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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Calisthenics On Bowman Field In 1940


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Today’s photo focuses on Clemson Cadets on parade at Bowman Field from the early 1940’s.

The above photo was taken just prior to WWII, sometime around 1940. The cadets are doing calisthenics on Bowman Field, and it appears they have drawn an audience on the bank across what is now Highway 93.

Although Clemson became a coeducational civilian institution in 1955, it still maintains an active military presence. The university is home to detachments for U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) as well as a host school for the U.S. Marine Corps PLC program adjacent to the Semper Fi Society.

The following organizations are present among the military personnel at Clemson: Company C-4 Pershing Rifles, K-7 Scabbard and Blade, Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Squadron Arnold Air Society, Major Dennis H. Satler Chapter Silver Wings, and the Clemson Rangers.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1970’s Dorm Move In

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Today’s photos are something that all of us that have moved into a dorm room in college can relate to.

The above photo was taken in the late 1970’s and shows Clemson students carrying the structure that would make up a bed stilt, something commonly used in Johnstone Hall to give students more room in the dorm.

The next photo is a couple unloading the car with a couple of suitcases and boxes. Note the box of Girl Scout cookies in the front center of the picture.

You may also notice the brand name on the outside of the big box…Dart Detergent. I do not believe Dart is around anymore…or at least not around selling detergent.

The final picture is my favorite of this group. This young man has come to move in to Clemson during the early 1980’s with only the “essentials”. He has a sleeping bag, a cooler, and a “jam box”. What else could a young man need on the first day back to school at Clemson?!

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Tiger Baseball Weekly Wrapup

Clemson Baseball Weekly Wrapup
 

Overall Season Record:  30-14
ACC Regular-Season Record:  15-9

Last Week:  3-1
Wednesday-Win vs. Western Carolina, 12-1

Friday-Win vs. #19 Georgia Tech, 11-3 (Game 1)

Friday-Win vs. #19 Georgia Tech, 4-3 (11) (Game 2)

Saturday-Loss vs. #19 Georgia Tech, 14-9

Next Week
Saturday vs. Maryland, 1:00 PM (RSN)
Sunday vs. Maryland, 6:30 PM

Last Week’s Game Notes & Recaps
Clemson, ranked as high as #13 in the nation, went 3-1 in four home games this past week.  The Tigers trounced Western Carolina 12-1 on Wednesday night before defeating #19 Georgia Tech twice in three games over the weekend.

On the week, the Tigers outscored the opposition 36-21 and batted .327 with a .388 slugging percentage and .463 on-base percentage.  They also totaled five doubles, two triples, 38 walks against only 21 strikeouts, and 12 stolen bases.  Clemson fielded at a .975 clip as well.

Tyler Krieger led the Tigers at the plate by going 8-for-16 (.500) with five RBIs and five walks against no strikeouts.  Jon McGibbon went 6-for-14 (.429) with six RBIs, four walks, and one hit-by-pitch against no strikeouts.  Garrett Boulware went 7-for-17 (.412) with six RBIs and six runs, while Maleeke Gibson went 4-for-10 with four RBIs and five runs in his first significant action since mid March.

The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.84 ERA and .294 opponents’ batting average on the week.  The staff also allowed 45 hits and 14 walks with 36 strikeouts in 38.0 innings pitched.

Clemson totaled 17 hits in its 12-1 win over Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 24.  The Tigers scored four runs in the third inning, four runs in the fourth inning, and three runs in the sixth inning to break the game open.  Boulware went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs, while Tyler Slaton, Mike Triller, Steven Duggar, Shane Kennedy, and McGibbon all added two hits apiece.  Zack Erwin pitched 5.0 strong innings with four strikeouts to earn the win in his first career start.

Clemson then won two of three games over Georgia Tech by a combined score of 24-20 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 26,27.  Georgia Tech outhit the Tigers .303 to .284, while Clemson had 30 walks against only 14 strikeouts, a .436 on-base percentage, and nine steals in the series.  Krieger went 7-for-12 (.583) with a double, four RBIs, and four walks, while McGibbon went 4-for-10 with five RBIs and four walks.  Gibson went 4-for-8 with four RBIs and five runs as well.  The Tiger pitching staff had a 3.41 ERA and 27 strikeouts against 11 walks.

In game-one on April 26, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Clemson totaled 13 hits in its 11-3 win over Georgia Tech.  The Tigers scored all 11 of their runs in their final four innings at the plate.  Clemson totaled eight walks against only four strikeouts.  Krieger went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks, while McGibbon went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two walks.  Duggar added two hits, two runs, two walks, and a steal.  Daniel Gossett allowed just one run on five hits in 7.0 innings pitched to earn the win.

