Weekly Baseball Recap

News and notes from an undefeated week for Clemson baseball.

Overall Season Record: 33-19
ACC Regular-Season Record: 18-9

Last Week: 5-0
W away vs. Virginia Tech, 7-0
W away vs. Virginia Tech, 6-2
W away vs. Wake Forest, 4-1
W away vs. Wake Forest, 17-14 (11)
W away vs. Wake Forest, 6-5

Next Week:
Tue. Home vs. College of Charleston
Thu. Home vs. Miami (FL)
Fri. Home vs. Miami (FL)
Sat. Home vs. Miami (FL)

Notes: Clemson was a perfect 5-0 during this past week, which included two wins in the final two games at Virginia Tech on Monday and Tuesday, and a three-game sweep at Wake Forest. With the five wins, Clemson put itself near the top of the ACC standings, as it is tied with Florida State for third place at 18-9. Clemson also upped its overall record to 33-19, meaning the victory in the series finale at Wake Forest was its 2,300th in school history. The Tigers started the year 6-8, therefore are 27-11 in their last 38 games. Clemson finished its road ACC schedule with a 10-5 record and will play host to second-place Miami (FL) next weekend. The Tigers have also played just 25 home games, while playing 27 on the road, including 25 on opponents' home fields this season.

The Tigers hit .319 on the week, while their opponents hit .264. Adrian Casanova, the #9 batter in the lineup, hit a team-best .533 (8-for-15) with two homers and six RBIs. Taylor Harbin was 10-for-21 (.476) with four doubles, while Travis Storrer was 8-for-20 (.400) to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Tyler Colvin added 10 RBIs and two doubles. Clemson also committed only five errors, including one in the Wake Forest series, and turned seven double plays.

Clemson had a 4.21 ERA during the week. Josh Cribb earned two wins in one start and one relief appearance during the week. On Monday at Virginia Tech, he pitched a complete game shutout in Clemson's 7-0 win. He allowed just six hits (all singles) and one walk while striking out six. It was the first shutout by a Tiger since 2003, and the first in an ACC game since 2001. Then on Saturday at Wake Forest, he came out of the bullpen in a tight game and earned the win in relief in the Tigers' 17-14 win in 11 innings. He pitched the final 3.0 innings, allowing three hits and one run with three strikeouts. He retired two straight Demon Deacons in the ninth inning with the score tied, one out, and runners on second and third with a strikeout and a groundout to keep the Tigers alive. Therefore in two road ACC games during the week, he allowed just one run in 12.0 innings pitched (0.75 ERA). He also yielded just nine hits (all singles) and three walks (two of which were intentional) with nine strikeouts.

Stephen Faris also pitched a complete game six-hitter at Wake Forest on Friday in Clemson's 4-1 win. Both Faris (2.69) and Jeff Hahn (3.10) should be in the top 10 in ERA in the ACC. Robert Rohrbaugh's victory in a starting role at Wake Forest on Sunday was his sixth of the year in ACC games. Only the Hurricanes' Cesar Carrillo has more wins in conference games than Rohrbaugh in the ACC. Also on Sunday, Drew Fiorenza earned his first save as a Tiger when he pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts in Clemson's 6-5 win.

Kris Harvey was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance at Wake Forest on Saturday and left the game soon thereafter. He suffered a contusion on his left wrist and did not play on Sunday. His status is listed as day-to-day.

On the season, Clemson has upped its batting average to .309 with 63 homers. Harbin leads the club with a .356 average along with 23 doubles, nine homers, and 53 RBIs. Another freshman, Brad Chalk, is second at .353 with a .450 on-base percentage, while Storrer is third at .349. Harvey leads Clemson in homers (18) and RBIs (56), while Andy D'Alessio has 13 homers and 51 RBIs on only 43 hits. Clemson is hitting .348 with runners in scoring position this year, including a staggering .385 mark in ACC contests.

The Tigers, who are 11-7 against top-25 ranked teams in 2005, will play four games against ranked teams when they play host to College of Charleston, who is coached by former Tiger righthander and assistant John Pawlowski, on Tuesday before playing host to the Hurricanes in a three-game series from Thursday to Saturday.

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