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Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball Legend Rusty Adkins


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Today’s photos are of a Clemson baseball legend, Rusty Adkins.

Rusty Adkins is Clemson's only three-time All-American in baseball. He earned All-ACC and All-District honors for the 1965-67 seasons.

Adkins had a 41-game hitting streak over the 1965 and 1966 seasons, an ACC record. In 1965, he hit .444 on the year and did not strike out. He had a three-year career batting average of .379 with a wooden bat. His first and last career hits were both homeruns.

Baseball American named him to the All-College Baseball Team for the 1965-74 era.   Adkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played four years in the minor leagues.


Adkins was later inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1995, and then the Clemson Ring of Honor in 1998. He became the inaugural member of the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, as well.

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Game Notes And Broadcast Info As Clemson Hosts North Carolina

GAME SETUP
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Site:  Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Date:  Thursday, February 28, 2013
City:  Clemson, SC
Time:  7:02 PM
Radio:  Clemson Tiger Sports Network (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Tim Bourret - color) on WCCP 104.9 FM
TV:  ESPN (Mark Jones - play-by-play; Paul Biancardi - color)

SERIES NOTES
Overall:  North Carolina leads 126-20
at Clemson:  North Carolina leads 36-16
at Littlejohn:  North Carolina leads 27-13
at North Carolina:  North Carolina leads 56-0
at Neutral:  North Carolina leads 34-4
First Meeting:  North Carolina, 48-24, in 1925-26
Last Meeting:  North Carolina, 74-52, in 2011-12
Streak:    North Carolina has won four straight

QUICK FACTS
·      Clemson will meet North Carolina for the 147th time on the men’s basketball hardwood Thursday.  The Tar Heels hold a 126-20 all-time advantage in the series over the Tigers.  North Carolina has won four straight and 14 of the last 15 between the two schools overall.
·      This will be the first meeting between the two at Clemson since 2010-11, Brad Brownell’s first season with the Tigers.  The Tar Heels won that game, 64-62, one of three narrow victories over Clemson that season.
·      Clemson last defeated North Carolina in 2009-10, when seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings were first-year freshmen.  Booker’s older brother, Trevor, led the Tigers to an upset of 12th-ranked UNC that season with 21 points.  Booker and Jennings combined to play 15 minutes.  North Carolina senior Dexter Strickland had a Tar Heel-high 17 points as a freshman guard in that contest.
·      Jennings has played well against North Carolina throughout his career.  He has averaged 9.6 points per game in five meetings with the Tar Heels, including a 16-point outing in the ACC Tournament as a sophomore in 2011.
·      Thursday’s matchup pits two contrasting styles against one another.  North Carolina is 11th in the NCAA in scoring offense at 78.1 points per game, while Clemson is 22nd in the latest statistics for scoring defense, yielding just 58.6 per contest.
·      In 13 home games this season, Clemson has averaged 10.9 points more per game at Littlejohn Coliseum than it has in 10 road games.  Also at home, Clemson allows just 55.7 points per game compared to 65.1 on the road.
·      Jordan Roper has averaged 12.3 points per game over Clemson’s last six contests, scoring double figures in four of the six.  Roper has scored 36 points in Clemson’s last two home games, against NC State and Miami.
·      Adonis Filer is coming off one of his better performances in ACC play.  The freshman guard out of Chicago, IL posted seven points and four assists, with zero turnovers, in 20 minutes of action at Maryland.
·      K.J. McDaniels has had at least one blocked shot in 16 straight games.  You have to go back to 1993-94 to find the last Tiger to block at least one in 17 straight.  Sharone Wright actually went 47 straight games with at least one blocked shot.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley and Press Box In 1977


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Today’s photos are from the 1977 football season and are of Bob Bradley inside the Press Box on game day in Clemson. I am also hoping that some of the others in these photos can be identified, so if you know please email me or respond to the post on Facebook.

The above photo is a great shot of Bob working the game (notice his Clemson Alumni ring proudly worn)! I do not know who the gentleman to Bob’s right is.

In the next photo, I am almost certain that the person Bob is talking to below is former Greenville News writer Dan Foster.   I also believe that the young man sitting directly to the right of Bob is his son, Robert.


