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Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Johnstone Hall Ledges And Fun 


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Today’s photos are from the 1980’s and shows a variety of shots with the students using the ledges on the outside of Johnstone Hall for their amusement. 

The below photo is “the morning after”. Obviously, a few students used the ledge to have a few drinks and smokes the night before, leaving remnants of their fun from the night before. 


The next photo shows the “2 story drop” as a young lady jumps from the ledge into a tarp with students bracing her fall. I would imagine it takes a great deal of trust to jump these two stories into a group of college kids and their tarp! 


When cold temperatures would roll in, students would sometimes pour water onto the ledge, allowing the water to freeze and create an icicle paradise. 


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The Road To Omaha Travels Through Columbia: Game Notes And Info

The Road To Omaha Continues!
 


Clemson (39-20) is the #2 seed in the Columbia (SC) Regional at Carolina Stadium from May 31 to June 3.  Clemson, who also played in the 2012 Columbia Regional, is joined by #1-seeded and host South Carolina (39-18), who is ranked as high as #13 in the country, #3-seeded Liberty (34-27), and #4-seeded Saint Louis (41-19).

The first game of the tourney will pit Clemson against Liberty on Friday at 1:00 PM.  The Tigers will be the designated home team against the Flames.  South Carolina will then face Saint Louis on Friday at 7:00 PM.

The two losers will play on Saturday at 2:00 PM, while the two winners will play on Saturday at 8:00 PM.  The winner of the second game on Saturday will play in the championship round on Sunday at 7:00 PM, while the loser of Saturday’s second game will play the winner of Saturday’s first game on Sunday at 1:00 PM.  If the unbeaten team loses on Sunday, the same two teams will play a game on Monday at 7:00 PM to determine the champion.

Both games on Friday will be available via webcast on ESPN3.  All the games from Saturday to Monday will be televised by ESPNU and will also be available via webcast on ESPN3.  All of Clemson’s games in the regional 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 Tiger games as well.

The winner of the Columbia Regional will play the winner of the Chapel Hill (NC) Regional from June 7-10.  The four teams in that regional are North Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Towson, and Canisius.

Tigers Earn 38th NCAA Tournament Bid
Clemson will play in its 38th all-time NCAA Regional when it plays in the Columbia (SC) Regional from May 31 to June 3 at Carolina Stadium.  The 38 appearances are fifth-most in NCAA history, trailing only Texas (55), Florida State (51), Miami (FL) (42), and Oklahoma State (39).

Clemson’s NCAA Tournament HistoryThe 2013 season marks Clemson’s 38th trip to the NCAA Tournament dating back to the 1947 season.  That year, Clemson actually advanced to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament, but it is not considered a College World Series season because only two teams went to the CWS in those days.

Clemson won the 1947 District III Tournament in Charlotte by coming through the losers’ bracket.  The Tigers, coached by Randy Hinson, lost in the first round to Alabama 8-2, then came back with a win over Auburn and two wins over Alabama to advance.  Clemson’s season ended when Yale, led by future President George H.W. Bush, defeated the Tigers in New Haven, CT by a score of 7-3.  Bush was 1-for-3 as the starting first-baseman.

Clemson made its first trip to Omaha and the College World Series in 1958 when the Tigers again came through the losers’ bracket.  After losing to Florida in the first round, Clemson came back to defeat George Washington, Florida State, and Florida twice to advance under first year Head Coach Bill Wilhelm.  Clemson defeated Florida 15-14 and 3-1 on June 9 to advance.  Harold Stowe struck out 17 in that second game on June 9, and that is still a Clemson record for strikeouts in an NCAA Tournament game.

The Tigers advanced to Omaha in 1959, this time with three wins (one over Georgia Tech and two over Florida State).  One of the wins over the Seminoles was a 24-2 victory at Gastonia, NC.  That tally is still tied for the most runs scored by Clemson in an NCAA Tourney game.

The Tigers did not advance to Omaha again until 1976.  In fact, Clemson made just one NCAA Tournament appearance between 1960 and 1974.  That was in 1967 when Clemson reached the Regional Championship but lost to Auburn 6-5.

Clemson made it to Omaha three out of five years between 1976-80.  Clemson won a regional in Columbia, SC in 1976 with three straight wins, then came through the losers’ bracket in Miami (FL) in 1977 to advance to Omaha.  The 1980 season was the first year Clemson played host to a regional, as Clemson swept three games by scoring 45 runs, including 17 in a 17-12 win over South Carolina.

Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1987 except one (2008).  The Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament 26 of the last 27 years.  Clemson also made College World Series trips in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2010.

Overall, Clemson has been to a regional in 38 seasons (including 2013), fifth-most all-time.  Clemson’s all-time record in NCAA Tournament play is 112-81, a 58.0 winning percentage.

Clemson is 67-41 (.620) under Head Coach Jack Leggett in NCAA Tournament play, including a 40-9 record (.816) in home NCAA Tourney games.  Leggett has taken Clemson to a regional 19 times in the 20 years he has been Clemson’s head coach, and the Tigers have advanced to the College World Series six times.  Leggett has also taken Clemson to a super regional nine of the 14 years that format has been in existence.

