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Tiger Baseball Vs. College Of Charleston
Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson hosts College of Charleston. The radio broadcast for the weekend series will be provided exclusively by WCCP 104.9 FM in Clemson.
You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/. If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.
Roy Philpott will give play by play with Scott Rhymer offering color analysis on Sunday and Tim Bourret doing color on Monday.
Broadcast time for today’s game is 6:00 with first pitch at 6:30.
Monday's broadcast time is 3:30 with first pitch at 4:00.
All current members of the Tiger Letterwinner’s Association are invited to attend the College of Charleston series from May 5-7. Each member will receive free admission by presenting their current membership card at the ticket gate next to the left-field foul pole. Additional tickets for family members can be purchased on gameday for all three games for $6.
This weekend, Clemson is hosting Little League and Clemson Baseball Camper Nights for the entire College of Charleston series. Any Little Leaguer who wears their team baseball jersey or their team hat will receive a free general admission ticket, as well as any camper who wears their Clemson Baseball t-shirt. Tickets can be redeemed at the ticket booths at either the left-field entrance or the entrance behind home plate beginning 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.
On Saturday, former College of Charleston outfielder Thomas Brittle tied the score in the 11th inning with a two-out, run-scoring single, then Steve Wilkerson scored the walkoff run on a wild pitch later in the frame to lift Clemson to a 4-3 win over the Cougars in front of 5,030 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 27-19, while the Cougars dropped to 31-14. Clemson also improved to 22-0 all-time against College of Charleston.
The Tigers scored two runs in the first inning and added a hit in the second inning, but they went hitless and scoreless during the next eight innings. In the top of the 11th inning, Daniel Aldrich smacked his third double of the game, this time to plate the go-ahead run with no outs. However, Daniel Gossett did not allow Aldrich to score, which proved pivotal.
Brad Felder hit a one-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning. Later in the frame with two outs and Felder on third, Brittle, who transferred to Clemson after playing two seasons (2009,10) with the Cougar program, lined a single to left field to tie the score and extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Wilkerson scored on a wild pitch to send the Tigers to a one-run victory.
Gossett (5-2), the last of four Tiger pitchers, earned the win. In 4.1 innings pitched, he allowed three hits, one run, and one walk with eight strikeouts. The four Clemson hurlers combined for 13 strikeouts against only two walks.
David Peterson (1-2) suffered the loss, as he gave up two runs on two hits in the 11th inning. Starter Christian Powell, Kyle Owings, and Peterson combined to allow only four hits, but they issued seven walks and hit five batters. They also combined to strand 12 Tigers on base, including seven in scoring position.
Clemson and College of Charleston have met 22 times on the diamond. The Tigers have won all 22 games, including the last meeting in 2009 by a score of 5-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers also won 7-6 in Mount Pleasant on February 29, 2008, then Clemson won 12-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on May 13, 2008.
The Tigers and Cougars have never played more than two games in a season. The Tigers also registered victories over College of Charleston in 2007 (1), 2006 (2), 2005 (2), 2004 (2), 2003 (2), 2002 (2), and 2001 (1). Prior to the matchup in the 2001 season, the two teams had not played since 1912.
The Tigers hold a 15-0 lead over the Cougars in games played at Clemson and a 11-0 advantage at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 16-0 against College of Charleston as Clemson’s head coach, including a 11-0 mark in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
In game-two, the Cougars will send out senior lefty Josh Renfro (6-4, 3.68 ERA) on the mound. The Bradenton, FL native has made 11 starts and one relief appearance for a total of 63.2 innings pitched. He has given up 64 hits (.258 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with 58 strikeouts.
Clemson will counter with sophomore righty Kevin Pohle (4-2, 3.31 ERA) on Saturday. The Saint Louis, MO native has made nine starts and two relief appearances for a total of 51.2 innings pitched. He has given up 53 hits (.275 opponents’ batting average) and 23 walks with 29 strikeouts.
In game-three, College of Charleston will start junior righthander Matt Pegler (7-2, 2.83 ERA) on the mound. The Greenville, SC native has made 11 starts for a total of 63.2 innings pitched. He has yielded 54 hits (.228 opponents’ batting average) and 16 walks with 46 strikeouts.
Clemson’s starting pitcher for game-three on Monday has yet to be determined.
Scott Rhymer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org