By Trey McCurry.
As the 2011 baseball Tigers prepare to open practice for the 2011 season on Friday, TheClemsonInsider takes one more look back at some of the highlights and top moments from the 2010 season.
February 19 – Tigers win their sixth straight season opener as Will Lamb goes 4-for-4 with a double, homer, three runs, and three RBI in Clemson’s 11-0 win over Miami (OH).
February 28 – Tigers sweep Wright State as Jeff Schaus goes 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBI in 12-6 win over the Raiders.
March 3 – Tigers walkoff with wild win over Dayton as three Flyer wild pitches in the bottom of the 10th inning allow Clemson to escape with a 6-5 win.
March 5 – Chris Epps and Jeff Schaus each hit solo homers in the first inning and Wilson Boyd has the game-winning two-out hit in the bottom of the eighth inning as Clemson defeats #15 South Carolina 4-3.
March 7 – Tigers blast five homers, including two grand slams, in 19-6 win over the Gamecocks in Columbia. It was the most runs scored against South Carolina since 1962 and the Tigers’ largest margin of victory in the series since 1997.
March 12 – Clemson scores 24 runs in a doubleheader sweep of NC State. In game one, the Tigers scored 10 runs in the first four innings en route to a 12-7 win. In game two, Clemson scored seven runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 12-6 win.
March 17 – Clemson scored their most runs since 2006 in a 22-6 win over Georgia Southern. The Tigers totaled 21 hits, including nine doubles, one triple, and six homers. Clemson had 2 separate eight-run innings and hit back-to-back homers on three separate occasions.
March 19 – Casey Harman and David Haselden combined to throw a one-hitter as Clemson defeated Virginia Tech 3-0.
March 27 – Clemson scored six runs over the final three innings in an 8-5 win at top-ranked Virginia.
April 4 – Clemson scored eight runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 14-9 win over Boston College.
April 6 – John Hinson went 2-for-3 with his first career grand slam and five RBI as Clemson defeated Georgia 15-5 in Athens. It was the Tigers’ most runs in Athens since the 1981 season and largest margin of victory at Georgia since 1975.
April 7 – Mike Freeman went 3-for-5 with six RBI against his former team as Clemson came-from-behind to defeat Georgia 14-6. It was the Tigers first regular-season series sweep of the Bulldogs since 2007 and only their third in the last 11 seasons.
April 21 – John Hinson tied a school record with three homers in one game and totaled seven RBI in Clemson’s 22-4 win over USC Upstate. Clemson had back-to-back seven spots in the second and third innings as Kyle Parker hit a grand slam and Mike Freeman had a three-run homer to join Hinson in the long-ball game.
April 25 – Clemson rallied from a 5-0 deficit to defeat North Carolina 10-6 as every Tiger starter had a hit in the game.
May 2 – Jack Leggett recorded his 750th career victory as the Tigers’ head coach in a 9-3 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
May 7 – Following his graduation in Clemson that morning, Mike Freeman went 4-for-5 with three RBI to lead Clemson to a 18-6 win at Maryland.
May 11 – Clemson pounded out 14 hits, including three homers, as the Tigers pounded Furman 12-1 at Fluor Field.
May 15 – Clemson scored 10 runs in the fifth inning en route to a 17-5 win at Wake Forest. The Tigers had 14 hits, including homers by Parker and Miller, who’s homer cleared the scoreboard in right-centerfield.
May 18 – Jason Stolz, making his first career start at shortstop, hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and Jeff Schaus added another two-run shot in the seventh as Clemson defeated Presbyterian 8-2.
May 20 – Wilson Boyd’s two-out, run-scoring single capped a three-run eighth inning to give Clemson a 9-8 win over #7 Florida State. Brad Miller went 5-for-5 with a homer, double, three runs, and four RBI against his home-state team.
May 22 – Alex Frederick tossed 4.2 scoreless innings in relief of one-hit ball to lead Clemson to an 8-3 win over #7 Florida State. The Tigers swept the Seminoles and captured the Atlantic Division title, becoming the first school to win a division title in football and baseball in the ACC.
May 29 – Will Lamb pitched 6.1 strong innings and Richie Shaffer hit a three-run first-inning homer as Clemson defeated #6 Georgia Tech 9-3 at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC. Spencer Kieboom, making only his second career start, had a game-high three hits and the Tigers captured their 100th win in ACC Tourny history.
June 4 – Scott Weismann threw 7.0 strong innings of one-run, four-hit ball as Clemson defeated Southern Miss 10-1 in the opening game of the Auburn Regional.
June 5 – Casey Harman pitched his first career complete-game and Clemson defeated #14 Auburn 5-2 in their second game of the Auburn Regional. Harman allowed just five hits, two runs, and one walk with eight strikeouts.
June 7 – Clemson used timely hitting and three key double plays to defeat #14 Auburn 13-7 and claim the Auburn Region title. Richie Shaffer had a key three-run double in the seventh inning and Kevin Brady threw 3.0 scoreless innings to record his first career save. With the win, Clemson won its fifth region title in its last five appearances and advanced to the super-regional round for the ninth time in the 12 years of the format.
June 13 – After dropping game one to #16 Alabama, Clemson bounced back with a 19-5 win over the Crimson Tide. The Tigers used a six-run first and nine-run sixth to put away the Crimson Tide. Six different Tigers had at least two hits, while seven scored at least two runs.
June 14 – Clemson built a 8-1 lead and withstood a furious ninth-inning rally to defeat #16 Alabama and advance to the College World Series with a 8-6 win over the Crimson Tide. Richie Shaffer hit two homers for the Tigers andJohn Hinson went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI as every started had a hit for Clemson. The Crimson Tide had the tying run on second base in the ninth before Will Lamb came on to retire the only batter he faced.
June 18 – Opening ceremonies for the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium. All eight teams parade into the stadium and are introduced to a packed house as a season highlight video is played. This year the teams also had a special treat as a special anniversary CWS team was introduced including Barry Bonds and Nomar Garciaparra. This was an extremely special event concluded with an absolutely amazing fireworks display.
June 20 – Casey Harman and Alex Frederick combined to limit #1 Arizona State to three runs and eight hits in Clemson’s 6-3 win in their opening game of the College World Series. Harman earned the win behind six strong innings of three-run, seven-hit ball while Frederick pitched the final 3.0 innings to earn the save allowing just one hit and one walk. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit in the game as Clemson won its fourth College World Series opener in a row.
June 22-23 – Clemson scored four runs in the four and two in the sixth and held on for a 6-4 win over #6 Oklahoma. Scott Weismann allowed just one run on three hits over 5.0 innings to earn the win, while John Hinson went 3-for-4 with two RBI and had half of the Tigers six hits.
June 25-26 – Clemson saw its season suddenly end with two losses to archrival South Carolina. In game one, Michael Roth threw a complete-game, three-hitter and shut down the Tigers 5-1. Game two was much closer as Clemson dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to bring the 2010 season to a close.