Scouting #1-Seeded South Carolina
First-seeded and #13-ranked South Carolina (39-18) enters the Columbia Regional after losing both its games in the SEC Tournament at Hoover, AL.  The Gamecocks, who are 28-6 at home, had a 17-12 conference record during the regular season, as it finished second in the SEC Eastern Division standings.  The 2013 season marks the 29th time in school history that South Carolina has played in an NCAA Tournament.

South Carolina is led by first-year Head Coach Chad Holbrook.  The Gamecocks are 8-8 in one-run games and 8-3 in two-run games.  They also have a 28-5 record when outhitting their opponents and are 34-0 when leading entering the ninth inning.

South Carolina is hitting .281 with a .417 slugging percentage and .371 on-base percentage.  South Carolina, who is fielding at a .972 clip and has allowed 24 steals in 41 attempts, has also totaled 91 doubles, 13 triples, 47 home runs, 45 hit-by-pitches, 30 sacrifice bunts, and is averaging 5.8 runs per game along with 53 steals in 78 attempts.

 LB Dantzler leads the team with a .332 batting average, 15 homers, 48 RBIs, and a .445 on-base percentage.  Joey Pankake is hitting .315 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs, while Grayson Greiner is batting .291 with four homers and 35 RBIs.  Max Schrock has added a team-high 14 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.03 ERA and .255 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 16 homers and 135 walks against 445 strikeouts, good for a 3.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Senior lefthander Nolan Belcher is 7-5 with a 2.30 ERA and 88 strikeouts against only 15 walks in 105.2 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Sophomore lefthander Jordan Montgomery is 4-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 63.0 innings pitched over 11 starts.  Senior lefty Tyler Webb has a team-high 16 saves and a .211 opponents’ batting average along with 52 strikeouts against only 11 walks in 36.1 innings pitched over a team-high 28 relief appearances.

Clemson and South Carolina have met 303 times, with the Tigers holding a 170-131-2 lead in the series that dates to 1899.  In their three-game series at three different sites earlier in the 2013 season from March 1-3, the Gamecocks defeated the Tigers 6-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The next day at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC, Clemson downed South Carolina 6-3.  In the series-finale, South Carolina responded with an 8-0 win at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks lead 80-66-2 over the Tigers in games played in Columbia, including a 6-2 advantage and five straight wins at Carolina Stadium.  Jack Leggett has a 35-40 record against South Carolina as Clemson’s head coach, including a 16-19 record in Columbia.  He was also 3-8 against the Gamecocks as head coach at Western Carolina, meaning he is 38-48 all-time against South Carolina.

The two teams have met nine times in the NCAA Tournament, as South Carolina leads 6-3, including six wins in a row.  Clemson defeated South Carolina 10-4 in the 1976 Atlantic Regional in Columbia, then the Tigers topped the Gamecocks twice in two games in the 1980 Atlantic Regional in Clemson.  The Gamecocks downed Clemson twice in two games in the 2002 College World Series and twice in two games in the 2010 College World Series.  In the 2012 Columbia Regional, South Carolina defeated the Tigers twice to advance to the Columbia Super Regional.

Scouting #2-Seeded Clemson
Second-seeded Clemson (39-20) enters the NCAA Tournament coming off three losses in three games in the ACC Tournament at Durham, NC.  Clemson was 18-12 during the ACC regular season, finishing third in the Atlantic Division standings.  Clemson is making its 26th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 27 years and 38th overall, fifth-most in the nation.

The Tigers, who are 12-8 on opponents’ home fields and 1-3 in neutral-site contests, are led by 20th-year Head Coach Jack Leggett.  His 886 wins are tied for sixth-most in college baseball during his tenure.  The Tigers are also 8-12 against top-25 ranked teams in 2013.

Clemson, who is averaging 5.5 runs per game, is hitting .278 with a .362 slugging percentage and .363 on-base percentage.  Clemson, who has 250 walks against 377 strikeouts, also has 82 doubles, 15 triples, 19 homers, and an ACC-high 110 stolen bases in 149 attempts.

 Shane Kennedy leads the team in batting average (.317), runs (45), walks (37), on-base percentage (.413), and stolen bases (22) along with totaling five doubles, four triples, four homers, and 33 RBIs.  Garrett Boulware leads the team in homers (8) and RBIs (44) along with hitting .310.  Thomas Brittle (19), Steven Duggar (15), Jay Baum (10), and Steve Wilkerson (10) have added double-digit steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA and .260 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 191 walks against 386 strikeouts, good for a 2.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman lefthander Matthew Crownover has a 7-2 record and a 2.05 ERA in 66.0 innings pitched over 14 appearances (13 starts).  Sophomore righty Daniel Gossett is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and a team-high 89 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Junior righthander Matt Campbell has a team-high seven saves, while senior righty Scott Firth has added four saves.  Clemson is fielding at a .971 clip as well.