In game-two on April 26, which was the second game of a doubleheader, Krieger hit a two-out single down the left-field line to score Garrett Boulware in the 11th inning for a 4-3 walkoff win.  The Tigers trailed 3-1 before Clemson plated two runs in the ninth inning to tie the score.  The Tigers totaled just five hits, but they walked 15 times against only four walks and took advantage of five Georgia Tech errors.  Slaton had a game-high four walks, while Boulware and Krieger had two hits apiece.  Scott Firth pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in relief to earn the victory.

In game-three on April 27, Georgia Tech scored 10 runs in the fifth inning on its way to a 14-9 win over Clemson.  The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning to take a 4-2 lead, but the Yellow Jackets took advantage of two costly Clemson errors to score 10 runs, eight of which were unearned, in the fifth inning.  Clemson pulled within 12-9 and had the bases loaded with no outs in the seventh inning, but could not pull any closer.  Zane Evans went 6-for-6 with two homers, one double, four RBIs, and four runs to lead Georgia Tech’s 18-hit attack.  Gibson went 3-for-5 with four RBIs to pace the Tigers, who had 13 hits.

2013 Season Notes
Clemson has a 30-14 overall record and 15-9 ACC mark on the season.  Despite falling in the series-finale against #19 Georgia Tech on Saturday, the Tigers have still won 14 of their last 17 games.  With its win in the second game of the Georgia Tech series, Clemson reached the 30-win mark for the 39th year in a row.

The Tigers will enter Sunday’s action a half game behind Florida State (15-8) and N.C. State (15-8) in the ACC Atlantic Division standings.  North Carolina leads the overall ACC standings with a 19-3 mark, while the Tigers are in fifth place in the overall ACC standings.  Clemson is the only ACC Atlantic Division team that has not suffered a three-game series sweep in 2013.

The Tigers, who are averaging 5.3 runs per game, are hitting .276 with a .358 slugging percentage and .353 on-base percentage thanks to 176 walks and 16 hit-by-pitches.  The team has totaled 63 doubles, 11 triples, 13 homers, and 71 stolen bases.  Clemson has outscored its opposition in each of the nine innings and in extra innings in 2013 as well.

Five different Tigers have at least eight stolen bases, Thomas Brittle (15), Steven Duggar (11), Shane Kennedy (11), Jay Baum (10), and Steve Wilkerson (8).  They have combined for 55 of Clemson’s 71 stolen bases in 2013 a year after totaling just 68 stolen bases.  The Tigers have used that speed to force ACC opponents to commit 50 errors in 24 league games, good for a .949 fielding percentage.

Tyler Slaton is hitting a team-best .320 with a .399 on-base percentage.  Garrett Boulware is hitting .315 with seven doubles, one triple, seven homers, and 37 RBIs, as he leads the team in homers and RBIs.  Kennedy is batting .300 with a .399 on-base percentage as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.06 ERA and .260 opponents’ batting average in 400.0 innings pitched this season.  It has allowed 397 hits and 137 walks with 284 strikeouts, good for a 2.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman lefty Matthew Crownover is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 48.2 innings pitched over11 appearances (10 starts).  In ACC games, Crownover is 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in five starts.  Sophomore righthander Daniel Gossett is 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 65 strikeouts in a team-high 70.1 innings pitched.

Senior righty Scott Firth has a 5-4 record and 2.58 ERA in 14 appearances (six starts).  In his eight relief appearances since moving to the bullpen, he is 3-0 with three saves and has allowed just 10 hits (.179 opponents’ batting average), one unearned run, and six walks with 10 strikeouts.  Sophomore righthander Patrick Andrews has a team-best 2.35 ERA and a .183 opponents’ batting average in 23.0 innings pitched over 13 appearances (one start).

The Tigers will take six days off for final exams before returning to action in a three-game series against Maryland at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Saturday afternoon.  The Tigers’ last 12 games of the regular season are scheduled during a 15-day span.

Go Tigers!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Course Registration In Fike From 1950’s


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Today’s photos are a collection from the 1950’s and shows student registration taking place in Fike Gym.

In the 1950’s, enrollment at Clemson as just over 2,700 students. Today, that enrollment is well over 17,000.

Fike Recreation Center, originally known as Clemson Field House, is an on-campus recreation facility at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. It houses several gymnasiums, a pool, a fitness atrium, racquetball courts, an indoor walk/jog/run track, and a climbing wall. The basketball team played there from 1930 to 1968, when Littlejohn Coliseum opened.

