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Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Cadet In President's Box
 
 
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Today’s photo is from the 1960’s and shows a Clemson Cadet ushering in the President's box at a Clemson football game. Cadets that were members of the Scabbard and Blade, a military fraternity, would take turns working the president's box, good work if you can get it.

Scabbard and Blade is a joint service honor society that unites cadets and midshipmen from all over the country in military excellence. The society strives to better these cadets and midshipmen as future officers and to strengthen the joint service relationship through service to the community and leadership opportunities.

At Clemson, the Scabbard and Blade is the campus organization consisting of the top cadets on the campus enrolled in either Army or Air Force ROTC. Members are selected from cadets who have proven themselves outstanding in their military and scholastic standings.

The purpose of the club is to promote a closer relationship between the cadets and both military departments, and to encourage and foster the essential qualities of efficient officers. Among the activities of the Scabbard and Blade are the annual Military Ball and Military Banquet.

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Recap, Notes, and Broadcast Info As Tigers And #1 UNC Play Game 2

The Road To Omaha Continues!

The Road To Omaha continues as Clemson (16-10, 5-5 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill, NC to take on #1 North Carolina (24-1, 8-1 ACC) in game 2 of a three game series at Boshamer Stadium.

Game times are 7:00 PM (Sunday), and 6:00 PM (Monday).

Sunday’s game will be televised by RSN and will be available via webcast on ESPN3.  Monday’s game will be televised by ESPNU.  All three games will also be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network and WCCP 104.9 FM.  Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all three games as well.

Don Munson will provide play by play for today’s game with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis. 

The Series
Top-ranked North Carolina scored four runs in both the first and third innings and cruised to a 10-3 win over Clemson in front of 3,945 fans at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday night.  The Tar Heels, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 24-1 overall and 8-1 in the ACC.  The Tigers dropped to 16-10 overall and 5-5 in ACC play.
North Carolina starter Kent Emanuel (5-1) pitched 8.0 strong innings to earn the win.  He scattered nine hits and allowed only one run and one walk with five strikeouts.
Tiger starter Daniel Gossett (3-2) suffered the loss, as he surrendered 10 hits and eight runs with one strikeout in 3.0 innings pitched.  Mike Kent pitched the final 5.0 innings and gave up just two runs and no walks.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-two, the Tar Heels will start sophomore righty Benton Moss (6-0, 1.89 ERA) on the mound.  The Enfield, NC native has made six starts for a total of 38.0 innings pitched.  He has given up 24 hits (.180 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks with 45 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with freshman righthander Clate Schmidt (2-0, 4.05 ERA) on Sunday.  The Acworth, GA native has made five starts and two relief appearances for a total of 26.2 innings pitched.  He has given up 39 hits (.336 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with 18 strikeouts.

In game-three, North Carolina will start junior lefthander Hobbs Johnson (0-0, 3.48 ERA) on the mound.  The Rocky Mount, NC native has made five starts for a total of 20.2 innings pitched.  He has yielded 20 hits (.256 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks with 21 strikeouts.

The Tigers’ starting pitcher for game-three on Monday has yet to be determined.

The Tar Heels
North Carolina is averaging 9.0 runs per game and hitting .316 with a .470 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage thanks to 148 walks and 29 hit-by-pitches against 107 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 49 doubles, 10 triples, 19 home runs, and 35 stolen bases in 45 attempts.

Freshmen Skye Bolt and Landon Lassiter lead the team at the plate.  Bolt is hitting .429 with eight doubles, two triples, four homers, 27 RBIs, a .549 on-base percentage, and five steals.  Lassiter is batting .379 with a .559 on-base percentage.  Colin Moran is hitting .368 with five homers and 32 RBIs, while Cody Stubbs is batting .352 with 10 doubles, two home runs, and 29 RBIs.  Michael Russell has a team-high nine stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 1.72 ERA and .188 opponents’ batting average along with 197 strikeouts against 79 walks in 215.0 innings pitched.  The Tar Heels have given up just 15 extra-base hits (12 doubles, one triple, two homers).  North Carolina has held its opposition to two runs or less in 19 of its 24 games in 2013.  North Carolina, who has allowed 20 steals in 22 attempts, is fielding at a .975 clip as well.