Scouting #3-Seeded Liberty
Third-seeded Liberty (34-27) enters the Columbia Regional after winning the Big South Conference Tournament title in Lynchburg, VA.  The Flames, who have yet to play a neutral-site game in 2013, had a 13-11 conference record during the regular season, as they finished fourth in the Big South Conference North Division standings.  The 2013 season marks the fourth time in school history that Liberty has played in an NCAA Tournament.

Liberty is led by sixth-year Head Coach Jim Toman, who is a former assistant coach at South Carolina.  The Flames are 10-5 in one-run games.

Liberty is hitting .266 with a .373 slugging percentage and .343 on-base percentage.  Liberty, who is fielding at a .974 clip and has allowed 25 steals in 49 attempts, has also totaled 93 doubles, 13 triples, 32 home runs, 61 hit-by-pitches, 23 sacrifice bunts, and is averaging 5.0 runs per game along with 83 stolen bases in 105 attempts.

Ashton Perritt is hitting .338 with six homers and 16 steals.  Bryan Aanderud is batting .321 with one homer and 37 RBIs, while Trey Wimmer is hitting .303 with 16 doubles, three triples, four homers, and 36 RBIs.  Ryan Cordell (26) and Nick Paxton (19) have added double-digit steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.06 ERA and .261 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 20 homers and 229 walks against 376 strikeouts, good for a 1.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Junior righthander Josh Richardson is 3-4 with a 2.45 ERA and two saves in 62.1 innings pitched over 22 appearances (seven starts).  Sophomore righty Carson Herndon has a 2.73 ERA in 62.2 innings pitched over 12 appearances (11 starts), while senior righthander Brooks Roy is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA in a team-high 87.2 innings pitched over 15 appearances (14 starts).  Perritt, a sophomore righthander, has a team-high nine saves along with a 3-1 record, 1.35 ERA, and .177 opponents’ batting average in 33.1 innings pitched over 20 relief appearances.

Clemson and Liberty have met five times, with the Flames holding a 3-2 lead in the series that dates to 1988.  In their last meeting at Liberty in 2000, the Flames downed the Tigers 6-4.  Liberty defeated Clemson twice in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 1999, while Clemson topped the Flames 7-5 in their first meeting in 1988.

The two teams have never met on a neutral field or in the NCAA Tournament.  Jack Leggett has a 1-3 record against Liberty as Clemson’s head coach.  He was also 3-0 against the Flames as head coach at Western Carolina, meaning he is 4-3 all-time against Liberty.

Scouting #4-Seeded Saint Louis
Fourth-seeded Saint Louis (41-19) enters the Columbia Regional after winning the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title in Charlotte, NC.  The Billikens won five games in three days, including four wins in the final two days, after losing their tournament-opener to capture the championship.

The Billikens, who are 9-5 in neutral-site games, had a 17-7 conference record during the regular season, as it tied for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings.  The 2013 season marks the seventh time in school history that Saint Louis has played in an NCAA Tournament.  Saint Louis led by sixth-year Head Coach Darin Hendrickson.  The Billikens are 8-7 in one-run games.

Saint Louis, the only team in the Columbia Regional with at least 40 wins, is hitting .307 with a .432 slugging percentage and .388 on-base percentage.  Saint Louis, who is fielding at a .967 clip and has allowed 56 steals in 72 attempts, has also totaled 108 doubles, 14 triples, 43 home runs, 52 hit-by-pitches, 28 sacrifice bunts, and is averaging 6.3 runs per game along with 64 steals in 92 attempts.

Mike Vigliarolo leads the team with a .347 batting average along with 19 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 40 RBIs, and nine steals.  Alex Kelly is hitting .340 with 16 doubles, 11 homers, 60 RBIs, and a .427 on-base percentage, while Grant Nelson is batting .336 with five homers, 32 RBIs, and a team-high .435 on-base percentage.  Alec Solé has added a team-high 10 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA and .266 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 21 homers and 204 walks against 421 strikeouts, good for a 2.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Senior righthander Alex Alemann has a 6-6 record and 3.36 ERA in 93.2 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Junior righthander Clay Smith is 8-2 with a 3.76 ERA with 73 strikeouts against only 16 walks in 91.0 innings pitched over 16 starts.  Sophomore righty Nick Bates is 8-3 with a 4.05 ERA in a team-high 93.1 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Senior righthander Marco Mejia has a team-high six saves as well.

Clemson and Saint Louis have never met on the diamond.

Go Tigers!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard 


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Today’s photo is a classic shot of Frank Howard on the sideline during a rainy game in Death Valley. Beside Coach Howard is Bob Smith, Howard’s long time assistant. 

Howard was born at Barlow Bend, Alabama ("three wagon greasin's from Mobile"). He spent his early days on the farm playing mostly cow pasture baseball because there were not enough boys around the community for a football team. 

Howard said he left Barlow Bend walking barefoot on a barbed wire fence with a wildcat under each arm. He graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile where he played football, baseball and basketball and served as president of both the junior and senior classes. 


