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CLEMSON BASEBALL WEEKLY WRAPUP (CU SID)
(Week of April 29 – May 5, 2013)

Clemson University
Overall Season Record: 30-15
ACC Regular-Season Record: 15-10

Last Week: 0-1
Sat. L, Home vs. Maryland, 7-2

Next Week
Mon. Home vs. Maryland, 1:30 PM (Game 1)
Mon. Home vs. Maryland, 7:00 PM (Game 2) (ESPNU)
Tue. Home vs. Furman, 6:30 PM
Wed. Away* vs. Furman, 7:00 PM
Fri. Home vs. Georgia Southern, 6:30 PM
Sat. Home vs. Georgia Southern, 6:30 PM
Sun. Home vs. Georgia Southern, 1:00 PM
* - Fluor Field


Last Week’s Game Notes & Recaps
Clemson, ranked as high as #14 in the nation, went 0-1 in its only game of the week. Maryland defeated #14 Clemson 7-2 on Saturday, then game-two of the series was rained out.

In game-one on May 4, Jimmy Reed struck out 11 and allowed just two runs on four hits in 8.0 innings pitched to lead Maryland to a 7-2 win over Clemson. Maryland scored three runs in the second inning and never looked back. Shane Kennedy hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to cut the Terrapins’ lead to 5-2, but Maryland scored two runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. Kyle Convissar went 3-for-4 with a homer to lead the Terrapins, who totaled 14 hits in the contest. Jay Baum had a team-high two hits to lead Clemson, who had four hits.


2013 Season Notes
Clemson has a 30-15 overall record and 15-10 ACC mark on the season. The Tigers will enter Monday’s doubleheader against Maryland 1.5 games behind Florida State (16-8) and one game behind N.C. State (15-8) in the ACC Atlantic Division standings. Florida State will travel to Raleigh, NC to face N.C. State next weekend. North Carolina leads the overall ACC standings with a 19-3 mark, while the Tigers are in fifth place in the overall ACC standings.

The Tigers, who are averaging 5.2 runs per game, are hitting .273 with a .355 slugging percentage and .351 on-base percentage thanks to 180 walks and 16 hit-by-pitches. The team has totaled 63 doubles, 11 triples, 14 homers, and 71 stolen bases. Clemson has outscored its opposition in each of the nine innings and in extra innings in 2013 as well.

Tyler Slaton is hitting a team-best .310 with a .388 on-base percentage. Garrett Boulware is hitting .307 with seven doubles, one triple, seven homers, and 37 RBIs, as he leads the team in homers and RBIs. Kennedy is batting .299 with a .396 on-base percentage as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.08 ERA and .262 opponents’ batting average in 409.0 innings pitched this season. It has allowed 411 hits and 141 walks with 292 strikeouts, good for a 2.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman lefty Matthew Crownover is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 48.2 innings pitched over11 appearances (10 starts). In ACC games, Crownover is 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in five starts. Sophomore righthander Daniel Gossett is 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA and 68 strikeouts in a team-high 72.2 innings pitched.

Senior righty Scott Firth has a 5-4 record and 2.58 ERA in 14 appearances (six starts). In his eight relief appearances since moving to the bullpen, he is 3-0 with three saves and has allowed just 10 hits (.179 opponents’ batting average), one unearned run, and six walks with 10 strikeouts. Sophomore righthander Patrick Andrews has a 2.35 ERA and a .183 opponents’ batting average in 23.0 innings pitched over 13 appearances (one start). Kyle Schnell has a team-best 2.25 ERA in 24.0 innings pitched over 17 relief appearances as well.

The Tigers will play seven games during the upcoming week, including six games at home and five games against Southern Conference teams. The Tigers will conclude the Maryland series with a doubleheader on Monday, then Clemson will play Furman twice in a home-and-home midweek series. Tuesday night’s game will be at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, while the two teams will play at Fluor Field in Greenville on Wednesday night. Then over the weekend, Clemson will host Georgia Southern in a three-game series.