Sophomore righty Trevor Kelley has one save and has pitched 14.0 innings over a team-high 12 appearances, all out of the bullpen.  He has given up just two runs (1.29 ERA), four hits (.089 opponents’ batting average), and four walks with 11 strikeouts.

The Tigers
The Tigers are averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .273 with a .362 slugging percentage and .340 on-base percentage thanks to 77 walks and 14 hit-by-pitches against 166 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 42 doubles, three triples, nine homers, and 35 stolen bases in 54 attempts.

Garrett Boulware is hitting a team-best .358 with four doubles, one triple, four homers, and 23 RBIs.  Steve Wilkerson is hitting .300 with one homer, 15 RBIs, and six stolen bases.  Shane Kennedy has two home runs, one double, two triples, and 16 RBIs as well.

Freshman utility player Kevin Bradley, who has been Clemson’s top pinch-hitter in 2013, has a connection to the North Carolina program.  His father, Scott Bradley, was a two-time All-American (1980,81) with the Tar Heels as a catcher and third-baseman.  Scott, who is in his 16th season as Princeton’s head baseball coach, went on to play nine seasons in the Major Leagues with the Yankees, White Sox, Mariners, and Reds.

The pitching staff has a 3.25 ERA and .256 opponents’ batting average in 227.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 77 walks against 167 strikeouts, good for a 2.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Freshman lefthander Zack Erwin has a 2-0 record, one save, a 1.50 ERA, and a .167 opponents’ batting average in 18.0 innings pitched over 10 relief appearances.  The Tigers are fielding at a .971 clip as well.

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

Go Tigers!

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball From 1948 On Riggs Field


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Today’s photos are from the 1948 season, when Clemson baseball games were played on Riggs Field.

Riggs Field hosted a variety of the school's athletic teams, including the football team from 1915 until 1941 and the baseball team from 1916 until 1969. It is named after Walter Riggs, the former coach of the football team and president of Clemson (1910–1924).

The above photo is from a game with Furman in 1948, with the Tigers pulling out the win by a score of 7-6.

Below is another photo that was taken in the same game and facing the opposite direction. Notice that you cannot see Johnstone Hall in the background as Johnstone had not been built yet.


The final picture below, we see Tiger Baseball Coach Walter Cox getting an ear full from the Citadel coach after the game. Clemson won the game 4-3, and something did not sit well with the Citadel coach in the loss!


Riggs Field was later remodeled as a soccer venue. It is now referred to as "Historic Riggs Field".

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Game Notes and Broadcast Info As Tigers Travel To #1 UNC

The Road To Omaha Continues!


The Road To Omaha continues as Clemson (16-9, 5-4 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill, NC to take on #1 North Carolina (23-1, 7-1 ACC) in a three-game series at Boshamer Stadium from Saturday to Monday. 

Game times are 6:00 PM (Saturday), 7:00 PM (Sunday), and 6:00 PM (Monday).

Sunday’s game will be televised by RSN and will be available via webcast on ESPN3.  Monday’s game will be televised by ESPNU.  All three games will also be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network and WCCP 104.9 FM.  Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all three games as well.

Don Munson will provide play by play for today’s game with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis. 

The Series
Clemson and North Carolina have met 181 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 96-84-1 lead in the series dating to the 1901 season.  The Tar Heels have won the last seven games in the series, their longest winning streak in series history.

Last season at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tar Heels swept the three-game series by a combined score of 15-11, which included two one-run wins.  In 2011 at Boshamer Stadium, the Tar Heels swept the Tigers by a combined score of 27-12.

The Tar Heels hold a 41-36 lead in games played at North Carolina, while Clemson leads 76-65 in ACC regular-season games.  Jack Leggett has a 31-28 record against the Tar Heels as Clemson’s head coach, including a 13-11 mark at North Carolina.  Leggett was 0-3 against the Tar Heels as Western Carolina’s head coach, meaning he is 31-31 all-time against North Carolina.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, North Carolina will start junior lefthander Kent Emaunel (4-1, 1.17 ERA) on the mound.  The Woodstock, GA native has made six starts for a total of 46.1 innings pitched.  He has allowed 32 hits (.201 opponents’ batting average) and nine walks with 35 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Daniel Gossett (3-1, 1.33 ERA) on Saturday.  The Lyman, SC native has made six starts for a total of 40.2 innings pitched.  He has surrendered 28 hits (.192 opponents’ batting average) and 11 walks with 34 strikeouts.

