Clemson baseball weekly recap

The No. 10 Clemson Tigers went 2-2 in four games this past week.

Overall Season Record: 20-8
ACC Regular-Season Record: 9-3

Last Week: 2-2
Wed. L, Home vs. #14 Coastal Carolina, 4-3 (11 Innings)
Fri. W, Home vs. Boston College, 15-2
Sat. L, Home vs. Boston College, 11-5
Sun. W, Home vs. Boston College, 14-9

Next Week
Tue. Away vs. Georgia, 7:00 PM
Wed. Home vs. Georgia, 6:30 PM
Fri. Away vs. Duke, 6:00 PM
Sat. Away vs. Duke, 2:00 PM
Sun. Away vs. Duke, 1:00 PM

Notes
The No. 10 Clemson Tigers went 2-2 in four games this past week. Clemson lost a tight game against a top-15 Coastal Carolina club on Wednesday, then the Tigers won two of three games against Boston College over the weekend.

Rico Noel's solo home run with two outs in the 11th inning lifted #14 Coastal Carolina to a 4-3 win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 31. The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning on Jeff Schaus' run-scoring triple and Kyle Parker's two-run homer. But the Tigers did not tally a hit or run in the final seven innings despite putting 10 runners on base (nine walks, one hit-by-pitch) during that span. Dominic Leone pitched 5.1 strong innings in his first career start, allowing just four hits and one unearned run. Clemson committed four errors in the game, while the Chanticleers were errorless.

Clemson then won two of three games over Boston College by a combined score of 34-22 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from April 2-4. The Tigers outhit Boston College .355 to .309 and totaled 39 hits, 24 walks, two hit-by-pitches, a .464 on-base percentage, and eight steals while not committing an error. Brad Miller went 7-for-13 (.538) with a homer, triple, double, three RBIs, six runs, and two walks, while John Hinson was 6-for-12 (.500) with six RBIs, three runs, and three steals. Mike Freeman added five hits, three doubles, one homer, six RBIs, four runs, and four walks.

During the week, the Tigers hit .303 with a .476 slugging percentage and .432 on-base percentage, 37 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, three homers, 33 walks, three hit-by-pitches, and nine stolen bases. The pitching staff had a 5.92 ERA and .291 opponents' batting average along with 37 strikeouts in 38.0 innings pitched.

Hinson led the Tigers on the week by going 7-for-15 (.467) with six RBIs, four walks, and three steals, while Miller went 8-for-18 (.444) with a homer, triple, two doubles, three RBIs, and six runs. Freeman added six hits, including three doubles and one homer, six RBIs, five runs, and six walks. Chris Epps also had four hits, six runs, seven walks, and two steals in only 10 at-bats.

On the season, the Tigers sport a 20-8 overall record, including a 17-4 home record, 2-3 road mark, and 1-1 neutral-site record. The Tigers, who are 9-3 in the ACC, are leading the ACC Atlantic Division by two games over second-place Florida State (7-5). Georgia Tech leads the overall ACC standings with an 11-1 record, while Miami (FL) is second (10-2).

Clemson is hitting .301 with a .491 slugging percentage and .415 on- base percentage thanks to more walks (179) than strikeouts (178) in 28 games. The Tigers have also accumulated 38 homers, 58 doubles, six triples, 52 steals, and are averaging 8.8 runs per game.

The Tigers have been bit by the injury bug of late. Parker missed the last two games of the Boston College series due to a back ailment. Freshman first-baseman Richie Shaffer, who is hitting .346 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games, has missed the last nine games due to a hamstring injury. Third-baseman Jason Stolz has missed the last eight games due to injury as well. All three righthanded batters were in the starting lineup during the early stages of the season. Clemson is also without the services of reserve infielder Kevin Caughman and righthander Justin Sarratt due to injury.

Parker still leads the team in batting average (.378) and home runs (11), while Hinson is batting .347 with two homers, 22 RBIs, and 11 steals in 25 games (15 starts). Miller is up to .340 with a .468 on- base percentage and Schaus has a team-high 37 RBIs. Epps has added 28 walks and a team-high 12 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.05 ERA and .257 opponents' batting average along with 195 strikeouts against 99 walks in 253.1 innings pitched on the season.

In seven starts (42.0 innings pitched), Harman is 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA and .187 opponents' batting average. Sophomore righty David Haselden is 3-2 with two saves, a 2.25 ERA, and .213 opponents' batting average in 20.0 innings pitched over 10 relief appearances. Alex Frederick and Jonathan Meyer have two saves apiece as well.

The Tigers will play a home-and-home midweek series against Georgia before they travel northeastward to face Duke at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park in a three-game series over the weekend.

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