And finally, on the back row of the picture above are Jerry Arp and Al Adams.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s


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Today’s photos are from the late 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets crossing what is now Highway 93 in Clemson. This is post-WWII Clemson and optimism around the country was very high as the beginning of the "baby boomer" generation was cranking up.

This photo was taken at the old location of the Methodist Church and Cadets would cross the road on their way to the old Post Office (now Mell Hall). Cadets would get their mail before going to the mess hall to eat.

Below is a photo of the same location taken this past Spring.


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Game Notes And Broadcast Info As Tiger Baseball Hosts Winthrop

The Road To Omaha Continues!



Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson hosts Winthrop at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The radio broadcast for today’s game will be provided exclusively by the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM.   

The game will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com.  Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com as well.

Roy Philpott will give play by play for today’s game with Tom Van Hoy offering color analysis.

Game time today is 4:00 p.m. with pregame beginning at 3:30.

The Series
Clemson and Winthrop have met 22 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding an 18-4 lead in the series that dates to 1981.  The last meeting came on April 3, 2012 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Clemson was victorious 11-0 behind Daniel Gossett’s 7.0 innings pitched of three-hit ball with 13 strikeouts.

The previous meeting came in the 2007 season, when Clemson defeated the Eagles 6-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Winthrop beat the Tigers in the only meetings in 2006 (6-3) and 2005 (8-2).  Each of the last 10 games in the series have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers lead 14-3 over the Eagles in games played at Clemson, all of which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Jack Leggett has a 7-3 mark against Winthrop as Clemson’s head coach, as all 10 games have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Leggett was 3-0 against the Eagles as Western Carolina’s head coach, meaning he is 10-3 all-time against Winthrop.

The Starting Pitchers
Winthrop will start freshman lefthander Sam Kmiec (0-1, 2.08 ERA) on the mound.  The Middletown, DE native has made five relief appearances for a total of 4.1 innings pitched.  He has allowed six hits (.353 opponents’ batting average) and no walks with two strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with freshman lefthander Matthew Crownover (0-0, 27.00 ERA) on Tuesday.  The Ringgold, GA native has made one relief appearance for a total of 0.2 innings pitched.  He has surrendered two hits (.500 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with no strikeouts.

Crownover will be the first Tiger lefthander to start a game on the mound since April 10, 2011 against Maryland, when lefthander Will Lamb started in the Terrapins’ 7-6 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Clemson has gone 101 games in a row with starting a righthander on the mound.

The Eagles
Winthrop, led by third-year Head Coach Tom Riginos, enters Tuesday’s game at Clemson with a 2-5 overall record after winning one of four games at home against Delaware State and Eastern Kentucky over the weekend.  The Eagles are 0-1 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.

Riginos served as an assistant coach at Clemson for eight seasons (2003-10) and helped the Tigers reach the College World Series twice (2006,10).  Also on the coaching staff is Assistant Coach Ben Hall, who played two years (2005,06) at Clemson and batted .266 in 78 games (11 starts).  Volunteer Assistant Coach Wilson Boyd donned a Tiger uniform from 2007-10 and hit .306 with 256 hits, 48 doubles, seven triples, 21 homers, 166 RBIs, and 14 steals in 238 games (215 starts).

Winthrop is averaging 3.4 runs per game and hitting .248 with a .316 slugging percentage and .338 on-base percentage thanks to 28 walks and four hit-by-pitches against 45 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 13 doubles, one home run, and two stolen bases in three attempts.

Cody Dolan and Leighton Daniels are both 11-for-27 (.407) to lead the squad.  Dolan has the team’s lone long ball, while Matt Lobacz is hitting .400 with a team-high four RBIs.  Lobacz also has a team-high .531 on-base percentage thanks to seven walks against only one strikeout.

The pitching staff has a 3.75 ERA and .248 opponents’ batting average along with 68 strikeouts against 24 walks in 60.0 innings pitched.  Senior righthander Eric Ruth has the team’s lone save and has allowed just one hit, no runs, and three walks with seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched over three relief appearances.  Winthrop, who has allowed 22 steals in 24 attempts, is fielding at a .961 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters Tuesday’s game against Winthrop with a 5-1 overall record after sweeping Wright State by a combined score of 18-3 over the weekend.  All six of Clemson’s games have been at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers are averaging 5.7 runs per game and hitting .292 with a .400 slugging percentage and .365 on-base percentage thanks to 20 walks and three hit-by-pitches against 26 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 15 doubles, two homers, and nine stolen bases in 13 attempts.

