Georgia Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (13-9), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, hosts Georgia on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a 7:00PM contest scheduled to be televised by CSS. 

The Series

Clemson and Georgia have met 218 times on the diamond, with the Bulldogs holding a 117-99-2 lead in the series. Georgia is the Tigers second-most played opponent with the first meeting in 1900 and have met at least once every season since 1959. The Tigers lead the series 54-46-2 in games at Clemson, including a 34-11 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson swept both games last season, winning 15-5 in Athens and 14-6 in Clemson, after the Bulldogs had won the previous four meetings. 

The Bulldogs

Georgia, led by 10-year Head Coach David Perno, is a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs iare 11-13 (3-3 SEC) on the season including a 6-8 mark against ranked teams and are 6-7 away from Foley Field. Georgia enters this weekend off a series win over #9 LSU thanks to sweeping a doubleheader on Sunday. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fifth in the SEC East by the SEC coaches and are coming off a 16-37 (5-23 SEC) record in 2010. 

On the season, the Bulldogs are hitting .260 as a team with 39 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 21 stolen bases, 25 hit-by-pitches, 52 walks, and 159 strikeouts while averaging 4.6 runs per game. Junior Levi Hyams leads Georgia at the plate batting .344 with seven doubles, a homer, 14 runs and 13 RBI. Sophomore Curt Powell is hitting .303 while junior Zach Cone is batting .294 with five steals. Junior Chase Davidson has seven doubles, two homers, 13 runs, and 14 RBI. Sophomore Kyle Farmer had a team-leading 20 RBI and is tied for the team-lead with 14 runs scored, while junior Peter Verdin leads the team with seven steals. 

The Georgia pitching staff has a 4.55 ERA this season allowing 227 hits (.280 opponents’ batting average) and 91 walks against 167 strikeouts in 205.2 innings. Junior Michael Palazzone (3-1) has a 2.15 ERA and leads the team in innings (37.2) and wins (3) while walking three against 31 strikeouts. Sophomore Alex Wood (2-3) has a 3.86 ERA with six walks and 31 strikeouts. Graduate John Herman leads the team with 12 appearances while junior Tyler Maloof has eight saves in ten appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 13-9 and ranked as high as #16 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Tigers are also ranked #23 by Sports Weekly and are coming off a series loss at NC State this past weekend. The Tigers are 11-4 at home this season. 

The Tigers are hitting .316 as a team with 45 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 118 walks, 24 hit-by-pitches, 31 stolen bases, and 145 strikeouts while averaging 7.5 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 .439 with eight doubles, two homers, and 15 RBI. Senior Jeff Schaus is hitting .296 and leads the team in doubles (9) and RBI (20). Senior Chris Epps, who is batting .278, leads the team in homers (4) and stolen bases (6), while sophomore Richie Shaffer has a team-high 19 walks and 24 runs. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.57 ERA this season allowing 176 hits (.240 opponents’ batting average) and 57 walks against 167 strikeouts in 194.0 innings. Junior David Haselden (1-1) has a save in nine appearances (four starts) in a team-high 29.2 innings, while redshirt sophomore Kevin Brady has a team-leading 23 strikeouts in only 16.1 innings. Senior Justin Sarratt (1-1) has a 1.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20.0 innings over seven appearances (two starts). Alex Frederick and Joseph Moorefield have each appeared in ten games, with Frederick having two saves as well. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Georgia

C        #26 Joey Delmonico (JR/.275 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 run, and 3 RBI in 16 games)

1B      #10 Jonathan Hester (JR/.241 BA with 4 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 8 RBI in 24 games)

2B      #3 Levi Hyams (JR/.344 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 14 runs, and 13 RBI in 24 games)

SS      #17 Kyle Farmer (SO/.224 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 HRs, 14 runs, and 20 RBI in 24 games)

3B      #8 Curt Powell (SO/.303 BA with 2 SB, 11 runs, and 3 RBI in 23 games)

LF      #16 Peter Verdin (JR/.178 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 10 runs and 7 SB in 24 games)

CF      #12 Zach Cone (JR/.294 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 HR, 13 runs, and 10 RBI in 24 games)

RF      #45 Chase Davidson (JR/.277 BA with 7 2Bs, 2 HRs, 13 runs, and 14 RBI in 23 games)

DH     #22 Brett DeLoach (SO/.258 BA with 5 2Bs, 6 runs, and 6 RBI in 11 games)      

Clemson

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

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.301 BA with 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 24 runs, and 19 BBs in 22 games)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (FR/.167 BA with 8 runs, 7 walks, and 3 RBI in 15 games)

22      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.309 BA with 6 2Bs, 5 SB, and 12 RBI in 22 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.274 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HR, and 18 runs in 19 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.296 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 3B, 14 BBs, and 20 RBI in 22 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.271 BA with 2 2Bs, 2 3Bs, and 4 SB in 22 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.278 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 6 SB in 22 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.439 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 15 RBI in 19 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Georgia will start junior lefthander Chase Hawkins. The Snellville, GA native is 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) in 2011. In 20.2 innings, he has allowed 28 hits (.311 opponents’ batting average) and three walks against nine strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with redshirt graduate righthander Justin Sarratt. The Gaffney, SC native is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in seven appearances (two starts) in 2011. In 20.0 innings, he has allowed 15 hits (.203 opponents’ batting average) and two walks against 21 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 24-28 all-time against the Bulldogs. He is 21-16 as Clemson’s head coach after going 3-12 against Georgia while at Western Carolina. Leggett is 13-3 against the Bulldogs in games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
  • Clemson is 29-18 all-time on March 29, including a 24-10 mark at home.
  • The Tigers are 383-352-7 all-time against the SEC, including a 198-117-2 record in games at Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 103-114 all-time against the SEC, including 85-66 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. Georgia

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

Addison Johnson     .556   4-2     9        1        5        3        1        0        0        2 2B, SH, SB

John Hinson           .462   4-3     13      6        6        8        1        0        2        SH, 2 SB

Chris Epps              .400   5-3     10      4        4        2        4        4        0        2B, SB

Jason Stolz             .400   3-2     5        0        2        0        3        0        0       

Jeff Schaus             .280   6-6     25      7        7        5        3        3        1        2 2B, SF, CS

Will Lamb               .250   4-4     16      3        4        4        1        4        0        3B, SF

Brad Miller              .231   4-4     13      3        3        2        3        3        0        HBP, SF, 1-2 SB

Phil Pohl                .167   3-2     6        2        1        1        0        1        0        2 HBP

Spencer Kieboom    .000   2-0     1        0        0        0        0        0        0       

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

Kevin Brady            0.00   2-0     0-0     2.0     1        0        0        2        .143

Scott Firth              0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        1        0        .333

Alex Frederick         0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        0        1        2        .400

Justin Sarratt                   0.93   2-1     0-0     9.2     4        1        2        15      .125

Dominic Leone        3.00   1-1     1-0     6.0     4        2        1        7        .174

Jonathan Meyer      6.00   1-0     1-0     3.0     3        2        0        4        .250

Mike Kent               12.00 1-1     0-0     3.0     4        4        3        0        .308

Joseph Moorefield   27.00 1-0     0-0     1.0     4        3        1        0        .667

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