In game-two, the Tar Heels will start sophomore righty Benton Moss (6-0, 1.89 ERA) on the mound.  The Enfield, NC native has made six starts for a total of 38.0 innings pitched.  He has given up 24 hits (.180 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks with 45 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with freshman righthander Clate Schmidt (2-0, 4.05 ERA) on Sunday.  The Acworth, GA native has made five starts and two relief appearances for a total of 26.2 innings pitched.  He has given up 39 hits (.336 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with 18 strikeouts.

In game-three, North Carolina will start junior lefthander Hobbs Johnson (0-0, 3.48 ERA) on the mound.  The Rocky Mount, NC native has made five starts for a total of 20.2 innings pitched.  He has yielded 20 hits (.256 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks with 21 strikeouts.

The Tigers’ starting pitcher for game-three on Monday has yet to be determined.

The Tar Heels
North Carolina, led by 15th-year Head Coach Mike Fox and ranked as high as #1 in the nation, enters the series against Clemson with a 23-1 overall record and 7-1 ACC mark after defeating Virginia Commonwealth (3-2) and Winthrop (6-2) at home earlier this week.  The Tar Heels, who are also coming off two wins in two games over Boston College at home last weekend, are 17-1 at home.

Their only loss of the season came against Miami (FL) by a score of 4-1 on March 15.  North Carolina, who has won seven games in a row, is third in the nation in runs per game, first in the nation in runs allowed per game (2.2), and first in the nation in scoring margin per game (+6.8).

North Carolina is averaging 9.0 runs per game and hitting .316 with a .470 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage thanks to 148 walks and 29 hit-by-pitches against 107 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 49 doubles, 10 triples, 19 home runs, and 35 stolen bases in 45 attempts.

Freshmen Skye Bolt and Landon Lassiter lead the team at the plate.  Bolt is hitting .429 with eight doubles, two triples, four homers, 27 RBIs, a .549 on-base percentage, and five steals.  Lassiter is batting .379 with a .559 on-base percentage.  Colin Moran is hitting .368 with five homers and 32 RBIs, while Cody Stubbs is batting .352 with 10 doubles, two home runs, and 29 RBIs.  Michael Russell has a team-high nine stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 1.72 ERA and .188 opponents’ batting average along with 197 strikeouts against 79 walks in 215.0 innings pitched.  The Tar Heels have given up just 15 extra-base hits (12 doubles, one triple, two homers).  North Carolina has held its opposition to two runs or less in 19 of its 24 games in 2013.  North Carolina, who has allowed 20 steals in 22 attempts, is fielding at a .975 clip as well.

Sophomore righty Trevor Kelley has one save and has pitched 14.0 innings over a team-high 12 appearances, all out of the bullpen.  He has given up just two runs (1.29 ERA), four hits (.089 opponents’ batting average), and four walks with 11 strikeouts.

The Tigers
Clemson enters the series at #1 North Carolina with a 16-9 overall record and 5-4 ACC mark after splitting a pair of midweek games against Georgia.  The Tigers, who are also coming off two wins in three games over Duke at home last weekend, are 3-2 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.

The Tigers are averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .273 with a .362 slugging percentage and .340 on-base percentage thanks to 77 walks and 14 hit-by-pitches against 166 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 42 doubles, three triples, nine homers, and 35 stolen bases in 54 attempts.

Garrett Boulware is hitting a team-best .358 with four doubles, one triple, four homers, and 23 RBIs.  Steve Wilkerson is hitting .300 with one homer, 15 RBIs, and six stolen bases.  Shane Kennedy has two home runs, one double, two triples, and 16 RBIs as well.

Freshman utility player Kevin Bradley, who has been Clemson’s top pinch-hitter in 2013, has a connection to the North Carolina program.  His father, Scott Bradley, was a two-time All-American (1980,81) with the Tar Heels as a catcher and third-baseman.  Scott, who is in his 16th season as Princeton’s head baseball coach, went on to play nine seasons in the Major Leagues with the Yankees, White Sox, Mariners, and Reds.

The pitching staff has a 3.25 ERA and .256 opponents’ batting average in 227.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 77 walks against 167 strikeouts, good for a 2.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Freshman lefthander Zack Erwin has a 2-0 record, one save, a 1.50 ERA, and a .167 opponents’ batting average in 18.0 innings pitched over 10 relief appearances.  The Tigers are fielding at a .971 clip as well.

