(Week of April 1-7, 2013)
Overall Season Record: 21-11
ACC Regular-Season Record: 9-6
Last Week: 5-1
Sun. L, Away vs. #1 North Carolina, 6-2 (game completed on Monday due to inclement weather)
Mon. W, Away vs. #1 North Carolina, 5-4 (11)
Wed. W, Home vs. Gardner-Webb, 4-1
Fri. W, Away vs. Boston College, 7-5
Sat. W, Away vs. Boston College, 9-2
Sun. W, Away vs. Boston College, 1-0
Tue. Away vs. Western Carolina, 6:00 PM
Wed. Home vs. Presbyterian College, 6:30 PM
Fri. Home vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 PM
Sat. Home vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 PM
Sun. Home vs. Wake Forest, 1:00 PM
Last Week's Game Notes & Recaps
Clemson went 5-1 in six games this past week, five of which were on the road. The Tigers finished the series at #1 North Carolina on Monday by splitting a pair of games, defeated Gardner-Webb at home on Wednesday, then swept Boston College on the road over the weekend.
On the week, the Tigers outscored the opposition 28-18 and batted .264 with a .343 slugging percentage and .321 on-base percentage. They also totaled 12 doubles, one triple, one homer, 19 walks, and nine stolen bases. Clemson fielded at a .983 clip as well.
Joe Costigan, who had not started a game all year entering the week, led Clemson at the plate by going 5-for-11 (.455) with four doubles, five RBIs, and two walks. Shane Kennedy went 10-for-23 (.435) with two doubles, three RBIs, four walks, and one steal. Tyler Slaton also went 10-for-26 (.385) with a triple, RBI, and two walks.
The Tiger pitching staff had a 2.45 ERA and .214 opponents' batting average on the week. The staff also allowed 43 hits and 23 walks with 32 strikeouts in 55.0 innings pitched.
In 11.0 innings pitched over two starts, Matthew Crownover was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA. Matt Campbell had two saves in two relief appearances, allowing no hits, no runs, and one walk with five strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.
North Carolina won two of three games over Clemson by a combined score of 20-10 at Boshamer Stadium from March 30 to April 1. The Tar Heels outhit the Tigers .360 to .237, while Clemson totaled three doubles and 10 walks. Kennedy led the Tigers by going 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, two runs, and three walks. The Clemson pitching staff had a 6.33 ERA, while the Tigers had a .975 fielding percentage in the series.
In game-two, which started on March 31 and ended on April 1 due to inclement weather, righthanders Benton Moss and Trent Thornton combined to allow just six hits, two unearned runs, and one walk with 13 strikeouts in North Carolina's 6-2 victory over Clemson. Landon Lassiter went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Tar Heels' 11-hit attack. Garrett Boulware and Kennedy both went 2-for-4 to lead the Tigers at the plate, who could not take advantage of North Carolina's four errors in the contest.
In game-three on April 1, Boulware's groundout scored Jay Baum in the 11th inning to lift Clemson to a 5-4 win over North Carolina. The Tigers trailed 3-1 before scoring three runs in the sixth to take the lead. The Tar Heels tied the score with a run in the seventh inning. Scott Firth, who stranded runners at second and third in the eighth, 10th, and 11th innings, earned the win by pitching 4.2 scoreless innings of three-hit ball in relief. Firth induced a game-ending groundout to second after North Carolina put two runners on base with no outs in the 11th inning.
Jonathan Meyer pitched 7.0 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 4-1 win over Gardner-Webb at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 3. Meyer gave up just five hits, one run, and no walks with six strikeouts to earn the victory in a starting role, while Campbell pitched a hitless and scoreless ninth inning to earn the save. Boulware belted a two-run homer in the first inning to give Clemson the lead for good. Thomas Brittle went 3-for-4 with a double, run, and steal to lead Clemson, who totaled 10 hits and five stolen bases in the game.