After finishing at Murphy, Howard entered the University of Alabama on an academic scholarship provided by the Birmingham News in the fall of 1927, and the 185-pounder played reserve guard his sophomore year. 

During his junior year he started every game but two, as an ankle injury sidelined him for the two games he missed. Howard was president of the freshman class at Alabama, was member of Blue Key and president of the "A" Club. 


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Bell Replacement 


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Today’s photos are from the mid 1980’s and show the bell at Tillman Hall being replaced. The above picture is a wide view of the bell when it was removed from Tillman Hall, leaving an open area that was clearly visible in the picture. 

Here is a closer view of Tillman Hall when the bell was removed. The original bell hung in Tillman Hall for 80 years. 


This picture is from the bell tower and shows the view behind the clock at Tillman Hall, something many Clemson graduates have never seen. 


Below is a close up of the bell. It is actually a combination of 47 French-made bells which weigh a total of 21 tons. 


The bells were manufactured by Paccard Fondue de Cloches, Annecy-le-Vieux, France. Annecy-le-Vieux is on the eastern side of France a few hundred miles south of Geneva and very near the Swiss border. 



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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Kluttz Steak House In Clemson 


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Today photos are from a long ago restaurant in downtown Clemson called the Kluttz Steak House. The above picture was taken in the 1950’s and shows the inside of the steak house with a big crowd. 

Below is a photo of the owners, known by the cadets as "Mom" & "Pop" Kluttz, inside the restaurant. Mrs. Kluttz also worked in the restaurant in the YMCA on campus. 


The Kluttz Steak House was “the best in steaks and short orders” according to advertisements distributed in the 1950’s. 


The restaurant left downtown Clemson some time around 1956. I believe the Kluttz family moved the restaurant into downtown Easley until the mid 1960’s. 


Below is a picture of downtown Clemson where the Kluttz Steak House was located during the 1950’s. 


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Columbia Regional News, Broadcast Info, and Game Notes As Tigers Return To Gamecock Country

The Road To Omaha Continues!
 


Clemson (39-20) is the #2 seed in the Columbia (SC) Regional at Carolina Stadium from May 31 to June 3.  Clemson, who also played in the 2012 Columbia Regional, is joined by #1-seeded and host South Carolina (39-18), who is ranked as high as #13 in the country, #3-seeded Liberty (34-27), and #4-seeded Saint Louis (41-19).

The first game of the tourney will pit Clemson against Liberty on Friday at 1:00 PM.  The Tigers will be the designated home team against the Flames.  South Carolina will then face Saint Louis on Friday at 7:00 PM.

The two losers will play on Saturday at 2:00 PM, while the two winners will play on Saturday at 8:00 PM.  The winner of the second game on Saturday will play in the championship round on Sunday at 7:00 PM, while the loser of Saturday’s second game will play the winner of Saturday’s first game on Sunday at 1:00 PM.  If the unbeaten team loses on Sunday, the same two teams will play a game on Monday at 7:00 PM to determine the champion.

Both games on Friday will be available via webcast on ESPN3.  All the games from Saturday to Monday will be televised by ESPNU and will also be available via webcast on ESPN3.  All of Clemson’s games in the regional 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 Tiger games as well.

The winner of the Columbia Regional will play the winner of the Chapel Hill (NC) Regional from June 7-10.  The four teams in that regional are North Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Towson, and Canisius.

Tigers Earn 38th NCAA Tournament Bid
Clemson will play in its 38th all-time NCAA Regional when it plays in the Columbia (SC) Regional from May 31 to June 3 at Carolina Stadium.  The 38 appearances are fifth-most in NCAA history, trailing only Texas (55), Florida State (51), Miami (FL) (42), and Oklahoma State (39).

Clemson’s NCAA Tournament HistoryThe 2013 season marks Clemson’s 38th trip to the NCAA Tournament dating back to the 1947 season.  That year, Clemson actually advanced to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament, but it is not considered a College World Series season because only two teams went to the CWS in those days.

Clemson won the 1947 District III Tournament in Charlotte by coming through the losers’ bracket.  The Tigers, coached by Randy Hinson, lost in the first round to Alabama 8-2, then came back with a win over Auburn and two wins over Alabama to advance.  Clemson’s season ended when Yale, led by future President George H.W. Bush, defeated the Tigers in New Haven, CT by a score of 7-3.  Bush was 1-for-3 as the starting first-baseman.

Clemson made its first trip to Omaha and the College World Series in 1958 when the Tigers again came through the losers’ bracket.  After losing to Florida in the first round, Clemson came back to defeat George Washington, Florida State, and Florida twice to advance under first year Head Coach Bill Wilhelm.  Clemson defeated Florida 15-14 and 3-1 on June 9 to advance.  Harold Stowe struck out 17 in that second game on June 9, and that is still a Clemson record for strikeouts in an NCAA Tournament game.

The Tigers advanced to Omaha in 1959, this time with three wins (one over Georgia Tech and two over Florida State).  One of the wins over the Seminoles was a 24-2 victory at Gastonia, NC.  That tally is still tied for the most runs scored by Clemson in an NCAA Tourney game.

