USA Today writer Andy Gardiner checks in with an article on the Clemson-South Carolina baseball rivalry that gets back in action this weekend with two games. The game on Saturday will be at Clemson and the teams head to Columbia to play at Sarge Frye Field (both games are already sell-outs). The USA Today article is available here.
Clemson Series Notes
South Carolina Series Notes
The George Mason Patriots took out the number 1 ranked Clemson Tigers on Saturday by a score of 5-1. They received a magical pitching performance from Mike Modica who gave up only one hit in six innings of work to pick up the victory. George Mason Head Coach Bill Brown was quoted after the game saying it was the greatest victory in school history. Chris Romanow picked up two hits for the Patriots while driving in a run. Jason Bour hit a three run homer in the sixth to provide all the runs the Patriots would need on the day. David Kopp pitched very well letting up four hits in 5.0 scoreless innings.
George Mason Recap
The George Mason Patriots will take on the top ranked Clemson Tigers this weekend in a three game set. The pitching match up this weekend will be J.J. Pannell of George Mason facing P.J. Zocchi of Clemson on Friday evening. Saturday’s match up will be Matt Modica (GM) facing David Kopp (Clemson) and the final game of the series will be Ryan Brecko (GM) facing Ryan Hinson (Clemson). This should be an interesting series since George Mason always has a strong team and both teams are opening the season this weekend.
George Mason Game Notes
Clemson Game Notes
George Mason Season Preview
The Anderson Independent Mail has an article about Clemson senior first baseman Andy D’Alessio who turned down an opportunity to play professional baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers where he was picked in the tenth round. It was a tough decision for him to go back to college with all the guaranteed money he was due to make but decided that finishing his school work was the right thing to do. The full article from Greg Wallace is available here.
Sean Clark of Clemson will not be playing the 2007 season even though he still has another year of eligibility left. He became an emergency starter at the end of last season and provided the victory in the ACC championship game, a regional, and the first game of the CWS in Omaha. He was expected to be an integral part of the Clemson staff but will not be able to play because of commitments with his current employer. Sad to see a kid’s life get decided by some bosses at his job. Full article available here.
The ACC has released their preseason coaches poll. The UNC Tar Heels and the Clemson Tigers are both picked to win their respective division. The Tigers are expected to win the whole conference according to the coaches. The full release from the ACC is available here.
Scout.com checks in with a very good preview on the Clemson Tigers this upcoming season. Clemson is ranked number 2 in the pre-season poll by Collegiate Baseball. They lost about half of the starting lineup from last season and the entire starting rotation. They will be able to fill one of those starting pitcher spots in David Kopp. He showed the College Baseball Blog staff a very live arm with a 6.1 inning emergency appearance last year at Boston College. He also had a very good pitching record last year with 6-2 record and a 4.32 ERA in mid-week starts last season. The other two starting positions are expected to be filled by two of the following: P.J. Zocchi, Sean Clark, and Ryan Hinson.
The full preview by Scout.com on Clemson is available here.
The Clemson Tigers have signed 14 players which will start playing in the 2008 season. There are kids from seven different states which have signed letter of intent’s to play for Jack Leggett. I know Jack used to coach at Vermont thus the reason he picked up Casey Harman from Burlington VT. The full list of recruits is available here.
The Clemson Media Relations Department has released a 2007 Season Outlook for the Jack Leggett led squad. The Season outlook is available here.
Jack Leggett recently signed a new five year deal at Clemson to continue his run as the Tigers Head Coach. Leggett brought the Clemson Tigers to a 53-16 record last season and has won 608 games in his career. This is a great move for Clemson to lock up Jack as he is one of the class acts in College Baseball.
Charlotte Observer Article
Clemson is hosting upstart Oral Roberts in the Super Regionals this weekend. Clemson came through the regionals with an undefeated weekend with victories over UNC-Asheville, Elon, and Mississippi State. Oral Roberts also went undefeated by going to Fayetteville Arkansas and knocking off Oklahoma twice and Arkansas once.
The Clemson Tigers are led by 10 MLB draft picks which include Tyler Colvin and Andy D’Alessio. There is a good article in The Post and Courier on Tyler Colvin this week which can be found here. Each of Clemson’s weekend starters were drafted on Day 1 with Jason Berken going the highest in the sixth round. Clemson according to coach Jack Leggett says this team has a thick skin in this article from WLTX in South Carolina.
Oral Roberts is one of the hottest teams in the country heading into this series. They have won 31 out of their last 34 games to reach the Super-Regionals for the first time ever. They are led by junior catcher Andy Bouchie who batted .377 with 12 HR’s and 53 RBI’s. The Tulsa-based squad’s pitching has become healthy which has also led to the great 31-3 record in the last 34 games. Chris Ashman heads to this Super-Regional 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 93.1 innings pitched.
I predict a 2 game sweep by the number 1 seeded Tigers.