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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Road To Omaha Begins As Tigers Host William and Mary

The Road To Omaha Begins!


Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, begins 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 Tom Van Hoy offering color analysis on Friday and Bob Mahoney on Saturday and Sunday.

Game times are 4:00 PM (Friday), 2:00 PM (Saturday), and 1:00 PM (Sunday).

The Series
Clemson and William & Mary have met three times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 3-0 lead in the series dating back to the 2000 season.  All three meetings have taken place at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

On March 8, 2000, the Tigers defeated the Tribe 10-6.  In the 2001 Clemson Regional, the Tigers topped William & Mary 4-1.  In the third and most-recent meeting, Clemson defeated the Tribe 10-5 on March 8, 2006.

The three matchups between Clemson and William & Mary are the only three times Jack Leggett has faced the Tribe as a head coach.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, William & Mary will start senior righthander Brett Koehler on the mound.  The Glen Gardner, NJ native had a 6-2 record and 3.21 ERA in 70.0 innings pitched over 13 appearances (10 starts) in 2012.  He surrendered 63 hits (.237 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with 55 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Daniel Gossett on Friday.  The Lyman, SC native had a 6-3 record and 4.32 ERA in 77.0 innings pitched over 19 appearances (10 starts) in 2012.  He allowed 62 hits (.221 opponents’ batting average) and 39 walks with 87 strikeouts.

The Tribe
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.

The Tigers
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.

Go Tigers!


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