Brittle Breaking Out
Senior outfielder Thomas Brittle (Cross, SC) has been one of Clemson’s most valuable players that past two seasons due to his ability to track down balls in centerfield and come up with clutch hits, including 2012 when he was a Second-Team All-ACC selection.

This season, he has kept his level of production and is hitting .295 with one homer, nine RBIs, a team-high 21 runs, .400 on-base percentage, and a team-high nine steals.  He is also 12-for-32 (.375) with four steals in the last nine games.

In his two seasons in a Tiger uniform, he is hitting .297 with 11 doubles, eight triples, three homers, 45 RBIs, 64 runs, a .389 on-base percentage and 24 steals in 83 games (81 starts).

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

Go Tigers!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rats Thumbing A Ride In 1963


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Today’s photos center around the mid 1960’s when color photography was quickly becoming the new fad.

The above picture is from outside of Sikes Hall and some Freshman “rats” thumbing a ride on a beautiful fall day in 1963. This is a tradition that lasted from the 1930’s well into the early 1970’s at Clemson.

The next photo is of several Clemson ladies sunbathing on campus. In 1963, Clemson was co-educational for less than 10 years. Today, there are more women at Clemson than men.


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Clemson Announces Football Home Game Designations

The Clemson Athletic Department has announced home game designations for the 2013 football season.  The Tigers will play three games in 2013 against teams that finished the 2012 season in the top 10 in the nation, and two of the three games will be at Memorial Stadium.
Clemson will open the 2013 season at home against the first of those opponents, Georgia, on Saturday, August 31 in a game that is designated Solid Orange Day.  The game between the Tigers and Bulldogs, which will be the first meeting between the two long-time rivals since 2003, will kick off at 8 PM and will be nationally televised on ABC.
The Tigers’ game against South Carolina State on September 7 will be designated Family Weekend and Youth Day. 
Clemson will celebrate Homecoming on September 28 when Wake Forest travels to Tigertown.
The October 12 game against Boston College will be Hall of Fame Day and Football Reunion Weekend. 
Clemson will hold IPTAY Day the following Saturday, October 19, when the Tigers play host to Florida State, their second opponent ranked in the final top 10 for 2012. 
Clemson will host the program’s first Thursday night game since the 2002 season on November 14 when Georgia Tech makes its second trip to Memorial Stadium in two seasons.
The team’s final home game of the year, against The Citadel on November 23, will be a busy day in Clemson.  The Tigers will honor the 2013 seniors as they run Down The Hill for the final time in their careers.  The game will also be Military Appreciation Day, as Clemson will honor the military tradition of both schools.  In conjunction with Military Appreciation Day, Clemson will hold its first ever Purple Out, in which fans will be asked to wear purple to the game.  The Purple Out, a Clemson University student-driven initiative, is meant to represent the great significance the color purple has to the United States Military and Clemson University.  It is symbolic of the courage and sacrifice possessed by those recipients of the Purple Heart award.
Season tickets for the 2013 football season are now available for IPTAY members, and can be purchased online at ClemsonTigers.com or over the phone by calling 1-800-CLEMSON.
The football team will hold its annual spring game on Saturday, April 13 at 4 PM at Memorial Stadium.  Clemson also announced that Fan Appreciation Day for 2013 will be held Sunday, August 18.
Clemson Football 2013 Home Game Designations
Aug. 18 - Fan Appreciation Day                                           
Aug. 31 - Georgia (Solid Orange Day)
Sept. 7 – South Carolina State (Family Weekend/Youth Day)
Sept. 27 – Tigerama
Sept. 28 - Wake Forest (Homecoming)
Oct. 12 - Boston College (Hall of Fame Day/Football Reunion Weekend)
Oct. 18 - Rock The John
Oct. 19 - Florida State (IPTAY Day)
Nov. 14 - Georgia Tech
Nov. 23 - The Citadel (Senior Day/Military Appreciation Day/Purple Out)
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming At Clemson In 1964


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Today’s photos are from inside Memorial Stadium during Homecoming in 1964.

The above photo shows the 1964 Homecoming Court making their way around Frank Howard Field during halftime of the football game. In the background, you can clearly make out the North Stands (without the upper deck) as well as the hill area (before it was rounded off with concrete stands).

