Clemson vs. Winthrop
Clemson (27-10), ranked as high as #6 in the nation, will play host to #23 Winthrop (29-10) on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson.
The Starting Pitchers
Winthrop will start freshman righthander Alex Wilson (8-2, 3.45 ERA) on the mound Tuesday. The Hurricane, WV native has made 11 starts and one relief appearance (78.1 innings pitched). He has allowed 63 hits and 30 walks with 81 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty David Kopp (2-0, 4.50 ERA) on Tuesday. The Margate, FL native has made five starts and four relief appearances (26.0 innings pitched). He has yielded 30 hits and nine walks with 17 strikeouts.
Clemson and Winthrop have met 19 times on the diamond, as Clemson holds a 16-3 lead in the series dating back to 1981. The two last met in 2005, an 8-2 Winthrop win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 9. In that game, Elon took a 6-0 lead in the third inning, as the Tigers managed just four hits in the game. Prior to the Eagle win, Clemson had won three in a row and 14 of 15 games.
The last seven games in the series have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers hold a 12-2 lead all-time in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Winthrop's other victory at Clemson came during the 2001 season, an 8-4 win.
Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett is 5-2 against Winthrop as Clemson's head coach. He was also 3-0 against the Eagles as Western Carolina's head coach, meaning he is 8-2 all-time against Winthrop.
Winthrop, led by 15th-year Head Coach Joe Hudak, enters Tuesday's game with a 29-10 overall record and 9-3 Big South mark after sweeping UNC Asheville on the road over the weekend. The Eagles, who are 12-5 on the road, opened the season by winning two of three games at both Miami (FL) and Alabama. They are also 9-3 against ACC and SEC teams combined.
Winthrop is hitting .335 with a .418 on-base percentage and 62 stolen bases in 79 attempts. The team has also hit 46 home runs, including a team-high 12 along with 52 RBIs by Jacob Dempsey. Tommy Lentz is hitting a team-high .413, while Heath Rollins is batting .406 with 20 steals. Chris Carrara is hitting .380 with a team-best 21 stolen bases.
The pitching staff has a 3.94 ERA and .256 opponents' batting average. Winthrop has struck out 285 against 134 walks, good for a 2.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Jonathan Settle has a team-high seven saves in 16 relief appearances. The Eagles sport a .966 fielding percentage as well.
Clemson enters Tuesday's game with 27-10 overall record and 10-5 ACC mark after falling twice in three games at #10 Georgia Tech over the weekend. The Tigers, who are 20-3 at home, have played 13 of their last 18 games against teams ranked in the top 20. In those 13 games, Clemson had a 10-3 record. The Tigers, who are fielding .965, are 13-5 overall against top-25 ranked teams this season.
The team is hitting .292 with a .368 on-base percentage and 51 steals in 64 attempts. Tyler Colvin is hitting a team-best .340 with 14 doubles, seven homers, 32 RBIs, and 13 steals. Andy D'Alessio has hit 12 homers with 52 RBIs, while Stan Widmann (.312) and Travis Storrer (.305) have raised their averages above .300.
The pitching staff has a 3.60 ERA and .252 opponents' batting average. Lefty Daniel Moskos has a team-high six saves and a 1.72 ERA in 18 relief appearances. Freshman lefthander Ryan Hinson is a native of Rock Hill, where Winthrop's campus is located.
Clemson dropped a spot to #6 in the Baseball America poll on Monday after a 3-2 week. The Tigers also fell to #9 in the Collegiate Baseball and #9 in the Sports Weekly poll.
Storrer Back Above .300
Senior outfielder Travis Storrer (Mount Vernon, WA) is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with four doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs in the last 11 games. He has also walked seven times and struck out just four times, meaning he has a .524 on-base percentage during that stretch.
Overall, the co-captain is hitting .305 with four homers, 23 RBIs, and a .405 on-base percentage thanks to 17 walks against only 14 strikeouts this year. He has an accurate arm from his starting right-field position, as evidenced by his five outfield assists this season after totaling eight in 2005
Georgia Tech Rebounds to Take Series
Georgia Tech, ranked #10 in the nation, won two of three games over the #5 Tigers in a three-game series in Atlanta from April 14-16. The Yellow Jackets, who batted .476 with runners in scoring position, outscored Clemson 40-14 and hit .360 to the Tigers' .262 in the series. Wes Hodges did much of the damage, as he totaled two homers and 13 RBIs combined in the final two games. Brad Chalk hit a team-best .538 (7-for-13), while Adrian Casanova and Travis Storrer both went 4-for-8.
In game one, Casanova hit a two-out, run-scoring double in the eighth inning to propel Clemson to a 7-6 victory over the Yellow Jackets on April 14. Earlier in the Tigers' four-run second inning, he hit a two-out double. Andy D'Alessio added two hits, including a solo homer, while Storrer hit two doubles with two RBIs. Georgia Tech tied the score with six runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Whit Robbins' grand slam. Ryan Hinson earned the win in relief, while Daniel Moskos allowed one hit and no runs in the final two innings to pick up the save.
In game two, Hodges hit a three-run double and a three-run homer to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 12-3 win over the Tigers on April 15. Hodges gave Georgia Tech the lead with a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning, then hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run eighth inning. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the second inning on a two-run single by Stan Widmann and a run-scoring single by Casanova. Tim Ladd pitched 5.2 scoreless innings of three-hit ball in relief to earn the win. Chalk had a team-high three hits for Clemson, who had seven hits.
In game three, the Yellow Jackets exploded for 22 runs on 21 hits, including 10 for extra bases, to defeat the Tigers 22-4 on Apirl 16. Hodges had seven RBIs on two doubles and a home run. Georgia Tech took command early with a six-run first inning, then scored eight runs in the eighth inning thanks to hits by six different pinch-hitters. Fifteen different Yellow Jackets had at least one hit in the game. Storrer hit two home runs and drove in three runs, while Chalk had a team-high three hits. Clemson used seven pitchers and committed five errors.
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