Tiger Baseball Wrap Up

The Clemson baseball team closed out its fall practice period with two Orange and Purple scrimmages Thursday and Friday. After losing nine players to the pros, and other forms of attrition (a total of 15 players), there are many newcomers and plenty of playing time available.

Dividing up that playing time among the available players becomes the challenge facing the coaching staff between now and the beginning of the season in February.

The leading hitter for the fall was Daniel Pritchard, a name many Clemson fans don't recognize immediately. Pritchard, a redshirt junior infielder from Hartsville, SC, hit .560 with a team-leading 11 RBI in the 10 scrimmages played over the course of fall drills.

The leading pitcher was Stephen Faris, a sophomore from Richmond, VA, who showed signs of being very good over the summer, when he compiled a record of 5-2 in nine games with an ERA of 2.26 (16 earned runs in 63.2 innings pitched), 10 walks and 55 strikeouts. For the fall, he compiled an ERA of 1.93 (3 runs in 14 innings pitched), with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Daniel Moskos, a freshman left-hander from Alta Loma, CA, led the team with 11 strikeouts.

Thursday's Scrimmage
On Thursday, the Orange team beat the Purple team 8-1, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth (that didn't have to be played since they led 4-1 after eight and a half innings). The coaching staff decided to play the bottom of the ninth in order to give all pitchers three innings of work. Stephen Faris started for the Orange (home) team and Alex Martin started for the Purple (Road) team and both pitched very well.

Faris gave up just one hit in his three innings, and it was erased on a double play. The only run scored in the first three innings was scored by Daniel Pritchard, who has had an outstanding fall. In the bottom of the second, John Ingram led off by popping out to third and then Pritchard was hit by a pitch. Pritchard advanced to second when Jesse Ferguson flied out to left field. Drew Martin then walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch, putting Martin on second and Pritchard on third. Attempting to get Martin at second, the ball was thrown into center field, allowing Pritchard to score.

Martin was then thrown out trying to take third to end the inning. In the top of the fourth, Brad Chalk led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Taylor Harbin, who bunted the ball softly to third, where Pritchard bare-handed the ball and threw Harbin out at first. Travis Storrer followed with a single, allowing Chalk to advance to third. Andy D'Alessio tied the score with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Chalk.

It was the only run the purple team would score as Tyler Colvin ended the inning by flying out to left field.

The Orange team added two runs in the bottom of the fifth. John Ingram led off the inning with a walk. Pritchard popped out to short, the only time he didn't reach base in the game. Ingram then stole second. Jesse Ferguson singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Drew Martin grounded out to second, scoring Ingram and putting Ferguson on second. Ben Hall singled, scoring Ferguson. Hall was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double, but the run had already scored.

In the bottom of the seventh, Stan Widmann led off with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. Kris Harvey grounded out to third, allowing Widmann to take third on the play. Ingram followed Harvey by striking out and then Pritchard singled, scoring Widmann. Jesse Ferguson ended the inning by grounding out to first.

The Orange team tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the ninth off Aaron Eubanks.

Bryan Yates and David Williams began the inning with singles, Williams' a bunt single. Stan Widmann grounded into a double play, with Yates going to third and Williams out at second. Kris Harvey was intentionally walked and John Ingram then drew a walk to load the bases.

Pritchard followed with a two RBI single up the middle, scoring Yates and Harvey. Ferguson followed with a two RBI triple, scoring Ingram and Pritchard before Drew Martin ended the game by flying out to center field.

Neither team committed an error, which is obviously a very positive sign. Offensively, the star of the game (as he has been all fall) was Daniel Pritchard, who went 2-3 and drove in three runs. Outside of the bottom of the ninth, it was a very well-pitched game. Chris Fidrych and Chris Howard pitched the middle three innings, with William Bond and Aaron Eubanks pitching the final three. Neither Faris, nor Martin, nor Bond gave up a run. Faris, Martin, Fidrych, and Bond each struck out 2 batters.

Friday's Scrimmage
The Friday, October 15 game only lasted 8 innings, again because of a lack of pitchers. The Orange team was the "road" team and the Purple team the "home" team. The pitching situation wasn't helped any when Kris Harvey left in the bottom of the first after giving up five runs and failing to record an out.

The inning was declared over and the game moved on. Brad Chalk and Taylor Harbin led off the bottom of the first with singles and Andy D'Alessio walked to load the bases. Travis Storrer doubled, driving in Chalk and Harbin. Tyler Colvin followed with an RBI single, scoring D'Alessio. Doug Hogan promptly doubled, scoring Storrer and Colvin, and the inning ended.

The game stayed at 5-0 until the bottom of the third when Chalk led off by grounding out. Harbin followed by driving a pitch over the hedge in left center for his first, and only, home run of the fall off Jeff Hahn.

In the bottom of the fourth, Hahn started the inning by striking out Colvin and Hogan. Herman Demmink then singled and stole second. Adrian Casanova followed with an RBI single that scored Demmink. Tanner Leggett ended the inning by grounding out to second. The Orange team put two runs on the board in the top of the 5th off freshman left-hander Daniel Moskos. Drew Martin led off the inning with a walk, and Ben Hall doubled, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Gene Pierce grounded out to third, scoring Martin and advancing Hall to third. Hall then scored on a wild pitch to complete the scoring for the Orange team.

The Purple team came back in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on another run. Chalk and Harbin singled to start the inning. Andy D'Alessio then went down on strikes before Travis Storrer walked and Tyler Colvin reached on a fielder's choice, forcing Storrer at second and scoring Chalk from third. Doug Hogan followed by being hit by a pitch, loading the bases.

Demmink then hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Hogan out at second to end the inning.

The Purple team won 8-2 and the teams split the series at a game a piece.

William Bond pitched the bottom of the sixth and the bottom of the seventh and did not give up a run, giving him 5 innings pitched in the two games. Drew Fiorenza pitched the top of the 7th and the 8th and also did not give up a run. Daniel Moskos pitched 3 innings and gave up the two runs the Orange team scored in the fifth.

Offensively, Friday's star was Taylor Harbin, who went 3-4 with a home run. Doug Hogan and Travis Storrer led with 2 RBI each. Adrian Casanova struggled at the plate early during fall practice, but recovered nicely and went 3-6 with an RBI during the Orange and Purple scrimmages.

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