Steve Wilkerson leads the team with a .478 batting average, two doubles, one homer, seven RBIs, and three steals.  Steven Duggar is hitting .350 with three doubles, while Garrett Boulware is batting .333.  Shane Kennedy leads the team in RBIs (8) and has hit one home run as well.

The pitching staff has a 2.50 ERA and .253 opponents’ batting average in 54.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 18 walks against 40 strikeouts, good for a 2.23 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righty Matt Campbell has both of Clemson’s saves.  The Tigers are fielding at a .984 clip as well.

Worth Noting
·      Clemson is 4-for-4 with two doubles and nine RBIs with the bases loaded in 2013.
·      Clemson recorded back-to-back shutouts against Wright State on February 23,24.  It was the first time Clemson has had back-to-back shutouts since 2009 and the first time the Tigers have done that against the same team since 2002.

Additional Broadcast Information
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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Monday, February 25, 2013

Clemson 2013 Schedule

Tigers Meet Three Teams that Finished in Top 10 in 2012


Clemson, SC—Clemson’s 2013 football schedule includes three games against teams that finished the 2012 season in the top 10 in the nation.  The schedule  was released by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.

Two of the three games against top 10 teams from 2012 will be non-conference opponents Georgia and South Carolina.  Clemson and Nevada are the only schools in the nation to play two non-conference games against teams that finished the 2012 season in the top 10.

Clemson will open the season with Georgia at home and close the season at South Carolina.  The Tigers also face a 2012  top 10 Florida State team at Clemson on October 19.

Clemson will have a pair of Thursday night games that will be televised nationally by ESPN, September 19 at NC State and November 14 vs. Georgia Tech at Clemson. It will be Clemson’s first home Thursday night game since October 25, 2002 when Clemson played NC State, and just the third in history.

It will be just the second year that Clemson has played a pair of Thursday night games. The 2002 season was the only other year it has happened. With the two Thursday night games and a 14-week time span for the regular season due to the nature of the calendar, Clemson will not play on four Saturday’s once the season begins.  Clemson will not play on September 14, September 21, November 9 and November 16.

“Having a Thursday night, nationally televised home football game on ESPN will be a tremendous positive for the university,” said Athletic Director Dan Radakovich.  “As the only football game on television that night, we will have an opportunity to showcase our football and athletics program as well as our university community.   

“All of us within the Department of Athletics understand the complexities of playing host to a Thursday night game and the challenges it presents for many on campus, including professors with afternoon classes.  We will work with President Jim Barker, university administrators and the appointed team to make the event a wonderful example of what Clemson University can do.”

Clemson opens the season at home against Georgia, the first meeting between the two long time rivals since 2003. Georgia finished the 2012 season ranked fourth by USA Today while Clemson was ranked ninth.

The programs had legendary games during the 1977-87 era when both were consistent top 15 teams. The two teams were 5-5-1 against each other during that era and the average victory margin was just 4.7 points per game.  Nine of the 11 games were decided by a touchdown or less.

Georgia won the National Championship in 1980 and a 20-16 win over Clemson was a big victory for the Bulldogs. Clemson then won the National Championship in 1981 and a 13-3 win over the fourth-ranked Bulldogs was one of the most important wins in the Tigers drive to the title.

After a game on September 7 against South Carolina State, the Tigers will have 12 days to prepare for their first ACC game, a September 19 contest at NC State. The two teams played the second highest scoring game in Clemson history in terms of combined points in a 62-48 Tigers win last year. Clemson has won eight  of the last nine against the Wolfpack, but NC State won the last meeting in Raleigh in 2011.

Clemson returns home for a September 28 game against Wake Forest. Clemson has defeated the Demon Deacons at Clemson six consecutive games dating to 1998.

The first game in October will be at Syracuse in what will be the first ACC game for the Orangemen.  Syracuse will play in the ACC this year for the first time after competing in football  in the Big East every year since 1991.

It will be the second meeting on the gridiron between Clemson and Syracuse. The teams first met in the January 1, 1996 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL. The game will be played in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Clemson has won each of its last two games in domed stadiums, wins over Auburn and LSU last year at the Georgia Dome.