The building originally opened in 1930 as the Clemson Field House, and was the indoor home to Clemson athletics. It also contained the original dressing rooms for the football team.

It was renamed in 1966 in honor of the late Dr. Rupert H. "Rube" Fike, Class of 1908, a longtime booster and founder of the IPTAY Club, one of the country's first athletic booster clubs. It has been expanded three times, in the 1940s, 1970s, and prior to 2003, when it received its current name.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

August 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snowfall On Clemson Campus In 1930’s


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Today’s photos are a collection from the 1930’s at Clemson as our Nation was gripped in the Great Depression.

The photos show that despite the rough times, something as simple and pure as a blanket of snow could bring out the good times for college kids.


This is an interesting photo even though the upper left corner was cut off. This is of downtown with Judge Keller’s store on the right and Tillman in the background.

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Recap, Game Notes, and Broadcast Info As Tigers Take First Two In Series With Georgia Tech

The Road To Omaha Continues!
 


The Road To Omaha continues as   Clemson (30-13, 15-8 ACC), ranked as high as #13 in the nation, will host #19 Georgia Tech (27-16, 11-12 ACC) in the final game of a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00.

Saturday’s game will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com and 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.

Roy Philpott will have the play by play call with Don Munson offering color analysis.

Series
Tyler Krieger's two-out single in the 11th inning plated Garrett Boulware for the walkoff run in #13 Clemson's 4-3 win over #19 Georgia Tech in the second game of a doubleheader in front of 5,231 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night.  The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 30-13 overall and 15-8 in the ACC.  The Yellow Jackets fell to 27-16 overall and 11-12 in ACC play.

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the sixth inning.  Clemson cut Georgia Tech's lead in half with a run in the eighth inning before the Yellow Jackets scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to take another two-run lead.  However, Clemson rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and plated the winning run in the 11th inning on its fourth walkoff hit of the season, including the second by Krieger.

Scott Firth (5-4) pitched the final 2.0 innings to earn the win.  He gave up two hits, no runs, and two walks with one strikeout.  Starter Matthew Crownover struck out a career-high six batters in 5.1 innings pitched as well.

Evans (0-2) suffered the loss in 2.2 innings pitched.  He yielded two hits, three runs (two earned), and seven walks.  Starter Dusty Isaacs allowed just two hits, no runs, and six walks with one strikeout in 6.1 innings pitched.  The three Yellow Jacket pitchers combined to walk 15 batters, but only allowed four of Clemson's 23 baserunners to score.

In Game 1 earlier in the day, Clemson scored all 11 of its runs in its final four innings at the plate to defeat #19 Georgia Tech 11-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon.  
Daniel Gossett (7-2), the first of three Tiger pitchers, earned the win.  In 7.0 innings pitched, he allowed five hits, one run, and two walks with four strikeouts.
Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer (7-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded nine hits, eight runs (four earned), and five walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-three, Georgia Tech will start sophomore righty Cole Pitts (5-3, 3.91 ERA) on the mound.  The Moultrie, GA native has made 11 starts for a total of 53.0 innings pitched.  He has yielded 46 hits (.234 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks with 34 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with freshman righthander Clate Schmidt (3-2, 4.53 ERA) on Saturday.  The Acworth, GA native has made nine starts and two relief appearances for a total of 45.2 innings pitched.  He has surrendered 65 hits (.339 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks with 22 strikeouts.

The Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech, led by 20th-year Head Coach Danny Hall and ranked as high as #19 in the nation, enters the series at #13 Clemson with a 27-14 overall and an 11-10 ACC mark after falling to Georgia 17-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday night.  The Yellow Jackets, who were also swept at home by N.C. State last weekend, are 7-6 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.

Georgia Tech is averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .314 with a .467 slugging percentage and .398 on-base percentage thanks to 185 walks and 27 hit-by-pitches against 294 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 78 doubles, 13 triples, 38 home runs, and 53 stolen bases in 74 attempts.

Brandon Thomas leads the team with a .395 batting average, while Kyle Wren is hitting .388 with a team-high 22 stolen bases.  Daniel Palka is batting .358 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs, while Zane Evans is hitting .336 with 11 homers and a team-high 46 RBIs.  Matt Gonzalez is hitting .329 with nine steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.22 ERA and .258 opponents’ batting average along with 303 strikeouts against 141 walks in 360.0 innings pitched.  Evans, a junior righthander, has three of the team’s five saves along with a 2.70 ERA in 10.0 innings pitched over eight relief appearances.  Georgia Tech, who has allowed 42 steals in 59 attempts, is fielding at a .975 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as #13 in the nation, enters the series against #19 Georgia Tech with a 28-13 overall record and 13-8 ACC mark after defeating Western Carolina (12-0) at home on Wednesday night.  The Tigers, who are also coming off one win in three games at Miami (FL) over the weekend, are 18-7 at home in 2013.

