Clemson Battles Coastal Carolina Wednesday

Clemson (7-3), ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation, will play host to No. 17 Coastal Carolina (12-2) on Wednesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the only meeting of the season between the in-state foes.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson and can be heard live on the internet at Live stats will also be available at for the game.

The Series
Clemson and Coastal Carolina have met 39 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 33-6 lead in the series dating back to 1986. The two teams had played every year since 1988 until 2006, when they did not play.

In 2005, the Tigers won both games of a two-game, midweek series at Clemson by scores of 14-5 and 8-1. Earlier that season in a tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Chanticleers won 3-2. Prior to that game, the previous 19 games in the series were played at Clemson. Clemson is 25-4 against the Chanticleers in games played at Clemson and 20-4 against Coastal Carolina under Head Coach Jack Leggett.

The Starting Pitchers
Coastal Carolina will start sophomore righty David Anderson (2-0, 2.31 ERA) on the mound Wednesday. The Lexington, SC native has made one start and four relief appearances for a total of 11.2 innings pitched. He has allowed eight hits (.195 opponents' batting average) and four walks with seven strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior righty P.J. Zocchi (1-0, 3.68 ERA) on Wednesday. The Bronx, NY native has made three starts for a total of 14.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 14 hits (.250 opponents' batting average) and four walks with 13 strikeouts. He has never faced Coastal Carolina.

The Chanticleers
Coastal Carolina, led by 12th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore, enters Wednesday's game with a 12-2 record after winning all three games of a tourney over the weekend by a combined score of 38-13. The Chanticleers, who are ranked as high as #17, have wins over #7 Virginia (3-2), #12 Texas Christian (11-6), and Notre Dame (4-0), while their only losses have been to N.C. State (4-0) and at #1 North Carolina (4-3). That game is their lone game away from home in 2007.

Coastal Carolina has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 113-46 and outhit them .348 to .238 this season. The Chanticleers have a .454 on-base percentage thanks to 75 walks in 14 games, and also have 24 sacrifice bunts and 19 steals.

David Sappelt leads the way with a .470 batting average, while Dom Duggan is hitting .438. Chris Raber is the team's leading run producer with five homers and 15 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 2.53 ERA and has allowed just four home runs. It has also struck out 84 against 36 walks. Senior righthander Travis Risser has both of the Chanticleers' saves. The team is fielding at a .976 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters Wednesday's game against #17 Coastal Carolina with a 7-3 overall record after falling twice in a home-and-home series against #4 South Carolina over the weekend. The game Wednesday will be the first of an eight-game homestand over the next two weeks. The Tigers, who are ranked as high as #6 in the nation, are 7-2 at home this season.

The team is hitting .278 with a .362 on-base percentage. Doug Hogan is hitting a team-best .412 with four homers and seven RBIs. Brad Chalk is second with a .395 batting average and has reached base via a hit or walk in 37 straight games dating back to last season.

The pitching staff has a 3.46 ERA and .253 opponents' batting average. It has combined to strike out 84 against 29 walks. Daniel Moskos and Matt Vaughn each have a save. The team is fielding at a .964 clip as well. Top Stories