Clemson vs. N.C. State
Clemson (24-14, 11-4 ACC), winners of nine of its last 10 games, will travel to Raleigh, NC to take on N.C. State (28-11, 9-9 ACC) this weekend in a three-game series at Doak Field. Game times are 7:00 PM (Friday), 7:00 PM (Saturday), and 1:00 PM (Sunday). All three games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network and can be heard live via the internet at ClemsonTigers.com. Saturday's game will be televised live by C-SET. Live stats will also be available on Clemson's website for all three games.
Clemson and N.C. State have met 155 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 92-62-1 lead in the series dating back to the 1921 season. Last year at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers swept N.C. State by a total of five runs, which included two one-run victories. Clemson then won 12-1 in an ACC Tournament game at Salem, VA. Two years ago at Kinston, NC, the Wolfpack won two of three games. Clemson has not played a game at Doak Field since 2001 due to renovations undergone at the facility.
The Tigers hold a 34-31 advantage over the Wolfpack all-time in games played at N.C. State. Clemson also holds a 72-49 advantage in games played in the ACC regular season.
Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett is 26-12 against the Wolfpack as Clemson's head coach, including a 7-8 mark at N.C. State. Leggett was also 7-18 against the Wolfpack as the head coach at Western Carolina, meaning he is 33-30 all-time against N.C. State.
The Starting Pitchers
N.C. State's starter for game one has not been determined.
Clemson will counter with junior righty Kris Harvey (5-1, 4.01 ERA) in game one. The Catawba, NC native has made nine starts for a total of 51.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 52 hits and 18 walks while striking out 45.
The Wolfpack will send out junior lefthander Branden Knapp (2-2, 4.17 ERA) on the mound Saturday. The Amarillo, TX native has made six starts and three relief appearances for a total of 41.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 42 hits and eight walks while striking out 28.
Clemson will counter with junior lefty Robert Rohrbaugh (4-2, 4.44 ERA) in game two. The Littlestown, PA native has made eight starts and two relief appearances for a total of 46.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 51 hits and 22 walks while striking out 39.
In game three Sunday, N.C. State will start sophomore righty Gib Hobson (5-1, 4.97 ERA). The Pfafftown, NC native has made 11 starts for a total of 54.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 56 hits and 19 walks with 37 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Josh Cribb (3-4, 3.65 ERA) in game three. The Lake View, SC native has made nine starts and two relief appearances for a total fo 56.2 innings pitched. He has yielded 70 hits and 12 walks while striking out 49, good for a 4.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
N.C. State, led by ninth-year Head Coach Elliott Avent, enters the weekend series with a 28-11 overall record and 9-9 ACC mark after beating East Carolina 3-0 in Greenville, NC on Wednesday. Last weekend, the Wolfpack won two of three games at Wake Forest. N.C. State is 19-2 at home as well.
The Wolfpack is hitting .303 as a team and is led by Aaron Bates, who is hitting .390 with five homers and 38 RBIs, both team-highs. Jake Muyco is hitting .363, while Matt Camp leads the team with 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. N.C. State also has an excellent .401 on-base percentage and .972 fielding percentage.
When the Wolfpack scores first this season, they are 17-0. They are also 8-0 when scoring in the first inning and 24-0 when they out-hit the opponent.
The pitching staff has a 4.28 ERA and .261 opponents' batting average. The staff has also allowed only 124 walks while striking out 268. Closer Joey Devine has nine saves and a 2.01 ERA in 17 relief appearances. He has an incredible 46 strikeouts against only three walks in 31.1 innings pitched. Freshman righthander Andrew Brackman, who played a prominent role in N.C. State's run to the Sweet 16 in basketball this season, has yet to allow an earned run in 11.0 innings pitched over two relief appearances and one start.
Clemson enters the weekend series against N.C. State with a 24-14 overall record and 11-4 ACC mark after defeating #8 South Carolina 7-5 in Columbia, SC on Wednesday. Clemson has won nine of its last 10 games and is 8-8 on opponents' home fields this season.
The Tigers have upped their season batting average to .304. However, if you just take into account Clemson's nine regular starters (see page one of the notes), those nine players have combined to hit .321 this season. The team's hottest hitter is freshman centerfielder Brad Chalk, who is 28-for-60 (.467) in his last 19 games. He has raised his season average to a team-best .376 mark and has a .452 on-base percentage. The other two Tiger freshmen "up the middle" are also doing well at the plate, as Taylor Harbin (2B) is hitting .353 and Stan Widmann (SS) is hitting .298.
The pitching staff has a 3.40 ERA and .255 opponents' batting average. Righthanders Stephen Faris (0.72 ERA) and Jeff Hahn (2.70 ERA) lead the Tigers in the ERA category. Clemson has yielded an ACC-low 11 long balls in 2005 and is fielding at a .973 clip.
Two Tigers will return to their home state to face N.C. State, including Kris Harvey (Catawba) and David Williams (Burnsville).
Tigers Rally Late to Down #8 South Carolina
Kris Harvey's three-run homer capped a four-run ninth inning in Clemson's 7-5 come-from-behind win at #8 South Carolina on April 20. Harvey's 12th homer of the season came with two outs and after Taylor Harbin brought home the tying run with an RBI ground ball. Pinch-hitter Ben Hall started the inning off by beating out an infield single to second base. Clemson held a 3-0 lead until South Carolina scored four runs in the sixth inning. It was South Carolina's first loss in 30 games in 2005 when leading after eight innings. Josh Cribb earned the win in relief, while starter David Kopp pitched 5.0 effective innings. Tyler Colvin, who received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson's MVP in the four-game series with the Gamecocks, hit a double and inside-the-park home run to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. The Tigers, who out-hit the Gamecocks 12-9, earned a four-game series split thanks to the dramatic victory.
Tigers Face Wolfpack in Weekend Series
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