Clemson returns for consecutive home games October 12 and19 against Boston College and Florida State, respectively.  Clemson has won four of the last five against Boston College, including each of the last two when the Tigers have scored at least 36 points in each game.

The winner of the Clemson vs. Florida State game has gone on to win the Atlantic Division of the ACC each of the last four years. In fact, the winner of the regular season meeting has gone on to win the ACC Championship each of the last two years. The Tigers have won five in a row over the Seminoles at Death Valley.   Both teams finished in the top 10 of the final USA Today poll last year and should both be ranked in the top 10 of the 2013 preseason poll.

Clemson will play road games on consecutive Saturdays for the only time all year when the Tigers play at Maryland on October 26 and at Virginia on November 2.  The trip to Maryland will be the last ACC game between the Terps and Tigers as Maryland will be in the Big Ten in 2014. Clemson and Virginia will play for the first time since 2009 when the Tigers won at Death Valley.   The trip to Virginia will be the last out of state game of the year.

After an open date on November 9, Clemson will play host to Georgia Tech on Thursday night, November 14. It will be the second consecutive year Georgia Tech comes to Clemson, the first time a team has played two years in a row at Clemson since the 1993-94 era when four league schools played at Clemson back to back seasons. Georgia Tech played at Clemson on a Thursday night in 1998 and came away with a close victory.

Clemson will face The Citadel at home on November 23,  giving the Tigers consecutive games against option offenses,  then finish the regular season at South Carolina on November 30. This will be the first time Clemson has played a non-conference game the week before meeting the Gamecocks since 1979 when Clemson played Notre Dame in South Bend the week before playing  at South Carolina.

“It is always exciting to get the schedule and plan out the season,” said Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney.  “It will be a challenging schedule from top to bottom with three teams that finished in the top 10 last year and those teams should be top 10 teams again this year.  It will be a challenging ACC season as well. Thursday night games bring great exposure to your program and I am glad we do not have a quick turnaround (four days to prepare) in either situation.”

Special game day designations such as Homecoming, Parents Day and Military Appreciation Day will be announced at a later date.

Clemson 2013 Football ScheduleAug.    31        GEORGIA
Sept.   7          SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
Sept.   14        OPEN
Sept.    19       #at NC State
Sept.    28       WAKE FOREST
Oct.    5          at Syracuse
Oct.    12        BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct.    19        FLORIDA STATE
Oct.    26        at Maryland
Nov.   2          at Virginia
Nov.    9         OPEN
Nov.   14        #GEORGIA TECH
Nov.    23       CITADEL
Nov.   30        at South Carolina

# Games played on Thursday evening televised on ESPN.
           
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February 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Baseball In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and shows a long ago era of Tiger Baseball.

The above photo is of Tiger leftfielder, Larry Wilson, connecting on a pitch against Furman in the early 1950’s. I believe this game was played at Furman, as I do not recognize this as the baseball complex from the 1950’s (which was located where Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex is now).

The next photo is of a very young Coach Bill Wilhelm dressed in a nice suit looking down on Tiger infielder Clayton Lowder, who was struck on the knee by an errant pitch.


The final photo is a classic shot of longtime trainer Herman McGee in the dugout during a trip to Omaha in the late 50s.


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Clemson Weekly Baseball Recap

Clemson University
Overall Season Record:  5-1
ACC Regular-Season Record:  0-0

Last Week:  3-0
Saturday
Win at Home vs. Wright State, 5-3
Win at Home vs. Wright State, 6-0 Sunday
Win at Home vs. Wright State, 7-0

Next Week
Tuesday
Home vs. Winthrop, 4:00 PM
Friday
Home vs. South Carolina, 6:00 PM
Saturday
In Grenville vs. South Carolina, 2:00 PM
Sunday
Away vs. South Carolina, 3:00 PM

Last Week’s Game Notes
Clemson swept Wright State by a combined score of 18-3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on February 23-24.  The Tigers outhit the Raiders .278 to .247 and totaled seven doubles, one homer, 16 walks against only 12 strikeouts, and seven steals.  Steve Wilkerson went 6-for-11 (.545) with a homer, double, three RBIs, three runs, and three steals.  The Tiger pitching staff had a 1.00 ERA and allowed only three of Wright State’s 39 baserunners to score in the series.  Clemson committed just one error and fielded at a .992 clip as well.

