Clemson graduate and righthander Sean Clark (Los Angeles, CA) had one more year of eligibility remaining in 2007, but he will not play for the Tigers this season, announced Friday by Head Coach Jack Leggett. Clark began a full-time job at his current employer in Greenville, SC after the 2006 season, as he graduated with a degree in economics in May of 2006 and was not enrolled in classes during the fall semester. Clark cited work commitments for his decision not to play in 2007.
Clark had a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA along with 30 strikeouts against only 10 walks in 36.0 innings pitched over nine relief appearances and two starts in 2006. The Tigers had a perfect 11-0 record in the 11 games he pitched. He was also selected to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in both seasons with the Tiger program, as he red-shirted in 2005 while recovering from a torn labrum.
Clark was not on the weekend travel roster during most of 2006, but with an injury to Travis Storrer, Clark was added to the ACC Tournament roster. After the Tigers advanced to the championship game against N.C. State in Jacksonville, FL, Leggett called on Clark to make his first career start. All he did was pitch 8.0 innings, allowing four hits, one run, and one walk with five strikeouts to earn the win against the #25 Wolfpack. He did not know he would make the start until a few hours before gametime.
He also picked up the victory in 8.0 innings pitched in relief of the Tigers' opener of the 2006 Clemson Regional against UNC Asheville. He allowed three hits, no runs, and two walks with six strikeouts. The junior college transfer from Chandler-Gilbert (AZ) Community College was named to both the ACC Tournament and Clemson Regional All-Tournament teams.
Clark also started Clemson's first game in Omaha, as he threw the first pitch in the first game of the 2006 College World Series. He pitched 6.0 effective innings against #4 Georgia Tech in Clemson's 8-4 win.
Clark Will Not Return in 2007
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