North Carolina Preview

North Carolina Preview

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North Carolina Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (14-9), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, travels to #6 North Carolina this weekend in the Tigers second trip to the “Research Triangle” in as many weekends. Friday’s game is at 7:00PM, Saturday’s game is at 2:00PM and Sunday’s finale is set at 1:00PM with all games at Boshamer Stadium. 

The Series

Clemson and North Carolina have met 175 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 96-78-1 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1901 and the Tar Heels have won eight of the past 10 meetings in the series. North Carolina leads the series 38-36 in games in Chapel Hill and took two of three games the last time the teams met at North Carolina in 2009. In ACC regular-season games, Clemson holds a 76-59 advantage while also holding a 16-11 lead in games played in the ACC Tournament. 

The Tar Heels

North Carolina, led by 13-year Head Coach Mike Fox, is 23-4 (7-2) on the season including a 15-1 mark at home. The Tar Heels enter the weekend off a midweek loss at Charlotte after sweeping Duke last weekend. North Carolina was picked to finish fourth in the Coastal Division by ACC coaches and are coming off a 38-22 (14-16 ACC) record and Norman (OK) Regional appearance in 2010. 

On the season the Tar Heels are hitting .308 as a team with 58 doubles, 14 triples, 21 homers, 39 stolen bases, 149 walks, and 153 strikeouts while averaging 8.0 runs per game. Freshman Colin Moran leads North Carolina at the plate batting .362 with nine doubles, two triples, tied for a team-high five homers, and a team-leading 35 RBI. Senior Jesse Wierzbicki is hitting .358 with six doubles, two triples, and is tied for the team-lead with five homers. Sophomore Tommy Coyle is batting .357 and leads the team in doubles (10) and stolen bases (10). Junior Jacob Stallings has eight doubles and 20 RBI while junior Levi Michael has five doubles, two triples, two homers, and eight stolen bases. 

The North Carolina pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA this season allowing 201 hits (.226 opponents’ batting average) and 90 walks against 254 strikeouts in 244.0 innings. Freshman Kent Emanuel (4-1) has a 2.04 ERA and leads the team with 36 strikeouts. Senior Patrick Johnson (5-0) had a 2.58 ERA with 33 strikeouts in a team-high 38.1 innings. Freshman Tate Parrish has a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings over 13 appearances, while senior Greg Holt has a 1.52 ERA and two saves with 28 strikeouts in 23.2 innings over 14 appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 14-9 and ranked as high as #16 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Tigers are also ranked #23 by Sports Weekly and enter the game on a two-game winning streak with wins at NC State and at home over Georgia. The Tigers are 2-5 away from Doug Kingsmore this season, including a 1-3 mark on their opponents’ home field. 

The Tigers are hitting .318 as a team with 46 doubles, six triples, 15 homers, 34 stolen bases, 128 walks, and 147 strikeouts while averaging 7.7 runs per game. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom leads Clemson at the plate batting .458 with three doubles and 16 RBI. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .433 with eight doubles, two homers, and 16 RBI. Senior Jeff Schaus leads the team in doubles (9) and RBI (20). Fellow senior Chris Epps leads the team in homers (5) and is tied for the team-high in stolen bases (6), while sophomore Richie Shaffer has a 20 walks, a team-high 27 runs, and four homers. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.59 ERA this season allowing 187 hits (.243 opponents’ batting average) and 62 walks against 179 strikeouts in 203.0 innings. Senior Justin Sarratt (1-1) has a 2.05 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 22.0 innings over eight appearances (three starts). 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. Alex Frederick and Joseph Moorefield have each appeared in 11 games, with Frederick having a two saves. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.455 BA with 3 2Bs  and 16 RBI in 18 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.312 BA with 2 2Bs, 4 HRs, 27 runs, and 18 RBI in 23 games)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (FR/.161 BA with 8 runs, 7 walks, and 3 RBI in 16 games)

22      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.306 BA with 6 2Bs, 5 SB, and 13 RBI in 23 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.286 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 6 SB in 20 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.286 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 3B, 16 BBs, and 20 RBI in 23 games)

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

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.296 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, and 6 SB in 23 games)

