Overall Season Record: 40-19
ACC Regular-Season Record: 19-11
Last Week: 1-2
Thu. L, Neutral* vs. #15 Virginia, 6-5
Fri. L, Neutral* vs. Duke, 10-4
Sat. W, Neutral* vs. #4 North Carolina, 4-3 (11 Innings)
* - ACC Tournament at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation, went 1-2 in the ACC
Tournament at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park from May 21-23. Mike
Freeman went 7-for-15 (.467) with a homer, two RBIs, and four runs,
while Wilson Boyd went 6-for-13 (.462) with five RBIs in the
tournament. In two relief appearances, Matt Vaughn pitched 5.1
scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk with two
In the Tigers' first game of the ACC Tournament on May 21, relievers
Andrew Carraway and Kevin Arico combined to limit the Tigers to one
hit and no runs in the final 5.1 innings pitched to lead #15 Virginia
to a 6-5 victory over Clemson. The Tigers took a 4-0 lead with three
runs in the third inning, but the Cavaliers chipped away with two runs
in the fourth inning and four runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-5
lead. The Tiger bats were quiet the rest of the game thanks to the
Cavalier bullpen. Virginia outhit the Tigers 10-7, as Boyd led
Clemson by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Vaughn pitched 4.0 scoreless
innings of two-hit ball in relief to keep the Tigers in the game.
In the Tigers' second game of the ACC Tournament on May 22, Duke broke
a close game open with six runs in the sixth inning on its way to a
10-4 victory over Clemson. Ahead 2-1, the Blue Devils used five hits
and two walks to score six runs in the sixth and break the game open.
Jake Lemmerman and Nate Freiman both went 3-for-4 with a home run to
lead the Blue Devils' 11-hit attack. The Tigers also tallied 11 hits,
but they were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 10
runners on base while Duke only left four runners on base. Starter
Andrew Wolcott pitched 7.1 effective innings to earn the victory.
Boyd went 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace Clemson.
In the Tigers' third game of the ACC Tournament on May 23, Boyd's
walkoff single with two outs in the 11th inning lifted Clemson to a
4-3 win over #4 North Carolina. The Tar Heels tied the score in the
ninth with a run and had scoring chances in the 10th and 11th innings,
but each time Clemson worked out of trouble. Freeman, who earlier
homered and had four hits, hit a one-out single in the 11th and moved
to third on the play on an error. After two intentional walks and a
strikeout, Boyd belted a 3-2 pitch off the wall in left for the
walkoff win. Starter Casey Harman pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just
two runs and one walk with 10 strikeouts, while Graham Stoneburner
earned the win.
The Tigers sport a 40-19 overall record and 19-11 ACC mark on the
season. The Tigers finished the regular season second in the ACC
Atlantic Division standings and third in the overall standings behind
Florida State (19-9) and North Carolina (19-10). In fact, Clemson
tied for the most ACC wins this year. Clemson also has a 27-8 home
record, 10-9 road record, and 3-2 neutral-site mark.
The Tigers have won eight of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 16
games, and 15 of their last 20 games. As of Saturday night, the
Tigers were #7 in the nation in the unofficial RPI according to
On the season, Clemson is hitting .301 with a .452 slugging percentage
and .390 on-base percentage in 59 games. Ben Paulsen is hitting a
team-best .368 with 16 doubles, four triples, 11 homers, and 55 RBIs,
while Boyd is hitting .348 with 12 doubles, three triples, three
homers, 41 RBIs, and 24 walks against only 12 strikeouts in 155 at-
bats. Boyd is riding a current 10-game hitting streak, tied for the
longest by a Tiger in 2009. During his streak, he is 22-for-39 (.564)
with five doubles, two triples, 13 RBIs, and eight runs. Jeff Schaus
is hitting .329 with 12 doubles, one triple, 11 homers, 43 RBIs, a .431 on-base percentage thanks to 38 walks against only 22 strikeouts,
and nine stolen bases. Kyle Parker has added a team-high 12 homers
and 50 RBIs as well.
The pitching staff has a 3.68 ERA and .253 opponents' batting average
along with 494 strikeouts against 182 walks in 533.1 innings pitched
this season. The Tigers are fielding at a .967 clip as well.
Stoneburner is 6-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 65 strikeouts against only 17
walks in 57.1 innings pitched over 18 appearances (seven starts).
Harman is 7-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 77 strikeouts against only 12 walks
in 20 appearances (11 starts). Scott Weismann is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA
in 28.2 innings pitched over 16 appearances (two starts), while Vaughn
is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and four saves in 19 relief appearances.
Clemson will await word from the NCAA Baseball committee on the 16
NCAA Regional host sites on Sunday at approximately 3:30 PM on the
BottomLine of the ESPN networks and online at NCAA.com. Then on Monday
at 12:30 PM, the 64-team field will be announced on ESPN.
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