The Tigers are averaging 5.1 runs per game and hitting .275 with a .360 slugging percentage and .346 on-base percentage thanks to 146 walks and 16 hit-by-pitches against 268 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 60 doubles, 10 triples, 13 homers, and 62 stolen bases in 91 attempts.

Tyler Slaton is hitting .333, while Garrett Boulware is hitting .315 with six doubles, one triple, seven homers, and 35 RBIs.  Shane Kennedy has added a .314 batting average and a team-best .402 on-base percentage.  Thomas Brittle has a team-high 15 steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.03 ERA and .257 opponents’ batting average in 371.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 126 walks against 257 strikeouts, good for a 2.04 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righthander Matt Campbell has six of the team’s 12 saves.  The Tigers are fielding at a .972 clip as well.

Costigan the Top Tiger Off the Bench
Junior outfielder Joe Costigan (Naples, FL) has made the most of his limited opportunities in 2013.  He is 10-for-29 (.345) with five doubles, one triple, six RBIs, four runs, and four walks in 14 games (seven starts).  He has a .424 on-base percentage and .586 slugging percentage thanks to his six extra-base hits in only 29 at-bats.

In the Boston College series in Chestnut Hill from April 5-7, he went 4-for-8 with three doubles, four RBIs, and a walk in three games (two starts) to help the Tigers to a sweep.  In game-one, he hit a three-run double in the seventh inning in Clemson’s 7-5 victory.

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

Go Tigers!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard’s Last Home Game


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Today’s photos are from November 1st, 1969 and are photos of a rainy game against Maryland that would prove to be Frank Howard’s last time roaming the sidelines as head coach at Clemson.

Maryland was not very good in 1969, and Clemson drilled the Terps 40-0. Clemson scored in every possible way, including a safety.

The crowd was small that Saturday due to the weather, only 22,802. But those in attendance witnessed something other than Clemson's 350th win. They didn't know it at the time, but those that were in attendance had also seen an era in Clemson football come to an end.


Charlie Waters (in hood) was a pivotal part of the 1969 season and in this game vs. Maryland.

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DeAndre Hopkins Drafted Thursday in First Round by Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins Drafted Thursday in First Round by Houston Texans 
 
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·      Hopkins is the 23rd first-round selection in Clemson history, the first since C.J. Spiller was the ninth pick of the NFL Draft in 2010. 
·      Hopkins is the first Clemson wide receiver to be selected in the first round since Rod Gardner was the number 15 selection of the Washington Redskins in 2001.
·      Hopkins will be coached by Texans wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey, who was on the University of Alabama coaching staff when Dabo Swinney was a player, and then a graduate assistant coach with the Crimson Tide (1990-93).
·      Hopkins is the first Clemson player to leave the school after his junior year and become a first round pick since Anthony Simmons was the 15th pick of the first round in the 1998 draft.  Trevor Pryce (1997) and Chester McGlockton (1992) are the other two Clemson juniors to come out early and be a first round selection.
·      Hopkins is the first Clemson player to be drafted by the Houston Texans in history.  Only two former Clemson players have played for the Texans,  Dexter McCleon on 2006 and Thomas Austin in 2011.
·      Hopkins selection means Clemson has had at least one player taken in the NFL draft for 11 consecutive years.  The Tigers have had at least one offensive player taken in the draft 10 straight years.
·      Hopkins is the fifth Clemson wide receiver drafted by the NFL in the last 10 years.  All five have been coached by Dabo Swinney as either an assistant coach or head coach.  The others are Derrick Hamilton (2004), Airese Currie (2005), Chansi Stuckey (2007) and Jacoby Ford (2010).
·      Based on history Hopkins is in good position to make the Texans as a rookie.  Each of the last 47 Clemson players drafted within the first 70 picks went on to play in the NFL.  The streak goes back to 1963.
·      Hopkins is the first Clemson player taken with the 27th pick of the draft since 1951 when Fred Cone was the 27th pick (in the third round) by the Green Bay Packers.
·      Hopkins is the 10th ACC wide receiver drafted in the first or second round since 2006.
·      With the selection of Hopkins and four others, the ACC has now had at least one first round draft choice in each of the last 25 years.
·      At 20 years, 10 months and 13 days, Hopkins is the youngest first-round draft choice in Clemson history.  The previous youngest was linebacker Anthony Simmons, who was drafted  on April 18, 1998 at the age of 21 years, 9 months and 29 days

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Game Notes and Broadcast Information As Tiger Baseball Hosts Georgia Tech

The Road To Omaha Continues!
 


