Overall Season Record: 15-11
ACC Regular-Season Record: 6-3
Last Week: 3-2
W home vs. #25 Coastal Carolina, 14-5
W home vs. #25 Coastal Carolina, 8-1
L away vs. #6 Florida State, 3-1
L away vs. #6 Florida State, 5-4
W away vs. #6 Florida State, 7-3
Tue. Away vs. Georgia
Wed. Home vs. Georgia
Fri. Home vs. Duke
Sat. Home vs. Duke
Sun. Home vs. Duke
Clemson went 3-2 this past week in five games, all against teams ranked in the top-25. The Tigers swept a two-game, midweek series against #25 Coastal Carolina by a combined score of 22-6, then won one of three games at #6 Florida State. Despite the series loss, which included a one-run and two-run loss, the Tigers outscored the Seminoles 12-11 and outhit them .282 to .266. Six of the Tigers' 11 losses have been by one run, while another loss was by two runs. Clemson is still 8-5 against top-25 teams, as half of its 26 games have been against ranked foes, and that does not include three games at Auburn, who was not ranked at the time, but is currently in the top 10 of the unofficial RPI.
On the week, Clemson hit .331, led by Herman Demmink's .526 average (10-for-19). The junior third baseman also scored seven runs, hit a double, homer, and drove in five runs in five games. Andy D'Alessio raised his average significantly by going 7-for-16 (.438), while Kris Harvey (.381) and Taylor Harbin (.368) both had productive weeks and hit long balls. Despite totaling only four hits, Tyler Colvin made each one count, as all four were doubles. He also drove in a team-high six runs on the week.
Tiger pitchers did not allow a home run during the week and had a 3.12 ERA. Jeff Hahn was outstanding in two appearances. In a start against #25 Coastal Carolina, he pitched 6.0 innings without allowing an earned run to earn the win. Then against the #6 Seminoles in the series finale, he allowed just one single, no runs, and no walks while striking out three in the final 3.0 innings to record his first save of the year. Therefore in 9.0 innings pitched, he did not allow an earned runs and struck out eight against only one walk. Stephen Faris lowered his ACC-best ERA to 0.33 by pitching 4.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief in the series opener against the Seminoles.
In the last 15 games, the Tigers are 10-5, but the five losses have been by a combined six runs. The Tigers are hitting .289 overall and are led by Harbin, who is hitting .368 with 14 doubles, four homers, and 24 RBIs. He also has a .991 fielding percentage and has not committed an error at his usual position of second base. Demmink is 18-for-38 in the last two weeks to raise his season batting average to .366. The Tigers are also fielding at a stellar .974 clip after committing just four errors in five games this past week. The pitching staff's ERA is 3.23, while opponents are hitting .259.
The Tigers will play a home-and-home series with Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home to play host to Duke over the weekend. Clemson, who has traveled for five of its first seven weekends, has played only 11 home games compared to 13 away games and two neutral-site games in 2005.
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