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Furman/Clemson

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:00 am
by ShortHairedDog
I don't keep up with baseball, but does this put Furman in the top 25. It looks like they have a great record.


From www.thetigernet.com

Clemson, SC- Furman scored four runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 4-1 deficit and held on to defeat #6 Clemson 5-4 Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Paladins improved to 24-11, and the Tigers fell to 27-12.
Ben Terry, Andrew Greene, and Will Stembridge each had two hits for Furman. Brad Chalk and Taylor Harbin had two hits apiece for Clemson.



Patrick Arnett (2-5) retired the only batter he faced and picked up the win in relief for the Paladins. Nick Holstegge pitched 2.0 innings without allowing a hit or a run to earn his eighth save of the season. Steve Richard (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits in 0.2 innings pitched and suffered the loss for the Tigers.

Singles by Harbin and Adrian Casanova, and a Stan Widmann walk loaded the bases with one out in the second. However, Herman Demmink hit a grounder up the middle and the Paladins turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Chalk walked to lead off the third, and moved to second with one out when Andy D'Alessio reached on a fielding error by Case Cassedy at first. Travis Storrer followed with a three-run homer to right, his fifth long ball of the season.

Terry walked to lead off the sixth, but was erased on a fielder's choice bunt groundout by Greene. Greene moved to second on a balk, and scored on a two-out single by A.J. Davidiuk.

Harbin hit a solo home run to left to begin the sixth, his third of the season.

Jackson tripled to center to lead off the seventh, and scored on a single up the middle by Stembridge. Terry hit an infield single with two outs, and Greene followed with another infield single that scored Stembridge. Cassedy then hit a double past D'Alessio at first base that scored Terry and Greene. All five hits in the inning came on either a 2-2 count or 1-2 count.

Marquez Smith and Stan Widmann hit back-to-back singles to lead off the eighth, but Adrian Casanova struck out on a bunt attempt with two strikes, and Ben Hall struck out swinging. Chalk walked to load the bases, and Tyler Colvin followed with a lined shot, but first baseman Cassedy did not have to move his feet to snag the line drive. v Tiger starter P.J. Zocchi tied a career high in innings pitched (6.0), and allowed only one run on four hits, and recorded six strikeouts.

Clemson left 11 men on base.

Clemson returns to action Friday at 2:30 PM in Chestnut Hill, MA for its first ever meeting in baseball with Boston College

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 2:34 pm
by PhoenixDad
They won't crack the top-25 based on one win. Furman is a good team, but they have played the weakest schedule in the Southern Conference. Their strength of schedule is about 180 ... compare that to College of Charleston, who's strength of schedule is 44th and Elon, who's strength of schedule is 46th.

Furman is getting into the tough part of their schedule now. I expect they will stay as one of the top 3 teams in the conference, but they won't get any votes for the top-25.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:33 pm
by BestOfBreed
I agree. Weak OOC schedule and slow start to the year keeps them from even being considered to be ranked at this point.

The SoCon schedule works to their benefit with Elon and CoC in Greenville this year so this might be their year though.