The Tigers did not advance to Omaha again until 1976.  In fact, Clemson made just one NCAA Tournament appearance between 1960 and 1974.  That was in 1967 when Clemson reached the Regional Championship but lost to Auburn 6-5.

Clemson made it to Omaha three out of five years between 1976-80.  Clemson won a regional in Columbia, SC in 1976 with three straight wins, then came through the losers’ bracket in Miami (FL) in 1977 to advance to Omaha.  The 1980 season was the first year Clemson played host to a regional, as Clemson swept three games by scoring 45 runs, including 17 in a 17-12 win over South Carolina.

Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1987 except one (2008).  The Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament 26 of the last 27 years.  Clemson also made College World Series trips in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2010.

Overall, Clemson has been to a regional in 38 seasons (including 2013), fifth-most all-time.  Clemson’s all-time record in NCAA Tournament play is 112-81, a 58.0 winning percentage.

Clemson is 67-41 (.620) under Head Coach Jack Leggett in NCAA Tournament play, including a 40-9 record (.816) in home NCAA Tourney games.  Leggett has taken Clemson to a regional 19 times in the 20 years he has been Clemson’s head coach, and the Tigers have advanced to the College World Series six times.  Leggett has also taken Clemson to a super regional nine of the 14 years that format has been in existence.

Scouting #1-Seeded South Carolina
First-seeded and #13-ranked South Carolina (39-18) enters the Columbia Regional after losing both its games in the SEC Tournament at Hoover, AL.  The Gamecocks, who are 28-6 at home, had a 17-12 conference record during the regular season, as it finished second in the SEC Eastern Division standings.  The 2013 season marks the 29th time in school history that South Carolina has played in an NCAA Tournament.

South Carolina is led by first-year Head Coach Chad Holbrook.  The Gamecocks are 8-8 in one-run games and 8-3 in two-run games.  They also have a 28-5 record when outhitting their opponents and are 34-0 when leading entering the ninth inning.

South Carolina is hitting .281 with a .417 slugging percentage and .371 on-base percentage.  South Carolina, who is fielding at a .972 clip and has allowed 24 steals in 41 attempts, has also totaled 91 doubles, 13 triples, 47 home runs, 45 hit-by-pitches, 30 sacrifice bunts, and is averaging 5.8 runs per game along with 53 steals in 78 attempts.

 LB Dantzler leads the team with a .332 batting average, 15 homers, 48 RBIs, and a .445 on-base percentage.  Joey Pankake is hitting .315 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs, while Grayson Greiner is batting .291 with four homers and 35 RBIs.  Max Schrock has added a team-high 14 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.03 ERA and .255 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 16 homers and 135 walks against 445 strikeouts, good for a 3.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Senior lefthander Nolan Belcher is 7-5 with a 2.30 ERA and 88 strikeouts against only 15 walks in 105.2 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Sophomore lefthander Jordan Montgomery is 4-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 63.0 innings pitched over 11 starts.  Senior lefty Tyler Webb has a team-high 16 saves and a .211 opponents’ batting average along with 52 strikeouts against only 11 walks in 36.1 innings pitched over a team-high 28 relief appearances.

Clemson and South Carolina have met 303 times, with the Tigers holding a 170-131-2 lead in the series that dates to 1899.  In their three-game series at three different sites earlier in the 2013 season from March 1-3, the Gamecocks defeated the Tigers 6-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The next day at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC, Clemson downed South Carolina 6-3.  In the series-finale, South Carolina responded with an 8-0 win at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks lead 80-66-2 over the Tigers in games played in Columbia, including a 6-2 advantage and five straight wins at Carolina Stadium.  Jack Leggett has a 35-40 record against South Carolina as Clemson’s head coach, including a 16-19 record in Columbia.  He was also 3-8 against the Gamecocks as head coach at Western Carolina, meaning he is 38-48 all-time against South Carolina.

The two teams have met nine times in the NCAA Tournament, as South Carolina leads 6-3, including six wins in a row.  Clemson defeated South Carolina 10-4 in the 1976 Atlantic Regional in Columbia, then the Tigers topped the Gamecocks twice in two games in the 1980 Atlantic Regional in Clemson.  The Gamecocks downed Clemson twice in two games in the 2002 College World Series and twice in two games in the 2010 College World Series.  In the 2012 Columbia Regional, South Carolina defeated the Tigers twice to advance to the Columbia Super Regional.

Scouting #2-Seeded Clemson
Second-seeded Clemson (39-20) enters the NCAA Tournament coming off three losses in three games in the ACC Tournament at Durham, NC.  Clemson was 18-12 during the ACC regular season, finishing third in the Atlantic Division standings.  Clemson is making its 26th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 27 years and 38th overall, fifth-most in the nation.

The Tigers, who are 12-8 on opponents’ home fields and 1-3 in neutral-site contests, are led by 20th-year Head Coach Jack Leggett.  His 886 wins are tied for sixth-most in college baseball during his tenure.  The Tigers are also 8-12 against top-25 ranked teams in 2013.

