Weekly Baseball Recap

A look back at the last week of Clemson baseball.

Overall Season Record: 25-16
ACC Regular-Season Record: 12-6

Last Week: 3-2
W home vs. Western Carolina, 10-1
W away vs. #8 South Carolina, 7-5
L away vs. N.C. State, 8-3
W away vs. N.C. State, 16-9
L away vs. N.C. State, 9-8

Note: Clemson also completed a halted game from the previous week. Clemson defeated Western Carolina 7-4 in the game that started on April 12 and was completed on April 19.

Next Week:
Tue. Home vs. Elon
Wed. Home vs. Wofford
Fri. Home vs. Georgia Tech
Sat. Home vs. Georgia Tech
Sun. Home vs. Georgia Tech

Clemson went 3-2 in five games last week, and also won a game that was suspended from the prior week. Clemson won the completed game against Western Carolina on Tuesday afternoon 7-4, then defeated the Catamounts 10-1 in the nightcap. The Tigers downed #8 South Carolina 7-5 on Wednesday thanks to four runs in the ninth inning, including three on Kris Harvey's go-ahead homer. The Tigers improved to 10-5 against top-25 ranked teams this year and evened the final series record against the Gamecocks at 2-2. Tyler Colvin received the Bob Bradley Award, going to the Tiger MVP of the four-game series against South Carolina. Clemson hit .336 with eight homers in the four games, while the Gamecocks only hit .250.

The Tigers ventured to Raleigh, NC to play a three-game series at N.C. State. N.C. State won game one 8-3, but the Tigers came back and won game two 16-9 behind Taylor Harbin. Harbin, a freshman from Travelers Rest, SC, went 5-for-5 with five runs scored, three homers, and eight RBIs. He set a school record with 16 total bases in the game, as he also had a triple and single in the game. He became the 11th Tiger in history to hit three homers in a game. He hit the three long balls on three-straight pitches, as his last two shots came on the first pitch of each at-bat. He only lacked a double for the cycle, ironically a category in which he led the ACC on a per-game basis entering the series.

In game three, Clemson fell 9-8 on Aaron Cone's walkoff single in the ninth inning despite the Tigers out-hitting N.C. State 14-12. Colvin hit three doubles in the series finale, tying a school record. He also hit three in a game against Florida State in 2004, therefore he joined Khalil Greene as the only Tigers in history to have multiple three-double games. Colvin tied Harbin for the team lead with 18 doubles on the season as well. Despite losing the series 2-1, Clemson has not been outscored in any of its eight three-game series this season. Clemson also lost series 2-1 at Auburn and at Florida State, but the Tigers outscored both teams in each series.

On the week, Clemson hit .351 in the five games and scored 44 runs. The Tigers also hit eight doubles, four triples, and 10 homers, meaning they slugged .592 for the week. Colvin led the way with 11 hits in 21 at-bats (.524), five doubles, a homer, nine RBIs, and two stolen bases. Herman Demmink was 11-for-23 (.478), while Travis Storrer was 9-for-21 (.429), Brad Chalk was 6-for-16 (.375), Kris Harvey was 7-for-19 (.368) with three homers and nine RBIs, and Harbin was 8-for-23 (.348) with three homers and 12 RBIs.

Clemson has a 25-16 overall record and 12-6 mark in the ACC. Clemson is just 4-8 in one-run games, including losing four games on a walkoff play. Clemson has still won 19 of its last 27 games and 10 of its last 13. The team is hitting .306 with 46 homers in 41 games, but has been even more productive with runners in scoring position, as the team is hitting .341 in that situation. Meanwhile, the pitching staff has yielded only 14 homers, meaning the team is hitting 3.3 homers for every one it gives up. The staff also has a 3.74 ERA and .263 opponents' batting average, while the team sports a .973 fielding percentage.

Demmink leads the team with a .371 batting average. Freshmen Chalk (.369) and Harbin (.353) are next among Tiger leaders in batting average. Harbin has hit 18 doubles, two triples, and nine homers along with a team-best 47 RBIs in 41 games. Harvey is hitting .346 with an ACC-best 14 homers (including nine in ACC games) and 45 RBIs, while Colvin has upped his average to .338.

Stephen Faris leads the Tigers with a 1.20 ERA in 52.2 innings pitched. Jeff Hahn has a 2.63 ERA to join Faris in the top 10 in the ACC in ERA. The Tigers welcomed red-shirt freshman P.J. Zocchi back to the staff, as he threw 2.0 innings against Western Carolina on Tuesday in his first action in over a year after recovering from "Tommy John" surgery.

The Tigers, who have played 21 of their 41 games away from home, will play five games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium next week. Clemson will play host to Elon on Tuesday and Wofford on Wednesday before playing host to Georgia Tech over the weekend.

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