Maryland Preview

Maryland Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (16-12) host Maryland this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Friday’s game is at 6:30PM, Saturday’s contest is at 7:00PM, and Sunday’s finale is set at 1:00PM. 

The Series

Clemson and Maryland have met 153 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 114-39 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1923 and have met at least once every season since 1954. Clemson swept the series last year at Maryland and took two of three games the last time the Terps visited Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2009. Clemson leads the series 63-7 in games at Clemson, including a 53-2 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In ACC regular-season games, Clemson holds a 101-35 advantage while also holding a 12-0 lead in games played in the ACC Tournament. 

The Terrapins

Maryland, led by second-year Head Coach Erik Bakich, is 14-15 (2-10 ACC) on the season including a 2-9 mark away from home. The Terps enters the weekend off a midweek win at West Virginia after losing two of three last weekend to Florida State. Maryland was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division by ACC Coaches and are coming off a 17-39 (5-25) season in 2010. 

On the season, the Terps are hitting .245 as a team with 36 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 53 stolen bases, 32 hit-by-pitches, 107 walks, and 187 strikeouts while averaging 4.3 runs per game. Junior Ryan Holland leads Maryland at the plate batting .322 with a team-leading seven doubles, one triple, one homer, 16 walks, and 18 RBI. Freshman Charlie White is hitting .314 with six doubles and 10 stolen bases while sophomore Jack Cleary is batting .279 with two doubles. Junior Alfredo Rodriguex has five doubles, 15 walks, and leads the team with 11 stolen bases. Freshmen Jake Stinnett and Michael Montville lead the team with two homers each while junior Korey Wacker has eight stolen bases. 

The Maryland pitching staff has a 4.46 ERA this season allowing 222 hits (.239 opponents’ batting average) and 171 walks against 221 strikeouts in 254.0 innings. Junior David Carroll (5-1) has a 2.15 ERA in a team-leading 46.0 innings over seven starts. Senior Eric Potter and junior Chuck Ghysels are tied for the team lead with 30 strikeouts in 36.0 innings and 23.0 innings respectively. Freshman Brady Kirkpatrick and junior Michael Boyden lead the team with 12 appearances while three other pitchers have 11 appearances. Junior Korey Wacker (1-1) has a 2.13 ERA with two saves in nine appearances and has held opponents to a .152 batting average.  

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 16-12 and on a two-game winning streak with wins over Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina at home this week. The Tigers are 14-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season. 

The Tigers are hitting .314 as a team with 54 doubles, nine triples, 17 homers, 40 stolen bases, 28 hit-by-pitches, 152 walks, and 191 strikeouts while averaging 7.3 runs per game. Junior Phil Pohl leads Clemson at the plate batting .395 with 10 doubles, two homers, and 20 RBI. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom is hitting .384 with three doubles and 18 RBI while junior Brad Miller is batting .354 with three doubles, a triple, 21 walks, and seven stolen bases. Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .330 with 10 doubles, a triple, 20 walks, and a team-high 23 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer leads the team in walks (22) and runs (34) while hitting .327 with four doubles, two triples, and four homers. Senior Chris Epps leads the team in homers (5) while redshirt junior John Hinson has a team-high eight stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.83 ERA this season allowing 230 hits (.244 opponents’ batting average) and 89 walks against 211 strikeouts in 246.2 innings. Junior David Haselden (2-1 with a save) has a 2.68 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 37.0 innings pitched over 11 appearances (four starts). Junior Scott Weismann (3-4) leads the team in starts (8), innings (39.0), and strikeouts (26) and is tied for the team-high in wins with Kevin Pohle (3-1). Graduate Justin Sarratt (1-1) has 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 14 appearances while redshirt sophomore Joseph Moorefield has made 13 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Maryland

C        #12 Aaron Etchison (JR/.333 BA with 2 BBs, 1 run, and 2 RBI in 8 games)

1B      #44 Tim Kiene (FR/.125 BA with 1 HR and 10 RBI in 23 games)

2B      #10 Ryan Holland (JR/.322 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 18 RBI in 29 games)

SS      #2 Alfredo Rodriguez (JR/.248 BA with 5 2Bs, 15 BBs, and 11 SB in 29 games)

3B      #7 Jake Stinnett (FR/.242 BA with 4 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 13 RBI in 25 games)