COLLEGIATE BASEBALL
Rank Team Record Points Last Week
1. Vanderbilt (41-6) 497 1
2. North Carolina (42-4) 496 2
3. Louisiana St. (43-6) 494 3
4. Cal. St. Fullerton (39-7) 492 4
5. Oregon St. (37-8) 489 5
6. Oregon (37-11) 488 6
7. N.C. State (37-11) 485 7
8. Virginia (39-8) 484 8
9. Florida St. (38-9) 482 9
10. Louisville (37-10) 476 11
11. UCLA (31-13) 473 12
12. Arkansas (32-16) 469 16
13. Oklahoma (34-14) 467 10
14. Arizona St. (30-14-1) 464 13
15. Clemson (30-15) 462 14
16. South Carolina (33-14) 459 15
17. Pittsburgh (36-11) 458 17
18. New Mexico (30-17) 456 18
19. Stanford (26-16) 452 22
20. South Florida (31-16) 448 20
21. Indiana (35-9) 444 21
22. Cal. Poly (31-14) 440 24
23. South Alabama (36-13) 438 25
24. Mississippi St. (36-13) 435 28
25. Troy (35-12) 432 —
26. Rice (31-15) 429 27
27. Mississippi (33-16) 427 26
28. Sam Houston St. (31-17) 424 -
29. Kansas St. (34-15) 421 -
30. Campbell (39-9) 419 29

BASEBALL AMERICA
Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. North Carolina 42-4 1-0 1
2. Vanderbilt 41-6 2-0 2
3. Louisiana State 43-6 4-0 3
4. Cal State Fullerton 39-7 3-0 4
5. North Carolina State 37-11 3-0 5
6. Oregon State 37-8 3-0 6
7. Virginia 39-8 1-0 7
8. UCLA 31-13 4-0 9
9. Florida State 38-9 3-0 10
10. Oregon 37-11 4-1 11
11. Arkansas 32-16 3-1 14
12. Louisville 37-10 4-0 13
13. Arizona State 30-14 2-2 8
14. Indiana 35-9 1-1 16
15. South Carolina 33-14 0-2 15
16. New Mexico 30-17 3-1 17
17. Rice 31-15 3-1 19
18. Oklahoma 34-14 1-3 12
19. Clemson 30-15 0-1 18
20. South Alabama 36-13 2-1 20
21. Mississippi State 36-13 3-0 22
22. Virginia Tech 30-19 3-1 25
23. South Florida 31-16 2-1 NR
24. Pittsburgh 36-11 4-1 NR
25. Stanford 26-16 3-1 NR
Dropped out: Florida (21), Kentucky (23), Mississippi (24).

USA TODAY COACHES POLL
Rank School (record) Points rank votes

1. North Carolina (42-4) 757 1 15

2. Vanderbilt (41-6) 756 2 15

3. LSU (43-6) 701 3 1

4. Cal State-Fullerton (39-7) 687 4 0

5. Oregon State (37-8) 643 5 0

6. Oregon (37-11) 614 6 0

7. Florida State (38-9) 575 8 0

8. Virginia (39-8) 557 7 0

9. North Carolina State (37-11) 525 10 0

10. UCLA (31-13) 478 11 0

11. Louisville (37-10) 442 12 0

12. South Carolina (33-14) 436 9 0

13. Mississippi State (36-13) 383 15 0

14. Arkansas (32-16) 376 14 0

15. Oklahoma (34-14) 267 13 0

16. Indiana (35-9) 263 17 0

17. Arizona State (30-14-1) 258 16 0

18. Rice (31-15) 211 21 0

19. Oklahoma State (34-12) 182 19 0

20. Mississippi (33-16) 158 18 0

21. Stanford (26-16) 110 25 0

22. Clemson (30-15) 99 22 0

23. UC-Irvine (29-15) 74 20 0

24. Cal Poly (31-14) 61 not ranked 0

25. South Alabama (36-13) 51 not ranked 0

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