Clemson, who is averaging 5.5 runs per game, is hitting .278 with a .362 slugging percentage and .363 on-base percentage.  Clemson, who has 250 walks against 377 strikeouts, also has 82 doubles, 15 triples, 19 homers, and an ACC-high 110 stolen bases in 149 attempts.

 Shane Kennedy leads the team in batting average (.317), runs (45), walks (37), on-base percentage (.413), and stolen bases (22) along with totaling five doubles, four triples, four homers, and 33 RBIs.  Garrett Boulware leads the team in homers (8) and RBIs (44) along with hitting .310.  Thomas Brittle (19), Steven Duggar (15), Jay Baum (10), and Steve Wilkerson (10) have added double-digit steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA and .260 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 191 walks against 386 strikeouts, good for a 2.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman lefthander Matthew Crownover has a 7-2 record and a 2.05 ERA in 66.0 innings pitched over 14 appearances (13 starts).  Sophomore righty Daniel Gossett is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and a team-high 89 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Junior righthander Matt Campbell has a team-high seven saves, while senior righty Scott Firth has added four saves.  Clemson is fielding at a .971 clip as well.

Scouting #3-Seeded Liberty
Third-seeded Liberty (34-27) enters the Columbia Regional after winning the Big South Conference Tournament title in Lynchburg, VA.  The Flames, who have yet to play a neutral-site game in 2013, had a 13-11 conference record during the regular season, as they finished fourth in the Big South Conference North Division standings.  The 2013 season marks the fourth time in school history that Liberty has played in an NCAA Tournament.

Liberty is led by sixth-year Head Coach Jim Toman, who is a former assistant coach at South Carolina.  The Flames are 10-5 in one-run games.

Liberty is hitting .266 with a .373 slugging percentage and .343 on-base percentage.  Liberty, who is fielding at a .974 clip and has allowed 25 steals in 49 attempts, has also totaled 93 doubles, 13 triples, 32 home runs, 61 hit-by-pitches, 23 sacrifice bunts, and is averaging 5.0 runs per game along with 83 stolen bases in 105 attempts.

Ashton Perritt is hitting .338 with six homers and 16 steals.  Bryan Aanderud is batting .321 with one homer and 37 RBIs, while Trey Wimmer is hitting .303 with 16 doubles, three triples, four homers, and 36 RBIs.  Ryan Cordell (26) and Nick Paxton (19) have added double-digit steals as well.

The pitching staff has a 4.06 ERA and .261 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 20 homers and 229 walks against 376 strikeouts, good for a 1.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Junior righthander Josh Richardson is 3-4 with a 2.45 ERA and two saves in 62.1 innings pitched over 22 appearances (seven starts).  Sophomore righty Carson Herndon has a 2.73 ERA in 62.2 innings pitched over 12 appearances (11 starts), while senior righthander Brooks Roy is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA in a team-high 87.2 innings pitched over 15 appearances (14 starts).  Perritt, a sophomore righthander, has a team-high nine saves along with a 3-1 record, 1.35 ERA, and .177 opponents’ batting average in 33.1 innings pitched over 20 relief appearances.

Clemson and Liberty have met five times, with the Flames holding a 3-2 lead in the series that dates to 1988.  In their last meeting at Liberty in 2000, the Flames downed the Tigers 6-4.  Liberty defeated Clemson twice in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 1999, while Clemson topped the Flames 7-5 in their first meeting in 1988.

The two teams have never met on a neutral field or in the NCAA Tournament.  Jack Leggett has a 1-3 record against Liberty as Clemson’s head coach.  He was also 3-0 against the Flames as head coach at Western Carolina, meaning he is 4-3 all-time against Liberty.

Scouting #4-Seeded Saint Louis
Fourth-seeded Saint Louis (41-19) enters the Columbia Regional after winning the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title in Charlotte, NC.  The Billikens won five games in three days, including four wins in the final two days, after losing their tournament-opener to capture the championship.

The Billikens, who are 9-5 in neutral-site games, had a 17-7 conference record during the regular season, as it tied for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings.  The 2013 season marks the seventh time in school history that Saint Louis has played in an NCAA Tournament.  Saint Louis led by sixth-year Head Coach Darin Hendrickson.  The Billikens are 8-7 in one-run games.

Saint Louis, the only team in the Columbia Regional with at least 40 wins, is hitting .307 with a .432 slugging percentage and .388 on-base percentage.  Saint Louis, who is fielding at a .967 clip and has allowed 56 steals in 72 attempts, has also totaled 108 doubles, 14 triples, 43 home runs, 52 hit-by-pitches, 28 sacrifice bunts, and is averaging 6.3 runs per game along with 64 steals in 92 attempts.

