Weekly Baseball Wrap-Up

The Tigers improved to 18-13 after sweeping Duke over the weekend.

Overall Season Record: 18-13
ACC Regular-Season Record: 9-3

Last Week: 3-2
L away vs. Georgia, 11-10
L home vs. Georgia, 4-1
W home vs. Duke, 9-3
W home vs. Duke, 11-6
W home vs. Duke, 16-6

Next Week
Tue. Away vs. Western Carolina
Wed. Home vs. South Carolina
Fri. Home vs. Virginia
Sat. Home vs. Virginia
Sun. Home vs. Virginia

Clemson went 3-2 this past week in five games, which included two losses to Georgia and a three-game sweep of Duke. The Tigers lost to Georgia in Athens 11-10 on Tuesday despite out-hitting the Bulldogs 17-10. The Tigers also out-hit Georgia on Wednesday, but fell 4-1. Clemson swept Duke by a combined score of 36-15 thanks in part to going an incredible 21-for-34 (.618) with runners in scoring position. Clemson scored eight runs in the sixth inning of game one to blow open a close game, and then scored 12 runs in the eighth inning of game three to blow open another close game. The Tigers had only scored 10 total runs in the eighth inning through 30 games this year. Clemson sent 17 batters to the plate in the inning, as it set a school record for most runs in an eighth inning.

On the week, the Tigers hit .333, while their opponents hit .259. Clemson also hit 15 doubles and five homers, while its opponents hit just seven doubles and no homers. Clemson has gone 11 straight games without allowing a home run. Brad Chalk was 8-for-18 (.444), while Kris Harvey was 7-for-18 (.389) with nine runs scored, two doubles, two homers, and six RBIs on the week. Harvey also earned the win on Friday by pitching 7.0 innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out a career-high nine batters.

Clemson moved into a tie for third place in the ACC standings (according to winning percentage) thanks to the sweep of the Blue Devils. Clemson is 9-3 in the ACC, while the three losses have been by a combined four runs. The nine wins, on the other hand, have been by a combined 62 runs. Clemson has hit 14 homers in ACC games and only allowed two, as its average score in conference games has been 8.1-3.3. Four Tigers are hitting at least .400 in ACC games, including Chalk (.429), Taylor Harbin (.417), Harvey (.404), and Herman Demmink (.400). Clemson's ERA in ACC games is also 2.77. Lefthander Robert Rorhbaugh is 4-0 with a 3.12 ERA in four ACC starts.

Clemson, who is 8-5 against top-25 ranked teams, is 18-13 overall this season, but has lost seven games by one run. Clemson is 13-7 in its last 20 games, but has lost those seven games by a combined 10 runs. The Tigers are hitting .296 overall and are led by Harbin, who is hitting .373 with 16 doubles, five homers, 29 RBIs, and a team-high 17 multi-hit games. He committed his first (throwing) error at second base all season on Sunday, trying to start an inning-ending double play that pulled shortstop Stan Widmann just off the second-base bag. The starting freshman trio "up the middle" of Harbin (2B), Widmann (SS), and Chalk (CF) are all hitting at least .300, as Widmann is at .300 and Chalk is hitting .368. Harvey also leads the team with eight homers and 33 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 3.46 ERA and .259 opponents' batting average. Stephen Faris' ACC-leading ERA went up this week despite allowing just one earned run in a complete game against Georgia on Wednesday. He has allowed just 19 hits and 13 walks while striking out 34 in 36.1 innings pitched. The Richmond, VA native also has a .165 opponents' batting average and 0.50 ERA, both ACC bests.

Clemson will travel to Cullowhee, NC to play at Western Carolina on Tuesday night before playing host to South Carolina, who is coming off a three-game sweep at Louisiana State this weekend, on Wednesday. The Tigers will then play host to Virginia in a three-game ACC series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Friday.

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