In game-one on February 23, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs to lead Clemson to a 5-3 win over Wright State.  The Tigers scored two runs in the eighth inning to take a 5-1 lead, then Wright State scored two runs in the ninth inning and put the potential tying run on first base before Matt Campbell recorded the save.  Starter Daniel Gossett allowed one run with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched to earn the victory.  Wright State outhit the Tigers 10-7, but Clemson had seven walks.

In game-two on February 23, which was the second game of a doubleheader, five Tiger pitchers combined to blank Wright State in Clemson’s 6-0 win.  Clate Schmidt pitched 4.0 innings in his first career start to earn the victory.  Wilkerson went 3-for-4 with a double to lead Clemson’s 11-hit attack, while Jon McGibbon went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  Wright State totaled nine hits, five walks, and five hit-by-pitches, but Clemson did not allow any of the Raiders’ 19 baserunners to score.  Wright State also put six leadoff batters on base, but Clemson turned four double plays.

In game-three on February 24, Scott Firth pitched 8.0 scoreless innings and Clemson scored five two-out runs in the seventh inning in its 7-0 victory over Wright State.  Firth allowed just five hits (all singles), no runs, and two walks with four strikeouts to earn the win.  He was aided by Steven Duggar, who threw out two runners at the plate to save runs on outfield assists.  Shane Kennedy and Jay Baum both had two-out hits that scored multiple runs in the seventh inning.  The Tigers amassed seven hits in the contest despite totaling no hits in the first five innings.

2013 Season Notes
Clemson has a 5-1 overall record and 0-0 ACC mark on the season.  Clemson has won four games in a row after falling to William & Mary on February 16.  In the final two games against the Raiders, Clemson recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2009, when it did so against Presbyterian College and USC Upstate on March 17,18.  It also marked the first time since 2002 (against Maine on March 21,22) that Clemson won back-to-back games by shutout against the same team.

The Tigers are hitting .292 with a .400 slugging percentage and .365 on-base percentage thanks to 20 walks and three hit-by-pitches against only 26 strikeouts in 2013.  The team has also totaled 15 doubles, two homers, and nine stolen bases.  The Tigers are 4-for-4 with two doubles and nine RBIs in four plate appearances with the bases loaded as well.

Steve Wilkerson is leading the team with a .478 batting average along with two doubles, one homer, seven RBIs, five runs, and a team-high three stolen bases.  Freshman Steven Duggar is batting .350 with three outfield assists, while Shane Kennedy and Thomas Brittle are both hitting .300.

The pitching staff has a 2.50 ERA and .253 opponents’ batting average in 54.0 innings pitched this season.  It has allowed 50 hits and 18 walks with 40 strikeouts, good for a 2.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Senior righthander Scott Firth is 2-0 with an 0.60 ERA and a .149 opponents’ batting average in 15.0 innings pitched over two starts.  Daniel Gossett is 1-0 with an 0.77 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched over two starts.  Matt Campbell has both of Clemson’s saves as well.

Clemson is fielding at a .984 clip, as it has committed only four errors, including just one error by a starting infielder.  The Tigers have also turned eight double plays.

Clemson will return to action on Tuesday it hosts Winthrop at Doug Kingsmore Stadium before facing South Carolina three times at three different sites over the weekend.  The Palmetto State rivals will match up on Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Saturday afternoon at Fluor Field in Greenville, and Sunday afternoon in Columbia.

We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

Go Tigers!

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Baseball Recap And Sunday Preview As Tigers Hosts Wright State

The Road To Omaha Continues!


Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson completes the series with Wright State 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.   

Tom Van Hoy will give play by play for Sunday’s game with Scott Rhymer offering color analysis on Sunday.

Game time Sunday is 1:00 PM.

The game day broadcast is a little unique today balancing women’s basketball and baseball.

At 1:00 PM, women's basketball at Boston College will air on Clemson Tiger Sports Network (CTSN) in its entirety.

The baseball game will also begin at 1:00 PM and will be available on WCCP 104.9 FM online only.  The baseball broadcast will join WCCP’s radio feed at the conclusion of the women’s basketball game.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-three, Wright State will start freshman lefty Robby Sexton (1-0, 2.25 ERA) on the mound.  The Pataskala, OH native has made one start for a total of 4.0 innings pitched.  He has yielded three hits (.214 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with three strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with senior righty Scott Firth (1-0, 1.29 ERA) on Sunday.  The Buffalo Grove, IL native has made one start for a total of 7.0 innings pitched.  He has allowed two hits (.091 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with five strikeouts.