The Road To Omaha continues as   Clemson (28-13, 13-8 ACC), ranked as high as #13 in the nation, will host #19 Georgia Tech (27-14, 11-10 ACC) in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday and Saturday.  Game times are 2:30 PM (Friday), 7:00 PM (Friday), and 6:30 PM (Saturday).

Friday night’s game will be televised by CSS and will be available via webcast on ESPN3 (subject to blackout), while Saturday’s game will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com.   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.

Roy Philpott will have the play by play call with Don Munson offering color analysis.

Military Appreciation Day on Friday
Clemson will honor our nation’s military service men and women with Military Appreciation Day during Friday’s games against Georgia Tech.  A pregame ceremony prior to the first game of the doubleheader will recognize Clemson’s ROTC cadets and Marine Corps candidates along with soon-to-be commissioned officers in the armed forces.

The Series
Clemson and Georgia Tech have met 210 times, with the Tigers holding a 105-102-3 lead in the series dating to the 1902 season.  The two teams have faced each other at least one time every year since 1974.

Last year at Russ Chandler Stadium, the Tigers won the final two games by scores of 13-7 and 11-8 after Georgia Tech won game-one 6-5 in 13 innings.  Then in the ACC Tournament at Greensboro, NC, the Yellow Jackets defeated Clemson 5-1.

The two last met at Clemson in 2011, when the Tigers won two of the three games.  Clemson won game-one (4-2) and game-three (3-1), while Georgia Tech won game-two (5-1).  Then in the 2011 ACC Tournament at Durham, NC, Clemson downed the Yellow Jackets 9-0.

The Tigers hold a 45-23-1 lead over the Yellow Jackets in games played at Clemson and a 35-16 advantage at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Clemson also holds a 48-42 advantage in ACC regular-season games.  Jack Leggett has a 40-33 record against Georgia Tech as Clemson’s head coach, including a 19-7 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Leggett was 3-5 against the Yellow Jackets as Western Carolina’s head coach, meaning he is 43-38 all-time against Georgia Tech.

The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Georgia Tech will start senior righthander Buck Farmer (7-2, 2.22 ERA) on the mound.  The Conyers, GA native has made 10 starts for a total of 69.0 innings pitched.  He has allowed 58 hits (.233 opponents’ batting average) and 16 walks with 79 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Daniel Gossett (6-2, 2.56 ERA) on Friday afternoon.  The Lyman, SC native has made 10 starts for a total of 63.1 innings pitched.  He has surrendered 52 hits (.218 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks with 61 strikeouts.

In game-two, the Yellow Jackets will start junior righty Dusty Isaacs (4-4, 4.31 ERA) on the mound.  The Lebanon, OH native has made 10 starts and one relief appearance for a total of 54.1 innings pitched.  He has given up 50 hits (.248 opponents’ batting average) and 17 walks with 46 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with freshman lefty Matthew Crownover (5-1, 2.28 ERA) on Friday night.  The Ringgold, GA native has made nine starts and one relief appearance for a total of 43.1 innings pitched.  He has surrendered 41 hits (.256 opponents’ batting average) and 11 walks with 23 strikeouts.

In game-three, Georgia Tech will start sophomore righty Cole Pitts (5-3, 3.91 ERA) on the mound.  The Moultrie, GA native has made 11 starts for a total of 53.0 innings pitched.  He has yielded 46 hits (.234 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks with 34 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with freshman righthander Clate Schmidt (3-2, 4.53 ERA) on Saturday.  The Acworth, GA native has made nine starts and two relief appearances for a total of 45.2 innings pitched.  He has surrendered 65 hits (.339 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks with 22 strikeouts.

The Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech, led by 20th-year Head Coach Danny Hall and ranked as high as #19 in the nation, enters the series at #13 Clemson with a 27-14 overall and an 11-10 ACC mark after falling to Georgia 17-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday night.  The Yellow Jackets, who were also swept at home by N.C. State last weekend, are 7-6 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.

Georgia Tech is averaging 7.1 runs per game and hitting .314 with a .467 slugging percentage and .398 on-base percentage thanks to 185 walks and 27 hit-by-pitches against 294 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 78 doubles, 13 triples, 38 home runs, and 53 stolen bases in 74 attempts.

