Overall Season Record: 43-13
ACC Regular-Season Record: 24-6
Last Week: 4-0
Tue. W home vs. #21 College of Charleston, 1-0
Thu. W home vs. #22 Wake Forest, 26-1
Fri. W home vs. #22 Wake Forest, 6-0
Sat. W home vs. #22 Wake Forest, 7-3
Wed. Neutral vs. Wake Forest, 7:00 PM (ACC Tournament at Jacksonville, FL)
Thu. Neutral vs. TBA (ACC Tournament at Jacksonville, FL)
Clemson went 4-0 in four games last week, all against teams ranked in the top-25, to up its winning streak to 15 games, the Tigers' longest since winning 15 in a row in 1996. Clemson defeated #21 College of Charleston 1-0 on Tuesday, then swept #22 Wake Forest at home by a combined score of 39-4 from Thursday to Saturday.
Clemson finished the regular season with a 24-6 ACC mark, best in the ACC and two games ahead of second-place North Carolina (22-8). After the Tigers opened their conference season by suffering a three-game sweep at Virginia, they won 24 of their last 27 ACC games, including winning their final 13 league games, to capture their first regular-season title since 1995. Clemson also improved to 20-6 against top-25 ranked teams in 2006, as the 20 wins set a school record for top-25 ranked wins in a season.
In Clemson's 1-0 win over the Cougars on Tuesday, P.J. Zocchi pitched 8.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. Zocchi allowed just five hits and one walk, while Daniel Moskos struck out the only batter he faced with the tying run on first base to record the save. Clemson ran its consecutive innings scoreless streak against the Cougars to 29.
Clemson swept #22 Wake Forest by a combined score of 39-4 in three games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from Thursday to Saturday. The Tigers out-hit the Demon Deacons .388 to .211, and totaled eight doubles and eight homers, while Wake Forest hit just three extra-base hits (all doubles) in the series. Clemson also stole six bases in six attempts, committed just one error, and allowed just one earned run (0.33 ERA) and one walk with 21 strikeouts. Tyler Colvin was 11-for-13 (.846) with six runs scored, a double, three homers, 14 RBIs, and three stolen bases in the series, while Stan Widmann and Brad Chalk added six hits apiece.
In game one, Clemson totaled 25 hits, including seven home runs, in a 26-1 victory over Wake Forest on May 18. The Tigers' 26 runs were the most in a game since a 41-9 victory at N.C. State in 1979. Clemson, who had 12 extra-base hits, scored seven runs in the fourth, four in the sixth, six in the seventh, and five in the eighth. Colvin and Andy D'Alessio each hit two home runs, while Ben Hall, Alex Burg, and Doug Hogan all came off the bench to hit long balls. Colvin was also 5-for-7 with eight RBIs, while Hogan added four RBIs. Eight different Tigers had at least two hits, and seven had at least two RBIs. Stephen Faris faced the minimum in 6.0 innings pitched, allowing two hits with four strikeouts to earn the win.
In game two, Colvin went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to lead Clemson to a 6-0 victory over Wake Forest on May 19. With the win, Clemson clinched the ACC regular-season title for the first time since 1995. Colvin's three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning gave the Tigers a comfortable cushion. Josh Cribb pitched 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and no walks with four strikeouts to earn the win. Cribb, David Kopp, and Daniel Moskos combined to face just four batters over the minimum in the game.
In game three, Clemson scored seven runs in the first three innings and held on for a 7-3 win over Wake Forest on May 20. Colvin went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks, while Travis Storrer was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs on Senior Day before leaving the game with a sprained foot. His status will be re-evaluated at the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville later in the week. The Tigers used six pitchers, as starter Jason Berken earned the win in 3.2 innings pitched in a scheduled short start. The six combined for 10 strikeouts against only one walk and did not allow an earned run.
In the four games last week, Clemson hit .353 with eight homers and 40 runs, while the opposition scored just four runs and hit .200. The pitching staff allowed just one earned run, five extra-base hits (all doubles), and two walks with 30 strikeouts, and had an 0.25 ERA.
Colvin was 12-for-17 (.706) with three homers and 14 RBIs last week, while Widmann was 7-for-15 (.467) and D'Alessio added two more home runs.
During Clemson's 15-game winning streak, Clemson has outscored its opposition 136-27 and has 28 homers to its opponents one long ball. Therefore in the last 15 games, Clemson has hit more homers (28) than runs it has allowed (27). The team is hitting .350 during the streak with a .591 slugging percentage and .980 fielding percentage. Colvin is hitting .462 with five homers and 25 RBIs, as he has hit safely in each of the 15 games, the longest hitting streak by a Tiger in 2006. The pitching staff has a 1.39 ERA and .202 opponents' batting average during the streak as well.
Clemson has a 43-13 overall record entering the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville, FL. Clemson was 24-6 in ACC play, as the 24 wins bested the previous school record of 21 league wins in 2005. Clemson is hitting .304 overall with 67 homers, a .377 on-base percentage, and 77 stolen bases along with a .970 fielding percentage.
Colvin leads the team with a .354 batting average, 20 doubles, five triples, 12 homers, 58 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts. Chalk is hitting .339 with a .450 on-base percentage, while D'Alessio leads the team in both hoemrs (20) and RBIs (71).
The pitching staff has a 3.02 ERA and .241 opponents' batting average. The team has not allowed more than four runs in any of the last 17 games. Faris is 8-2 with a 2.33 ERA and .207 opponents' batting average. Berken is 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA, while Cribb is 9-0 with a 2.63 ERA. Moskos has a 1.69 ERA and nine saves as well.
Clemson, who was 31-5 at home overall in the regular season and 15-0 in ACC play, will play #8-seed Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The Tigers will either play Georgia Tech or Miami (FL) on Thursday in the second round. Clemson will be the #1 seed in the tourney for the first time since 1995.
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