Clemson vs. Furman
Clemson (4-1), ranked as high as No. 19 in the nation, will host Furman (3-2) on Tuesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The game was moved from its original scheduled date of April 7. 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.
Clemson and Furman have met 195 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 134-57-4 advantage dating back to the 1896 season.
Clemson's first two games in school history were against the Paladins, both losses in 1896, which were the Tigers' only games that season. The two teams have played at least one game every year since 1983.
The teams played two games in 2008, both Tiger victories. On March 19 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers won 14-2 behind two homers and six RBIs by Doug Hogan. Then on May 7 at Fluor Field in Greenville, the Tigers were victorious 11-5 thanks in part to four hits by Ben Paulsen.
The Tigers lead 75-26-1 in games played at Clemson and 25-4 in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 14-4 against the Paladins as Clemson's head coach. He was also 29-7 against Furman as Western Carolina's head coach from 1983-91, meaning he is 43-11 against the Paladins as a head coach.
The Starting Pitchers
Furman will start junior righthander Ian Parry (0-0, 6.00 ERA) on the mound. The Naples, FL native and former high school teammate of Tiger sophomore outfielder Jeff Schaus has made two starts for a total of 6.0 innings pitched. He has allowed seven hits (.304 opponents' batting average) and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Clemson will counter with freshman lefthander Chris Dwyer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on Tuesday. The Swampscott, MA native has made one start for a total of 6.2 innings pitched. He has allowed two hits (.091 opponents' batting average) and one walk with nine strikeouts.
Furman, led by 16th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, enters Tuesday's game with a 3-2 record after downing UNC Asheville 5-3 on February 24 in its most recent action. The Paladins also split four games against Ball State. All five of their games have been played at home.
The Paladins are averaging 6.8 runs per game and hitting .304 along with a .420 slugging percentage and .385 on-base percentage. The team has totaled five doubles, two triples, four homers, 21 walks against 37 strikeouts, and seven stolen bases in 11 attempts.
Aaron Thompkins leads the squad with a .600 batting average, while Reese Wade is hitting .450. Brian Harrison is also batting .391 with two doubles, two triples, one homer, and five RBIs, while Campbell Lewis has a team-high three steals in three tries.
The pitching staff has a 6.46 ERA and .292 opponents' batting average along with 37 strikeouts against 19 walks in 46.0 innings pitched. Junior righthander Nick Karow has the team's lone save in three relief appearances. Furman is fielding at a .971 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as #19 in the nation, enters Tuesday's game with a 4-1 record after falling to South Carolina 3-1 on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. All five of the Tigers' previous games have been at home.
The Tigers are hitting .240 with a .370 slugging percentage and .357 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 15 stolen bases, including seven by Addison Johnson. Ben Paulsen, who is 6-for-12 in the last three games, is hitting .389 with one homer and four RBIs. Matt Sanders has two of the team's five home runs and has homered in each of the last two games.
The pitching staff has a 2.54 ERA and .238 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed just eight walks against 53 strikeouts, good for a 6.6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Ryan Hinson has made a team-high four relief appearances and has allowed just two hits, no runs, and no walks with six strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched, while fellow lefty reliever Casey Harman has a team-high 11 strikeouts against only one walk in 6.1 innings pitched. The team is fielding at a .983 clip as well.
Clemson moved up in two polls and stayed at No. 19 in the other this week. The Tigers remained at No. 19 in the Baseball America poll, while they jumped six spots to No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and moved up to No. 21 in the Sports Weekly poll. It was the first poll released by Sports Weekly since its preseason poll, in which the Tigers were ranked No. 25.
Clemson has had at least one final top-25 ranking in 12 of Head Coach Jack Leggett's first 15 seasons in Tigertown. The Tigers have also been ranked No. 1 for 20 weeks by at least one of the three major polls under Leggett.
Tigers, Paladins moved to Tuesday
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