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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (11-7), ranked as high as #15 in the nation, travels to NC State this weekend in the Tigers first ACC road series of the season. Friday and Saturday’s games are slated to start at 6:30PM with Sunday’s finale set at 1:00PM with all games at Doak Field at Dail Park. 

The Series

Clemson and NC State have met 177 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 107-69-1 lead in the series. The teams firest met in 1921 and have met at least twice every season since 1954. Clemson leads the series 39-35 in games at NC State and have won four games in a row in Raleigh. In ACC regular-season games, Clemson holds a 85-54 advantage while also holding a 17-11 lead in games played in the ACC Tournament. 

The Wolfpack

NC State, led by 15-year Head Coach Elliott Avent, is 12-10 (1-5) on the season including a 9-3 mark at home. The Wolfpack enter this weekend fresh off a two-game sweep of Northwestern during the midweek and have won six straight home games. NC State was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division by the league coaches and are coming off a 38-24 (15-15 ACC) record and played in the Myrtle Beach Regional in 2010. 

On the season the Wolfpack are hitting .282 as a team with 40 doubles, six triples, eight homers, 102 walks and 139 strikeouts while averaging 5.2 runs per game. Sophomore Chris Diaz leads NC State at the plate batting .368 with three doubles, two triples, a homer, and 15 runs scored. Junior Pratt Maynard is hitting .341 with six doubles, a triple, a homer, and leads the team in walks (17) and RBI (15). Junior Brett Williams has five doubles with 12 RBI while junior Andrew Ciencin has six doubles with 12 RBI. Junior Harold Riggins has three doubles, two triples, and a homer along with 14 RBI. 

The NC State pitching staff has a 4.76 ERA this season allowing 200 hits (.269 opponents’ batting average) and 79 walks against 180 strikeouts in 191.0 innings. Junior Cory Mazzoni (1-2) has a 3.31 ERA and leads the team in innings (32.2) and strikeouts (34). Sophomore Chris Overman has a team nine appearances, all in relief, and is 4-0 on the season. Redshirt junior Grant Sasser (1-1) is the team’s closer and has a 0.69 ERA with three saves in eight appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 12-7 and ranked as high as #15 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Tigers are also ranked #19 by Baseball American and Sports Weekly and are coming off a two-game midweek sweep of Elon. The Tigers are 0-1 on the road this season. 

The Tigers are hitting .335 as a team with 38 doubles, six triples, 11 homers, 107 walks, 30 stolen bases, and 120 strikeouts while averaging 8.2 runs per game. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom leads the Tigers at the plate batting .455 with three doubles and 15 RBI. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .426 with six doubles, two homers, and 14 RBI. Senior Jeff Schaus is hitting .319 and leads the team in doubles (8) and RBI (19). Senior Chris Epps, who is batting .309, leads the team in homers (4) and stolen bases (6), while sophomore Richie Shaffer has a team-high 17 walks and 22 runs. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.36 ERA this seasons allowing 152 hits (.238 opponents’ batting average) and 41 walks against 147 strikeouts in 169.0 innings. Senior Justin Sarratt (1-1) has a 1.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20.0 innings over seven appearances (two starts). Junior David Haselden (1-1) has a save in eight appearances (four starts) in a team-high 26.1 innings, while redshirt sophomore Kevin Brady has a team-leading 23 strikeouts in only 16.1 innings. Alex Frederick and Joseph Moorefield have each appeared in nine games, with Frederick having a save as well. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.455 BA with 3 2Bs  and 15 RBI in 17 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.297 BA with 1 2B, 3 HRs, 22 runs, and 17 BBs in 19 games)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (FR/.185 BA with 8 runs, 7 walks, and 3 RBI in 13 games)

22      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.339 BA with 4 2Bs, 5 SB, and 9 RBI in 19 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.286 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 16 runs in 16 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.319 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 13 BBs, and 19 RBI in 19 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.306 BA with 2 2Bs, 2 3Bs, and 4 SB in 19 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.309 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 6 SB in 19 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.426 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 14 RBI in 16 games)

NC State

C        #15 Pratt Maynard (JR/.368 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 3B, 1 HR, and 15 runs in 22 games)

1B      #25 Harold Riggins (JR/.295 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, and 14 RBI in 20 games)

2B      #7 Matt Bergquist (SO/.218 BA with 4 2Bs, 8 runs, and 10 RBI in 22 games)

