South Carolina Preview

South Carolina Preview

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South Carolina Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (5-1), ranked as high as #4 in the nation, plays South Carolina, also ranked as high as #4 in the nation, in a three game series this weekend. Friday’s game will be at 7:00PM at Carolina Stadium in Columbia. Saturday’s game, slated for a 4:00PM start, is termed the Reedy River Rivalry and will take place at Fluor Field in Greenville. The Tigers will be the designated visiting team in the game. Sunday’s finale starts at 2:00PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 

The Series

Clemson and South Carolina have met 292 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 167-123-2 lead in the series. The 292 meetings with the Gamecocks are the most by Clemson against any one opponent. The first meeting took place in 1899 and the teams have met every year since the 1985 season. The Tigers lead the series 94-42 at Clemson and are 47-25 in games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. South Carolina leads 75-67-2 in games at Columbia, while the teams are 6-6 all-time on neutral sites. 

The Gamecocks

South Carolina, led by 15th-year Head Coach Ray Tanner, is a member of the Southeastern Conference. They are 7-0 on the season and ranked #4 (Baseball America and Sports Weekly) and #6 (Collegiate Baseball). The Gamecocks are coming off a 14-1 win over Furman on Tuesday after sweeping series against Santa Clara and Southern Illinois to open the season. South Carolina was picked to finish third in the SEC East by SEC coaches in 2011 and is coming off a 54-16 (21-9) season that saw them win the National Championship in 2010. 

On the season, the Gamecocks are hitting .335 as a team with 19 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 32 walks and 33 strikeouts while scoring 57 runs in seven games. Sophomore Christian Walker leads South Carolina at the plate batting .538 with four doubles, two homers, 10 runs, and 12 RBI. Junior Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .423 with 12 runs, four doubles, one triple, and two homers. Senior Adrian Morales is batting .381 with nine RBI, while junior Adam Matthews leads the team with three stolen bases. 

The South Carolina pitching staff has a 2.00 ERA this season allowing 45 hits and 17 walks against 71 strikeouts in 63.0 innings. Sophomore Tyler Webb, junior Michael Roth, and sophomore Adam Westmoreland start on the weekends for the Gamecocks and are 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA with 22 hits and nine walks against 35 strikeouts in 35.2 innings in 2011. Sophomore Matt Price has two saves, allowing one hit and striking out two in 3.0 innings.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 6-1 and ranked as high as #4 in the nation (Collegiate Baseball). The Tigers are also ranked #7 (Sports Weekly) and #12 (Baseball America) and are coming off a 5-1 win over Wofford on Wednesday after going 3-0 in the First Pitch Invitational last weekend. Chris Epps leads the team in homers (2) and stolen bases (5). 

The Tigers are hitting .356 as a team with 10 doubles, three triples, five homers, 55 walks, 19 stolen bases, and 28 strikeouts while scoring 72 runs in seven games. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom leads the Tigers at the plate as he is batting .550 with 10 RBI. Brad Miller is hitting .400 with one double, one triple, a team-high 12 walks, and an outstanding .606 on-base percentage. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 2.14 ERA this season allowing 46 hits and 15 walks with 54 strikeouts in 63.0 innings. Sophomore Kevin Brady is 2-0 allowing only six hits and one walk with 19 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. Scott Weismann (2-0) and David Haselden (1-0 with a save) have each thrown 10.0 innings. The Tiger bullpen is anchored by righty Alex Frederick (one walk and four Ks in 1.2 IP) and lefty Will Lamb (4 Ks in 1.2 IP). 

Projected Starting Lineups

South Carolina

C        #36 Brady Thomas (SR/.217 BA with 2 2Bs in 7 games)

1B      #13 Christian Walker (SO/.538 BA with 4 2Bs, 2 HR, and 12 RBI in 7 games)

2B      #8 Scott Wingo (SR/.292 BA with 2 2Bs, a HR, and 3 BBs in 7 games)

SS      #6 Peter Mooney (JR/.286 BA with 3 2Bs, a 3B, and 4 BBs in 7 games)

3B      #3 Adrian Morales (SR/.381 BA with 3 2Bs, a HR, and 9 RBI in 7 games)

LF      #31 Evan Marzilli (SO/.250 BA with a 2B and SB in 6 games)

CF      #19 Jackie Bradley Jr. (JR/.423 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 8 RBI in 7 games)

RF      #26 Adam Matthews (JR/.308 BA with 4 BBs and 3 SB in 7 games)