The next photo is of the Tigers coming down the hill for Homecoming before kickoff. The game took place on November 8th and Clemson would fall to North 29-0 on this day.


But, as you can see from the picture, the homecoming festivities were still incredible.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mid 1960’s Clemson Campus Life


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Today’s photos center around the mid 1960’s when color photography was quickly becoming the new fad. The above photo is of Clemson students hanging out in the Loggia at Johnstone Hall.

The open air loggia at Johnstone Hall on the ground-floor (level six) at the hilltop overlooked an assembly quadrangle designed to accommodate cadet formations. The canteen, one floor below the loggia, faced the formation area. The paved quadrangle, lately serving as parking, was redeveloped into a new student union and student government chambers in the mid-1970s.

The campus student locator phone office, the West Campus housing office, student government chambers, a small campus retreat chapel (later converted to a job placement office), and all the student media were located in the three levels above the loggia.

The next photo is from the inside of Sikes Hall when it served as the Library at Clemson. The cornerstone for the future Sikes Hall was laid on January 19, 1904, by Grand Mason J. R. Bellinger, A.F.M., and completed that same year.


Sikes Hall is named for Clemson's sixth president, Enoch Walter Sikes. Sikes was originally the center for agricultural studies and was known as Agricultural Hall, but was remodeled as the campus library after fire destroyed most of the building on the night of April 2, 1925. It served as the campus library until 1966 when the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library replaced it.

Believe it or not, Sikes also housed a museum and gymnasium through past years.

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Recap, Game Notes, and Broadcast Information As Tigers Conclude Series With Georgia at The Doug

The Road To Omaha Continues!

Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson (16-8) will play Georgia (8-17) in second of a two-game, home-and-home series. 

The two teams will face off Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.  Game time is 7:00 PM and the game will be televised by CSS, while Wednesday’s game will also be available via webcast on ESPN3.  The game will also be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network and WCCP 104.9 FM.  Live stats will be available online at ClemsonTigers.com for both games as well.

Roy Philpott will provide play by play for today’s game with Don Munson offering color analysis. 

Tuesday
Georgia native Tyler Slaton totaled a career-high four hits and Georgia native Matthew Crownover pitched 5.0 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 9-1 win over Georgia in front of 1,484 fans at a chilly Foley Field on Tuesday night.  The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the home-and-home, midweek series, improved to 16-8 on the season.  The Bulldogs fell to 8-17 in 2013.

The Tigers jumped on Georgia with two runs in the first inning on Steven Duggar’s homer, then Clemson added three runs in the third inning and four more runs in the fifth inning to pull away.

Crownover (3-0), a freshman lefthander from Ringgold, GA, pitched 5.0 innings in a starting role to earn the win.  He gave up four hits, one run, and two walks with four strikeouts.  Jonathan Meyer and Patrick Andrews both pitched 2.0 scoreless innings to close out the game.

Luke Crumley (1-4), the first of four Bulldog pitchers, suffered the loss.  He surrendered five hits, five runs, and three walks with one strikeout in 3.0 innings pitched.

The Series
Clemson and Georgia have met 223 times on the diamond, with Georgia holding a 118-103-2 lead in the series dating back to 1900.  The two teams have played at least one game every year since 1959.  Georgia is Clemson’s second-most-played rival in history, trailing only South Carolina (303).

Tigers lead 55-47-2 in games played at Clemson, including a 35-12 advantage at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Jack Leggett is 24-17 against Georgia as Clemson’s head coach, including 14-4 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Leggett was also 3-12 against the Bulldogs as Western Carolina’s head coach, meaning he is 27-29 all-time against Georgia.

The Starting Pitchers
Both teams’ starting pitchers for Wednesday’s game have yet to determined.

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

Go Tigers!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Battalion Drill 1894


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Today’s photo was taken days before the great Tillman Hall fire in May of 1894.

In fact, I believe this picture was taken just 2 days before the fire broke out and destroyed much of Tillman. For information on the Tillman Hall Fire, see blog entry from yesterday:

http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2013/03/tillman-hall-fire-in-1894.html

The above photo is the oldest believed to exist of Clemson and shows the entire Student Body on parade with Tillman in the background.

After the fire, reconstruction of what we now call Tillman Hall was quickly planned as the original architects, Brooks and Morgan of Atlanta, were retained at a fee of five percent to plan and supervise the work. Total cost for rebuilding was $22,993.00.

