The Road To Omaha Continues!
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Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson hosts William and Mary at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The radio broadcast for the weekend series will be provided exclusively by the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM.
Roy Philpott will give play by play for all three games with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis on Saturday and Sunday.
Game times are 2:00 PM (Saturday), and 1:00 PM (Sunday).
The Starting Pitchers
In game-two, the Tribe will send out senior righty John Farrell on the mound. The Andover, MA native had a 2-3 record, eight saves, and a 2.32 ERA in 42.2 innings pitched over 24 relief appearances in 2012. He surrendered 43 hits (.269 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks with 42 strikeouts. Farrell, who has made 64 career appearances with the Tribe, will be making his first career start.
Clemson will counter with sophomore righty Patrick Andrews on Saturday. The Hilton Head, SC native had a 2-3 record and 5.52 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched over 20 relief appearances in 2012. Andrews, who will be making his first career start, yielded 29 hits (.264 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks with 25 strikeouts.
Shane Kennedy's two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning scored the game's only runs to lift Clemson to a 2-0 win over William & Mary in front of 5,947 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 1-0 on the season. The Tribe fell to 0-1. The game lasted just one hour and 56 minutes, the shortest Tiger game since a 114-minute game against UNC Asheville in the Clemson Regional on June 2, 2006.
Both starting pitchers, Clemson's Daniel Gossett and William & Mary's Brett Koehler, had strong performances in both team's season-opener. Neither team could break through with a clutch hit, as the two teams combined to go 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position, until Kennedy's blast in the eighth inning provided the only runs.
Clay Bates (1-0), the third of four Tiger pitchers, earned his first career win by tossing 1.1 scoreless innings. Matt Campbell retired both batters he faced with runners on second and third to record his first save of the season. Gossett did not factor in the decision, as he allowed just four hits, no runs, and one walk with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched. He also threw 60 strikes among his 76 pitches.
Koehler (0-1) pitched 8.0 strong innings in a complete-game performance, but suffered the loss. He gave up six hits, two runs, and no walks with three strikeouts in throwing 93 pitches (65 strikes).
William & Mary, led by first-year Head Coach Jamie Pinzino, is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and like the Tigers will play its first game of the season on Friday. William & Mary is coming off a 31-25 season, which included a 12-18 record in the CAA.
William & Mary returns 17 lettermen and six position starters along with seven of its 13 pitchers from a season ago. Junior infielder Ryan Lindemuth is among the top returning players. The Burke, VA native hit .376 with five homers, 48 RBIs, and 14 steals in 2012. Sophomore infielder Michael Katz returns after hitting .316 with team highs in both homers (10) and RBIs (58) as a freshman. Senior righty John Farrell, who had eight of the team’s nine saves in 2012, also returns in 2013.
Clemson enters the season-opening series against William & Mary coming off a 35-28 record in 2012. The Tigers return four position starters and 17 lettermen overall.
Among the top returnees are senior outfielder Thomas Brittle, who hit .298 with 15 stolen bases in 2012. Junior second-baseman Steve Wilkerson, like Brittle, was a Second-Team All-ACC player who batted .295 with 10 steals in 2012.
The Tiger pitching staff had a 3.90 ERA and 460 strikeouts against 248 walks in 2012. Senior righthander Scott Firth had a team-high three saves along with a 4-0 record and 2.09 ERA in 24 relief appearances in 2012.
Additional Broadcast Info
All three games will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com. All three games will also be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson. However, Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the radio by WCCP only after the Clemson women’s basketball game (1:00 PM start) broadcast is complete.
Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all three games as well.
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.
We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.
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