LF      #15 Austin Kilbourne (FR/.571 BA with 1 run and 2 RBI in 5 games)

CF      #1 Korey Wacker (JR/.224 BA with 3 2Bs, 12 RBI, and 8 SB in 29 games)

RF      #17 Charlie White (FR/.314 BA with 6 2Bs, 20 runs, and 10 SB in 29 games)

DH     #14 Alex Ramsay (FR/.304 BA with 3 BBs and 4 runs in 14 games)

Clemson

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

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.327 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 4 HRs, 34 runs, and 22 BBs in 28 games)

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

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.333 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 20 BBs, and 5 SB in 16 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     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.433 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 16 RBI in 20 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Maryland will start junior righthander David Carroll. The Las Vegas, NV native is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA in seven starts in 2011. In 46.0 innings, he has allowed 39 hits (.239 opponents’ batting average) and 19 walks against 27 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in six appearances (three starts) in 2011. In 13.0 inngins, he has allowed 12 hits (.255 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 14 strikeouts. 

In game two, Maryland will start senior lefthander Eric Potter. The Crofton, MD native is 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in eight starts in 2011. In 36.0 innings, he has allowed 24 hits (.200 opponents’ batting average) and 24 walks against 30 strikeouts. 

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Scott Firth. The Buffalo Grove, IL native is 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA in seven appearances (three starts) in 2011. In 25.1 innings, he has allowed 19 hits (.198 opponents’ batting average) and 16 walks against 15 strikeouts. 

Neither teams starter for game three has been determined. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 45-8 all-time against the Terps with all the games taking place during his time at Clemson. He is 23-1 against Maryland in games place at Clemson. Leggett is 19-7 in game at Maryland and 3-0 against the Terps in the ACC Tournament.
  • Leggett has had three winning streaks of at least 10 games against Maryland. He opened his career at Clemson will 11 straight wins against the Terps from 1994-1996. He also won 15 straight games from 1998-2002 and 10 straight from 2003-2006.
  • Maryland head coach Erik Bakich was a volunteer assistant at Clemson in 2002. That season the Tigers went 54-17, advanced to the College World Series, and finished the season ranked #3 in the nation by all three major polls. He worked with infielders and coached current Tiger volunteer assistant Michael Johnson along with future MLB players Jeff Baker and Khalil Green. Following that season, Bakich went to Vanderbilt with former Clemson assistant Tim Corbin where he was the recruiting coordinator for seven seasons before taking the Maryland job.
  • Leggett has coached 150 games against members of his “coaching tree.” In those games, he is 119-31, including a 55-13 mark when the former coach or player is the opponents’ head coach.
  • Clemson is 41-15 all-time on April 8 with a 27-5 mark at home. The Tigers are 34-19 all-time on April 9 with a 25-7 mark at home. Clemson is 28-25 all-time on April 10 with an 18-10 mark at home. 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Maryland

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

Spencer Kieboom    1.000 1-0     1        1        1        0        0        0        0       

Will Lamb               .418   4-3     17      6        7        4        1        3        0        2 2B, 2 SB

Brad Miller              .400   6-6     20      5        8        4        6        4        0        2 2B, SF, SB

Jeff Schaus             .371   9-9     35      10      13      9        7        4        3        3 2B, SB

Jason Stolz             .333   4-3     15      2        5        3        0        4        0        2 2B, SH, SB

John Hinson           .280   6-6     25      6        7        3        2        2        1        2 SB

Phil Pohl                .273   4-2     11      2        3        3        1        5        0        2 2B

Chris Epps              .173   8-6     23      5        4        5        5        7        0        3B, SF, SH, SB

Richie Shaffer         .167   2-2     6        2        1        1        2        2        0        2B

Addison Johnson     .063   8-3     16      1        1        0        2        6        0        HBP

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

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   1-0     0-0     2.0     2        0        2        0        .286

Will Lamb               0.00   1-0     0-0     0.2     1        0        1        0        .500

Alex Frederick         3.00   2-0     1-0     6.0     7        2        1        2        .304

Justin Sarratt                   4.50   1-0     0-1     2.0     2        1        0        0        .333

Dominic Leone        8.31   1-1     0-0     4.1     7        4        1        1        .418

Scott Weismann      9.64   2-1     1-0     4.2     6        5        3        2        .316

Kevin Brady            27.00 1-0     0-0     1.0     4        3        0        1        .571

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