The Series
On Saturday, Steve Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs to lead Clemson to a 5-3 win over Wright State in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 3-1 on the season.  The Raiders fell to 3-1 in 2013.

Daniel Gossett (1-0) earned the win by tossing 5.0 effective innings in a starting role.  He gave up six hits, one run, and two walks with six strikeouts.  Matt Campbell recorded his second save of the year by retiring the last batter of the game.

Wright State starter Casey Henn (1-1) suffered the loss, as he allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), and four walks with two strikeouts.

In Game 2 on Saturday, five Tiger pitchers combined to blank Wright State in Clemson's 6-0 The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 4-1 on the season.  The Raiders dropped to 3-2.

The Tigers scored a run in the first inning and two more runs in the third inning to give them an early lead.  The Raiders put pressure on the Clemson defense all game, putting six leadoff batters on base and 19 batters in all on base.  But the Tigers turned four double plays and did not allow any of the Raiders' 19 baserunners to score.

Freshman Clate Schmidt (1-0) earned his first career win by tossing 4.0 scoreless innings.  In his first career start, the righthander allowed five hits and one walk with two strikeouts.  Patrick Andrews, Zack Erwin, Jackson Campana, and Clay Bates combined to pitch the last 5.0 innings to close out the game.

Taylor Braun (0-1), the first of four Raider pitchers, suffered the loss.  He gave up seven hits, three runs, and one walk with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.

Additional Broadcast Information
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We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

Go Tigers!

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February 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck (Part II)


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Today’s photos are Part II and a series of shots during the construction of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This allowed for a slightly higher design, adding a few thousand more seats to the North.


At one time, Clemson promoted Death Valley as having the most sideline seats of any stadium in the nation. I do not know if that is still accurate, but you don’t hear Clemson promote that saying anymore so I assume that it is not.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

North Upper Deck Construction (Part I)


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Today’s photos are from the 1983 and show the construction of the North Upper Deck in Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.


The North Upper Deck is comprised of 22,500 yards of concrete, 2,200 tons of reinforcing steel, 3,000 tons of asphalt, 5,800 gallons of paint, and 60,000 pounds of aluminum seating

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

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Game Notes As Clemson Travels To College Park

GAME SETUP

Site:  Comcast Center (17,950)
Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2013
City:  College Park, MD
Time:  12:00 PM
Radio:  Clemson Tiger Sports Network (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Tim Bourret - color) on WCCP 104.9 FM
TV:ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn - play-by-play; Jay Williams – color)

SERIES NOTES
Overall:  Maryland leads 89-49
at Clemson:  Clemson leads 35-27
at Littlejohn:  Clemson leads 22-20
at Maryland:  Maryland leads 52-10
at Neutral:  Maryland leads 10-4
First Meeting:  Maryland won, 45-34, in 1938-39
Last Meeting:  Maryland won, 64-62, in 2011-12
Streak:  Maryland has won three straight

QUICK FACTS
·      Clemson and Maryland meet on the hardwood for the first time since Feb. 4, 2012.  The Terrapins have taken the last three games over the Tigers and lead the all-time series 89-49, including a 52-10 advantage in College Park.  Clemson’s last win at Maryland came in 2008, when the Tigers capped a 20-point comeback on Terrence Oglesby’s three-pointer in the final seconds.
·      The Tigers last played on Sunday against Miami, falling in heartbreaking fashion to the nation’s now No. 2 ranked team by a score of 45-43.  Five of Clemson’s eight ACC losses have been by five points or less.
·      Clemson’s last win at any point over Maryland was in 2010, when Jerai Grant had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 62-53 victory.  Maryland had 26 turnovers in that game, while Clemson collected 20 offensive rebounds.
·      Clemson currently boasts a .401 field goal percentage defense, on pace to be the best in school history.  The previous best was a .403 figure two seasons ago by Brad Brownell’s first Tiger team.
·      Maryland is second in the NCAA with a +10.1 rebound margin, but 340th out of 345 teams with a -5.1 turnover margin.  The Terrapins upset then No. 2 Duke on Feb. 16 despite committing 26 turnovers as a team.
·      Jordan Roper has averaged 12.2 points per game over Clemson’s last five contests, culminating with a season-best 19 in Sunday’s loss to Miami.  Roper’s point total was the highest by a Tiger freshman against an ACC opponent since Terrence Oglesby scored 19 versus Florida State in 2008.
·      Devin Booker had his fourth double-double of the ACC season last time out against Miami, and has scored double figures in 10 of Clemson’s 13 conference games.  He is 15th in league play scoring at 13.2 points per game.
·      Booker currently ranks among the ACC’s top 10 in overall offensive rebounds per game (2nd), rebounds per game (7th) and blocked shots per game (T-9th).
·      K.J. McDaniels has had at least one blocked shot in 15 straight games, the longest streak by a Clemson player since Trevor Booker went the first 16 games of his career with at least one block in 2006-07.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