SS      #1 Chris Diaz (SO/.368 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, and 15 runs in 22 games)

3B      #19 Andrew Ciencin (JR/.241 BA with 6 2Bs, 17 runs, and 12 RBI in 22 games)

LF      #32 Tarran Senay (SO/.279 BA with 2 2Bs, 7 runs and 8 RBI in 14 games)

CF      #3 Brett Williams (JR/.301 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 13 runs, and 12 RBI in 22 games)

RF      #46 John Gianis (JR/.301 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, and 15 runs in 22 games)

DH     #23 Danny Canela (SO/.213 BA with 1 HR, 4 runs, and 5 RBI in 17 games)        

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start junior righthander Scott Weismann in game one. The Boxborough, MA native is 2-2 with a 5.84 ERA in five starts in 2011. In 24.2 innings, he has allowed 29 hits (.302 opponents’ batting average) and six walks against 15 strikeouts. 

NC State will counter with junior righthander Cory Mazzoni. The Evans City, PA native is 1-2 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts in 2011. In 32.2 innings, he has allowed 31 hits (.240 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks against 34 strikeouts. 

The Tigers starter for game two has yet to be determined. 

The Wolfpack will counter with sophomore righthander Danny Healey. The Cooper City, FL native is 1-2 with a 6.49 ERA in five starts in 2011. In 26.1 innings, he has allowed 24 hits (.240 opponents’ batting average) and 13 walks against 24 strikeouts. 

In game three, the Tigers will start sophomore righthander Scott Firth. The Buffalo Grove, IL native is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA in five appearances (one start) in 2011. In 15.1 innings, he has allowed 12 hits (.200 opponents’ batting average) and five walks against eight strikeouts. 

NC State will counter with freshman lefthander D.J. Thomas. The Durham, NC native is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA in nine relief appearances. In 13.0 innings, he has allowed 11 hits (.239 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 10 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 48-37 all-time against the Wolfpack. He is 41-19 at Clemson’s head coach after going 7-18 against NC State while at Western Carolina. Leggett is 12-12 in games at NC State as the head coach at Clemson. He is 21-5 in games at Clemson and 8-2 against the Wolfpack in the ACC Tournament.
  • Clemson won its last ACC Tournament title with an 8-4 win over NC State in Jacksonville in 2006.
  • Leggett won his first eight meetings against the Wolfpack and also has three more five game or more winning streaks against NC State.
  • Clemson is 30-17-1 all-time on March 25 with a 10-4 mark on the road. The Tigers are 30-15-1 all-time on March 26 with a 3-6 mark on the road. Clemson is 28-10 all-time on March 27 with a 5-4 mark on the road.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. NC State

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

Will Lamb               .500   3-0     2        1        1        3        1        0        1        SB

Richie Shaffer         .389   4-4     18      3        7        2        0        5        0        2B

Brad Miller              .385   7-7     26      10      10      10      5        4        2        2B, 3B, SH, 3 SB

Addison Johnson     .333   8-3     15      3        5        3        3        2        0        2B, SH, 0-2 SB

Jason Stolz             .333   7-6     18      4        6        3        0        1        0        HBP, 4-5 SB

Jeff Schaus             .314   11-11 35      10      11      9        10      4        2        2 2B, HBP, 1-2 SB

Chris Epps              .292   7-7     24      6        7        4        9        4        1        3-4 SB

John Hinson           .261   8-5     23      3        6        4        1        6        0        2 2B, 2 SB

Phil Pohl                .000   4-1     4        2        0        1        1        0        0        2 HBP

Spencer Kieboom    .000   1-0     0        0        0        0        0        0        0       

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

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   2-0     1-0     3.0     2        0        0        2        .167

Dominic Leone        0.00   1-0     1-0     3.0     2        0        0        6        .182

David Haselden       0.00   2-0     0-0     0.2     4        0        1        0        .571

Justin Sarratt                   1.93   4-0     0-0     9.1     12      2        0        3        .375

Will Lamb               4.50   2-1     0-0     6.0     4        3        5        4        .200

Scott Weismann      5.87   2-1     0-0     7.2     6        5        5        7        .214

Kevin Brady            11.57 1-0     0-0     2.1     3        3        0        6        .300

Alex Frederick         23.14 3-0     0-1     2.1     5        6        2        2        .455

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