Brandon Thomas leads the team with a .395 batting average, while Kyle Wren is hitting .388 with a team-high 22 stolen bases.  Daniel Palka is batting .358 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs, while Zane Evans is hitting .336 with 11 homers and a team-high 46 RBIs.  Matt Gonzalez is hitting .329 with nine steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.22 ERA and .258 opponents’ batting average along with 303 strikeouts against 141 walks in 360.0 innings pitched.  Evans, a junior righthander, has three of the team’s five saves along with a 2.70 ERA in 10.0 innings pitched over eight relief appearances.  Georgia Tech, who has allowed 42 steals in 59 attempts, is fielding at a .975 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as #13 in the nation, enters the series against #19 Georgia Tech with a 28-13 overall record and 13-8 ACC mark after defeating Western Carolina (12-0) at home on Wednesday night.  The Tigers, who are also coming off one win in three games at Miami (FL) over the weekend, are 18-7 at home in 2013.

The Tigers are averaging 5.1 runs per game and hitting .275 with a .360 slugging percentage and .346 on-base percentage thanks to 146 walks and 16 hit-by-pitches against 268 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 60 doubles, 10 triples, 13 homers, and 62 stolen bases in 91 attempts.

Tyler Slaton is hitting .333, while Garrett Boulware is hitting .315 with six doubles, one triple, seven homers, and 35 RBIs.  Shane Kennedy has added a .314 batting average and a team-best .402 on-base percentage.  Thomas Brittle has a team-high 15 steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.03 ERA and .257 opponents’ batting average in 371.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 126 walks against 257 strikeouts, good for a 2.04 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righthander Matt Campbell has six of the team’s 12 saves.  The Tigers are fielding at a .972 clip as well.

Costigan the Top Tiger Off the Bench
Junior outfielder Joe Costigan (Naples, FL) has made the most of his limited opportunities in 2013.  He is 10-for-29 (.345) with five doubles, one triple, six RBIs, four runs, and four walks in 14 games (seven starts).  He has a .424 on-base percentage and .586 slugging percentage thanks to his six extra-base hits in only 29 at-bats.

In the Boston College series in Chestnut Hill from April 5-7, he went 4-for-8 with three doubles, four RBIs, and a walk in three games (two starts) to help the Tigers to a sweep.  In game-one, he hit a three-run double in the seventh inning in Clemson’s 7-5 victory.

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

Go Tigers!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

April 25th Clemson Historic Pictures Of The Day

Mike Eppley Vs. Georgia In 1983


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Today’s photo is from the 1983 Clemson/Georgia game on September 17th in Death Valley and shows Mike Eppley handing the ball off to Kevin Mack.

Georgia came into the game ranked #3 in the nation and the game was heavily hyped throughout the summer (much like this year’s game will be).

The game ended in a 16-16 tie with both teams trying long field goals on back to back plays to end the game.

Because of the newly opened North Upper Deck, this was the first time the attendance in Death Valley reached 81,000.

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Game Recap As Tigers Blast Western Carolina

The #13 ranked Clemson Tigers totaled a season-high 17 hits in their 12-1 win over Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night.  The Tigers, who earlier defeated the Catamounts 12-9 in Cullowhee, NC on April 9, improved to 28-13 on the season.  Western Carolina fell to 27-17 in 2013.  The loss snapped the Catamounts' eight-game winning streak that started after Clemson's win in Cullowhee.

Clemson broke the game open with four runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth inning.  The Tigers added three runs in the sixth inning to tie their season high in runs with 12.  Meanwhile, the Clemson pitching staff limited Western Carolina, who entered the week first in the nation in doubles, fifth in hits, and seventh in home runs, to only one run on nine hits in the game.

Freshman lefthander Zack Erwin (3-0) earned the win in his first career start.  In 5.0 innings pitched, he yielded four hits, one run, and one walk with four strikeouts.  Brody Koerner, Joseph Moorefield, Clay Bates, and Jackson Campana all kept the Catamounts off the scoreboard during the final four innings.

Freshman righty Jonathan Waszak (0-1) suffered the loss in his first career start.  In 2.0 innings pitched, he gave up four hits, three runs, and one walk with two strikeouts.

The Tigers scored the game's first run in the second inning when Tyler Krieger lined a one-out single to right field to score Shane Kennedy, who led off with a double down the right-field line and moved to third on Joe Costigan's groundout.

In the third inning, Tyler Slaton led off with an infield single and Steve Wilkerson walked.  After both runners moved up a base on Steven Duggar's sacrifice bunt, Garrett Bouwlare laced a single to center to score Slaton and Wilkerson.  After Kennedy reached on a bunt single, both runners went in motion as Jon Nadale tried to pick Kennedy off first.  But the throw was errant and both Boulware and Kennedy scored on the error to give Clemson a 5-0 lead.