Mike Vigliarolo leads the team with a .347 batting average along with 19 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 40 RBIs, and nine steals.  Alex Kelly is hitting .340 with 16 doubles, 11 homers, 60 RBIs, and a .427 on-base percentage, while Grant Nelson is batting .336 with five homers, 32 RBIs, and a team-high .435 on-base percentage.  Alec Solé has added a team-high 10 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA and .266 opponents’ batting average.  The staff has allowed 21 homers and 204 walks against 421 strikeouts, good for a 2.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Senior righthander Alex Alemann has a 6-6 record and 3.36 ERA in 93.2 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Junior righthander Clay Smith is 8-2 with a 3.76 ERA with 73 strikeouts against only 16 walks in 91.0 innings pitched over 16 starts.  Sophomore righty Nick Bates is 8-3 with a 4.05 ERA in a team-high 93.1 innings pitched over 15 starts.  Senior righthander Marco Mejia has a team-high six saves as well.

Clemson and Saint Louis have never met on the diamond.

Go Tigers!

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Monday, May 27, 2013

May 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Memorial Bridge, Then and Now 


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Today’s photos are of the old "Memorial Bridge" that was a familiar landmark for years around the Clemson area until lake Hartwell was built. You can see Tillman Hall in the below right of the picture. 

The lake was created in 1963 when the Hartwell Dam was built on the Savannah River Basin seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. 

The Memorial Bridge, before the flooding of the lake, was the method of transportation over the river. Here you can see the inscription on the bridge. 


This picture and graphic shows the location of the bridge along the old road (Highway 123). 


Back in 2008 when the lake hit record levels of drought, the Memorial Bridge once again saw the light of day. Here is a picture of the remains of the bridge during that drought. 


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Club Hotel


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Today’s photo is of the Clemson Club Hotel, which occupied the hill where the Clemson House now sits.

The above photo was taken from Bowman Field and shows Cadets marching along what is now Highway 93. The photo was taken in the 1940’s, I believe right after the start of WWII.

Before Clemson University became coeducational in 1955, Clemson College was an all-male military school for nearly 62 years. During the time that Clemson was an all-male college, the college hosted formal dances. Women from nearby colleges and towns would serve as "chaperones" to the men at cadet dances.

Before the Clemson House was built in 1950, The Clemson Club Hotel stood in its place. For overnight stays there were no hotel facilities, and many women would stay in the Clemson Club Hotel.

The Clemson Club Hotel was a large boarding house that provided rooms and apartments for faculty and their families. When there was room, the building made room for some of the women staying in Clemson overnight.


The above photo is from a slightly different angle and shows the Clemson Club Hotel in a little more detail.

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Clemson Weekly Baseball Wrap Up, Including Regional Thoughts

Clemson Baseball Weekly Wrapup
 


Overall Season Record:  39-20
ACC Regular-Season Record:  18-12

Last Week:  0-3
Wed.    L, Neutral* vs. #9 N.C. State, 6-3
Fri.    L, Neutral* vs. #3 North Carolina, 12-7 (14)
Sat.    L, Neutral* vs. Miami (FL), 7-0
* - ACC Tournament at Durham, NC (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

Next Week
TBA

Last Week’s Game Notes & Recaps
Clemson, ranked as high as #14 in the nation, went 0-3 in the ACC Tournament at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park from May 22-25.  The Tigers were outscored 25-10 and batted .207 with eight stolen bases.  Maleeke Gibson went 5-for-15 with two runs to lead the Tigers.  The Tiger pitching staff had a 6.39 ERA.

In the Tigers’ first game of the ACC Tournament on May 22, #9 N.C. State broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh inning and held on for a 6-3 win over Clemson.  With N.C. State leading 2-1, Clemson loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning.  But Clemson only scored one run in the frame.  Jake Fincher hit a run-scoring single in the seventh inning to give N.C. State the lead for good, then Brett Austin added a two-run double.  Garrett Boulware hit a long solo homer in the ninth inning, but it was not enough for Clemson, who outhit the Wolfpack 8-6.  Boulware went 3-for-4 with a homer and double.

In the Tigers’ second game of the ACC Tournament on May 24, #3 North Carolina scored five runs in the 14th inning to defeat Clemson 12-7.  The Tigers led 7-2 entering the ninth inning, but a leadoff walk and three singles set up Brian Holberton’s two-out, three-run homer to tie the score.  Clemson left eight combined runners on base in the ninth, 11th, 12th, and 13th innings without scoring.  Then the Tar Heels scored five runs with one out in the 14th inning.  Shane Kennedy went 3-for-5 with two runs and two steals for the Tigers.  Cody Stubbs had a game-high four hits to lead the Tar Heels, who outhit Clemson 19-11.

In the Tigers’ third game of the ACC Tournament on May 25, Bryan Radziewski and Eric Nedeljkovic combined for a four-hit shutout to lead Miami (FL) to a 7-0 victory over Clemson.  Radziewski allowed four hits, no runs, and two walks with five strikeouts in 8.0 innings pitched to earn the win.  The Hurricanes scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back.  Chantz Mack had a game-high three runs to lead Miami, who outhit the Tigers 11-4.  Steven Duggar went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Tigers.

2013 Season Notes
Clemson has a 39-20 overall record and finished with an 18-12 ACC mark in 2013.  The Tigers, who have won 23 of their last 32 games since starting the season 16-11, also won 13 of their last 19 ACC regular-season games.

