Overall Season Record : 37-19
ACC Regular-Season Record: 21-9
Last Week: 4-0
W home vs. #20 College of Charleston, 8-5
W home vs. #4 Miami (FL), 15-5
W home vs. #4 Miami (FL), 9-2
W home vs. #4 Miami (FL), 6-2
Wed. Virginia (ACC Tournament at Jacksonville, FL)
Thu. ACC Tournament
Clemson was a perfect 4-0 this past week, as it upped its winning streak to nine games with four wins over top-20 ranked teams. Clemson downed #20 College of Charleston 8-5, then the Tigers swept #4 Miami (FL) by a combined score of 30-9 in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from Thursday to Saturday. Clemson won by scores of 15-5, 9-2, and 6-2, as the Hurricanes suffered their first three-game series sweep since 2002. Clemson set a school record for most conference wins (21) in a season, as it ended the regular season with a 21-9 ACC mark.
In game one against the Hurricanes, Clemson handed National Player-of-the-Year candidate Cesar Carrillo his first collegiate loss in 25 decisions, as Miami suffered its first loss in the 31 games he has started. Clemson scored 11 runs in the fourth inning en route to the 15-5 win. In game two, Harvey was 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs in Clemson's 9-2 victory. Josh Cribb pitched 7.0 innings with nine strikeouts against only one walk to earn the win. In game three, Taylor Harbin hit three doubles and Tyler Colvin hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning to key Clemson's 6-2 win.
The 21-9 mark meant the Tigers finished alone in second place in the final ACC standings, a game behind first-place Georgia Tech (22-8). Clemson was 13-8 after a loss at Virginia Tech on May 8, but won its last eight ACC games. The Tigers were the only team to not suffer an ACC series sweep, meaning the Tigers were the only team to win at least one game over every other conference member. Clemson will be the #2 seed in the ACC Tournament at Jacksonville, FL and play #7-seed Virginia Wednesday at 1:00 PM. The winner of the game will play the winner of the Miami-N.C. State game on Thursday.
Clemson was 15-13 in the first half of the regular season, but was 22-6 in the second half, the best second-half record in the ACC. The Tigers are 15-7 against top-25 ranked teams, 9-7 against top-10 teams, and 4-2 against top-five teams in 2005. Clemson did all that while playing only 29 home games, its fewest since 1985.
The Tigers hit .312 last week. Harvey went 9-for-16 (.563) with three homers and six RBIs, the latter two of which came all in the Miami series. Harvey went 6-for-8 with three homers in the first two games of that series. Harbin went 7-for-16 (.438) with five doubles, including a Clemson-record-tying three doubles against the Hurricanes on Saturday. He could have had four doubles if it not for a diving catch at the fence by centerfielder Danny Figueroa. Clemson outscored the opponents 38-14 on the week. The Tigers also fielded at a solid .971 clip.
Clemson had a 3.25 ERA and two saves in the four games. Jeff Hahn pitched 4.2 scoreless innings in two relief appearances and earned a save. The Tiger starters in the Miami series had a 2.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts against only four walks.
On the season, Clemson is hitting .309 with 68 homers. Harbin has a Tiger freshman record 28 doubles along with nine homers, 57 RBIs, and a team-best .362 batting average. Harvey leads the ACC with 21 homers along with 62 RBIs, as he is hitting .346. Travis Storrer's 19-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday, as he was 0-for-2 with a lineout and two walks.
Clemson ended the ACC regular-season with a .316 batting average, led by Harbin's .391 average, 14 doubles, six homers, and 30 RBIs. Fourteen of Harvey's 21 homers this year came in ACC games. Clemson hit a remarkable .384 with runners in scoring position in ACC games, including .571 by Adrian Casanova and .514 by Harvey. Shortstop Stan Widmann had an outstanding .972 fielding percentage in ACC games, as he committed just four errors in 30 games.
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