February 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Cadets At Movies In 1951


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are from 1951 and are of Clemson’s downtown movie theatre at the time.

This group of cadets are lining up to see the popular musical "An American in Paris" staring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Today, this location is the Tiger Sports Shop on College Avenue.


The movie is a great diversion from classes and the Korean War, which is hovering over the senior cadets at Clemson. During the Korean War, 1,500 Clemson graduates would be deployed and 20 would lose their life.

"An American in Paris" is a 1951 MGM musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner.

The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Best Musical Score among other awards. Interestingly, Gene Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award that year for "his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."

It was Kelly’s only Oscar.

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Game Notes And Broadcast Information As Clemson Hosts Wright State

Note:  The Clemson vs. Wright State baseball game scheduled for Friday at 4:00 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium was postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.  The two teams are now scheduled to open the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 PM.  Both games will be nine-inning contests and there will be approximately 30 minutes in between the games.

Doug Kingsmore Stadium will be cleared in between the games on Saturday, therefore fans must have a separate ticket for each game.  Once all fans have left the stadium after the first game of the doubleheader, the gates will open for fans to enter for the second game of the doubleheader.

For season ticketholders and fans who have purchashed tickets to the first two games of the series, the following will honored for entry into the stadium on Saturday:

• Friday’s 4:00 PM game tickets will be honored for the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday (approximate start time of 4:00 PM)

• Saturday’s 2:00 PM game tickets will be honored for the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 PM



