Tigers Face Elon Tuesday

Clemson (26-13), ranked as high as #19 in the country, will play host to Elon (22-20) on Tuesday night 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 and can be heard live on the internet at WCCPFM.com.

The Series
Clemson and Elon have met 10 times (all at Clemson) on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 6-4 lead. In 1920, Elon beat the Tigers 6-3. The two teams did not meet again until 80 years later, when Clemson came away with a 17-5 win in 2000.

In 2002, Elon upset the top-ranked Tigers 8-6. Then on May 7, 2003, Elon came away with an 11-2 victory. In 2004, the two teams played two games. Clemson won the first game 10-6, while Elon won game two 7-1. In 2005, Clemson won the only meeting 9-6 on April 26 thanks to nine walks and four Phoenix errors.

In 2006, Clemson won both regular-season meetings by scores of 5-3 and 7-4. The two teams also met in the 2006 Clemson Regional, as the Tigers came away with a 13-3 victory in that contest. The Tigers have won each of the last four meetings after Elon won four of the first six matchups.

Head Coach Jack Leggett is 6-3 against Elon while at Clemson and was 1-3 while at Western Carolina, therefore is 7-6 all-time against the Phoenix.

The Starting Pitchers
Elon will start freshman lefty J.D. Reichenbach (3-3, 6.34 ERA) on the mound Tuesday. The Doylestown, PA native has made five starts and 10 relief appearances for a total of 32.2 innings pitched. He has yielded 49 hits (.348 opponents' batting average) and 20 walks with 14 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior righthander P.J. Zocchi (3-1, 4.58 ERA) on Tuesday. The Bronx, NY native has made seven starts and two relief appearances for a total of 35.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 39 hits (.281 opponents' batting average) and 15 walks with 35 strikeouts. Zocchi has not made a start since March 30 against Miami (FL).

The Phoenix
Elon, led by 11th-year Head Coach Mike Kennedy, enters Tuesday's game with a 22-20 overall record and 11-7 SoCon mark after being swept at Western Carolina over the weekend. After winning eight of nine games, Elon has dropped five games in a row. The Phoenix are also 7-13 on opponents' home fields.

Elon has scored 311 runs in 42 games, an average of 7.4 per game. The team is also hitting .297 with a .392 on-base percentage thanks to 188 walks and 56 hit-by-pitches. Elon has swiped 70 bases in 92 attempts as well.

Chris Dove is hitting a team-best .357 with 16 stolen bases. Chris Vasami is batting .340 with four homers and a team-high 37 RBIs, while Ryan Addison is hitting .303 with eight homers, 33 RBIs, and 16 steals. Robert Rodebaugh has also slugged eight long balls this season.

The pitching staff has a 5.43 ERA and .291 opponents' batting average. The team has allowed 212 walks with 282 strikeouts. Five different players have accounted for the team's five saves. The team is fielding at a .965 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters Tuesday's game with a 26-13 overall record and 11-7 ACC mark after falling twice in three games to #6 Virginia at home over the weekend. The Tigers, who are 19-7 at home and in the midst of an 11-game homestand, also bring a #17 national ranking into the week.

The team is hitting .281 with a .364 on-base percentage. Brad Chalk is hitting a team-best .405 with a .532 on-base percentage. Doug Hogan is hitting .306, while Andy D'Alessio is up to .303 with five homers thanks to his recent surge.

The pitching staff has a 3.22 ERA and .244 opponents' batting average. It has combined to strike out 333 against 116 walks. Daniel Moskos has a team-high six saves, while Stephen Clyne has a 1.03 ERA along with two saves in 18 relief appearances. The team is fielding at a .971 clip as well.

Polls Clemson fell to the #19 spot in the Baseball America poll and #21 in the Collegiate Baseball poll on Monday after going 1-3 in four games last week. Clemson also dropped to #17 in the Sports Weekly poll.

The Tigers' #1 ranking by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball on February 12 was their first since February 27, 2006, when Clemson was ranked #1 by those same two polls. The Tigers have been ranked #1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the major polls in Head Coach Jack Leggett's 14th season at Clemson.

D'Alessio Coming of Age at the Plate
Andy D'Alessio would admit that his senior season has not turned out like he had hoped, but recent games have indicated that he is returning to his 2006 form, where he hit 23 homers with a national-best 85 RBIs. Since he missed five games in the beginning of April due to a groin injury and has become healthy again, he has been on a tear. In the last five games, he is 9-for-18 (.500) with three doubles, two homers, and eight RBIs. He has a .550 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage in the last five games as well. Thanks to his recent surge, he is hitting .303 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 34 games this season.

Kopp Arresting Batters
Junior righthander David Kopp (Margate, FL) has a 4-2 record and 3.22 ERA in 11 starts this season. In a team-high 62.1 innings pitched, he has allowed 58 hits (.247 opponents' batting average) and 19 walks with a team-best 50 strikeouts. He is the only Tiger to pitch at least 5.0 innings in every one of his starts this year. In ACC regular-season games, he has been even better. In five conference starts, he is 2-0 with a 2.27 ERA with 36 strikeouts against only eight walks in 31.2 innings pitched.

In his best start of 2007 on April 21, he pitched 7.0 masterful innings against #6 Virginia, a team that entered the week 13th in the nation in batting average. He allowed just two hits, no runs, and two walks with five strikeouts in a no-decision.

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