DH     #13 Brad Miller (JR/.333 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 20 BBs, and 5 SB in 16 games)

     or #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.433 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 16 RBI in 20 games)

North Carolina

C        #5 Jacob Stallings (JR/.309 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 21 RBI in 27 games)

1B      #34 Jesse Wierzbicki (SR/.358 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, and 24 RBI in 27 games)

2B      #1 Tommy Coyle (SO/.357 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, and 10 SB in 27 games)

SS      #6 Levi Michael (JR/.304 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HRs, and 23 RBI in 25 games)

3B      #18 Colin Moran (FR/.362 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, and 35 RBI in 27 games)

LF      #7 Chaz Frank (SO/.305 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 21 runs and 13 RBI in 25 games)

CF      #3 Ben Bunting (SR/.285 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, 29 runs, and 7 SB in 27 games)

RF      #16 Seth Baldwin (JR/.265 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 12 runs in 27 games)

DH     #19 Tom Zengel (FR/.229 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, and 1 HR in 25 games)    

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start junior righthander Scott Weismann in game one. The Boxborough, MA native is 2-3 with a 6.52 ERA in six starts in 2011. In 29.0 innings, he has allowed 37 hits (.316 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 16 strikeouts. 

North Carolina will counter with senior righthander Patrick Johnson. The Conover, NC native is 5-0 with a 2.58 ERA in six starts in 2011. In 38.1 innings, he has allowed 37 hits (.253 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks against 33 strikeouts. 

In game two, Clemson will start sophomore righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA in five appearances (two starts) in 2011. In 9.0 inngins, he has allowed 10 hits (.303 opponents’ batting average) and five walks against 11 strikeouts. 

The Tar Heels will counter with freshman lefthander Kent Emanuel. The Woodstock, GA native is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) in 2011. In 35.1 innings, he has allowed 21 hits (.171 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 36 strikeouts. 

In game three, the Tigers will start sophomore righthander Scott Firth. The Buffalo Grove, IL native is 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in six appearances (two starts) in 2011. In 20.1 innings, he has allowed 15 hits (.197 opponents’ batting average) and 11 walks against 13 strikeouts. 

North Carolina’s starter for game three has yet to be determined. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 31-25 all-time against the Tar Heels. He is 31-22 at Clemson’s head coach after going 0-3 against North Carolina while at Western Carolina. Leggett is 13-8 in games at North Carolina as the head coach at Clemson. He is 14-10 in games at Clemson, 4-3 in the ACC Tournament, and 0-1 in the NCAA Tournament against the Tar Heels.
  • Leggett is 16-15 against top-25 North Carolina teams and 8-10 against top-10 Tar Heels teams.
  • Clemson is 33-17 all-time on April 1 with a 13-7 mark on the road. The Tigers are 31-19 all-time on April 2 with a 8-10 mark on the road. Clemson is 38-17-2 all-time on April 3 with a 11-10-1 mark on the road.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. North Carolina

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

Richie Shaffer         .333   2-2     6        1        2        1        0        2        0        HBP, SF

Jeff Schaus             .290   10-10 31      3        8        9        6        5        2        3 HBP, SH, SF

John Hinson           .286   6-5     14      4        4        3        3        2        1        2 2B, 2-4 SB

Brad Miller              .241   7-7     29      3        7        2        2        5        0        2 2B, SH

Addison Johnson     .188   6-5     16      2        3        1        1        9        0       

Will Lamb               .167   3-3     12      2        2        2        0        4        0        SB, SH

Chris Epps              .053   7-4     19      1        1        0        4        10      0        CS

Jason Stolz             .000   3-1     2        0        0        0        0        0        0

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

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

Alex Frederick         0.00   2-0     1-0     2.2     1        0        1        2        .111

Kevin Brady            0.00   1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        0        1        .000

Will Lamb               1.59   3-0     0-1     5.2     3        1        2        4        .143

David Haselden       2.45   1-0     0-0     3.2     5        1        0        2        .313

Dominic Leone        3.38   1-1     0-0     8.0     7        3        1        3        .241

Justin Sarratt                   6.75   2-0     0-0     4.0     7        3        0        3        .389

Scott Weismann      10.38 2-1     0-0     4.1     9        5        2        4        .429

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