Clemson (2-1) will host Wright State (3-0) in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend.  Game times are a Double Header beginning at 1:00 on Saturday and a 1:00 PM first pitch on Sunday.
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.  Tom Van Hoy will call the games on Saturday with Bob Mahoney providing color commentary.  And on Sunday,  Scott Rhymer will provide color commentary with Tom Van Hoy calling the game’s play by play.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the radio by WCCP only after the Clemson men’s basketball game (12:00 PM start) broadcast is complete.  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.
The Series
Clemson and Wright State have met three times, as the Tigers swept the Raiders in the three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from February 26-28, 2010.  The Tigers outscored the Raiders 24-15 in the series.
The three matchups between Clemson and Wright State are the only three times Jack Leggett has faced the Raiders as a head coach.
The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Wright State will start senior righthander Casey Henn (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on the mound.  The Cincinnati, OH native has made one start for a total of 6.0 innings pitched.  He has allowed three hits (.150 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with three strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Daniel Gossett (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in Game 1.  The Lyman, SC native has made one start for a total of 6.2 innings pitched.  He has surrendered four hits (.182 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with six strikeouts.
In game-two, the Raiders will start junior righthander Taylor Braun (0-0, 1.59 ERA) on the mound.  The Marion, OH native has made one start for a total of 5.2 innings pitched.  He has given up nine hits (.360 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with five strikeouts.
Clemson will counter with freshman righthander Clate Schmidt (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in Game 2 on Saturday.  The Acworth, GA native has made one relief appearance for a total of 2.2 innings pitched.  He has given up three hits (.273 opponents’ batting average) and no walks with three strikeouts.
In game-three, Wright State will start freshman lefty Robby Sexton (1-0, 2.25 ERA) on the mound.  The Pataskala, OH native has made one start for a total of 4.0 innings pitched.  He has yielded three hits (.214 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with three strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with senior righty Scott Firth (1-0, 1.29 ERA) on Sunday.  The Buffalo Grove, IL native has made one start for a total of 7.0 innings pitched.  He has allowed two hits (.091 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with five strikeouts.
The Raiders
Wright State, led by ninth-year Head Coach Rob Cooper, enters the series at Clemson with a 3-0 overall record after defeating Dayton 5-1 at home on Monday.  The Raiders also won both games last weekend at a tournament in Cary, NC.  This marks the Raiders’ first 3-0 start to a season since 1991.
Wright State is averaging 7.3 runs per game and hitting .341 with a .482 slugging percentage and .468 on-base percentage thanks to 17 walks and six hit-by-pitches against 16 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled four doubles, one triple, two home runs, and six stolen bases in eight attempts.
Mark Fowler is 5-for-7 (.714) with five hit-by-pitches, a .833 on-base percentage, and four steals.  Cody Gardner and Beau Phillips are both hitting .500, while Sam Picchiotti is 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, one homer, and six RBIs.
The pitching staff has a 1.67 ERA and .230 opponents’ batting average along with 24 strikeouts against seven walks in 27.0 innings pitched.  Junior righthander Joey Hoelzel has not allowed a run with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched.  Wright State, who has allowed two steals in four attempts, is fielding at a .976 clip as well.
The Tigers
Clemson enters the series against Wright State with a 2-1 overall record after winning two of three games against William & Mary at home last weekend.
The Tigers are averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .305 with a .410 slugging percentage and .330 on-base percentage thanks to four walks against 14 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled eight doubles, one homer, and two stolen bases in three attempts.
Freshman Steven Duggar leads the team with a .556 batting average (5-for-9) along with two doubles and three runs.  Steve Wilkerson is 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, four RBIs, and two runs.  Shane Kennedy has Clemson’s lone home run along with four RBIs as well.
The pitching staff has a 4.00 ERA and .257 opponents’ batting average in 27.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed nine walks against 21 strikeouts, good for a 2.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righty Matt Campbell has the team’s lone save.  The Tigers are fielding at a .976 clip as well.
Worth Noting
·      Only 17 of the 35 players on Clemson’s current roster played in a game in a Tiger uniform prior to 2013.
·      Clemson’s pinch-hitters are 4-for-8 (.500) in 2013.
·      Clemson #9 in the Nation in Average Home Attendance
·      Entering this week’s action, a total of 14,686 fans have been attendance for Clemson’s three home dates in 2013, an average of 4,895 per date.  That figure is #9 in the nation and second-best in the ACC in 2013.  It is also on pace to be the best figure in Tiger history for a season.  Through the 2012 season, Clemson had a top-20 national figure in attendance for 19 straight seasons and a top-10 national figure in attendance for 11 years in a row.
Freshmen Making Instant Impact
A total of 18 (15 freshmen) of Clemson’s 35 players entered the 2013 season having never played a game in a Tiger uniform.  Despite Clemson’s youth and inexperience, many of those young players have made an instant impact, particularly at the plate.
Clemson’s eight freshmen who have seen action at the plate have combined to go 13-for-31 (.419).  That is a big reason the Tigers are hitting .305 as a team on the season.
Freshmen Steven Duggar (RF) and Tyler Krieger (SS) have seen the most action in the field, as both have started all three games in 2013.  Duggar is leading the team by going 5-for-9 (.556) with two doubles and three runs.
Gossett Leading Rotation
Sophomore righthander Daniel Gossett (Lyman, SC) has picked up where he left off in 2012 when he was the team’s best pitcher during the latter stages of his freshman campaign.  He became the first freshman righthander to lead Clemson in strikeouts since 1997 (Ryan Mottl) when he totaled 87 on the season.
In 2013, Gossett has become the Friday starter for the weekend rotation.  He is 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA and has allowed only four hits (.182 opponents’ batting average) and one walk with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched over one start.  In the season-opener, he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings of four-hit ball in Clemson’s 2-0 victory over William & Mary.
In his career, Gossett is 6-3 with two saves, a 3.98 ERA, and .218 opponents’ batting average along with 93 strikeouts in 83.2 innings pitched over 20 appearances (11 starts).  If he had enough innings pitched to qualify (100 is the minimum), his 10.00 strikeouts-per-nine-innings-pitched mark would be fifth-best in school history.
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