Virginia Series Critical for Tigers

Virginia Series Critical for Tigers

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Virginia Series Critical for Tigers

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (7-3), ranked as high as #4 in the nation, host #6 Virginia for both teams ACC-openers this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Friday’s contests has been pushed back to a 5:00PM start, Saturday’s game is slated to start at 2:00PM, and Sunday’s finale is at 1:00PM. 

The Series

Clemson and Virginia have met 143 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 102-41 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1955 and have played at least one game in every season since then except for 2008. Clemson leads the series 52-10 in games at Clemson, including a 40-8 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The teams have met 17 times in the ACC Tournament with the Tigers holding a 10-7 lead meaning Clemson has a 92-34 lead in ACC regular-season games. 

The Cavaliers

Virginia, led by eighth-year Head Coach Brian O’Connor, is the defeating Coastal Division champions. They are 13-1 on the season, including 1-0 on the road and 2-0 at neutral sites. The Cavaliers enter the game on a seven-game win streak and are coming off a 1-0 home win over Marshall on Tuesday. Virginia is ranked #6 by Sports Weekly, #10 by Collegiate Baseball, and #11 by Baseball America. The Cavaliers were picked to finish first in the ACC Coastal Division by the leagues coaches and received two votes as the overall ACC Champion. They are coming off a 51-14 (23-7 ACC) record, Super Regional appearance, and a final season ranking of #8 in 2010. 

On the season, the Cavaliers are hitting .309 as a team with 33 doubles, three triples, 18 stolen bases, 57 walks and 63 strikeouts while averaging 7.6 runs per game. Junior John Hicks leads Virginia at the plate batting .370 with six doubles, eight runs, and 11 RBI. Junior Danny Hultzen is batting .361 with four doubles, a triple, three stolen bases, and 13 RBI. Senior Kenny Swab leads the team with 10 walks, while senior Steven Proscia has five doubles and a team-high 14 RBI. 

The Virginia pitching staff has not allowed more than four runs in a game all season and has a 1.50 ERA this season allowing only 86 hits and 23 walks against 146 strikeouts in 126.0 innings. Junior Danny Hultzen (3-0) sports a 0.87 ERA and has allowed only eight hits, one walk, and two runs against 36 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. Senior Tyler Wilson (3-0) has a 1.42 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 19.0 innings, while fellow senior Cody Winiarski has a 1.86 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 19.1 innings. Sophomore Branden Kline is the team’s closer with five saves and leads the team with six 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

Virginia

C        #8 John Hicks (JR/.370 BA with 6 2Bs, 4 BBs, 2 SB, and 11 RBI in 14 games)

1B      #35 Kenny Swab (SR/.256 BA with 3 2Bs, a 3B, 10 BBs, and 8 RBI in 14 games)

2B      #2 Keith Werman (JR/.225 BA with 2 2Bs, 10 BBs, 12 runs, and 3 SB in 14 games)

SS      #6 Chris Taylor (SO/.309 BA with 3 2Bs, a 3B, 9 BBs, 19 runs and 10 RBI in 14 games)

3B      #19 Steven Proscia (JR/.255 BA with 5 2Bs, 5 BBs, and 14 RBI in 14 games)

LF      #7 John Barr (SR/.250 BA with 2 2Bs, 6 runs, and 9 RBI in 13 games)

CF      #4 Reed Gragnani (SO/.370 BA with a 2B, 6 runs, and 6 RBI in 10 games)

RF      #9 David Coleman (SR/.342 BA with 2 2Bs, 6 runs, and 9 RBI in 13 games)

DH     #23 Danny Hultzen (JR/.361 BA with 4 2Bs, a 3B, 3 SB, and 13 RBI in 11 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

In game one, Virginia will start junior lefthander Danny Hultzen. The Bethesda, MD native is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three starts in 2011. In 20.2 innings, he has allowed eight hits (.121 opponents’ batting average) and one walk against 36 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with junior righthander Scott Weismann. The Boxborough, MA native is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts in 2011. In 15.0 innings, he has allowed 14 hits (.241 opponents’ batting average) and three walks against 11 strikeouts. 

In game two, the Cavaliers will start senior righthander Tyler Wilson. The Midlothian, VA native is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts in 2011. In 19.0 innings, he has allowed 14 hits (.206 opponent’s batting average) and five walks against 23 strikeouts. 

The Tigers starter for game two has not yet been determined. The most likely candidates are junior lefty Will Lamb or sophomore righty Scott Firth. Lamb is 0-0 in one appearance with four strikeouts, while Firth is 0-0 with a 8.44 ERA in three appearances allowing six hits and four walks against two strikeouts. 

In game three, Virginia will start senior righthander Cody Winiarski. The Franksville, WI native is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA in three starts in 2011. In 19.1 innings, he has allowed 14 hits (.206 opponent’s batting average) and four walks against 17 strikeouts. 

Clemson is expected to counter with junior righthander David Haselden. The Spartanburg, SC native is 1-0 with a save and a 1.06 ERA in five appearances (two starts) in 2011. In 17.0 innings, he has allowed 11 hits (.196 opponents’ batting average) and three walks against 10 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 12-5 all-time in ACC openers and with Clemson going on to win 12 of those series. In ACC home-openers, Leggett is 15-2 with the Tigers going on to win 16 of those series.
  • Clemson is 17-7 all-time on March 11 with a 16-4 mark at home. The Tigers are 23-5 all-time on March 12 with a 20-1 mark at home. Clemson is 21-5 all-time on March 12 with a 16-3 mark at home.
  • Jack Leggett is 33-21 all-time against Virginia (2-0 at Vermont and 31-21 at Clemson). The Tigers are 16-5 against the Cavaliers at home under Leggett. Clemson has also won 11 of the 15 regular-season series against Virginia under Leggett.
  • Virginia has won four of the past five regular-season series between the teams after Clemson had won the previous 18 and 28 of the past 29.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Virginia

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

Will Lamb               .600   2-1     5        0        3        2        0        2        0

Jeff Schaus             .333   4-4     18      3        6        1        1        0        0       

Phil Pohl                .333   3-2     6        0        2        2        1        1        0        SF

John Hinson           .273   3-3     11      1        3        1        2        2        0        2 SB

Brad Miller              .182   4-4     11      2        2        1        5        0        0        2B, 3 SB

Addison Johnson     .182   4-3     11      0        2        2        1        4        0        SB

Chris Epps              .105   4-4     19      3        2        0        2        8        0        2 2B, 3 SB

Jason Stolz             .000   1-1     4        0        0        0        0        3        0       

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

Alex Frederick         0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     0        0        1        0        .000

Will Lamb               1.29   1-1     1-0     7.0     5        1        2        2        .208

Scott Weismann      4.70   2-1     0-2     7.2     8        4        1        4        .276

David Haselden       6.75   2-0     0-1     2.2     7        2        2        3        .500   Save

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