Clemson's Matt Campbell baffling Coastal Plain batters as Florence closer

Tiger senior reliever has four saves, a 0.75 ERA, 24 strikeouts and no walks in 10 appearances

Clemson's Matt Campbell is congratulated by associate head coach Dan Pepicalli after shutting down the Presbyterian College bats during the ninth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Matt Campbell is congratulated by associate head coach Dan Pepicalli after shutting down the Presbyterian College bats during the ninth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Clemson's Matt Campbell has spent the summer before his senior year honing his craft.

In the process, he's emerged as one of summer league baseball's premier closers.

In 10 appearances and 12.0 innings with the Florence Red Wolves of the Coastal Plain League, Campbell has allowed just six hits, one run, and has a 0.75 ERA. He has recorded four saves, and has struck out 21 without issuing a walk.

Also having a productive summer at Florence is pitcher Jake Long, who is projected to be part of Clemson's starting rotation in 2014. In six starts, Long is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA. He has struck out 38, walked 16 and has allowed no home runs.

Also pitching for Florence is redshirt freshman Wale Toney, who has an 0-1 record and a 2.45 ERA in two starts.

Playing for High Point in the Coastal Plain League, redshirt freshman outfielder Andrew Cox is batting .242 in 28 games, while Brody Koerner has an 0-4 record and a 5.16 ERA in six starts.

Playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League, Jay Baum is batting .300 for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. He's coming off a week in which he went 6-for-19 (.316) with four runs scored.

Teammate Steve Wilkerson is batting .233 with one homer.

Pitching for Hyannis, Patrick Andrews is 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA in five games. He's struck out 19 and walked four.

Also posting impressive numbers is shortstop Tyler Krieger, who in eight games with the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League is batting .387 with two homers and two doubles. He has a .486 on-base percentage.

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