Why Should Clemson Host A Regional?
The Tigers will await word on Sunday night if it is selected to host a regional.  There are several factors in Clemson’s favor:

• Clemson has an RPI of #14 and a strength of schedule of #6.

• Clemson had an 18-12 ACC regular-season record.  The ACC is the nation’s top conference by a relatively wide margin according to the RPI.

• Clemson has 13 wins against top-50 RPI teams.  Clemson’s 13 top-50 wins are tied for 11th-most in the nation.  Of Clemson’s 13 top-50 wins, nine have been against top-25 teams and six have been against top-12 teams.  Of those nine top-25 wins, six have been away from home, and five of the six top-12 wins have been away from home.  Clemson’s 13 wins against top-50 teams does not include a 2-0 record against Western Carolina, who is #55 in the RPI, and a 3-0 record against Wake Forest, who is #57 in the RPI.  Therefore, Clemson has 18 wins against top-57 RPI teams.

• In the Tigers’ last 32 games, they are 23-9.

• Clemson was not swept in any of its 14 weekend series during the regular season.  Clemson is the only ACC Atlantic Division team who can make that claim and one of only three ACC schools (joining North Carolina and Virginia) who can make that claim.

• Clemson won two of three games at #8 N.C. State to open its ACC schedule in March.

• Clemson went 0-3 in the ACC Tournament, but two of the games were against top-10 teams in virtual home games for #9 N.C. State and #3 North Carolina.  Then the Tigers faced arguably the ACC’s best pitcher in First-Team All-ACC lefthander Bryan Radziewski against Miami (FL) on Saturday.

• Clemson is seventh in the nation and first in the ACC in average home attendance (4,751 per game).

• Clemson has a tradition of hosting NCAA baseball events.  Clemson has hosted either a regional or super regional in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, and 2000 in the last 13 years.

Note:  All RPI references according to WarrenNolan.com; as of May 26 at 2:52 AM EDT.

The Tigers finished third in the ACC Atlantic Division standings behind Florida State (20-10) and  N.C. State (19-10).  Clemson also had the fifth-best conference ledger among all ACC teams.

The Tigers, who are averaging 5.5 runs per game, are hitting .278 with a .362 slugging percentage and .363 on-base percentage thanks to 250 walks and 33 hit-by-pitches.  The team has totaled 82 doubles, 15 triples, 19 homers, and 110 stolen bases.

Shane Kennedy leads the team in batting average (.317), runs (45), triples (4), walks (37), on-base percentage (.413), and stolen bases (22) along with totaling four homers, five doubles, and 33 RBIs.  Garrett Boulware is hitting .310 with eight homers, 11 doubles, and 44 RBIs, while Steve Wilkerson is hitting .294 with 16 doubles and 10 steals.

The pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA and .260 opponents’ batting average in 537.0 innings pitched this season.  It has allowed 532 hits and 191 walks with 386 strikeouts, good for a 2.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman lefthander Matthew Crownover leads the staff with a 7-2 record and 2.05 ERA in 66.0 innings pitched over 14 appearances (13 starts).  Crownover had an ACC-best 1.73 ERA in ACC regular-season games as well.

Sophomore righty Daniel Gossett is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and 89 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched.  Scott Firth has a 3.23 ERA and four saves, while Matt Campbell has a team-high seven saves.

Clemson will await word from the NCAA Baseball Committee on the 16 host sites.  That announcement will be made at NCAA.com/CWS on Sunday at approximately 9:00 PM.  The 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday at 12:00 PM on ESPNU.

We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this year (for the Regionals…fingers crossed!)

Go Tigers!

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

First Friday Parade: Brent and Ara


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Today’s photo is from September 20th, 1985 and shows the First Friday Parade with Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian riding along as the Grand Marshalls.

The First Friday Parade in 1985 would be before the 2nd game of the season, as Clemson defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on a David Treadwell last second field goal to open the season.

Clemson was hosting Georgia the day after this picture was taken and the game was televised by CBS Sports. Clemson would fall 20-13 to the Bulldogs en route to a 6-6 season in 1985.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

May 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1973 Sign, NC State, and Bennie Cunningham


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Today’s photos are from the week of October 27th, 1973 as Clemson prepared to take on NC State in Death Valley.

The above photo shows some nifty banner making and hanging skills by hung on one of the high rise dorms on campus. As you can see, the banner took up three floors and I am not sure how the students were able to get it hung there based on the picture!

The lead up to the game was to be in vain as the Tigers fell 29-6 to the Wolfpack. The Tigers would finish the season 5-6 behind Peanut Sanders and Smiley Sanders. The star of the 1973 season was a young man that would go on to have a fabulous career in the NFL.

Bennie Cunningham led the Tigers in 1973 and would go on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their dominant run in the 1970’s.

Bennie stopped by the Tiger Pregame Show in November of 2011 for a segment prior to the South Carolina game that evening. Bennie lives in Seneca to this day and attends a couple of Clemson games each year. Below is a picture of Bennie on the show with me in 2011.

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