Clemson added four runs to its lead in the fourth inning.  Jon McGibbon led off with a single to center and advanced to second two batters later on Slaton's one-out, bloop single to left field.  Wilkerson followed with a double to left field to score McGibbon.  After Duggar walked to load the bases, Slaton scored on a passed ball, then Boulware flared a single to left-center to score Wilkerson and Duggar.

In the fifth inning, Dykota Spiess reached on an infield single with one out and moved to third on Dale Urquhart's double over the third-base bag.  Spiess scored on Bradley Strong's bunt single, but Austin Neary grounded into an inning-ending double play to keep Clemson ahead 9-1.

In the sixth inning, Duggar led off with a single through the left side and advanced to third on Boulware's single up the middle.  Kennedy plated Duggar on a sacrifice fly to center.  After Costigan singled to right and Krieger walked to load the bases, McGibbon was hit-by-pitch to score Boulware.  Two batters later with two outs, pinch-hitter Mike Triller reached on an infield single to score Costigan.

Six different Tigers had multiple hits in Clemson's 17-hit performance.  Boulware went 3-for-4 with a game-high four RBIs and two runs.  Slaton, Duggar, and Kennedy all added two hits and two runs apiece, while Triller and McGibbon also tallied two hits apiece.

Strong went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Catamounts, who had nine hits in the contest.

Clemson will host #19 Georgia Tech in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend starting Friday at 7:00 PM.  The game will be televised by CSS.

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

Go Tigers!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Howard’s Rock In 1980’s


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is a unique photo of Howard’s Rock in the mid 1980’s as the Tigers prepare to run down the hill. Notice the gloves on the offensive lineman…something that was very common during this era.

In the early 1960s, the rock was given to then head coach Frank Howard by a friend, Samuel Columbus Jones (Clemson Class of 1919). On September 24, 1966, the first time Clemson players ran by the rock and the Tigers beat conference rival Virginia, 40-35.

Howard, seizing on the motivational potential of "The Rock", told his players, "Give me 110% or keep your filthy hands off of my rock."

The team started rubbing the Rock for the first game of 1967, which was a 23-6 waxing of ACC foe Wake Forest.

It is now a tradition for the Clemson Army ROTC to "protect" the Rock for the 24 hours prior to the Clemson-South Carolina game when held in Death Valley. ROTC cadets keep a steady drum cadence around the rock prior to the game, which can be heard across the campus. Part of the tradition comes after unknown parties vandalized the Rock prior to the 1992 Carolina-Clemson game.

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Game Notes and Broadcast Information As Tigers Host Western Carolina

The Road To Omaha Continues!
 


The Road To Omaha continues as Clemson (27-13), ranked as high as #13 in the nation, will host Western Carolina (26-16 entering Tuesday’s game against Kennesaw State) on Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.  The game will be available via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com.  The game will also be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson.  Live stats will be available online at ClemsonTigers.com as well.

Roy Philpott will have the play by play call with Don Munson offering color analysis.

The Series
Clemson and Western Carolina have met 70 times, with the Tigers leading 55-15 in the series dating to the 1974 season.  The two teams have played at least one game every year since 1978.  Earlier this season on April 9, the Tigers defeated the Catamounts 12-9 in Cullowhee, NC.  Clemson led 9-3 before Western Carolina scored six runs in the seventh inning to tie the score.  But the Tigers scored three runs in the ninth inning for the three-run victory.

Western Carolina defeated Clemson twice in one year for the first time ever in 2012 when the Catamounts won both games of the home-and-home series.  Western Carolina won 8-4 in Cullowhee on March 14, then totaled 22 hits in its 13-8 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 4.

The Tigers lead 38-5 in games played at Clemson, all of which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Jack Leggett has a 29-10 mark against Western Carolina as Clemson’s head coach, including 19-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  Leggett served as head coach at Western Carolina from 1983-91 and won 302 games in nine seasons there.  He was also 3-15 against the Tigers as the Catamount skipper.

The Starting Pitchers
Both starting pitchers for Wednesday’s game have yet to be announced.

The Catamounts
Western Carolina, led by sixth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, enters Tuesday’s game against Kennesaw State with a 26-16 overall record and 15-6 Southern Conference mark after sweeping Georgia Southern at home over the weekend.  The Catamounts, who have won seven games in a row since losing to Clemson on April 9, is 8-6 on opponents’ home fields in 2013.

