No. 13 Clemson Battles High Point

Clemson (3-0), ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation, will play host to High Point (3-1) on Wednesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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

Clemson and High Point have met eight times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding an 8-0 lead in the series dating back to the 1976 season. The two teams played the first seven games between the 1976 and 1979 seasons, with six of those seven games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In 2007, the two teams played after a 27-year layoff, as the Tigers were victorious 11-3 behind a homer, three runs scored, and two RBIs by Ben Paulsen. The Tigers trailed 2-0 before scoring six runs in the third inning to take control of the game. The game was shortened to six innings after heavy fog covered the field. Clemson has outscored the Panthers by a combined score of 52-11 in the eight-game series. The Tigers also lead 7-0 in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett is 1-0 against the Panthers as well.

High Point will start junior righthander Zach Scott (0-0, 0.00 ERA) on the mound. The Conneautville, PA native made one relief appearance against Penn State and pitched 3.0 innings. He allowed one hit, no runs, and no walks with one strikeout.

The Tigers will counter with freshman lefthander Craig Gullickson. The Palm Beach Gardens, FL native made his first career appearance against Mercer on Sunday. He pitched a perfect inning out of the bullpen and struck out a batter in that outing.

High Point, led by seventh-year Head Coach Sal Bando, Jr., enters Wednesday's game against Clemson with a 3-1 overall record after defeating Campbell 20-13 on Tuesday. High Point totaled 22 hits and scored in seven of the eight innings in which it batted. The Panthers also won two of three games from Penn State over the weekend. Wednesday's game will mark High Point's first road game in 2008.

The Panthers are hitting .355 with a .433 on-base percentage and have stolen 10 bases. In four games, the Panthers have scored 43 runs (10.8 per game) and totaled 55 hits. Randy Schwartz is hitting a team-high .647 (11-for-17) with seven runs scored, three doubles, a triple, two homers, and six RBIs in four games. Pablo Rosario is batting .500 (8-for-16) and Chris Norwood has a team-best seven RBIs. Robby Kuzdale leads the team in stolen bases with four as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.75 ERA and .265 opponents' batting average. Righthander Jamie Serber is one of the top Panthers out of the bullpen, as he has allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched over two relief appearances. Lefthander R.J. Chlebnikow has the team's lone save. High Point is fielding at a .974 clip as well.

Clemson enters Wednesday's game against High Point with a 3-0 record after sweeping Mercer by a combined score of 28-13 last weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The team is hitting .350 with a .425 on-base. Freshman Chris Epps is hitting a team-best .600 with a homer and four RBIs. Doug Hogan, who is riding an 18-game hitting streak, is hitting .455 with three doubles, a homer, and three RBIs. Wilson Boyd has hit three homers with six RBIs as well.

Centerfielder Addison Johnson did not play in the Mercer series due to a sore hamstring. His status will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

The pitching staff has a 4.00 ERA and .238 opponents' batting average. Twelve Tigers made an appearance on the mound in the Mercer series, six of which made their debut in a Tiger uniform. The Tigers are fielding at a .991 clip as well.

Eight Tigers hail from the state of North Carolina, including Boyd (Hickory), John Hinson (Asheville), Johnson (Pfafftown), Alex Martin (Charlotte), D.J. Mitchell (Rural Hall), Trent Rothlin (Hickory), Matt Sanders (New Bern), and Josh Thrailkill (Arden). Top Stories