 12-2 in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 6-1 against The Citadel as Clemson's head coach. He was also 31-14 against the Bulldogs as Western Carolina's head coach from 1983-91.

Ryan Hub, a fifth-year senior outfielder, is the only Tiger to previously face The Citadel. As a true freshman in 2000, he was a late-inning defensive sub in all three games of the series, but did not make a plate appearance.

The Starting Pitchers
The Citadel will start junior righthander Griff Beckham (1-1, 3.56 ERA) Tuesday. The Camden, SC native has made four starts and seven relief appearances for a total of 30.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 34 hits, nine walks, and no homers while striking out 19.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Kris Harvey (6-0, 4.24 ERA) on the mound. The Catawba, NC native has started a team-high nine games and has pitched 40.1 innings. He has also struck out 35 and is holding opponents to a .243 batting average.

The Citadel Overview
The Citadel, led by 13th-year Head Coach Fred Jordan, enters the game Tuesday after sweeping a three-game series against High Point over the weekend. The Bulldogs are 9-5 on opponents' home fields and 12-3 in Southern Conference play to go along with their 23-13 overall record. Of its 36 games played this year, 23 have been against teams that Clemson has either played or will play later this year.

The Bulldogs are hitting .289 as a team, led by Chip Cannon's .349 batting average. He also has 13 of the team's 27 homers and 43 RBIs. He has walked 38 times and has a .509 on-base percentage. The Citadel has 35 sacrifice bunts and 51 steals, led by Jon Aughey's 12 and Josh Stackley's 11.

The Citadel's pitching staff sports a 4.09 ERA and .269 opponents' batting average. Righthander Shannon Sprouse has made a team-high 20 relief appearances and has four saves to go along with a 2.73 ERA. The Bulldogs also have an outstanding .974 fielding percentage thanks to committing just 37 errors in 36 games.

Clemson Overview
Clemson enters the game against The Citadel after taking two of three games at #10 North Carolina over the weekend despite scoring just six total runs. Thanks to the series win, the Tigers are in second place in the ACC standings with an 8-4 record. The Tigers, who are 13-5 at home with nine-straight home wins, are hitting .299 overall, led by Brad McCann's .395 batting average.

Lou Santangelo is Clemson's leading power hitter with 10 long balls, including the game-winner in the 10th inning Sunday at North Carolina. Garrick Evans has been the hottest hitter of late, upping his average to .344 thanks to going 7-for-15 last week. However, he suffered a leg injury Sunday while beating out an infield single.

The Tigers sport a 3.85 ERA and .251 opponents' batting average. They are also fielding at a .967 clip, committing just six errors in the last eight games. The Tiger defense has gone 16 straight games without allowing more than five runs.

Tigers Take Series at #10 North Carolina
Clemson won two close games at #10 North Carolina from April 16-18 at Boshamer Stadium to take the series 2-1. The series featured just 13 total runs, including just six by the Tigers. Travis Storrer, Garrick Evans, and Andy D'Alessio all had four hits apiece to lead the Tigers in the series. The Tigers also committed just two errors in three games. The pitching staff sported a 1.67 ERA for the series and did not allow a home run. It also stranded 34 baserunners in the series.

In game one, a game that started Friday and ended Saturday due to a power outage, Clemson escaped with a 2-1 win thanks to the pitching of Tyler Lumsden and Patrick Hogan. The two combined for 16 strikeouts, including 10 in 5.0 innings pitched by Lumsden, as he earned the win. Hogan struck out six in the final 4.0 innings pitched to earn his eighth save of the season. The two pitchers stranded 12 baserunners, while Clemson left just one on base. In fact, Daniel Bard and Whitley Benson combined to face just three over the minimum. Russell Triplett's RBI single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference. Both teams had six hits, including a team-high two by Andy D'Alessio.

In game two, righthander Garry Bakker pitched 7.0 scoreless innings to earn the win in the Tar Heels' 4-0 shutout win over Clemson. It was the first time in 2004 that Clemson had been shut out. The Tigers were just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and wasted several good scoring chances early in the game. Robert Rohrbaugh suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings pitched. Travis Storrer, Tony Sipp, and Evans had two hits apiece to account for all but two of the Tigers' hits.

In game three, the Tigers outlasted the Tar Heels 4-2 in 10 innings thanks to a home run by Lou Santangelo in the 10th. Four Tiger hurlers combined to strand 12 more baserunners. Meanwhile, the Tigers were just 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. The one hit was a big insurance run in the 10th thanks to D'Alessio's single up the middle. Steven Jackson picked up the win by pitching 1.2 scoreless and hitless innings out of the bullpen. Bard suffered his second loss of the weekend, as he gave up two runs out of the bullpen. The win was Clemson's first in extra innings in three tries, while North Carolina fell to 3-1. Clemson solidified itself in second place thanks to Sunday's win.

After playing half of its first 36 games away from home, Clemson will play its next 14 games in the friendly confines of Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The homestand includes three weekend series, against N.C. State, Florida State, and Central Florida. All three teams have been ranked in the top 25 in 2004. The Tigers have won nine straight home games after starting the season 4-5.

Tigers Climb in Poll, ACC Standings
Clemson is ranked #17 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll after a 4-1 week that included a 13-5 road win at #6 South Carolina and two wins at #10 North Carolina. With the two victories at North Carolina, the Tigers moved into second place in the ACC standings with an 8-4 conference mark. Virginia leads the ACC with a 14-4 record.

Evans Named ACC Player-of-the-Week
Thanks to leading the Tigers in batting average last week, Garrick Evans was named the ACC Player-of-the-Week for his performances in five games from April 13-18. Four of the five games were on the road against top-10 teams. In five games, he was 7-for-15 (.467) with a homer and six RBIs. The home run and five of the runs batted in came in one game. Against #6 South Carolina, he was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer. He was also outstanding at #10 North Carolina, going 4-for-9 with a stolen base and two good defensive plays that helped preserve each of the Tigers' two wins in Chapel Hill. Unfortunately, the junior outfielder from Burke, VA sprained his ankle after beating out an infield single Sunday. His status is listed as day-to-day.

Jackson Has Carolina on His Mind
Righthander and tri-captain Steven Jackson returned for his senior year after being selected in the 32nd round by the Cleveland Indians in 2003. One of his goals was to finally pitch against South Carolina, a team he never faced in three previous years. He earned his chance when Clemson traveled to Columbia on April 14 to face the #6 Gamecocks. In his first start of 2004, Jackson pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs to earn the win, also his first of the season. Later in the week, he came out of the bullpen at #10 North Carolina. He pitched 1.2 scoreless and hitless innings in Clemson's 4-2 victory in 10 innings. Therefore, he defeated two top-10 Carolina teams on the road in one week.

The Summerville, SC native also made a rare plate appearance after Lou Santangelo's go-ahead homer in the 10th inning of the April 18 game at North Carolina. Since Clemson had already lost its designated hitter, a pinch-hitter would have hit for the pitcher who had not batted since high school. But with Santangelo's homer, Head Coach Jack Leggett wanted Jackson to close out the victory. Jackson slapped what looked like a single, but a nice play by the Tar Heel third baseman retired Jackson at first. Jackson did close out the game by retiring the three Tar Heels in order in the bottom of the 10th inning to preserve the Tigers' 4-2 victory.

In 2004, Jackson is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in one start and 12 relief appearances. He is also holding opponents to a .227 batting average and just three extra base hits in 23.0 innings pitched. Jackson has a 17-6 career record in 58 appearances over four seasons.

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