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Game Notes And Broadcast Info As Tigers Face Georgia In Athens

The Road To Omaha Continues!

Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson (15-8) will play Georgia (8-16) in a two-game, home-and-home series on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The two teams will face off on Tuesday at Foley Field in Athens, then the two teams will match up on Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.  Both games are scheduled to start at 7:00 PM.

Both games will be televised by CSS, while Wednesday’s game will also be available via webcast on ESPN3.  Both games will also be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network and WCCP 104.9 FM.  Live stats will be available online at ClemsonTigers.com for both games as well.

Roy Philpott will provide play by play for the series with Don Munson offering color analysis. 

The Series
Clemson and Georgia have met 222 times on the diamond, with Georgia holding a 118-102-2 lead in the series dating back to 1900.  The two teams have played at least one game every year since 1959.  Georgia is Clemson’s second-most-played rival in history, trailing only South Carolina (303).

Last season, the two teams split the home-and-home series, as the visiting team won each game.  Clemson won at Georgia on March 27, 2012 behind 16 hits.  Fifteen days later, the Bulldogs edged the Tigers 8-7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Georgia rallied from a 5-0 deficit and scored six runs in the fifth inning.  That Bulldog victory snapped Clemson’s five-game winning streak in the series.

The Bulldogs lead 68-44 in games played at Georgia, while the Tigers lead 55-47-2 in games played at Clemson, including a 35-12 advantage at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Jack Leggett is 24-17 against Georgia as Clemson’s head coach, including a 10-13 record at Foley Field and a 14-4 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Leggett was also 3-12 against the Bulldogs as Western Carolina’s head coach, meaning he is 27-29 all-time against Georgia.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Georgia will start sophomore righthander Luke Crumley (1-3, 7.85 ERA) on the mound.  The Cleveland, GA native has made five starts and one relief appearance for a total of 18.1 innings pitched.  He has allowed 29 hits (.367 opponents’ batting average) and two walks with 10 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with freshman lefthander Matthew Crownover (2-0, 3.57 ERA) on Tuesday.  The Ringgold, GA native has made four starts and one relief appearance for a total of 17.2 innings pitched.  He has surrendered 14 hits (.222 opponents’ batting average) and two walks with nine strikeouts.

Both teams’ starting pitchers for Wednesday’s game have yet to determined.

The Bulldogs
Georgia, led by 12th-year Head Coach David Perno, enters the series against Clemson with an 8-16 overall record and an 0-6 SEC mark after being swept at home by Alabama last weekend.  The Bulldogs, who have lost eight games in a row, are 7-10 at home and 1-6 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.

Georgia is averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .287 with a .398 slugging percentage and .356 on-base percentage thanks to 85 walks and 13 hit-by-pitches against 163 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 36 doubles, nine triples, 13 home runs, and six stolen bases in 15 attempts.

Curt Powell leads the team with a .400 batting average and 11 RBIs, Nelson Ward is hitting .359, and Kyle Farmer is batting .358 with a team-high 10 doubles and 26 RBIs.  Brett DeLoach has added a team-high three home runs as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.79 ERA and .278 opponents’ batting average along with 155 strikeouts against 94 walks in 214.1 innings pitched.  Sophomore lefthander Jared Walsh has two of the team’s three saves along with a 1.88 ERA and .174 opponents’ batting average in 14.1 innings pitched over nine relief appearances.  Georgia, who has allowed 34 steals in 45 attempts, is fielding at a .976 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson enters the series against Georgia with a 15-8 overall record and 5-4 ACC mark after defeating Duke twice in three games at home last weekend.  The Tigers are 2-2 on opponents’ home fields and 12-6 at home in 2013.

The Tigers are averaging 5.2 runs per game and hitting .272 with a .359 slugging percentage and .337 on-base percentage thanks to 67 walks and 13 hit-by-pitches against 156 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 37 doubles, three triples, eight homers, and 33 stolen bases in 51 attempts.

Garrett Boulware leads the team in batting average (.370), homers (4), and RBIs (23).  Thomas Brittle is batting .321 with a .417 on-base percentage and nine steals, while Steve Wilkerson is hitting .304.  Shane Kennedy has two homers and 16 RBIs as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA and .259 opponents’ batting average in 209.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 70 walks against 153 strikeouts, good for a 2.19 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righty Matt Campbell has four of the team’s six saves, while freshman lefthander Zack Erwin is 2-0 with one save and an 0.59 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched over nine relief appearances.  The Tigers are fielding at a .970 clip as well.

