Overall Season Record: 21-14
ACC Regular-Season Record: 11-4
Last Week: 3-1
W home vs. #4 South Carolina, 12-2
W home vs. Virginia, 13-4
W home vs. Virginia, 3-2
L home vs. Virginia, 9-2
Tue. Home vs. Western Carolina (completion of suspended game)
Home vs. Western Carolina
Wed. Away vs. South Carolina
Fri. Away vs. N.C. State
Sat. Away vs. N.C. State
Sun. Away vs. N.C. State
Notes: Clemson went 3-1 this past week, which included a 12-2 win over #4 South Carolina on Wednesday and two wins in three games over Virginia. On Tuesday, Clemson was leading Western Carolina 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning before the game was suspended due to wet field conditions. The game, which started in Cullowhee, NC, will be completed at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 5:00 PM Tuesday before the regularly-scheduled game between the two teams.
Against the Gamecocks, Stephen Faris pitched his second-straight complete game five-hitter against an SEC team that played in the College World Series in 2004. He allowed just two runs and one walk while striking out seven. Clemson also hit four home runs, and every Tiger starter scored at least one run and had at least one hit. Clemson improved to 9-5 against top-25 teams in 2005 with the win. Those five losses have been by a combined eight runs as well.
Then against Virginia on Friday, the Tigers exploded for 12 combined runs in the sixth and seventh innings to blow open a close game. Kris Harvey hit two towering home runs and earned the win on the mound in a starting role. It was the second time this year he hit two homers and got the win on the mound in the same game. Clemson won Saturday 3-2 over Virginia thanks to two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Andy D'Alessio's RBI single won the game for the Tigers. Josh Cribb allowed just two runs on six hits in a career-high 8.0 innings pitched, but did not factor in the decision. In game three, Virginia totaled 13 hits to down Clemson 9-2.
On the week, the Tigers hit .351, and had nine doubles and six homers in four games. Clemson also committed just three errors and had a 3.75 ERA.
Clemson, who is 11-4 in the ACC and 21-14 overall, moved into third place in the ACC standings, just ahead of fourth-place North Carolina (11-4-1). The Tigers have climbed over the .300 mark, as they are hitting .302 on the season. Brad Chalk leads the way with a .374 average. Harvey is up to .351 overall with an ACC-best 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. He is also hitting a team-best .421 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 15 ACC games. He is 5-1 with a 4.01 ERA in nine starts (51.2 innings pitched) on the mound as well. Clemson has hit 34 homers this year, while allowing only 11. The Tigers' .974 fielding percentage is also ahead of the single-season school record.
Clemson's team ERA is 3.50 overall, but its 3.08 ERA in ACC games leads the league by almost 60 points. Despite allowing nine runs to Virginia in the series finale, Clemson is still allowing just 3.6 runs per game in ACC games, easily ahead of second-place Florida State, who is allowing 5.1 runs per game. Faris, who entered the week leading the nation in ERA, should still be atop the national leaders this week, as he has an 0.79 ERA and .164 opponents' batting average in 45.1 innings pitched. Jeff Hahn is also in the top 10 in the ACC in ERA with a 2.63 mark.
Clemson will finish the halted game against Western Carolina on Tuesday, then play another game right afterwards. Then the Tigers will travel to Columbia on Wednesday to take on South Carolina in the last of four games against the in-state rivals. Clemson will then venture to Raleigh, NC to play a three-game series at N.C. State starting Friday at 7:00 PM.
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