Tigers face Phoenix

Clemson (17-2), ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation, will host Elon (8-8) in a two-game midweek series on Tuesday and Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6:30 PM. Both games 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 15 times (all at Clemson) on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 10-5 lead in the series. In 1920, Elon defeated the Tigers 6-3. The two teams did not meet again until 80 years later, when Clemson came away with a 17-5 victory in 2000.

Clemson won both games at home over Elon in 2009 by scores of 5-3 and 8-7. In 2008, the Tigers also won both games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium by scores of 5-4 and 2-1. In 2007, Elon outlasted Clemson 13-12. The Tigers won both regular-season meetings in 2006 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. Clemson has won eight of the last nine games in the series after Elon won four of the first six meetings.

Jack Leggett is 10-4 against Elon as Clemson's head coach and was 1-3 against the Phoenix as Western Carolina's head coach. Therefore, he is 11-7 all-time against Elon.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Elon will start freshman lefthander Dylan Clark (0-1, 10.38 ERA) on the mound. The Manchester, NH native, who will be making his first career start, has made four relief appearances for a total of 4.1 innings pitched. He has allowed eight hits (.364 opponents' batting average) and two walks with three strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with freshman righthander Kevin Brady (1-0, 2.92 ERA) on Tuesday. The Gaithersburg, MD native has made four relief appearances and one start for a total of 12.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 13 hits (.271 opponents' batting average) and four walks with 15 strikeouts.

Both team's starters for Wednesday's game have yet to be announced.

The Phoenix
Elon, led by 14th-year Head Coach Mike Kennedy, enters the midweek series at #5 Clemson with a 10-9 overall record and a 2-4 SoCon mark after suffering a three-game sweep at home against The Citadel this past weekend. Elon is 3-2 on opponents' home fields this season. Elon is averaging 8.0 runs per game and hitting .304 with a .486 slugging percentage and .396 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 28 doubles, four triples, 29 home runs, and 25 stolen bases.

Matt Hinson is hitting .391 with seven homers and 20 RBIs, while Seth Canipe is batting .379 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs. Ryan Adams has added five long balls and 18 RBIs as well. The pitching staff has a 6.90 ERA and .326 opponents' batting average along with 122 strikeouts against 75 walks in 169.2 innings pitched. Freshman righthander Kyle Webb has two of the team's three saves. Elon is fielding at a .963 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation, enters the midweek series against Elon with a 17-2 overall record and 6-0 ACC mark after sweeping Virginia Tech at home in a three-game series over the weekend. The Tigers sport a 15-0 home record in 2010.

The Tigers are averaging 9.7 runs per game, including 11.6 runs per game in the last 10 games, and hitting .316 with a .539 slugging percentage and .424 on-base percentage. Clemson has also totaled 43 doubles, three triples, 32 homers, and 31 stolen bases.

Kyle Parker is hitting a team-high .414 with nine homers, 21 RBIs, 28 runs, an .829 slugging percentage, and a .534 on-base percentage. Jeff Schaus is batting .342 with six homers, six doubles, and a team-high 29 RBIs. Brad Miller is also hitting .359 with seven doubles. The pitching staff has a 3.47 ERA and .241 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 67 walks against 130 strikeouts, good for a 1.9-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Sophomore righthander David Haselden has not given up a hit or run in 9.0 innings pitched four three relief appearances and has a 2-0 record and one save. The Tigers are fielding at a .952 clip as well.

Worth Noting
• Wilson Boyd is riding a 10-game hitting streak, the longest by a Tiger in 2010. He is 18-for-41 (.439) with one homer, four doubles, 11 RBIs, 13 runs, and a .531 on-base percentage during the streak.

Polls
The Tigers moved up two spots to No. 5 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll this week after going 4-1 in five games last week. The Tigers also moved up four spots to No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and moved down one spot to No. 12 in the Baseball America poll. Clemson's No. 5 ranking is its highest since June of 2007.

ACC Standings
The Tigers are in first place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 6-0 league record. In the division, the Tigers are ahead of second-place Florida State, who is 3-3. Maryland and N.C. State are tied for third in the division with a 2-4 record, while Boston College and Wake Forest are tied for fifth at 1-5. Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), and Virginia are tied atop the Coastal division with a 5-1 record.

Harman Earns National Player-of-the-Week Honor
Junior lefthander Casey Harman (South Burlington, VT) was named one of four national players-of-the-week by Collegiate Baseball on March 22. He earned the honor thanks to his stellar outing in Clemson's 3-0 win over Virginia Tech on March 19. In 7.1 innings pitched, he allowed just one hit and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against a team that entered the game hitting .354 and averaging over nine runs per game. Harman also allowed no runs and three walks with four strikeouts to earn the victory, while he did not allow a baserunner past second base.

On the season, Harman is 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA and .188 opponents' batting average in 29.0 innings pitched over five starts as Clemson's Friday starter. He has also allowed just six runs and 11 walks with 21 strikeouts. In his three-year career, he is 12-8 with a 3.55 ERA in 159.2 innings pitched over 54 appearances (20 starts). His 4.16 career strikeout-to-walk ratio is second-best in Clemson history, while his 2.09 career walks-per-nine-innings-pitched mark is third-best in Tiger history.

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