Clemson, ranked #16 in the nation, went 1-2 in the ACC Tournament at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC from May 26-29. Clemson and its three opponents both scored 25 runs, while the Tigers hit .292 with six homers and a .528 slugging percentage.
Brad Miller led the Tigers by going 6-for-12 with a homer, triple, double, four RBIs, six runs, and two walks in the tournament. Richie Shaffer and Mike Freeman both went 5-for-12, while Shaffer added a homer, two doubles, five RBIs, and five runs. Jeff Schaus hit two long balls as well. In two relief appearances, Kevin Brady allowed three hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts in only 4.1 innings pitched.
In the Tigers’ first game of the ACC Tournament on May 26, N.C. State scored five runs with two outs in the sixth inning to take the lead for good in its 13-8 win over Clemson. The Tigers took a 4-3 lead on Schaus’ two-run homer in the fifth inning, but five straight run-scoring singles by the Wolfpack in the sixth was Clemson’s undoing. Kyle Wilson went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs, and four runs to lead N.C. State’s 16-hit attack. Miller went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs, while Schaus went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and three RBIs for Clemson, who had 11 hits. Casey Harman and Brady, two of five Tiger hurlers, combined for 14 strikeouts.
In the Tigers’ second game of the ACC Tournament on May 28, Sean Ryan’s two-out single in the eighth inning scored Andrew Rash to give #16 Virginia Tech a 9-8 win over Clemson. The Hokies jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but Miller’s two-run homer in the second and a four-run frame in the fourth gave Clemson the lead. But Virginia Tech regained the lead with a run in the fifth. Chris Epps’ RBI groundout in the top of the eighth tied the score, but it was not enough for the Tigers. Austin Wates had a game-high three hits for Virginia Tech, who outhit the Tigers 13-7. Schaus added a solo homer, while Shaffer hit two doubles with two RBIs. It was the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the ACC Tournament.
In the Tigers’ third game of the ACC Tournament on May 29, Will Lamb pitched 6.1 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 9-3 win over #6 Georgia Tech. Lamb allowed six hits, two runs, and four walks to earn the win in his first start since April 18. Brady tossed 2.0 perfect innings with four strikeouts to close out the game. Shaffer’s three-run homer in the first inning gave Clemson a lead that it never relinquished. Parker added a solo homer in the eighth for the Tigers, who outhit Georgia Tech 13-10. Spencer Kieboom had a game-high three hits, while Shaffer added three runs. The win was Clemson’s 100th in ACC Tourney history.
The Tigers sport a 38-21 overall record and 18-12 ACC regular-season mark, as Clemson captured the ACC Atlantic Division crown in 2010. Clemson, who is 27-8 at home, 8-10 in away games, and 3-3 in neutral-site contests, finished in a tie for fourth place in the overall ACC standings, behind Virginia (23-7), Georgia Tech (21-9), and Miami (FL) (20-10).
Clemson, who has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll every week since the start of the 2009 season (a span of 33 weeks), is averaging 8.7 runs per game and hitting .305 with a .491 slugging percentage, .407 on-base percentage, 123 doubles, 12 triples, 81 home runs, and 98 steals in 59 games. Clemson has also scored eight or nine runs in each of the last seven games. The pitching staff has a 4.81 ERA and .279 opponents’ batting average along with 409 strikeouts against 202 walks in 528.0 innings pitched. The Tigers are fielding at a .962 clip as well.
Miller leads the team with a .373 batting average along with seven homers, 17 doubles, four triples, 37 RBIs, and a .483 on-base percentage. He is also riding a 10-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games. Parker is hitting .364 with 19 home runs, 14 doubles, and 57 RBIs, while Freeman, who has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games, is batting .328 with seven homers, 20 doubles, one triple, and 51 RBIs. Schaus has added 15 homers, 11 doubles, two triples, and 75 RBIs as well.
Starters Scott Weismann and Harman along with reliever Alex Frederick are all 6-2 on the mound, while Brady has 41 strikeouts against only seven walks in 33.0 innings pitched.
Clemson will await word from the NCAA Baseball Committee to see if it is picked to play in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The selection show will air live on Monday on ESPN at 12:30 PM.