Countdown to first pitch: Virginia Tech at No. 4 Clemson

Countdown to first pitch: Virginia Tech at No. 4 Clemson

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Countdown to first pitch: Virginia Tech at No. 4 Clemson

Fourth-ranked Clemson hosts Virginia Tech for a three-game series this weekend beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The two teams last met at Doug Kingsmore in 2014, when the Tigers swept the Hokies 3-0.

 

Virginia Tech (17-14, 6-6) at No. 4 Clemson (25-5, 10-2)

Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, S.C.

Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.

Rankings:     VT – NR        Clemson – No. 4 D1/USA, No. 5 BA/CB

The Series

Meetings:                   67 (first met in 1902)

Series Record:            Clemson leads 41-24-2

Record at Clemson:     Clemson leads 24-7-1 (Clemson leads 18-2 at DKS)

Last Meeting(s):          Clemson won two of three games at Va Tech in 2015 (4-0 in 10, 15-8, 3-4 in 12)

  1. Lee: Lee leads 1-0 (1-0 at College of Charleston)

The Hokies

Head Coach:              Pat Mason (4th season at VT)

2016 Record:              19-36 (6-24; 7th Coastal) – N/A – NR

Preseason:                 6th in ACC Coastal (out of 7 teams)

Road Record:             7-8 (5-19 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Lost 3-1 at Marshall on Wednesday after sweeping Boston College at home last weekend (16-4, 10-6, 4-3 in 10)

2017 Batting Stats:      .295 (7.5 RPG) with 66 2B, 10 3B, 57 HR, 115 BB, 57 HBP, 272 K, 13-19 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     5.41 ERA, .289 OBA (317 hits), 141 BB & 272 K in 277.2 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .965 (42 errors in 1204 chances)

The Tigers

2016 Record:             44-20 (16-14; 4th Atlantic) – Clemson Regional – No. 15 USA, No. 17 BA, No. 18 CB/D1

Preseason:                 3rd in ACC Atlantic Division (7 teams); 1 vote for Overall Champion

Home Record:            15-4 (26-9 in 2016)

Last Week:                 Won 4-0 at Georgia on Tuesday after taking two of three games at Georgia Tech last weekend (11-6, 1-5, 13-6)

2017 Batting Stats:      .273 (6.2 RPG) with 54 2B, 2 3B, 32 HR, 168 BB, 30 HBP, 212 K, 31-43 SB

2017 Pitching Stats:     2.76 ERA, .236 OBA (243 hits), 71 BB & 295 K in 277.0 innings

2017 Fielding Stats:     .970 (34 errors in 1147 chances)

Projected Starting Lineups

Virginia Tech

C       #39 Joe Freiday, Jr. (JR/.255 BA with 1 2B, 7 HR, & 20 RBI in 28 games in 2017)

1B      #21 Sam Fragale (*JR/.325 BA with 7 2B, 12 HR, & 44 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

2B      #6 Jack Owens (*SO/.388 BA with 7 2B, 3 HR, & 17 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

SS      #14 Ryan Tufts (SR/.361 BA with 15 2B, 7 HR, & 22 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

3B      #11 Garrett Hudson (*JR/.227 BA with 3 2B, 6 RBI, & 4 R in 26 games in 2017)

LF      #24 Mac Caples (SR/.219 BA with 1 2B, 6 HR, & 11 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

CF      #10 Rahiem Cooper (*SR/.239 BA with 4 2B, 7 HR, & 26 RBI in 31 games in 2017)

RF      #12 Tom Stoffel (*JR/.355 BA with 11 2B, 5 HR, & 33 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

DH     #30 JD Mundy (FR/.266 BA with 4 2B, 4 HR, & 12 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

Clemson

C       #27 Chris Williams (JR/.299 BA with 8 2B, 8 HR, & 31 RBI in 23 games in 2017)

1B      #6 Andrew Cox (*GR/.280 BA with 3 2B, 3 HR, & 15 RBI in 29 games in 2017)

2B      #9 Jordan Greene (SO/.263 BA with 4 2B, 7 RBI, & 12 R in 26 games in 2017)

SS      #8 Logan Davidson (FR/.274 BA with 5 2B, 4 HR, & 17 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

3B      #4 Grayson Byrd (*SO/.333 BA with 4 2B, 1 HR, & 11 RBI in 24 games in 2017)

LF      #28 Seth Beer (SO/.257 BA with 8 2B, 8 HR, & 24 RBI in 30 games in 2017)

CF      #5 Chase Pinder (JR/.303 BA with 8 2B, 17 RBI, & 27 R in 29 games in 2017)

RF      #13 Drew Wharton (JR/.273 BA with 1 2B, 3 RBI, & 3 R in 12 games in 2017)

DH     #26 Reed Rohlman (*JR/.333 BA with 7 2B, 2 HR, & 14 RBI in 29 games in 2017)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Game One

JR RHP #27 Connor Coward (5-0/10 app/6 GS/2.09 ERA (38.2 IP)/.193 OBA (27 hits)/19 BB/29 K)

JR LHP #23 Charlie Barnes (3-2/7 app/7 GS/1.57 ERA (46.0 IP)/.223 OBA (37 hits)/8 BB/56 K)

Game Two

*SR LHP #9 Kit Scheetz (3-0/17 app/2 GS/3.10 ERA (29.0 IP)/.261 OBA (29 hits)/15 BB/30 K)

*SO RHP #15 Alex Eubanks (4-2/7 app/7 GS/2.98 ERA (45.1 IP)/.233 OBA (40 hits)/6 BB/43 K)

Game Three

*JR RHP #26 Nick Anderson (5-2/8 app/6 GS/2.85 ERA (41.0 IP)/.242 OBA (37 hits)/16 BB/29 K)

SR LHP #36 Pat Krall (5-0/7 app/7 GS/3.29 ERA (41.0 IP)/.293 OBA (46 hits)/10 BB/33 K)

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 40-21-1 all-time on April 7 with a 22-9-1 mark at home.
  • The Tigers are 43-17 all-time on April 8 with a 28-7 mark at home.
  • Clemson is 37-19 all-time on April 9 with a 26-7 mark at home.

Tiger Career Stats vs. Virginia Tech

Player                           AVG   G-S     AB     R       H       RBI     BB      K       HR     Other

Drew Wharton       1.000  2-0     1        0        1        0        0        0        0

Reed Rohlman        .308    3-3     13      4        4        4        1        2        0        2 2B, HBP, 1-2 SB

Chase Pinder                  .286    3-3     14      2        4        3        1        1        1        2B

Andrew Cox           .200    3-1     5        0        1        0        0        1        0        SH, 1-1 SB

Adam Renwick       .000    2-0     1        0        0        0        0        0        0

Robert Jolly          .000    1-0     1        0        0        0        0        0        0

Player                           ERA    G-S     W-L    IP       H       R       ER      BB      SO      OBA

Charlie Barnes       18.00  1-0     0-0     1.0     3        2        2        1        0        .500

Pat Krall                27.00  1-0     0-0     0.2     2        2        2        1        0        .667

Patrick Andrews     N/A    1-0     0-0     0.0     2        3        2        1        0        .667

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