April 23, 2014

Liberty rallies for 4-3 win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium (VIDEO)

Tyler Slaton had a pair of hits Tuesday night  (file photo)

Tyler Slaton had a pair of hits Tuesday night (file photo)

Liberty overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 20 Clemson 4-3 Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. It was the first meeting at Doug Kingsmore Stadium between Liberty (32-9) and Clemson (24-16) since 1999.

The Tigers took advantage of five walks in the first inning to score two runs, then added another run in the second inning to build a 3-0 lead. But the Flames scored two runs in the third inning after the first two batters of the frame were retired, then Dalton Britt scored on a wild pitch and Danny Grauer followed with a solo homer in the fifth inning to give the Flames the lead over the Tigers, who scored just three of their 17 baserunners in the game.

Reliever Shawn Clowers (5-0) earned the win by pitching 2.2 scoreless innings. Ashton Perritt tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record his ninth save of the year. Tiger starter Clate Schmidt (4-6) suffered the loss, as he gave up four runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.

The Tigers played without shortstop Tyler Krieger who was injured Sunday and had an MRI Tuesday morning on his shoulder.  Krieger had started the first 101 games in his career.

The Tigers host Western Carolina on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Fans can get a Family Four Pack of tickets (two adults, two youth) for only $20 at ClemsonTigers.com or at the gate. Additional tickets can be purchased for $5.

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Clemson officially announces McDaniels’ departure to the NBA

KJ McDaniels is headed to the NBA

KJ McDaniels is headed to the NBA

Here’s the official release from Clemson regarding KJ McDaniels’ decision to forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft:

Tiger forward K.J. McDaniels announced Tuesday he is forgoing his senior season and declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity these past three seasons to grow as a player and person at Clemson,” McDaniels said. “None of this would have been possible without the guidance and support of my coaches, teammates and family. This was not an easy decision, but I am excited to take the next step toward fulfilling my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.”

McDaniels was a first-team All-ACC selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14. He led the Tigers in points (614), rebounds (255), blocks (100), steals (41) and three-pointers (42) – the only player in the country to lead his team in all five categories. He joined Wake Forest’s Josh Howard as only the second player in ACC history to lead a team in all five of the aforementioned statistics for an entire season.

“I want to thank K.J. for his contributions to our basketball program these last three seasons,” said Head Coach Brad Brownell. “K.J. is a hard-working, humble young man who always put team first. He has had a tremendous impact on our program and improved as much as any player I’ve ever coached. I’m extremely proud of his development and excited for his future at the next level.”

The Birmingham, Ala., native earned the league’s top defensive honor by leading all ACC players with 2.8 per game. He became only the third player in Clemson history to block at least 100 shots in a season, joining all-time Tiger greats Tree Rollins and Sharone Wright. McDaniels was the catalyst behind the Tigers’ defense that ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in defending the three (.285), No. 5 in opponent points per game (58.4) and No. 8 in blocks per game (6.1).

McDaniels led all ACC players with six games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. He posted 13 total 20-point games after entering his junior season without one in 58 career outings. McDaniels finished his career with 1,035 points, 450 rebounds and 178 blocked shots. He is seventh in school history in total blocks.

ACC sets Clemson’s league games for next two seasons

Brad Brownell has his ACC slate set for next 2 seasons

Brad Brownell has his ACC slate set for next 2 seasons

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Clemson’s matchups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons Tuesday. The 2014-15 season marks the first of a 12-year schedule rotation during which teams that are not partners play five years at home only; five years on the road only; and two years both home and road.

Clemson continues to face both Florida State and Georgia Tech as its primary partners, while adding NC State and Notre Dame next season for the home-and-home series. The full rotations for the next two seasons are listed below.

2014-15 rotation

Home/Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame

Home: Boston College, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Road: Duke, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Virginia

2015-16 rotation

Home/Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Virginia

Home: Duke, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh

Road: North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Notes on Clemson’s 2014-15 ACC schedule rotation

• The Tigers face five teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament on the road, including four of the five road-only opponents.

• Clemson faces four coaches who are in the Naismith Hall of Fame, two at home (Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams) and two on the road (Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino).

• The Tigers play Louisville for the first time since a postseason NIT meeting in Freedom Hall on March 20, 2006. The Cardinals now play in the KFC Yum! Center.

• Syracuse returns to Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time since the 2007 postseason NIT, when the Tigers defeated the Orange 74-70 to punch their ticket to New York City for the tournament semifinals.

• Notre Dame comes to Clemson for the first time in basketball, men’s or women’s. The Fighting Irish outlasted the Tigers in double overtime this past season in the first meeting between the two programs.

• The three teams featuring new head coaches – Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest – all come to Littlejohn Coliseum for the only meeting with Clemson.

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Report: Clemson’s McDaniels will turn pro

MdDaniels is taking his high flying act to the NBA

MdDaniels is taking his high flying act to the NBA

Clemson star KJ McDaniels will pass up his senior season and enter the NBA Draft Tigernet.com reported Tuesday morning quoting McDaniels’ mother as saying the decision is now final.

Shawn McDaniels told Tigernet her son’s decision was made a couple of weeks ago but he wrestled with it for a while longer before making the final call.

McDaniels is being projected as a mid to late first round pick.

McDaniels averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game last season in leading the Tigers to the semi-finals of the NIT.

Tiger pitching implodes in 13-4 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday

Tigers didn't have much offensive punch Sunday (File Photo)

Tigers didn’t have enough offensive punch Sunday (File Photo)

Pittsburgh scored six runs on only three hits and five costly Tiger walks in the fifth inning in its 13-4 victory over No. 20 Clemson on Sunday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field. The Panthers (17-22, 9-12 ACC) salvaged one win in  the series against the Tigers (24-15, 12-8 ACC), who won two of three games.

Chris Okey, who hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, plated Tyler Krieger on an RBI groundout in the third inning to give Clemson a 1-0 lead. But the Panthers responded with six runs in the fifth inning. Boo Vazquez’s two-run double ended Clemson’s 23 scoreless innings pitched streak since the first inning of the series, then four straight two-out walks plated two more runs. Matt Johnson, who led off the frame with a bunt single, lined a single to center to score the last two runs in the sixth. The Panthers added two runs in the sixth inning and five runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Pittsburgh starter Matt Wotherspoon (4-5) earned the win by scattering eight hits and allowing just two runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Tiger starter Jake Long (2-2) suffered the loss, as he yielded three hits, six runs and six walks with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.

Clemson hosts Liberty on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Fans can obtain free tickets for the game by filling out a short form on ClemsonTigers.com. The voucher is good for all immediate family members. Forms are also available at the Athletic Ticket Office and at the gates on gameday. Fans not wishing to complete the form can purchase a ticket for $5 by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-CLEMSON beginning Thursday. Season ticket holders will be admitted at no charge whether they participate or not, but their responses would be helpful. All seats for the game are general admission.

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