Tigers Play Host to No. 21 Coastal Carolina

Clemson (10-6) will play host to #21 Coastal Carolina (15-2) on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch for is scheduled for 7:15 PM.

It will be the Tigers' first night game of the year. The game will be shown live via webcast at ACCSelect.com.

The Series
Clemson and Coastal Carolina have met 42 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 36-6 lead in the series dating back to 1986. The two teams have played at least one game every season since 1988 with the exception of 2006.

The Tigers defeated the Chanticleers three times in 2007, including on March 7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium by a score of 4-0. In June, Clemson played in the Myrtle Beach Regional and faced host Coastal Carolina twice. The Tigers won both games by scores of 11-8 and 15-3.

The Tigers are 26-4 against Coastal Carolina in games played at Clemson (all at Doug Kingsmore Stadium) and 23-4 under Jack Leggett.

The Starting Pitchers
Coastal Carolina will start junior righthander David Anderson (3-0, 1.86 ERA) on the mound. The Lexington, SC native had made two starts and one relief appearance for a total of 19.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 23 hits (.299 opponents' batting average) and six walks with four strikeouts. He has also not allowed a home run this season.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore lefty Matt Zoltak (2-0, 6.43 ERA) on Tuesday. The Philadelphia, PA native has made one start and six relief appearances for a total of 14.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 19 hits (.317 opponents' batting average) and five walks with 10 strikeouts.

The Chanticleers
Coastal Carolina, led by 13th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore, enters Tuesday's game with a 15-2 overall record after splitting two games against #25 Michigan over the weekend. The Chanticleers' only other loss came at College of Charleston on February 26. Coastal Carolina, who is ranked as high as #21 in the nation and has a 1-1 road record, defeated #3 North Carolina in Chapel Hill by a score of 11-4 on March 11.

The Chanticleers are averaging 7.5 runs per game and hitting .313 with a .422 on-base percentage thanks to 84 walks and 27 hit-by-pitches. The team has totaled 39 doubles, 19 home runs, and 38 stolen bases as well.

Dock Doyle leads the team with a .426 batting average along with five homers and 20 RBIs. Adam Rice is hitting .386 with four homers, 13 RBIs, and nine stolen bases. Freshman Scott Woodward has a .506 on-base percentage thanks to 14 walks and 10 hit-by-pitches along with 17 steals in 18 attempts.

The pitching staff has a 3.97 ERA and .276 opponents' batting average along with 116 strikeouts against 55 walks in 156.1 innings pitched. Pete Andrelczyk has three of the team's six saves. The team is fielding at a .977 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters this week's action with a 10-6 overall record and 2-4 ACC mark after falling twice in three games against Boston College over the weekend. The Tigers have an 8-3 home record and are in the midst of a 12-game homestand. Ten of Clemson's 16 games this year have been decided by two runs or less as well.

The Tigers are hitting .327 with a .402 on-base percentage and .523 slugging percentage thanks to 63 extra-base hits in 16 games. Wilson Boyd, who is riding a 14-game hitting streak, leads or is tied for the team lead in hits (30), homers (5), RBIs (22), and stolen bases (5). Kyle Parker is hitting .388 with five homers and 13 RBIs as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.91 ERA and .282 opponents' batting average. Freshman lefthander Casey Harman has a 2.25 ERA and 13 strikeouts against only one walk in 12.0 innings pitched over seven appearances (one start), while Matt Vaughn has five saves. The team is fielding at a .962 clip as well.

Tigers Had 52-Week Streak in Polls
Clemson had a streak of 48 consecutive weeks being ranked in the top 25 by at least one of the three major polls dating from 2005 to the end of the 2007 season. And since the Tigers were ranked in the top 25 for the first four weeks in 2008, that streak went up to 52. However, the Tigers were not ranked in any of the March 17 polls, ending its 52-week streak. With the Tigers' preseason top-25 rankings in 2008, it marked the 20th straight year that Clemson had at least one preseason top-25 ranking.

Offensive Numbers Up
When Clemson lost the likes of Brad Chalk, Andy D'Alessio, Taylor Harbin, and Marquez Smith after the 2007 season, many thought the Tigers' offensive numbers would decline in 2008. But that has not been the case.

In 2008, the Tigers have totaled 63 extra-base hits in 16 games, nearly four per game, including 36 doubles, four triples, and 23 home runs. If the season ended today, Clemson's .523 slugging percentage would be third-best in school history. Clemson is also averaging 7.9 runs per game and hitting .327 with a .402 on-base percentage.

Freshman Southpaws Similar in Many Ways
Craig Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and Casey Harman (South Burlington, VT) come from vastly different parts of the country, but both have many things in common. Both are freshman lefthanders, and both have been versatile in that they have provided innings out of the bullpen as long relievers and both have given the Tigers spot starts in weekday games. Their statistics have been outstanding and very similar as well. In 11.1 innings pitched over two starts and three relief appearances, Gullickson has a 2.38 ERA and has allowed 11 hits (.256 opponents' batting average), four runs (three earned), and three walks with eight strikeouts. Harman has pitched the same number of innings (11.1) over one start and six relief appearances. He has also allowed 11 hits (.256 opponents' batting average), four runs (three earned), and one walk with nine strikeouts.

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