Worth Noting
·      Clemson is 8-0 when scoring in the first inning and 9-1 when scoring first.
·      Clemson is 10-1 when it outhits the opposition and 4-6 when it is outhit.
·      Three Tiger freshmen, Matthew Crownover, Brody Koerner, and Clate Schmidt, have combined to start 10 games on the mound.  Clemson has a 9-1 record in those 10 games.

ACC Standings
The Tigers in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 5-4 league record.  Florida State is in first place in the division with a 7-2 record.  North Carolina is atop the overall ACC standings at 7-1.  In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is tied for fifth place with Virginia Tech.  The top-eight teams in the overall ACC standings will play in the 2013 ACC Tournament at Durham, NC.

Boulware a Triple Threat
Catcher Garrett Boulware leads the team in batting average (.370), homers (4), and RBIs (23) in 2013 a year after serving as a backup most of the season.  He leads the team in batting average by 49 points, homers by two, and RBIs by seven.

No Tiger has won the team “Triple Crown” since 2009, when Ben Paulsen (.367 batting average, 13 homers, 61 RBIs) did so.  However, Paulsen tied for the team lead in homers with Jeff Schaus.  The last Tiger to win the team “Triple Crown” outright in all three categories was Khalil Greene (.470 batting average, 27 homers, 91 RBIs) in 2002.  No Tiger catcher has ever won the team “Triple Crown.”

Boulware Earns ACC Weekly Honor
Garrett Boulware received ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week honors for his performance in five games from Mar. 19-23.  It was the first time he won ACC Player-of-the-Week honors in his career.  Boulware, who had multiple hits in four of the five games, went 8-for-16 (.500) with one homer, eight RBIs, three runs, and three walks to lead the Tigers to four wins.

Duggar Digging in in Right Field
Freshman outfielder Steven Duggar (Moore, SC) has been the everyday starter in right field this season.  And there is good reason why.  Besides the fact that he has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters, hitting safely in 18 of the  23 games, he has a team-high four outfield assists thanks to his strong right arm.  He also has 52 putouts without committing an error.

On the season, Duggar is hitting .281 with four doubles, 12 RBIs, and 15 runs in 23 games.  He is also batting .429 with runners in scoring position.

Gossett Delivers Goose Egg
Daniel Gossett delivered against Duke at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 22 when he did what no Tiger had done since 2008...pitch a shutout.  In 9.0 innings pitched, he gave up just five hits, no runs, and no walks with three strikeouts in Clemson’s 7-0 victory over the Blue Devils.  He also retired the first 13 batters of the game.

It was the first shutout by a Tiger since March 23, 2008, when righthander Graham Stoneburner pitched a two-hit shutout in Clemson’s 2-0 win over N.C. State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  It was also the first complete game by a Tiger since 2011.

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

Go Tigers!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

March 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Fire From 1894


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Today’s photos are some of the oldest that I have seen involving Clemson. The photos are from May 22, 1894 and show Tillman Hall ablaze.

The fire at Tillman broke out in a third floor laboratory, but thanks to the action of the cadets in forming bucket brigades, the exterior walls were saved. The entire Clemson Library was lost, including books that once belonged to John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson.


After the fire, reconstruction of what we now call Tillman Hall was quickly planned as the original architects, Brooks and Morgan of Atlanta, were retained at a fee of five percent to plan and supervise the work. Total cost for rebuilding was $22,993.00.

Tillman Hall is not the oldest building on the campus, but it is one of the most recognized buildings at Clemson. It overlooks Bowman Field and was dedicated in 1891, originally called "The Agricultural Building." Known as the Main Building for the first half of the twentieth century, it was formally named Tillman Hall in honor of Governor Benjamin Tillman, one of the seven original trustees of Clemson, by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in the first week of July, 1946.


Today, Tillman Hall houses the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the school of Technology and Human Resources, and the Calhoun Honors College. Tillman Hall also has a small auditorium that is often used for guest speakers or small presentations. AFROTC is also located in Tillman Hall.

Tillman's tower holds a clock which chimes every 15-minutes with a 47-bell carillon. The original bell sits in a monument in The Carillon Garden. In front of the building is a statue of Thomas Green Clemson.

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