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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (15-12) hosts Western Carolina on Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a 6:30PM contest. 

The Series

Clemson and Western Carolina have met 65 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 52-13 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1974 and have played at least one game every year since 1978. The Tigers lead the series 37-4 in games play at Clemson while Jack Leggett is 26-8 against his former club, including 19-3 in games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett was the head coach at Western Carolina from 1983-91 and won 302 games in those nine seasons, including a 3-15 mark against the Tigers. 

The Catamounts

Western Carolina, led by fourth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Catamounts are 11-14-1 (2-10 SoCon) on the season including a 5-9 mark away from home, including 4-9 on their opponents’ home field. Western Carolina enters the game on a three-game losing streak after being swept at College of Charleston last weekend. The Catamounts were picked to finish fourth in the SoCon by league coaches and fifth in the SoCon media poll and are coming off a 37-21-1 (16-13-1 SoCon) record in 2010. 

On the season, the Catamounts are hitting .282 as a team with 60 doubles, four triples, 13 homers, 43 stolen bases, 36 hit-by-pitches, 110 walks, and 192 strikeouts while averaging 6.1 runs per game.

Junior Ross Heffley leads Western Carolina at the plate batting .408 with 12 doubles, two triples, two homers, and 29 RBI. Redshirt senior Stephen Notaro is hitting .338 with six doubles and 13 RBI while senior Austin Schultz is hitting .324 with five doubles, one triple, one homer, and a team-leading 15 walks. Freshman Adam Martin and senior Matt Johns lead the team with three homers each while redshirt junior Cameron Dullnig leads the team with 10 stolen bases. 

The Western Carolina pitching staff has a 5.25 ERA this season allowing 242 hits (.270 opponents’ batting average) and 141 walks against 212 strikeouts in 228.0 innings. Senior Matt Benedict (1-2) has a 3.90 ERA and leads the team in innings (32.1) and strikeouts (31). Freshman Jordan Smith has started a team-high six games and has eight walks against 23 strikeouts in 32.0 innings. Redshirt senior Andrew Chilcoat has appeared a team-leading 17 times and has the teams only save. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 15-12 and are coming off a 5-4, 10 inning walk-off win over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. The Tigers are 13-4 at home this season. 

The Tigers are hitting .314 as a team with 52 doubles, nine triples, 15 homers, 38 stolen bases, 28 hit-by-pitches, 147 walks, and 183 strikeouts while averaging 7.1 runs per game. Junior Phil Pohl leads the Tigers at the plate batting .403 with nine doubles, two homers, six hit-by-pitches, and 17 RBI. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom is hitting .384 with three doubles, 12 walks, and 18 RBI while junior Brad Miller is batting .344 with 21 walks and six stolen bases. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is hitting .333 with three doubles, two triples, four homers, and 19 RBI while leading the team in runs (32) and walks (22). Senior Jeff Schuas, who is batting .330, leads the team in doubles (10), hits (33), and RBI (23). Senior Chris Epps leads the team in homers (5) and is tied with redshirt junior John Hinson for the team-lead in stolen bases (7). 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.86 ERA this season allowing 220 hits (.243 opponents’ batting average) and 84 walks against 203 strikeouts in 237.2 innings. Junior David Haselden (2-1 with a save) has a 2.68 ERA and leads the team with 37.0 innings pitched. Graduate Justin Sarratt (1-1) has a team-high 25 strikeouts in 25.0 innings over nine appearances (four starts) while redshirt sophomore Kevin Brady has 23 strikeouts in only 16.1 innings. Redshirt senior Alex Frederick has two saves in a team-high 13 appearances while redshirt sophomore Joseph Moorefield has made 12 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Western Carolina

C        #11 Adam Martin (FR/.292 BA with 5 2Bs, 3 HRs, and 14 RBI in 22 games)

1B      #9 Tyler White (SO/.222 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, and 4 SB in 25 games)

2B      #2 Ross Heffley (JR/.408 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HR, and 29 RBI in 24 games)

SS      #3 Aaron Attaway (FR/.275 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 HR, and 6 SB in 26 games)

3B      #14 Austin Schultz (SR/.324 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 15 BBs in 26 games)

LF      #6 Matt Johns (SR/.273 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, 7 SB, and 21 RBI in 25 games)

CF      #8 Julian Ridings (FR/.288 BA with 4 2Bs, 6 runs, and 3 SB in 17 games)

RF      #1 Cameron Dullnig (JR/.264 BA with 5 2Bs, 18 runs, and 10 SB in 26 games)

DH     #7 Stephen Notaro (SR/.338 BA with 6 2Bs and 13 RBI in 21 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.384 BA with 3 2Bs  and 18 RBI in 22 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.333 BA with 3 2Bs, 4 HRs, 32 runs, and 22 BBs in 27 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.277 BA with 6 2Bs, 5 SB, and 14 RBI in 27 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.344 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 21 BBs, and 6 SB in 20 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.269 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HR, and 7 SB in 24 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.330 BA with 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 19 BBs, and 23 RBI in 27 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.281 BA with 2 2Bs, 3 3Bs, and 4 SB in 25 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.287 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, and 7 SB in 27 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.403 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 17 RBI in 24 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Western Carolina will start sophomore lefthander Adam Curtis. The Arden, NC native is 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA in four appearances (three starts) in 2011. In 12.1 innings, he has allowed 16 hits (.314 opponents’ batting average) and five walks against eight strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with junior righthander Scott Weismann. The Boxborough, MA native is 2-4 with a 7.36 ERA in seven starts in 2011. In 33.0 innings, he has allowed 44 hits (.324 opponents’ batting average) and 11 walks against 21 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 32-20-1 all-time on April 6, including a 20-10 mark at home.
  • This is the fourth game of the season against a SoCon opponent in 2011. The Tigers host Furman (April 26), travel to Fluor Field to face Furman (May 10), and wrap up the home schedule with Davidson (May 17).
  • Clemson spent seven seasons on the diamond in the SoCon (1947-1953).
  • The Tigers are 478-156-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon, including a 287-89-1 record in games at Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 106-25 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach. 

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Western Carolina

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

John Hinson           .500   1-1     2        1        1        2        1        0        1        HBP

Will Lamb               .400   2-1     5        2        2        0        1        1        0        2B, SB

Jeff Schaus             .389   5-5     18      5        7        3        2        2        1        2B

Jason Stolz             .333   3-2     9        0        3        2        0        2        0        2B, HBP

Addison Johnson     .222   5-4     18      3        4        2        1        6        0        2B, 3B

Brad Miller              .125   3-3     8        4        1        1        4        2        0        HBP

Chris Epps              .100   5-3     10      2        1        0        3        3        0        SB

Phil Pohl                .000   3-3     9        0        0        0        1        4        0

 

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

Alex Frederick         0.00   1-0     1-0     2.0     1        0        0        3        .143

Kevin Brady            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     0        0        1        2        .000

Scott Firth              0.00   1-0     0-0     1.1     3        0        0        0        .429

Will Lamb               0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     0        0        0        2        .000

Justin Sarratt                   0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        1        0        .333

Dominic Leone        3.00   1-1     0-0     6.0     6        2        1        6        .261

David Haselden       4.50   1-1     0-0     4.0     5        2        0        3        .313

Mike Kent               —-     1-0     0-1     0.0     2        4        2        0        1.000

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