Overall Season Record: 3-0
ACC Regular-Season Record: 0-0
Last Week: 3-0
Fri. W home vs. James Madison, 8-1
Fri. W home vs. James Madison, 3-0
Sun. W home vs. James Madison, 6-1
Fri. Home vs. Mercer, 4:00 PM
Sat. Home vs. Mercer, 4:00 PM
Sun. Home vs. Mercer, 1:00 PM
Clemson swept James Madison by a combined score of 17-2 in the season-opening, three-game series from February 17-19 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Tiger batters combined for a .286 batting average and seven stolen bases, but the story for Clemson was its outstanding pitching. The staff allowed just 10 hits, two runs (one earned), and seven walks with 36 strikeouts in 27.0 innings pitched. The three starting pitchers (Jason Berken, Stephen Faris, Josh Cribb) combined for 16.0 innings pitched, and allowed just five hits, no runs, two walks, and 22 strikeouts. Tyler Colvin hit three solo homers, and Adrian Casanova went 4-for-7 in the series. Taylor Harbin missed the final two games of the series due to a hamstring injury. His status will be re-evaluated later in the week.
In the season-opener and the first game of a doubleheader on February 17 against James Madison, Berken pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in his first outing in nearly two years to earn the victory in Clemson's 8-1 win. Berken struck out nine batters, while only allowing two hits, no runs, and one walk. Colvin added two home runs, both solo shots. It was his first career two-homer game. Casanova went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Marquez Smith also had three runs scored in his first game as a Tiger. Clemson outhit the Dukes 11-4, as nine different Tigers had at least one hit.
In game two, which was the second game of a doubleheader on February 17, three Tiger pitchers combined to allow just one hit in Clemson's 3-0 victory. James Madison managed just one single and a walk, as the Dukes sent 29 batters to the plate in the game. Faris allowed only one hit and no walks with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched to earn the win against the team from his home state of Virginia. Daniel Moskos pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts, while Steve Richard earned his first career save by pitching a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts. Colvin added another solo homer, giving him three in one day. Smith also hit his first career long ball as a Tiger. The game duration was just under two hours (1:59).
In game three on February 19, Clemson won 6-1 despite totaling just two RBIs thanks to several James Madison miscues. The Tigers scored three runs in the fourth inning without the benefit of an RBI and with only one hit, a leadoff single by Andy D'Alessio. D'Alessio scored on an error, Stan Widmann scored on a balk, and Herman Demmink came across on a wild pitch. Casanova added a solo homer, the first of his career at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, and Demmink had a game-high three hits. Travis Storrer saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end. Tiger batters walked 10 times, while five Tiger pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts. Cribb earned the win by pitching 5.0 innings, allowing two hits, no runs, and one walk with seven strikeouts.