DH     #4 Robert Beary (SR/.143 BA with a HR in 7 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.550 BA with 1 2B and 10 RBI in 7 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.190 BA with a HR, 11 runs, and 9 BBs in 7 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.389 BA with 1 2B, 4 RBI, 4 BBs and 3 SB in 7 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.400 BA with 8 runs, 12 BB, and 4 SB in 7 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.370 BA with 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 9 runs in 7 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.167 BA with 5 RBI, 7 BBs, and 3 HBPs in 7 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.217 BA with 5 runs, 4 BBs, and 1 SB in 7 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.360 BA with 1 3B, 2 HRs, 11 runs, and 5 SB in 7 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.471 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, and 5 RBI in 7 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, South Carolina will start junior lefthander Michael Roth. The Greer, SC native is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts in 2011. In 12.1 innings, he has allowed eight hits (.174 opponents’ batting average) and three walks against 15 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with junior righthander Scott Weismann. The Boxborough, MA native is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts in 2011. In 10.0 innings, he has allowed eight hits (.216 opponents’ batting average) and two walks against eight strikeouts. 

In game two, the Gamecocks will start sophomore lefthander Tyler Webb. The Nassawdox, VA native is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts in 2011. In 13.1 innings, he has allowed seven hits (.159 opponent’s batting average) and three walks against 11 strikeouts. 

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Kevin Brady. The Gaithersburg, MD native is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two starts in 2011. In 12.1 innings, he has allowed six hits (.140 opponents’ batting average) and one walk against 19 strikeouts. 

In game three, South Carolina will start sophomore lefthander Adam Westmoreland. The Cayce, SC native is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts in 2011. In 10.0 innings, he has allowed seven hits (.194 opponent’s batting average) and three walks against nine strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with junior righthander David Haselden. The Spartanburg, SC native is 1-0 with a save in three appearances (one start) in 2011. In 10.0 innings, he has allowed seven hits (.206 opponents’ batting average) and one walk against five strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • This weekend will feature South Carolina’s first games away from home this season. The Gamecocks were 17-7 on their opponent’s home field last season and 7-3 at neutral sites.
  • Clemson is 17-6 all-time on March 4, including a 3-5 mark on the road. The Tigers are 21-6 all-time on March 5 and have never played a neutral game on that date. Clemson is 20-6 all-time on March 6, including 17-3 at home.
  • Head Coach Jack Leggett is 35-40 all-time against South Carolina. He is 32-32 against the Gamecocks as the Tigers skipper and was 3-8 against South Carolina at Western Carolina.
  • With a 5-1 win over Wofford on Wednesday, Clemson is now 1,000-242 all-time at Doug Kingsmore Stadium since the facility opened in 1970.

 

Clemson vs. the SEC

  • The Tigers face their two annual SEC opponents in 2011, South Carolina and Georgia. Interestingly enough, those two teams are the Clemson’s most common opponents all-time. The Tigers have faced the Gamecocks 292 times and the Bulldogs 218 times.
  • The Tigers are 382-350-7 all-time against the SEC, including a 197-117-2 record in games at Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 102-112 all-time against the SEC, including 84-64 as Clemson’s head coach. He has never faced a SEC team at Vermont and has never faced LSU, Ole Miss, or Vanderbilt in his career.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. South Carolina

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Phil Pohl                .500   4-1     2        1        1        4        1

Chris Epps              .310   11-7   29      7        9        7        2

Jason Stolz             .308   6-5     13      2        4        2        0

John Hinson           .267   6-3     15      2        4        0        0

Will Lamb               .250   4-1     4        1        1        1        0       

Richie Shaffer         .235   5-5     17      5        4        4        1

Spencer Kieboom    .200   3-1     5        1        1        0        0

Brad Miller              .194   9-9     31      7        6        1        0

Jeff Schaus             .156   13-13 45      7        7        6        1

Addison Johnson     .143   9-7     28      3        4        4        2

# Player               ERA   G-S    WL     IP      H       ER     BB     SO

Kevin Brady            0.00   1-0     0-0     0.2     0        0        0        0

Scott Weismann      1.74   3-2     1-0     10.1   7        2        5        8

David Haselden       2.45   2-0     1-0     7.1     4        2        2        3

Will Lamb               2.84   2-1     0-0     6.1     3        2        5        2

Dominic Leone        9.00   3-1     0-1     4.0     6        4        3        0

Alex Frederick         9.00   3-0     0-0     3.0     7        3        2        3

Jonathan Meyer      54.00 1-0     0-0     0.1     2        2        1        0

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