Tiger Baseball Faces Purdue

With his team's sweep of 25th-ranked Auburn and two wins over South Carolina this season, Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett now has 97 wins over top-25 teams since taking the helm in 1994.

Clemson vs. Purdue
March 8-10, 2002
Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, SC
Friday: 4:00 (WCCP), Saturday: 2:00, Sunday 1:00 (WCCP)

Clemson, 7-0 (#2 BA, #3 CB, #3 BW)
Jack Leggett (Maine '76)


Purdue, 2-5
Doug Schreiber (Purdue '86)


Probable Starters
Chad Blasko (RHP, 1-0, 3.07 ERA) vs. Steve Reba (RHP, 2-0, 4.91 ERA)

Dustin Glant (RHP, 0-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Matt Henrie (RHP, 1-0, 5.06 ERA)

Mitch Pruemer (RHP, 1-0, 3.27 ERA) vs. Steven Jackson (RHP, 1-0, 4.50 ERA)

Clemson 5-0 vs. Ranked Teams
With his team's sweep of 25th-ranked Auburn and two wins over South Carolina this season, Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett now has 97 wins over top-25 teams since taking the helm in 1994. Clemson's wins over South Carolina were Leggett's 25th and 26th over a team ranked in the top-five in one of the three major polls. His last top-five victory prior to Saturday was a 7-4 win at #4 South Carolina on March 4, 2001.Clemson defeated second-ranked Florida State three straight games from May 6-8, 2000, the last instance of consecutive victories over a top-five team before this weekend.

Clemson vs. Purdue
Friday's game will mark the first ever meeting between Clemson and Purdue. It is the first of eight games for the Boilermakers against teams from South Carolina. They will play at Wofford on Tuesday, at South Carolina on Wednesday and at Coastal Carolina for three games next weekend as a part of their 10-day spring break trip. The Tigers are 5-2 against Big Ten schools under Jack Leggett. Clemson last met a Big Ten foe in the NCAA Tournament in 2000. The Tigers downed Illinois 9-3 for their second win in the Clemson Regional and would go on to defeat Middle Tennessee State one day later for the Regional Championship.

Tigers Down Cougars 12-1
Michael Johnson launched two home runs for the second game in a row to headline Clemson's 12-1 victory over College of Charleston on Wednesday afternoon. Clemson (7-0) remained undefeated while beating the Cougars (10-3) for the second time in four games.

College of Charleston had the first chance to score in the third inning, but Clemson starter Ryan Childs got out of a bases-loaded jam unscathed. The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to take an early lead thanks to RBIs from Collin Mahoney, Kyle Frank and Khalil Greene. They broke it open in the fifth inning with four runs, including a towering, three-run blast to right field by Johnson. Johnson struck again in the eighth inning with his team leading 9-1. He hit a two-run home run, this time to left field, for his sixth home run of the year. Johnson homered twice against South Carolina on Sunday and once against the Gamecocks on Saturday.

Childs (1-0) earned the win for Clemson by pitching five shutout innings and allowing only two hits. Charlie Wentzky (2-2) got the loss for the College of Charleston.

Michael Johnson on a Home Run Tear
First baseman Michael Johnson homered twice against College of Charleston on Wednesday, giving him six home runs in the Tigers' first six games. He homered five times in the last six games of 2001, which means the first baseman 11 home runs in his last 13 games dating back to last season.

The feat of one player homering twice in a game was a somewhat frequent occurrence for the Tigers in 2001, and the trend is continuing in 2002. Johnson's two-homer performance was the fifth of his career and the third for Clemson this season. Jeff Baker hit two against Auburn on Feb. 22 , the eighth time of his career that he hit two homers in the same game. He leads Clemson in that category.

Jarrod Schmidt is the only other current Tiger with multiple home runs in more than one game. He hit two home runs April 6 at Florida State and again April 14 vs. Duke in 2001. Clemson had 10 multi-home run games last season, the most in school history.

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