Tigers Face the Blue Hose

Tigers Face the Blue Hose

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Tigers Face the Blue Hose

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By Trey McCury.

Clemson (7-6), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, travels to Fluor Field in Greenville to take on Presbyterian College in a 7:00PM contest on Wednesday evening.

The Series
Clemson and Presbyterian have met 78 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 59-19 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1906 and at least one game in played all but five years until 1950. Once the Blue Hose moved back to Division I in 2008, the series has resumed with a single game each season. Clemson leads the 3-2 in neutral site contests and defeated Presbyterian 12-7 in 2008 at Fluor Field. The Tigers also won 8-0 in 2009 and 8-2 in 2010 with both games at Clemson.

The Blue Hose
Presbyterian College, led by seventh-year Head Coach Elton Pollock, is a member of the Big South Conference. The Blue Hose are 10-6 on the season, including an 0-2 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites. Presbyterian College enters Wednesday’s contests on a six-game winning streak and is coming off a nine-game homestand. The Blue Hose were picked to finish tenth in the Big South in the conference’s preseason poll and are coming off a 15-39 (7-20 Big South) finish in 2010.

On the season, the Blue Hose are hitting .340 as a team with 32 doubles, three triples, 13 homers, 21 stolen bases, 63 walks, 15 HBPs, and 68 strikeouts while averaging 7.25 runs per game. Freshman Brad Zebedis leads Presbyterian College at the plate batting .450 with six doubles, five homers, and 21 RBI. Junior Tony Micklon is batting .426 with seven doubles, three homers, and 20 RBI. Sophomore Andrew Williams is hitting .375 with three doubles, two triples, and 10 RBI while leading the team in walks (8) and stolen bases (5). Junior Gabe Grammer is batting .338 with five doubles, two homers, four stolen bases, and 16 RBI.

The Presbyterian College pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA this season allowing 155 hits and 49 walks against 87 strikeouts in 142.0 innings. Freshman Bud Jeter (3-1) sports a 2.73 ERA and has allowed 23 hits and nine walks against 16 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. Junior Jordan Pace (2-1) has a 2.79 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 29.0 innings, including a complete game. Freshman Chandler Knox (1-1) leads the team in appearances (7) and has a 3.94 ERA in 16.0 innings.

The Tigers
Clemson enters the game 7-6 and ranked as high as #16 in the nation (Baseball American and Collegiate Baseball), while Sports Weekly has the Tigers at #17 in the nation. Clemson is coming off a tough week that saw it drop four contests to top-six teams including three games by one run.

The Tigers are hitting .315 as a team with 21 doubles, four triples seven homers, 80 walks, 22 stolen bases, and 89 strikeouts while averaging 7.8 runs per game. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom leads the Tigers at the plate as he is batting .425 and is tied for the team-high with 12 RBI. Senior Jeff Scahus, who is batting .267, has four doubles and 12 RBI on only 12 hits. Sophomore Richie Shaffer has hit three homers to go along with 13 walks, while Chris Epps has 13 walks and is tied with Brad Miller for the team-high in stolen bases (5).

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.52 ERA this season allowing 101 hits and 29 walks aginst 85 strikeouts in 115.0 innings. David Haselden is 1-1 with a save in six appearances (three starts) with a 2.79 ERA in 19.1 innings. Junior Scott Weismann (2-2) has a 4.98 ERA in a team-high 21.2 innings. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Brady (2-0) has a 1.10 ERA and leads the team with 23 strikeouts while Joseph Moorefield has a team-leading six appearances.