Clemson then swept Boston College by a combined score of 17-7 at Commander Shea Field from April 5-7. The Tigers, who upped their winning streak in the series to 10 games, outhit the Eagles .290 to .155 and totaled seven doubles, one triple, and three steals. Slaton led the Tigers by going 8-for-12 (.667) with one triple, three runs, and one walk. Costigan went 4-for-8 (.500) with three doubles and a walk. The Tiger pitching staff had a 1.67 ERA and allowed just three extra-base hits while totaling 19 strikeouts. The Clemson bullpen combined to allow just two hits, no runs, and one walk with six strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Clemson committed just two errors in chilly and windy weather conditions as well.
In game-one on April 5, Clemson scored six runs in the seventh inning to rally for a 7-5 win over Boston College. The Tigers scored six runs on three hits and a costly error in the top of the seventh, capped by Costigan's three-run double. Matt Pare hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to pull the Eagles within two runs, then they loaded the bases before Kyle Schnell struck out Joe Cronin. Daniel Gossett gave up three hits and three earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched to earn the win, while Zack Erwin retired all five batters he faced to record the save.
In game-two on April 6, Clemson scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 win over Boston College. The Tigers scored single runs in the second, third, fifth, seventh, and eighth innings as well. Kennedy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Clemson's 12-hit attack, while Slaton and Brittle added two hits and two runs apiece. Clate Schmidt allowed two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings pitched to earn the win. Patrick Andrews pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to close out the game.
In game-three on April 7, Crownover and Campbell combined to pitch a four-hit shutout in Clemson's 1-0 win over Boston College. It was the Tigers' first shutout in an ACC road game since 2007 and Clemson's first 1-0 win in an ACC game since 1980. Crownover gave up four hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched to earn the win, then Campbell retired all eight batters he faced with three strikeouts to record the save. Jon McGibbon's run-scoring single in the sixth inning scored Steven Duggar for the game's only run.
2013 Season Notes
Clemson has a 21-11 overall record and 9-6 ACC mark on the season. At the halfway point of the ACC schedule, the Tigers are 3-3 in ACC home games and 6-3 in ACC road games.
Clemson, who has won five games in a row overall and four straight ACC contests, is in second place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings behind Florida State (10-5). N.C. State is third in the division with an 8-7 league mark. North Carolina leads the overall ACC standings with a 12-2 mark, while the Tigers are tied for fourth in the overall ACC standings with Georgia Tech.
The Tigers, who are averaging 5.1 runs per game, are hitting .272 with a .357 slugging percentage and .336 on-base percentage thanks to 98 walks and 14 hit-by-pitches. The team has totaled 55 doubles, four triples, 10 homers, and 44 stolen bases. Clemson has also left 42 fewer runners on base than its opponents.
Tyler Slaton is hitting a team-best .351 with three doubles, one triples, and six RBIs. The sophomore outfielder is second in the ACC in batting average in league games with a .463 mark (19-for-41). In nine road games, Slaton is 17-for-30 (.567) with a .606 on-base percentage as well.
Another Tiger emerged this past week to aid the Clemson offense. Joe Costigan made the most of his first three starts of the season this past week and is 6-for-16 (.375) with five doubles, five RBIs, and two walks in 2013.
The pitching staff has a 3.32 ERA and .256 opponents' batting average in 290.0 innings pitched this season. It has allowed 284 hits and 100 walks with 201 strikeouts, good for a 2.01 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The weekend rotation of sophomore righthander Daniel Gossett, freshman righty Clate Schmidt, and freshman lefty Matthew Crownover all recorded wins at Boston College. Crownover is 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA and .234 opponents' batting average, Gossett is 4-2 with a 3.04 ERA and .215 opponents' batting average, and Schmidt is 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA.
Three Tiger freshmen, Crownover, Brody Koerner, and Schmidt, have combined to start 16 games on the mound. Clemson has a 13-3 record in those 16 games. Matt Campbell has six saves and a .220 opponents' batting average in 11.2 innings pitched over 11 relief appearances in 2013 as well.
Clemson will play five games next week, starting with midweek games at Western Carolina on Tuesday night and against Presbyterian College at home on Wednesday night. The Tigers will then host Wake Forest in a three-game series over the weekend.