Western Carolina Preview

Western Carolina Preview

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Western Carolina Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (7-3), ranked as high as #4 in the nation, travels to Cullowhee for a contest with Western Carolina on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00PM at Hennon Stadium. Prior to the contest, the Catamounts will unveil a tribute to Jack Leggett in what has been termed a “Leggett Legacy” program. 

The Series

Clemson and Western Carolina have met 65 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 52-13 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1974 and have played at least one game every year since 1978. The Tigers lead the series 14-9 in games play in Cullowhee and Jack Leggett is 26-8 against his former club, including 7-5 in games at Western Carolina. Leggett was the head coach at Western Carolina from 1983-91 and won 302 games in those nine seasons, including a 3-15 mark against the Tigers. 

The Catamounts

Western Carolina, led by fourth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, is a member of the Southern Conference. They are 7-3 on the season, including a 5-1 record at home. The Catamounts are coming off a 9-8 win over Akron on Friday. There other two games this weekend were rained out. Western Carolina was picked to finish four in the SoCon by SoCon coaches and fifth in the SoCon media poll and are coming off a 37-21-1 (16-13-1 SoCon) in 2010. 

On the season, the Catamounts are hitting .303 as a team with 27 doubles, one triple, five homers, 16 stolen bases, 46 walks and 75 strikeouts while averaging 8.1 runs per game. Junior Ross Hefley leads Western Carolina at the plate batting .571 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer, and 16 RBI. Freshman Aaron Attaway is batting .375 with a homer and nine RBI, while seniors Stephen Notaro and Matt Johns each have 10 RBI. Junior Cameron Dullnig leads the team with five stolen bases. 

The Western Carolina pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA this season allowing 85 hits and 56 walks against 90 strikeouts in 89.2 innings. Senior Brandon Johnson (3-0) has not allowed a hit or earned run in 7.2 innings over five relief appearances. Sophomore Taylor Sandefor leads the team in innings (13.0) and strikeouts (10) while senior Andrew Chilcoat has a team-leading seven appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 7-3 and ranked as high as #4 in the nation (Collegiate Baseball).

The Tigers are also ranked #7 (Sports Weekly) and #10 (Baseball America) and are coming off a tough 5-4 loss to South Carolina on Tuesday. 

The Tigers are hitting .343 as a team with 16 doubles, four triples, six homers, 69 walks, 21 stolen bases, and 47 strikeouts while averaging 8.9 runs per game. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom leads the Tigers at the plate as he is batting .500 with a team-high 11 RBI. Phil Pohl is batting .423 with a team-leading four doubles, while Brad Miller is at .400 with one double, one triple, 15 walks, and eight RBI. Richie Shaffer has hit two homers to go along with 12 walks while Chris Epps also has two homers and leads the team in stolen bases (5). 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA this season allowing 68 hits and 22 walks with 71 strikeouts in 88.0 innings. David Haselden is 1-0 with a save in five appearances (two starts) with a 1.06 ERA in a team-leading 17.0 innings. Kevin Brady is 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 23 strikeouts in three starts over 16.1 innings while Joseph Moorefield leads the team with six appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Western Carolina

C        #7 Stephen Notaro (SR/.371 BA with 4 2Bs, 4 runs, and 10 RBI in 9 games)

1B      #9 Tyler White (SO/.222 BA with 2 2Bs, a HR, 7 runs, and 6 RBI in 10 games)

2B      #2 Ross Heffley (JR/.571 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 16 RBI in 8 games)

SS      #3 Aaron Attaway (FR/.375 BA with 4 2Bs, a HR, and 9 RBI in 10 games)

3B      #14 Austin Schultz (SR/.357 BA with 3 2Bs, 11 runs, and 6 RBI in 10 games)

LF      #41 Dykota Spiess (FR/.080 with a 2B and 3 runs in 10 games)

CF      #6 Matt Johns (SR/.275 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, and 10 RBI in 9 games)

RF      #1 Cameron Dullnig (JR/.333 BA with 3 2Bs, 14 runs, and 6 RBI in 10 games)

DH     #16 Bryant Noteboom (SO/.250 BA with a 2B and a run in 6 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.500 BA with 1 2B and 11 RBI in 10 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.233 BA with 2 HRs, 15 runs, and 12 BBs in 10 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.379 BA with 2 2Bs, 5 RBI, 4 BBs and 4 SB in 10 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.400 BA with 11 runs, 15 BB, and 4 SB in 10 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.308 BA with 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 11 runs in 10 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.212 BA with 2 2Bs, 8 RBI, 8 BBs, and 3 HBPs in 10 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.257 BA with 6 runs, 5 BBs, and 1 SB in 10 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.306 BA with 1 3B, 2 HRs, 12 runs, and 5 SB in 10 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.423 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, and 7 RBI in 10 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Neither team has announced a starter for the game.

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 21-6 all-time on March 9, including a 5-2 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers have won their last seven contests away from Doug Kingsmore Stadium against SoCon opponents dating back to a loss at Western Carolina in 2007.
  • This second game of the season against a SoCon opponent in 2011. The Tigers host Elon for two games (March 22-23), host Western Carolina (April 6), host Furman (April 26), travel to Fluor Field to face Furman (May 10), and wrap up the home schedule with Davidson (May 17).
  • Clemson spent seven seasons on the diamond in the SoCon (1947 – 1953)
  • The Tigers are 476-156-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon, including a 191-87-5 record in games away from Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 104-25 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Western Carolina

Western Carolina

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

John Hinson           .500   1-1     2        1        1        2        1        0        1        HBP

Will Lamb               .400   2-1     5        2        2        0        1        1        0        2B, SB

Jeff Schaus             .389   5-5     18      5        7        3        2        2        1        2B

Jason Stolz             .333   3-2     9        0        3        2        0        2        0        2B, HBP

Addison Johnson     .222   5-4     18      3        4        2        1        6        0        2B, 3B

Brad Miller              .125   3-3     8        4        1        1        4        2        0        HBP

Chris Epps              .100   5-3     10      2        1        0        3        3        0        SB

Phil Pohl                .000   3-3     9        0        0        0        1        4        0

 

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

Alex Frederick         0.00   1-0     1-0     2.0     1        0        0        3        .143

Kevin Brady            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     0        0        1        2        .000

Scott Firth              0.00   1-0     0-0     1.1     3        0        0        0        .429

Will Lamb               0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     0        0        0        2        .000

Justin Sarratt                   0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        1        0        .333

Dominic Leone        3.00   1-1     0-0     6.0     6        2        1        6        .261

David Haselden       4.50   1-1     0-0     4.0     5        2        0        3        .313

Mike Kent               —-     1-0     0-1     0.0     2        4        2        0        1.000

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