The Tigers will be the designated visiting team and occupy the third-base dugout. The contest 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 198 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 136-58-4 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.
Earlier this season at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers defeated the Paladins 8-5 behind two hits, three runs, and two walks by Mike Freeman. The two teams played two games in 2009, as the two teams split the games. At Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 3, Furman scored two runs in the 14th inning to edge the Tigers 4-2. Then at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on May 11, Wilson Boyd tallied four hits to lead Clemson to an 8-5 win over Furman.
The Tigers lead 10-3-1 in neutral-site contests, including a 2-0 advantage at Fluor Field. Jack Leggett is 16-5 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 45-12 against the Paladins as a head coach.
The Starting Pitchers
Both team's starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
Furman, led by 17th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, enters Monday's game at Western Carolina with a 13-31 overall record and 5-18 SoCon mark after losing the first two of three games at Western Carolina over the weekend. Furman, who has lost six games in a row, was also swept at home by Georgia Southern in its previous series.
Furman is averaging 5.9 runs per game and hitting .284 with a .448 slugging percentage and .356 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 67 doubles, 14 triples, 51 home runs, and 56 stolen bases.
Will Muzika is hitting a team-best .351 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs, while Aaron Thompkins is batting .338. Will Miller has added a team-high 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts and J.B. Jenkins has a team-best 10 doubles.
The pitching staff has a 7.04 ERA and .316 opponents' batting average along with 258 strikeouts against 196 walks in 384.2 innings pitched. Senior righthander Nick Karow has three of the team's seven saves. The Paladins are fielding at a .952 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation, enters Tuesday's game against Furman with a 31-17 overall record and 14-10 ACC mark after sweeping Maryland on the road over the weekend. The Tigers, who have won six games in a row, are 1-1 in neutral-site contests this season.
The Tigers are averaging 8.8 runs per game and hitting .307 with a .492 slugging percentage and .412 on-base percentage thanks to 284 walks and 43 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 106 doubles, nine triples, 63 homers, and 83 stolen bases.
Kyle Parker is hitting a team-best .392 with 17 homers, 10 doubles, 50 RBIs, 58 runs, and a .519 on-base percentage. John Hinson is batting .354 with 10 home runs, eight doubles, and 53 RBIs in 45 games, including only 35 starts. Jeff Schaus has added 10 homers and a team-best 62 RBIs, while Mike Freeman is riding a 16-game hitting streak.
The pitching staff has a 4.60 ERA and .276 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 157 walks against 326 strikeouts. Righthanders David Haselden, Alex Frederick, Tomas Cruz, and Jonathan Meyer all have two saves apiece. The Tigers are fielding at a .959 clip as well.
The Tigers moved up two spots to No. 22 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll this week after going 4-0 in four games last week. The Tigers are unranked in both the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls. With Clemson's top-25 ranking this week, it marks the 31st week in a row the Tigers have been ranked in the top 25 of at least one of the three major polls dating to the start of the 2009 season.
The Tigers are in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 14-10 league record. In the division, Florida State is in first place with a 16-8 record, while Boston College is third at 13-14. N.C. State is fourth at 11-13, while Wake Forest is fifth at 4-20 and Maryland is sixth (4-23). Virginia and Miami (FL) are tied for the overall ACC lead at 18-6, while Georgia Tech is third at 17-7. In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is tied for fifth place with Virginia Tech.
Tigers 6-1 All-Time at Fluor Field
Fluor Field, the home of the Boston Red Sox A affiliate Greenville Drive since 2006, is modeled after Fenway Park, with identical field dimensions and a "Green Monster." The Tigers have played seven games at the ballpark since 2007 and are 6-1.
In 2007, Clemson downed Wofford 6-3 in its first-ever game at Fluor Field. In 2008, the Tigers defeated Presbyterian 12-7 and Furman 11-5. In 2009, Clemson topped Michigan State 15-2 and Furman 8-5. Earlier this year, Clemson beat the Spartans 10-2 and fell to #15 South Carolina 7-5 at Fluor Field. Therefore, the Tigers have outscored the opposition 67-31 in their seven games at Fluor Field.
• The 2010 season marks Clemson's 46th consecutive winning season.
Cruzing of the Mound
Senior righthander Tomas Cruz (Amarillo, TX) has emerged of late as one of the team's best pitchers out of the bullpen. After getting off to a slow start to the 2010 season, Cruz has given up just five hits and no runs during his last 10.2 innings pitched over four relief appearances.
Against Florida Gulf Coast in the first game of a doubleheader on May 2, he pitched 4.0 scoreless innings to record the save. Then in his next outing at Maryland on May 9, he entered the game with the Tigers trailing and pitched the final 4.2 innings to earn the victory. He allowed just one hit, no runs, and no walks with four strikeouts.
On the season, Cruz is 3-2 with a 4.99 ERA, two saves, and 20 strikeouts against 10 walks in 30.2 innings pitched over 16 relief appearances.
Tigers play at Flour Field Tuesday
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