First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. 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 Presbyterian have met 77 times on the diamond, with Clemson holding a 58-19 lead in the series dating to 1906. The two teams last met at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 17, 2009. The Tigers were victorious 8-0. On April 23, 2008 at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC, the Tigers topped Presbyterian 12-7. Prior to that game, the two teams had not met since 1950, when Clemson won both meetings by scores of 15-2 at Presbyterian and 11-10 (10 innings) in Tigertown.
The Tigers lead 33-7 in games played at Clemson and 1-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett has a 2-0 mark against Presbyterian as Clemson's head coach, including a 1-0 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Starting Pitchers
The Blue Hose will start senior righty Jesse Harmon (2-7, 7.52 ERA). The Newberry, SC native has made 12 starts and five relief appearances for a total of 67.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 91 hits (.332 opponents' batting average) and 22 walks with 64 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with freshman righty Scott Firth (1-1, 3.00 ERA) on Tuesday. The Buffalo Grove, IL native has made 10 relief appearances and two starts for a total of 21.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 26 hits (.292 opponents' batting average) and 11 walks with 17 strikeouts.
The Blue Hose
Presbyterian, led by sixth-year Head Coach Elton Pollock, enters Tuesday's game at #22 Clemson with a 13-37 overall record and 5-19 Big South Conference mark after winning one of three games over High Point at home over the weekend. Presbyterian, who snapped a seven-game losing streak with Sunday's win over High Point, is 4-21 on opponents' home fields in 2010.
Presbyterian is averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .265 with a .384 slugging percentage and .336 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 86 doubles, 13 triples, 31 home runs, and 43 stolen bases.
Mack Hite his hitting a team-high .315, while Matt Hill is batting .314. Tony Micklon is hitting .299 with seven homers, 12 doubles, and 35 RBIs. Jesse Harmon has added a team-high eight stolen bases.
The pitching staff has a 7.91 ERA and .350 opponents' batting average along with 284 strikeouts against 167 walks in 432.1 innings pitched. Harmon, a senior righthander, has three of the team's five saves along with 64 strikeouts against only 22 walks in 17 appearances (12 starts). Presbyterian is fielding at a .958 clip as well.
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation, enters Tuesday's game against Presbyterian with a 33-19 overall record and 15-12 ACC mark after winning one of three games at Wake Forest last weekend. The Tigers have also won eight of their last 10 games and are 23-8 at home in 2010.
The Tigers are averaging 8.8 runs per game and hitting .304 with a .491 slugging percentage and .408 on-base percentage thanks to 300 walks and 50 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 110 doubles, 11 triples, 71 homers, and 86 stolen bases.
Kyle Parker leads the team with a .376 batting average along with 18 homers, 10 doubles, 52 RBIs, 62 runs, and a .511 on-base percentage in 49 games. John Hinson is batting .348 with 12 homers, 59 RBIs, and a team-high 21 stolen bases. Jeff Schaus has added 12 long balls and an ACC-high 68 RBIs, Brad Miller is hitting .352 with a .470 on-base percentage, and Will Lamb is riding a current 10-game hitting streak.
The pitching staff has a 4.69 ERA and .278 opponents' batting average. The staff has allowed 173 walks against 350 strikeouts. Righthanders David Haselden, Alex Frederick, Tomas Cruz, and Jonathan Meyer all have two saves apiece. The Tigers are fielding at a .961 clip as well.
• Six different Tigers have had a double-digit hitting streak in 2010. The six are Mike Freeman (18), Wilson Boyd (14), John Hinson (14), John Nester (11), Brad Miller (10), and Will Lamb (10).
• Of Phil Pohl's 19 RBIs in 64 at-bats this season, 14 of the RBIs have come in his nine plate appearances with the bases loaded. He is 4-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, 14 RBIs, two hit-by-pitches, and a sacrifice fly with the bases full.
The Tigers remained at No. 22 in the Sports Weekly coaches poll this week after going 2-2 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 32nd 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 2009.
The Tigers are in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 15-12 league record. In the division, Florida State is in first place with an 18-9 record and is three games ahead of the Tigers. The two division rivals will meet this weekend to close the regular season and the Seminoles need just one victory in the series to win the division outright.
Clemson is sixth in the overall ACC standings, behind Virginia (21-6), Georgia Tech (19-8), Miami (FL) (19-8), Florida State, and Virginia Tech (16-11). Boston College is seventh at 13-14, N.C. State is eighth at 12-15, and North Carolina is ninth at 11-16. The top-eight teams in the overall ACC standings will play in the 2010 ACC Tournament at Greensboro, NC from May 26-30. Duke, Wake Forest, and Maryland are mathematically eliminated from making the ACC Tournament.
With Virginia's walkoff win over the Tar Heels on Sunday, the Tigers clinched a spot in the ACC Tourney. Depending on this weekend's ACC results, the Tigers' possible ACC Tournament seeds are No. 2, No. 5, No. 6, or No. 7.
Clemson has scored at least one run in 119 consecutive games dating to 2008. It is the sixth-longest streak in Tiger history. The school record for consecutive games without being shut out is 232 (set between 1984-86). Clemson's current streak is the eighth of 100 games or more in school history. Below is chart of Clemson's longest streaks of scoring at least one run.
Miller Among Best at the Plate in ACC Games
Brad Miller is one of the ACC's best hitters in league games. In 27 ACC regular-season games this season, he is hitting a team-best .382 with four homers, two triples, five doubles, 16 RBIs, 25 runs, a team-high 28 walks, a team-best .525 on-base percentage, and four steals. In ACC regular-season games, Miller is first in the league in walks, second in on-base percentage, and third in batting average.
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