Western Carolina is averaging 6.5 runs per game and hitting .302 with a .465 slugging percentage and .369 on-base percentage thanks to 136 walks and 40 hit-by-pitches against 288 strikeouts.  The team has also totaled 106 doubles, 12 triples, 39 home runs, and 32 stolen bases in 48 attempts.

Julian Ridings is hitting a team-best .417 with 12 doubles, four triples, seven homers, 29 RBIs, and eight steals.  Tyler White is batting .356 with 19 doubles, nine homers, and 41 RBIs, while Aaron Attaway is hitting .337 with 12 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, and 37 RBIs.  Bradley Strong has a team-high 10 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.41 ERA and .276 opponents’ batting average along with 355 strikeouts against 177 walks in 379.2 innings pitched.  Senior righthander Preston Hatcher has 10 of the team’s 12 saves along with a 6-2 record and 3.19 ERA in 31.0 innings pitched over 23 relief appearances.  Western Carolina, who has allowed 47 steals in 67 attempts, is fielding at a .960 clip as well.

The Tigers
Clemson, ranked as high as #13 in the nation, enters Wednesday’s game against Western Carolina with a 27-13 overall record and 13-8 ACC mark after falling twice in three games at Miami (FL) last weekend.  The Tigers, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, are 17-7 at home in 2013.

The Tigers are averaging 4.9 runs per game and hitting .270 with a .355 slugging percentage and .340 on-base percentage thanks to 138 walks and 15 hit-by-pitches against 261 strikeouts.  Clemson has also totaled 58 doubles, nine triples, 13 homers, and 59 stolen bases in 88 attempts.

Tyler Slaton is hitting a team-best .324.  Shane Kennedy is batting .307 with four doubles, three triples, two homers, a team-high .400 on-base percentage, and 10 steals, while Garrett Boulware is batting .303 with seven homers and 31 RBIs.

The pitching staff has a 3.08 ERA and .257 opponents’ batting average in 362.0 innings pitched.  The staff has allowed 123 walks against 248 strikeouts, good for a 2.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Junior righty Matt Campbell has six of the team’s 12 saves, while senior righthander Scott Firth has three saves.  The Tigers are fielding at a .972 clip as well.

Polls
The Tigers remained in the top 25 of two polls after going 1-2 last week.  Clemson fell one spot to #13 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and dropped five spots to #25 in the Baseball America rankings.  The Tigers fell out of the Sports Weekly coaches poll after their #24 ranking last week.

ACC Standings
The Tigers are tied for second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 13-8 league record.  N.C. State is in first place in the division with a 14-7 record, while the Tigers are tied with Florida State at 13-8.  North Carolina is atop the overall ACC standings at 18-2.  In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is tied for fourth place.  The top-eight teams in the overall ACC standings will play in the 2013 ACC Tournament at Durham, NC.

Only Need One
In a seven-game span from April 7-19, Clemson won three games by a score of 1-0.  That was a remarkable feat in such a short period time considering those gave the Tigers just 30 all-time wins by a score of 1-0.  Clemson won games by that score at Boston College on April 7, against Wake Forest at home on April 13, and at Miami (FL) on April 19 as a part of its 11-game winning streak.

The victory at Boston College was Clemson’s first by a score of 1-0 since May 16, 2006, when the Tigers defeated College of Charleston at home.

Clemson’s three 1-0 victories in April came in a seven-game span.  In its previous 1,403 games (from March 5, 1992 to April 6, 2013), the Tigers had just three 1-0 wins.

The three 1-0 wins in one season tied the school record, previously established by the 1979 team.  All three of the 1-0 wins in 2013 have been in ACC games.  Prior to 2013, Clemson had just two 1-0 wins in an ACC game in history.  Those 1-0 ACC wins came at South Carolina in the first game of a doubleheader on May 7, 1968 and against Maryland at home on April 19, 1980.

Koerner Another Freshman Contributor
Righthander Brody Koerner (Concord, NC) has joined Matthew Crownover, Zack Erwin, and Clate Schmidt as freshmen who have made a significant contribution to Clemson’s 3.08 team ERA in 2013.  In 18.2 innings pitched over six appearances (three starts), he has a 2.89 ERA with 15 strikeouts as one of the team’s top midweek starters.  He has held the opposition to a .254 batting average, including a .206 batting average with runners on base.

The four freshmen mentioned above along with Clemson’s other freshman who has appeared on the mound (Jackson Campana) have combined to pitch 144.1 innings, allowing 51 earned runs.  That equates to a 3.18 ERA for the Tigers’ five freshmen in 2013.

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

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