Projected Starting Lineups
Presbyterian College
C    #24 Nate Horton (SR/.314 BA with 1 2B, 9 runs, and 8 RBI in 15 games)
1B    #44 Kenny Bryant (JR/.233 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, and 1 HR in 15 games)
2B    #16 John Wagner (JR/.281 BA with 2 2Bs, 11 walks, and 5 RBI in 13 games)
SS    #6 Andrew Williams (SO/.375 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 13 runs, and 10 RBI in 16 games)
3B    #10 Tyler Hill (JR/.327 BA with 1 2B, 9 runs, and 7 RBI in 15 games)
LF    #14 Mack Hite (SR/.393 BA with 2 2Bs, 10 runs, and 6 RBI in 16 games)
CF    #15 Gabe Grammer (JR/.388 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 16 RBI in 16 games)
RF    #23 Tony Micklon (JR/.426 BA with 7 2Bs, 3 HRs, and 20 RBI in 16 games)
DH    #19 Brad Zebedis (FR/.450 BA with 6 2Bs, 5 HRs, and 21 RBI in 16 games)

Clemson
C    #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.425 BA with 1 2B and 12 RBI in 13 games)
1B    #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.214 BA with 3 HRs, 17 runs, and 13 BBs in 13 games)
2B    #17 Steve Wilkerson (FR/.222 BA with 4 runs and 1 RBI in 7 games)
SS    #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.316 BA with 2 2Bs, 5 RBI, 4 BBs and 4 SB in 13 games)
3B    #4 John Hinson (*JR/.255 BA with 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 12 runs in 13 games)
LF    #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.267 BA with 4 2Bs, 12 RBI, 9 BBs, and 3 HBPs in 13 games)
CF    #1 Dominic Attanasio (FR/.500 BA with 7 hits, 4 runs, and 3 RBI in 8 games)
RF    #26 Chris Epps (SR/.277 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 14 runs, and 5 SB in 13 games)
DH    #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.379 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, and 7 RBI in 11 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers
Presbyterian College will start redshirt junior righthander Steve Richardson. The Howe, TX native is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six appearances (two starts) in 2011. In 18.0 innings, he has allowed 19 hits (.275 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against seven strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with junior lefty Will Lamb. The Seaford, VA native is 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA in two appearances (one start) in 2011. In 5.2 innings, he has allowed six hits (.286 opponents’ batting average) and one walk against seven strikeouts.

Worth Noting
Jack Leggett is 3-0 all-time against Presbyterian College with all three contests coming in the past three seasons.
All-time, Leggett is 104-20 all-time against teams currently in the Big South. Leggett is 54-11 as Clemson’s head coach after compiling a 50-9 record against the Big South at Western Carolina.
The Presbyterian College game is the second of six games against teams from the Big South for Clemson in 2011. The Tigers will host Coastal Carolina (April 5), Presbyterian College (April 12), Gardner-Webb (DH on May 7) and travel to Gardner-Webb (May 8).
Clemson is 149-33 all-time against teams currently in the Big South Conference, including 106-17 against those same teams in games at Clemson.

Tiger Career Stats vs. Presbyterian College
Player        AVG    G-S    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    HR    Other
Chris Epps        .500    2-2    6    3    3    3    3    2    0    3B, SB
Jeff Schaus        .416    3-3    12    4    5    3    2    1    1    2B
Jason Stolz        .400    2-1    5    3    2    2    0    0    1
John Hinson        .000    2-2    6    0    0    1    2    2    0    SH, SF
Will Lamb        .200    1-1    5    0    1    0    0    0    0    SB
Addison Johnson    .000    1-1    3    0    0    0    0    0    0
Brad Miller        .000    1-1    5    0    0    0    0    1    0
Richie Shaffer    .000    1-1    3    1    0    0    0    0    0    HBP
Phil Pohl        .000    1-0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0

Player        ERA    G-S    W-L    IP    H    ER    BB    SO    OBA
Will Lamb        0.00    1-0    0-0    2.0    2    0    0    1    .250
Justin Sarratt        0.00    1-0    0-0    1.0    2    0    0    1    .400
Kevin Brady        0.00    1-0    0-0    1.0    2    0    0    0    .500
Scott Firth        3.38    1-1    1-0    5.1    7    2    0    6    .304

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